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White Lies

8 EpisodesProduced by NPRWebsite

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 gui… read more

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Introducing White Lies

May 6th, 2019

2:05

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

The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

May 14th, 2019

51:26

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 …

The Who And The What

May 21st, 2019

57:53

In 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.

The Counternarrative

May 28th, 2019

50:28

In 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.

The Sphinx Of Washington Street

June 4th, 2019

45:00

In 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.

The X On The Map

June 11th, 2019

51:06

In 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 …

Learn Not To Hear It

June 18th, 2019

51:23

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

A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

June 25th, 2019

1:06:47

In 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, …

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