Buried Truths

“Buried Truths” acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, racism, and resistance in the American South. We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding. The podcast is hosted by journalist, professor, and Pulitzer-prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff.

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Season 1 tells the story of Isaiah Nixon, a father of six who, in 1948, exercised his right to vote and paid with his life. Isaiah’s story provides insight into voter suppression, disenfranchisement, and much more.

Season 2 tells the story of A.C. Hall, a black teenager who was mistakenly identified as a gun thief in 1962, Macon, Georgia. Through A.C.’s story, host Hank Klibanoff examines police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism, and much more.

Season 3 investigates the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and reveals details about the case that are at once both disheartening and inspiring.

“Buried Truths” has been widely recognized for its deep, historical understanding, intensive research, and moving storytelling – winning the 2021 Silver Gavel Award for the third season of Buried Truths, a Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Webby honoree.

The 86 students who have studied and investigated the James Brazier and Willie Countryman cases as part of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases class at Emory, 2012-2022

Spring 2012 – James Brazier

Simran Khosla

Jorge Menocal

Emily White

Kate Albers

Robin Ayers

Fall 2012 – James Brazier

Nelson Adams

Dylan Jackson

Mary Claire Kelly

Molly Lenowitz

Chelsea Rierson

Eva Zenilman

Jennifer Seibert

Youhee Choi

Ashley Brintle

Brea Daniels

Kayla Davis

Fall 2013 – James Brazier

Hannah Coleman

Alexandria Smith

Lucas Buyon

Jordan Friedman

Nathaniel Meyersohn

Avery Suber

Lauren Browning

Alison Chetkof

Ami Fields-Meyer

Emily Moore

Christa Nutor

Scott Schlafer

Sonam Vashi

Lily Weinberg

Spring 2014 – James Brazier

Rupsha Basu

Arianna Skibell

Erika Burgess

Dania De La Cruz

Kalysea Lovan

Taylor Madgett

Sanai Meles

Erica Sterling

Nicole VanderMeer

Lamon Cherry III

Fall 2019 – James Brazier

Deanna Altomara

Shannon Anderson

Jake Busch

Hannah Charak

Annie Cohen

Hayden Davis

Priyanka Desai

Amani Elkhatib

Jordan Flowers

Whitney Forbis

Cameron Katz

Sage Mason

Franklin Nossiter

Katie Pleiss

Kassie Sarkar

Lauren Taylor

Fall 2021 – James Brazier, Willie Countryman

Wittika Chaplet

Tanika Deuskar

Julia Fayer

Jake Furgele

Isaac Gittleman

Sheena Holt

Victoria Jordan

Ana Kilbourn

Philip Lee

Camilla Li

Sophia LiBrandi

Sarina McCabe

Olivia Milloway

Zoe Moskowitz

Xavier Stevens

Fall 2022 – James Brazier, Willie Countryman

Brammhi Balarajan

Julia Biniek

Hannah Book

Carly Colen

Madeline Gordon

Jake Green

Danielle Jacoby

Gabriella Lewis

Klaire Mason

Adisa Ozegovic

Ellie Purinton

Emma Rosenau

Sabrina Schoenborn

Chaya Tong

Kristopher Wallen

Meet the Host

Meet Hank Klibanoff

Hank Klibanoff is a veteran journalist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a son of the South. Hank co-authored The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for history. A native of Alabama, Hank was a reporter and editor for more than 35 years at Mississippi newspapers, The Boston Globe and The Philadelphia Inquirer before serving as managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Hank is currently a professor at Emory University, where he directs the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project.

Hank Klibanoff

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