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What Is ‘Buried Truths’?

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

Nominated for the 2018 Peabody Award, 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.

Season 2 | Trailer

A.C. Hall lived until he was seventeen years old. On an October night in 1962, he encountered two police officers investigating a stolen gun. They were looking for a colored man…and they found A.C. In season 2 of Buried Truths, Hank Klibanoff examines A.C.’s story and the surrounding context. It’s a story of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

Buried Truths Live | S1

Isaiah Nixon’s daughter, Dorothy, joins Hank Klibanoff for a live event in Atlanta. Buried Truths producer David Barasoain and Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, also join the conversation.

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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