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38 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E10 Exposed
The FBI’s abusive domestic surveillance is exposed and after years of keeping his identity as an informant secret, Bill Lawrence and Ernest must testify under oath about their relationship. How far will they go to protect each other and preserve Ernest’s legacy as a hero of the civil rights movement?
42 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E9 The Assassination
Dr. King returns to Memphis on April 3 to make good on his promise to lead a non-violent march. But first he has to get the militants on board. Ernest is relaying dozens of tips from inside every meeting and negotiation. Eye-witnesses share details of King’s final hours, and Ernest is instrumental in getting the most iconic and intimate images out to the world.
37 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E8 The Invaders
We begin the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last eight days alive. A sanitation workers' strike brings King to Memphis - but by this time, March 1968, the movement is splintered. A homegrown Black Power group called the Invaders wants more active resistance, a non-violent protest turns into a riot and Ernest, now a paid racial informant, provides the FBI with a front row seat to an unfolding disaster.
40 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E7 Harm / No Harm?
Ernest was an informant, but just how much damage did he actually cause? To what extent do the sins of the government fall on one man’s shoulders? Two people look over their FBI records and what Ernest revealed about them and arrive at very different conclusions.
39 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E6 Informants
The FBI launches a massive, illegal intelligence dragnet to gather information that could be used to disrupt, discredit and damage people and groups it deems a threat. A lot of people get caught up in providing information to the law enforcement, including Ernest. So what made him different?
35 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E5 On The Front Lines
Being on the front lines was dangerous - especially for a Black man with a camera. But Ernest puts himself at the center of the action. It’s easy to make friends with the Northern “agitators” pouring into West Tennessee and feed the FBI’s growing demand for their pictures.
32 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E4 Fayette County
Ernest’s relationship with the FBI blossoms in 1961 in Fayette County, Tennessee where Black sharecroppers are kicked off their land just for trying to vote. FBI Special Agent Bill Lawrence and Ernest show up to help, but end up seeing something more sinister in the works.
30 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E3 Two Daughters
How did Ernest operate and why did he do it? Two daughters bring us as close as we can get to the minds of the men at the center of our story, Ernest and his handler FBI Special Agent Bill Lawrence.
34 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E2 License To Lie
The FBI has a license to lie and it takes a landmark lawsuit to force them to hand over a trove of secret records detailing Ernest’s years as an FBI informant.
26 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Ernie's Secret | E1 The Perfect Cover
Ernest Withers shot timeless photos covering the civil rights movement- Dr. King on that integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Emmett Till’s uncle pointing an accusing finger and striking garbage men in Memphis wearing I AM A MAN placards. His loyalty and dedication earned him the trust of movement leaders King, Young, Lawson. But what if that trust was misplaced - what if Ernest was leading a double life?
3 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Introducing: Ernie's Secret
The story of Ernest C. Withers, an African-American journalist dubbed the "original civil rights photographer" -- who also happened to be an FBI informant. In this third season of Unfinished, co-produced with The E.W. Scripps Company, host and journalist Wesley Lowery (CBS News, Washington Post) brings listeners through a story of dual loyalties, hidden histories and one man caught in the middle. Lowery also provides new perspectives and insights on government overreach, and explores whether Withers was coerced and simply caught up in FBI surveillance during the Civil Rights Movement. New episodes start June 29
6 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story
Comedians Tess Barker and Babs Gray, who you might know from Lady to Lady or the now legendary Britney’s Gram podcast, are here to bring you a brand new investigative series about Britney Spears' conservatorship and the court system that's allowed it to persist.After launching the #FreeBritney movement, they started to dig… And what they found out, you won’t want to miss! Join Tess and Babs as they talk to exclusive sources, examine new sides of the story, and uncover disturbing truths about our legal system that go way beyond Britney. Listen to Episodes 1 & 2 right now: link.chtbl.com/ToxicThePodcast
43 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Short Creek | Bonus Ep - Spirituality in Short Creek Today
Many of those in Short Creek who left or were kicked out of the FLDS church have had to redefine their own beliefs. Host Sarah Ventre sits down with senior producer Abigail Keel to talk about the current state of spirituality in Short Creek, from religions that are new to the community, to alternative fundamentalist churches.
47 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Short Creek | Bonus Ep - Selections from the Original Score
In this very special episode, listeners get to dive into the original score from Unfinished: Short Creek, hearing the music on its own. Producer John DeLore interweaves a beautiful playlist of music with ambient field audio (gathered in Short Creek), and a few short interviews with the composer, Allison Leyton-Brown and a few other special guests.
43 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Short Creek | Bonus Ep - Three Months in the Prophet's House
Host Sarah Ventre sits down with senior producer Abigail Keel to talk about the experience of embedding in Short Creek for 3 months while reporting for this series. Sarah also shares some audio that gives a new window into what day-to-day life is like in the twin cities of Hildale and Colorado City.
46 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
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.
46 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
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.
41 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
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.
38 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
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.
42 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
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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