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Canary: The Washington Post Investigates

10 EpisodesProduced by The Washington PostWebsite

After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation. This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forwa… read more

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Introducing “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates”

September 17th, 2020


What happens when a secret becomes too much to bear? “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is a new podcast series about two women, separated by decades and united by their refusal to stay silent. Hosted by …

Chapter 1: "The system failed us"

October 1st, 2020

A stranger attacks a jogger in D.C., sparking a four-year courtroom saga and a campaign for justice.
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Chapter 2: "A secret that she couldn't tell"

October 1st, 2020

We head to Alabama to investigate allegations about a prominent figure in the D.C. justice system. 
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Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"

October 1st, 2020

Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.
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Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"

October 1st, 2020

A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.
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Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"

October 1st, 2020

A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets. 
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Chapter 6: "You can always have the last word"

October 1st, 2020

How will the accused respond? And what will his defenders say? 
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Chapter 7: "I'll find my joy"

October 1st, 2020

Two women come face to face.
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Introducing "Broken Doors"

March 25th, 2022


No-knock warrants allow police to force their way into people’s homes without warning. What happens when this aggressive police tactic becomes the …

Broken Doors, Episode 1: "That's what you get"

May 25th, 2022


Sheriff’s deputies burst through the front door of a man’s home as he slept. He said they pointed a gun at his head and ransacked his home in search of drugs and cash. The no-knock search warrant they used was …

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