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Hope in Darkness: The Josh Holt Story

13 EpisodesProduced by KSL Podcasts | WonderyWebsite

American Josh Holt and his Venezuelan wife-to-be Thamy fell in love from three thousand miles apart. Just two weeks after their wedding, there was a knock at their door. In the middle of the night, police from the government of Nicolás Maduro burst into their home and took them captive. Their dream … read more

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Introducing Hope in Darkness

May 14th, 2020


Hope in Darkness premieres May 27th.

Ep. 1: The Knock at the Door

May 27th, 2020


Josh Holt, a young man from Utah, finds himself on the wrong side of the law in Venezuela, where he's just arrived to get married and spend his …

Ep. 2: Thamara

May 27th, 2020


Thamara Holt searches for answers after her husband of just two weeks is arrested. Armed men continue to round people up. After one of the longest …

Ep. 3: The Venezuela Crisis

June 3rd, 2020


Josh and Thamy Holt are forced to wait four days with no answers about what is going on or why they were arrested. What are the political and …

Ep. 4: Independence Day

June 10th, 2020


Court date after court date comes and goes without any resolution for the Holt family. Thamy and Josh find themselves stripped of both dignity and …

Ep. 5: El Helicoide

June 17th, 2020


We take a closer look at El Helicoide itself and how it serves as a metaphor for the chaos in Venezuela. The first of several health crises to strike …

Ep. 6: Paging Mama Bear

June 24th, 2020


Back home in the US, Josh's mom, Laurie Holt, is busily making her voice heard from West Jordan to Washington, D.C. A smuggled cell phone becomes …

Ep. 7: Working the System

July 1st, 2020


Josh and Thamy Holt continue to learn how to navigate life in a corrupt dictatorship – from which guards to bribe and how, to how to get along with …

Ep. 8: Marian and Nathalia

July 8th, 2020


The Holts work to get Thamy's daughters to the US. Josh and Thamy finally start getting regular "visits" from the outside world – but also become …

Ep. 9: The Darkest Hour

July 15th, 2020


After realizing his life and safety may well be in danger, Josh Holt negotiates a transfer "up the hallway" to a cell among the political prisoners. …

Ep. 10: Connecting the Dots

July 22nd, 2020


We go in-depth on all the work behind the scenes to secure Josh and Thamy Holt's freedom – including never-before-heard details about the strange …

Ep. 11: Prison Riot

July 29th, 2020


A riot erupts inside El Helicoide as tensions mount in Venezuela. Barricaded in his cell, Josh Holt sends a series of fearful videos begging for help …

Ep. 12: Homecoming

August 5th, 2020


The Holts arrive on US soil. Josh and Thamy meet the president and make the rounds on morning television. Adjusting to life on the outside requires …

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