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Ep.17 Two sides to the story


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A journalist is on the trail of a big story, unravelling how an 18 year-old rape victim came to be, not only disbelieved, but charged with false reporting after being attacked by a serial rapist. He is putting all the pieces together when he gets an email that will change everything…

Journalists Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller talk through how they told a story of two halves, one that wound up earning them a Pulitzer prize.

WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and bad language and is not suitable for all.

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Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

Music: Dice Muse, Podington Bear, Fake Cats Project

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