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What Is ‘Buried Truths’?

We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

WABE’s Peabody Award-winning Buried Truths podcast acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. The podcast uses investigative journalism to honor lives and reveals what’s been hidden, not published and not taught. Season 2 tells the story of A.C. Hall, a black teenager mistakenly identified as stealing a gun in 1962, Macon, Georgia. Through A.C.’s story, host Hank Klibanoff examines police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism and more. Season 1 focused on Isaiah Nixon, voter suppression and new beginnings. Scroll down to listen to all episodes from both season.

Thank you for the research, the commitment, the emotion, the honesty, the facts brought in this story! I thank you because so many don’t know the history or the pain it left.

-Buried Truths Listener

With intensive research of FBI documents, microfilm of archival newspapers, medical records, NAACP reports, and primary evidence held in private collections, the podcast has the appeal of the “true crime” genre but constantly strives for deeper historical understanding.

-The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors

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Buried Truths is produced and funded by WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. It’s made possible by financial contributions from our listeners.

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Lesson Plans

Bring Buried Truths into the classroom with 8th grade social studies and high school U.S. history lesson plans.

Developed in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, these lesson plans provide suggestions for how to incorporate season 1 of Buried Truths into middle and high school courses. Each plan is aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies as well as the national College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies.

Lesson plans provide teacher directions, handouts, source material, and instructional strategies. They can be used in sequence or as modular activities.

The Three Governors Controversy | S1 Bonus

In 1946, Eugene Talmadge was elected to a fourth term as governor of Georgia, however, he died a month later, before he could take office. In a bizarre, almost-comedic turn of events, for two months, three men—Melvin Thompson, Ellis Arnall and Herman Talmadge, son of Eugene —would lay claim to the governor’s seat.

Trial and Error | S1 E3

Dover Carter has to make a crucial decision. Isaiah Nixon’s daughter Dorothy, having witnessed the shooting of her father, retreats and seethes. The Buried Truths team uncovers over 500 pages of FBI and NAACP records.

Found | S1 E5

FBI director Robert Mueller systematically reopens civil rights cold cases. Hank and his students head to Montgomery County to explore what happened with the FBI’s first investigation into the trial of Isaiah Nixon’s killers – and they make an amazing discovery that had eluded the Nixon family for nearly 70 years. 

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