6 episodes

When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them, and in this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha’s disappearance was, as the city later claimed, unpreventable. From WAMU and PRX.

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    • 4.5 • 572 Ratings

When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them, and in this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha’s disappearance was, as the city later claimed, unpreventable. From WAMU and PRX.

    Janitor, Doctor, Godfather

    Janitor, Doctor, Godfather

    Who was Kahlil Tatum? Was he a loving husband and surrogate father? A cold killer? We dig into the past of the janitor who served families at D.C. General, the “doctor” who excused Relisha from school and the “godfather” many children had grown to trust.

    Read transcripts of episodes, a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world at wamu.org/throughthecracks.  To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 29 min
    Almost Like Jail

    Almost Like Jail

    How did 8-year-old Relisha Rudd go from living in an apartment, to a motel, to a shelter inside an “abandoned hospital”? Host Jonquilyn Hill explores life inside a homeless shelter. 

    View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world, at wamu.org/throughthecracks. To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 26 min
    Kicked Out

    Kicked Out

    Before Relisha moved into a homeless shelter, her family lived together in an apartment near Congress Heights. But a chain of events led them to landlord-tenant court, and ultimately on the street. In this episode: Jonquilyn Hill explores how Relisha lost her home and wound up in a shelter in the most ‘tenant-friendly’ city in the country.

    Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

    To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 27 min
    Ties That Bind

    Ties That Bind

    A child’s family is their first safety net. When she disappeared in 2014, 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was living with her family at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., where a number of people shared responsibility for her. Before she vanished, each one of her family members had already fallen through the cracks in one way or another.

    Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

    To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 30 min
    Relisha Goes Missing

    Relisha Goes Missing

    When 8 year old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time police appeared at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her family, 18 days had passed since she’d been seen at school or in the shelter. On this episode: What happened in March 2014.View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance at wamu.org/throughthecracks. To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 32 min
    Introducing Through The Cracks

    Introducing Through The Cracks

    When Relisha Rudd went missing from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., 18 days passed before anyone realized something was wrong. This season on Through The Cracks: Was Relisha’s disappearance preventable? First episode available January 28th.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
572 Ratings

572 Ratings

Gerbey ,

Tragic

Anyone who wants to judge Relisha’s family does not know the shameful history of this country. Black people have been denied basic rights, fairness, education and opportunity.

sydbehr ,

Important story, excellently produced

A tragic and important tale. This story highlights so many relevant topics that need to be discussed more. An excellently produced telling of a difficult and complex story. It is told with care and compassion, and really makes you think. I’m thankful for the creators bringing this story to the forefront. I heard about this podcast from a recommendation given on my favorite murder. I can’t wait for the next episode, and hopefully more seasons of this great podcast.

AZ 537 ,

Misplaced blame

How did this mother not report her child missing after 18 minutes or hours, let alone days.
My heart breaks for this child and her family but to suggest that it was the government’s responsibility to keep tabs on her is ludicrous.
They say in this podcast that the rules of the shelter are that parents are to be with their children at all times and the mother parentified her daughter and then trusted her care to the wrong person.
Tragic - but the blame is not on the school.

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