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White Lies

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White Lies

White Lies

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In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

Latest Episodes

Introducing White Lies

A new serialized podcast from NPR investigates a 1965 cold case. New episodes every Tuesday starting May 14.

2 MIN2019 MAY. 6
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Introducing White Lies

The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

In 1965, the Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Ala. No one was ever held to account. We return to the town where it happened, searching for new leads in an old story.

49 MIN2019 MAY. 14
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The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

The Who And The What

EIn Episode 2, we unravel the aftermath of the Rev. James Reeb's murder: the arrest of three men and the defense brought at trial. We also track down the last living jurors.

57 MIN2019 MAY. 21
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The Who And The What

The Counternarrative

EIn Episode 3, we break down the conspiracy theory that emerged after the Rev. James Reeb's murder: that he was allowed to die or was killed because the civil rights movement needed a white martyr.

49 MIN2019 MAY. 28
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The Counternarrative

The Sphinx Of Washington Street

EIn Episode 4, we find a woman who says she knows who killed the Rev. James Reeb, because she was there. She's ready — for the first time in more than 50 years — to tell the truth about what she saw.

45 MIN2019 JUN. 4
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The Sphinx Of Washington Street

The X On The Map

EIn Episode 5, we search for the fourth attacker while digging into the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a black civil rights activist who was murdered in Alabama just weeks before the Rev. James Reeb. Jackson's killer was brought to justice in 2010. We look at his case for strategies to help solve Reeb's.

49 MIN2019 JUN. 11
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The X On The Map

Learn Not To Hear It

EIn Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.

50 MIN2019 JUN. 18
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Learn Not To Hear It

A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

EIn our final episode, we examine the legacy of the Rev. James Reeb's death. We speak both to his descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how the trauma and the lies that followed it affected both families.

65 MIN2019 JUN. 25
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A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

White Lies presents The United States of Anxiety

White Lies presents an episode for the new season of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety. The series is about the unfinished business of American history and its grip on our future — their starting point is Reconstruction and its legacy today.

27 MINENE. 31
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White Lies presents The United States of Anxiety
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Latest Episodes

Introducing White Lies

A new serialized podcast from NPR investigates a 1965 cold case. New episodes every Tuesday starting May 14.

2 MIN2019 MAY. 6
Comments
Introducing White Lies

The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

In 1965, the Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Ala. No one was ever held to account. We return to the town where it happened, searching for new leads in an old story.

49 MIN2019 MAY. 14
Comments
The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

The Who And The What

EIn Episode 2, we unravel the aftermath of the Rev. James Reeb's murder: the arrest of three men and the defense brought at trial. We also track down the last living jurors.

57 MIN2019 MAY. 21
Comments
The Who And The What

The Counternarrative

EIn Episode 3, we break down the conspiracy theory that emerged after the Rev. James Reeb's murder: that he was allowed to die or was killed because the civil rights movement needed a white martyr.

49 MIN2019 MAY. 28
Comments
The Counternarrative

The Sphinx Of Washington Street

EIn Episode 4, we find a woman who says she knows who killed the Rev. James Reeb, because she was there. She's ready — for the first time in more than 50 years — to tell the truth about what she saw.

45 MIN2019 JUN. 4
Comments
The Sphinx Of Washington Street

The X On The Map

EIn Episode 5, we search for the fourth attacker while digging into the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a black civil rights activist who was murdered in Alabama just weeks before the Rev. James Reeb. Jackson's killer was brought to justice in 2010. We look at his case for strategies to help solve Reeb's.

49 MIN2019 JUN. 11
Comments
The X On The Map

Learn Not To Hear It

EIn Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.

50 MIN2019 JUN. 18
Comments
Learn Not To Hear It

A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

EIn our final episode, we examine the legacy of the Rev. James Reeb's death. We speak both to his descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how the trauma and the lies that followed it affected both families.

65 MIN2019 JUN. 25
Comments
A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

White Lies presents The United States of Anxiety

White Lies presents an episode for the new season of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety. The series is about the unfinished business of American history and its grip on our future — their starting point is Reconstruction and its legacy today.

27 MINENE. 31
Comments
White Lies presents The United States of Anxiety
the END
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