6 episodes

How and why did a 25-year-old with a Pikachu bedspread become the #1 terrorist in the United States? In 2017, REALITY WINNER, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was charged with leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information - five-years, three-months – for her patriotic efforts. THIS IS REALITY captures the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were 'in the room' where it all happened. 
Produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Rebecca Aparicio.
Part of the Broadway Podcast Network. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info and tickets to the current production.

This is Reality - The Reality Winner Podcast Broadway Podcast Network

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

How and why did a 25-year-old with a Pikachu bedspread become the #1 terrorist in the United States? In 2017, REALITY WINNER, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was charged with leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information - five-years, three-months – for her patriotic efforts. THIS IS REALITY captures the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were 'in the room' where it all happened. 
Produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Rebecca Aparicio.
Part of the Broadway Podcast Network. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info and tickets to the current production.

    The Government Always Wins

    The Government Always Wins

    In this episode, we go in depth into the legal challenges that Reality faced while being charged under the Espionage Act with her defense lawyer, Titus Nichols. We go through her bond hearings, appeals, and how the law is structured to always favor the federal government. By speaking through the legal challenges, we see how the cards were stacked against Reality Winner. We will look at how the government can use and bend the laws to suit their own needs.

    TO LEARN MORE

    Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news


    Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download


    CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download



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    • 23 min
    What You Don't Know Will Hurt You

    What You Don't Know Will Hurt You

    Learn how the government was able to use the Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute Reality. How the U.S. government was able to use Facebook messages, private diary entries and phone conversations against Reality Winner in her bail hearing, ultimately denying her bond. 
    Featured in this episode are: Billie Winner-Davis and interview footage from Reality’s stepfather Gary Davis (Reality’s stepfather) and Reality’s defense lawyer Titus Nichols.
    Reality Winner, was a 25 year old NSA contractor when she was arrested for leaking classified documents detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election. The critically acclaimed Broadway play IS THIS A ROOM, play reenacts the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation at Reality’s home on June 3, 2017. 

    IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT:

    How the Obama administration began using the Espionage Act of 1917 to crackdown on whistleblowers like Reality.

    How Reality was denied bail even though she had no prior record. 

    How Reality was denied her Miranda Rights when she was arrested.

    How the U.S. government was able to use Facebook messages, private diary entries and phone conversations against Reality Winner


    TO LEARN MORE


    100 YEARS LATER THE ESPIONAGE ACT

    Reality Winner's attorney makes statement on NSA leak VOSOT

    FULL INTERVIEW WITH TITUS NICHOLS

    YOUNG LEAKER ARRESTED

    Reality Winner's mom reacts to denied bail


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    • 22 min
    See Something, Say Something?

    See Something, Say Something?

    We explore how the effects of a post 9/11 national security state, the Espionage Act of 1917, and the current events of 2017 have all created the perfect storm for Reality Winner to become the most prosecuted leaker of all time. 
    Reality Winner, was a 25 year old NSA contractor when she was arrested for leaking classified documents detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election. The critically acclaimed Broadway play IS THIS A ROOM, play reenacts the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation at Reality’s home on June 3, 2017. 
    Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room.
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    • 22 min
    Who Is Reality?

    Who Is Reality?

    Who is Reality Winner? This episode introduces us to the young woman with a fondness for CrossFit, rescuing animals and Pikachu collectables who was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Reality’s mother, Billie Winner Davis and sister, Brittany Winner, share their personal stories and explain how Reality’s personality traits and interests were twisted and used against her during her trail. 
    Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room.
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    • 18 min
    The Interrogation

    The Interrogation

    On June 3, 2017, 11 FBI interrogators surprised Air Force crypto-linguist Reality Leigh Winner at her home in Augusta, Georgia, accusing her of leaking classified information proving Russian Interference in the 2016 election. THIS IS REALITY speaks with Reality Winner's mother Billie Winner-Davis, sister Brittany Winner, lawyer Alison Grinter Allen and Broadway's IS THIS A ROOM Director Tina Satter, to try and make sense of that harrowing day.
    Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room.
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    • 27 min
    This is Reality- Podcast Teaser

    This is Reality- Podcast Teaser

    How and why did a 25-year-old with a Pikachu bedspread become the #1 terrorist in the United States? In 2017, REALITY WINNER, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was charged with leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information - five-years, three-months – for her patriotic efforts. THIS IS REALITY captures the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were 'in the room' where it all happened. 
    Produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Rebecca Aparicio.
    Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info and tickets to the show.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

SamanthaGomez2727 ,

TRUE CRIME PODCAST

This is FASCINATING! I wasn’t aware of Reality Winner’s story before the play THIS IS A ROOM and I’ve been blown away by this podcast giving further insight. Can’t wait for more episodes.

rjimfassbender ,

This is Reality Podcast

This series is timely and informative, we need to do as much as possible to help Ms Winner clear her name and receive a full and complete pardon and as your podcast is doing to acknowledge to the citizens of our country the sacrifice she has made..a true PATRIOT!

ColumnatedDomino ,

Incredible ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a story and what a podcast. A true artistic document and I am so grateful to hear it brought to life in this manner. Only one episode in and I already get the feeling that it’ll leave me wanting more and more after each episode…Phenomenal hosts and brilliant use of audio to help tell the true story of what happened to Reality in 2017 - - despite the narrative that outlets like Fox News were trying to manipulate to the public!! All I can say is that I’m above and beyond excited to see ‘Is This a Room on Broadway’ this week…just got my tix after hearing this incredible and poignant podcast.

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