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Buried Truths

25 episodes - English - Latest episode: 8 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.4K ratings

A black man gets into a car and heads South. A coroner pulls back a sheet and is suspicious of what he sees. An attorney wonders, "Where did this gun come from?" Buried Truths, winner of the 2018 Peabody Award, looks at still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. Season 2: The story of A.C. Hall, explores police privilege, racial conditioning and community activism. Season 1 focused on Isaiah Nixon, voter suppression and new beginnings --- from WABE, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and professor, Hank Klibanoff, and the students in his civil rights cold cases class at Emory University. We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

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The Story of Thomas Finch

March 21, 2020 13:00 - 34 minutes - 31.8 MB

In 1936, a black man named Thomas Finch was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer who later became leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Very little was known publicly about Finch’s death until his name appeared at a new memorial to the victims of lynching. In this special episode of Buried Truths, Hank Klibanoff sits down with Stephannie Stokes, the reporter who uncovered Thomas Finch's story, for an in-depth look at what happened, and how it's connected to the stories on Buried Truth...

Buried Truths Live Part 2 | S2

August 12, 2019 02:00 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

Sheriff David Davis of Macon-Bibb county, LaTasha Morrison of Be The Bridge and Jill Savitt of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights join Hank Klibanoff for a discussion about truth, policing, race relations and our individual roles. Then, we take questions from the audience. It's a straightforward, personal and pointed Q&A with the panelists, Hank Klibanoff, Howard Moore, Jr. and Newton Collier.

Buried Truths Live Part 1 | S2

August 12, 2019 02:00 - 27 minutes - 25.2 MB

Howard Moore, Jr. and Newton Collier join Hank Klibanoff for a live show at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. They share more about their experiences with A.C. Hall and the coroner's inquest, and they discuss what life had in store for them afterwards. Also, Hank Klibanoff and Buried Truths producer Dave Barasoain pull back the curtain on the making of season two.

President Jimmy Carter Comes to Class | S2 Bonus

June 24, 2019 02:00 - 29 minutes - 27.2 MB

Former president Jimmy Carter visits Hank’s class at Emory University. He describes the racial climate in Georgia from his childhood to his bid for the Governor's seat, and he takes questions from students. Biography of Jimmy Carter

Hank on 1A | S2 Bonus

May 06, 2019 02:00 - 32 minutes - 30 MB

On the heels of the 2018 Peabody Award win, Hank talks to 1A about making Buried Truths, its relevance today and where he hopes to take the project next .

Because | S2 E9

April 15, 2019 02:00 - 40 minutes - 37.4 MB

Why tell A.C.’s story? Hank looks at the many ways in which 1962 resonates today and he heads to Macon with his students to visit A.C.’s gravesite. 

A Gift | S2 E8

April 08, 2019 02:00 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

So what happens after the storm? Hank discusses the after effects of the A.C. Hall verdict, grand jury proceedings and an FBI investigation. Will they follow the lead of the coroner’s jury? And what became of Eloise Franklin?

Unsworn | S2 E7

April 01, 2019 02:00 - 34 minutes - 31.4 MB

The police take the stand. Years later, one of their sons speaks out. The jury delivers its decision.

The Shirttail | S2 E6

March 25, 2019 02:00 - 27 minutes - 25.3 MB

How accurate is eyewitness identification? Donald Hollowell, one of the civil rights attorneys representing A.C. Hall's family, questions what Doris Hopper actually saw. Hank looks at the science...and he speaks to Doris.

As Traditional As Grits | S2 E5

March 18, 2019 02:00 - 32 minutes - 29.6 MB

It's the wrong gun. As Barnett Hopper takes the stand, saying the gun that police found isn’t his after all, we examine the kind of training that officers like Brown and Durden received. Hank discusses police culture and training with a former police officer, now law professor. His focus – policing the police.

Call Him Up | S2 E4

March 11, 2019 09:47 - 37 minutes - 34.4 MB

Sixteen year old Eloise Franklin takes the stand in front of five white jurors, three attorneys and a courtroom full of spectators. The police officers' defense attorney Denmark Groover, a staunch segregationist who tried to stop clocks and change flags, asks her more than 230 questions. Years later, Eloise recalls the experience. The inquest takes a break.

56 Years | S2 E3

March 04, 2019 03:00 - 30 minutes - 28 MB

A rookie black lawyer, who's never examined a witness, who doesn't even know what a coroner's inquest is, gets his chance in a Macon, Georgia, courtroom against a legendary segregationist lawyer and politician. Can this possibly go well? Listen to the actual testimony -- and that rookie's reflections, in that same courtroom, 56 years later. 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T | S2 E2

February 25, 2019 03:00 - 32 minutes - 29.4 MB

What was life like in the South in the 1960s? Why did A.C. run? Revealing details from A.C.'s friends, community members and the ruling politicians of the time. Find out more about what's covered in this episode: - Slavery By Another Name documentary and educational resources, PBS, Douglas Blackmon -  “Debate Over Empty Lot Unearths Ugly Piece of Atlanta History”, WABE, Molly Samuel -  Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race by Jennifer Ritterhous...

Impulse | S2 E1

February 18, 2019 03:00 - 28 minutes - 26 MB

A night stroll, a missing gun and two rookie cops. 

Season 2 | Trailer

February 04, 2019 02:00 - 1 minute - 1.53 MB

A.C. Hall lived until he was seventeen years old. On an October night in 1962, he encountered two police officers investigating a stolen gun. They were looking for a colored man...and they found A.C. In season 2 of Buried Truths, Hank Klibanoff examines A.C.'s story and the surrounding context. It's a story of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. We can't change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

Buried Truths Live | S1

December 10, 2018 02:30 - 52 minutes - 47.9 MB

Isaiah Nixon’s daughter, Dorothy, joins Hank Klibanoff for a live event in Atlanta. Buried Truths producer David Barasoain and Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, also join the conversation.

Updates | S1

November 05, 2018 21:07 - 1 minute - 1.34 MB

Buried Truths Live is coming to Atlanta on November 28. Season 2 is coming this February.

A Conversation with Hank Klibanoff | S1 Bonus

May 21, 2018 02:30 - 30 minutes - 28.4 MB

The backstory behind The Buried Truths podcast and its host, Hank Klibanoff.

Sorry | S1 E6

April 30, 2018 02:24 - 43 minutes - 39.8 MB

Isaiah Nixon’s daughter Dorothy returns to Alston, GA. She comes face to face with her past...and with someone she never expected to meet. 

Found | S1 E5

April 23, 2018 02:00 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

FBI director Robert Mueller systematically reopens civil rights cold cases. Hank and his students head to Montgomery County to explore what happened with the FBI’s first investigation into the trial of Isaiah Nixon’s killers – and they make an amazing discovery that had eluded the Nixon family for nearly 70 years. 

Friends | S1 E4

April 16, 2018 02:00 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

After the Nixon and Carter families flee Georgia, they face terrible conditions. Discovered by the NAACP and The Pittsburgh Courier, they find a way to move forward.

Trial and Error | S1 E3

April 09, 2018 02:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

Dover Carter has to make a crucial decision. Isaiah Nixon’s daughter Dorothy, having witnessed the shooting of her father, retreats and seethes. The Buried Truths team uncovers over 500 pages of FBI and NAACP records.

Fall | S1 E2

April 02, 2018 02:00 - 27 minutes - 25.3 MB

Election day is usually a grand occasion for a small town like Alston, GA. For the white people in town, September 8, 1948, marked a day of good ole traditions and community. But for black voters, it became a place of opportunity...and defiance. 

The Three Governors Controversy | S1 Bonus

March 28, 2018 02:30 - 11 minutes - 10.9 MB

In 1946, Eugene Talmadge was elected to a fourth term as governor of Georgia, however, he died a month later, before he could take office. In a bizarre, almost-comedic turn of events, for two months, three men—Melvin Thompson, Ellis Arnall and Herman Talmadge, son of Eugene —would lay claim to the governor’s seat.

Pistols | S1 E1

March 26, 2018 02:30 - 38 minutes - 35.2 MB

After Primus King, a black barber and pastor, successfully sued the Democratic Party for denying his right to vote on the grounds of race and color, three-term Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge declared, “This is a white man’s country and we must keep it so.” The best way to do so: “Pistols.”

Introducing Buried Truths

January 11, 2018 17:37 - 2 minutes - 2.29 MB

How are we going to keep them from the polls?