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Witness Docs presents Unfinished, an investigative anthology series digging into America's unfinished business. Season one of Unfinished, Deep South, produced in collaboration with Market Road Films, brought us on a journey into the Arkansas Delta to investigate the lynching of Isadore Banks. Season two takes us to Short Creek, a community on the Utah/Arizona border divided by much more than a state line. On one side are fundamentalist, polygamous Mormons who believe the town should be run by God—and his prophet. On the other are ex-believers who want democracy—and the right to believe (or not believe) as they want. When the prophet, Warren Jeffs, goes to prison for sex crimes, the community has to face its painful past...and struggle to define its future. From Witness Docs and Critical Frequency, hosts Ash Sanders and Sarah Ventre move beyond the headlines and embed in the community to bring you Unfinished: Short Creek, a very American story⁠ about the battle between freedom of religion and freedom from religion that asks whether people on two sides of a deep divide can rediscover common ground. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

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    • 4.7 • 1.9K Ratings

Witness Docs presents Unfinished, an investigative anthology series digging into America's unfinished business. Season one of Unfinished, Deep South, produced in collaboration with Market Road Films, brought us on a journey into the Arkansas Delta to investigate the lynching of Isadore Banks. Season two takes us to Short Creek, a community on the Utah/Arizona border divided by much more than a state line. On one side are fundamentalist, polygamous Mormons who believe the town should be run by God—and his prophet. On the other are ex-believers who want democracy—and the right to believe (or not believe) as they want. When the prophet, Warren Jeffs, goes to prison for sex crimes, the community has to face its painful past...and struggle to define its future. From Witness Docs and Critical Frequency, hosts Ash Sanders and Sarah Ventre move beyond the headlines and embed in the community to bring you Unfinished: Short Creek, a very American story⁠ about the battle between freedom of religion and freedom from religion that asks whether people on two sides of a deep divide can rediscover common ground. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

    What to Listen to Next: Heaven's Gate

    What to Listen to Next: Heaven's Gate

    Finished listening to both seasons of Unfinished and looking for a new podcast? Check out one of Witness Docs' flagship shows: Heaven's Gate. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment, Heaven's Gate examines a new age religious group in California who committed mass suicide in 1997. You can listen to all 10 episodes of Heaven's Gate right now in Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. You might also be interested in a new docuseries inspired by the podcast, called, "Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults," which is now streaming on HBO Max.

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    • 7 min
    Short Creek | Bonus AMA with Hosts Ash and Sarah

    Short Creek | Bonus AMA with Hosts Ash and Sarah

    Hosts Ash Sanders and Sarah Ventre sit down with senior producer Abigail Keel to respond to listeners' questions & comments about Unfinished: Short Creek. This is a special premium bonus episode that has been unlocked for everyone to hear! Three more bonus episodes will be released over the next three weeks. To hear those, go to stitcher.com/premium and sign up with the code WITNESS for a free month of listening. You’ll get access to bonus episodes, plus every episode of Unfinished: Short Creek and other Witness Docs ad-free.

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    • 46 min
    Short Creek | E10 Hallelujah

    Short Creek | E10 Hallelujah

    In the season finale, a few final scenes from Short Creek. After all that's happened here, we look at what healing might look like for the people of Short Creek.

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    • 46 min
    Short Creek | E9 Grassroots in the Desert

    Short Creek | E9 Grassroots in the Desert

    Ex-believers see an opportunity for democracy and work to bring the first free and fair election to Short Creek.

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    • 40 min
    Short Creek | E8 Can I Get A Witness?

    Short Creek | E8 Can I Get A Witness?

    As divisions deepen in Short Creek, the Department of Justice puts the two towns on trial for religious discrimination... forcing the community to change, one way or another.

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    • 38 min
    Short Creek | E7 This Land is Our Land

    Short Creek | E7 This Land is Our Land

    Ex-believers return to Short Creek and face discrimination from FLDS who still control the towns. In an attempt to reclaim the community, ex-believers face off with former family members over land, and power.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

zspins2 ,

Absolutely amazing

Listened to both seasons back to back. Amazing topics explored with such depth, finesse and compassion. Can’t wait for Season 3 and beyond.

Traceybeth ,

I enjoyed the podcasts...BUT

You really should not stereotype “White People”. Maybe “some white people”. You also assume what is in a persons mind.....how can you fact check that on someone who is long gone?? It is just as insulting as stereotyping black people “all like fried chicken....”. Insulting to me & my ancestors who were Abolitionists. You just need to be careful as stereotyping any group of people can incite hate & violence as much as someone who is racist about skin color, sexual preference, gender.......

HeadlessGal ,

Thought I knew a lot about FLDS......

but wow, I'm learning new info.

Since I just started the series I'm only on the 'KEEPING SWEET' episode, but I have a few questions which I hope will be answered during the AMA (ask me anything) last episode. Also, are these two podcasters/women on Twitter by any chance? Would love to be able to keep up with them.

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