What Is ‘Buried Truths’?

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

Buried Truths acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. 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.

Buried Truths is an investigative podcast that honors lives and reveals what’s been hidden, not published and not taught—from WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and professor, Hank Klibanoff, and the students in his civil rights cold cases class at Emory University. When we understand who we were, we can better understand who we are.

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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.

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.

Fall | S1 E2

Election day is usually a grand occasion for a small town like Alston, GA. For the white people in town, September 8, 1948, marked a day of good ole traditions and community. But for black voters, it became a place of opportunity…and defiance. 

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.

Pistols | S1 E1

After Primus King, a black barber and pastor, successfully sued the Democratic Party for denying his right to vote on the grounds of race and color, three-term Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge declared, “This is a white man’s country and we must keep it so.” The best way to do so: “Pistols.”

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