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. The podcast is hosted by journalist, professor, and Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Hank Klibanoff.

Buried Truths SeasonsSeason 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 is in production.

Buried Truths has been widely recognized for its deep, historical understanding, intensive research, and moving storytelling – winning the Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and a Webby honoree. Lesson plans based on the podcast received the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award.

 

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Videos

  • An in-depth look at Emory students’ work on the Isaiah Nixon case as part of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, which Hank directs – Watch Now
  • Peabody acceptance speech for Season 1 – Watch Now
  • Season 2 Trailer – Watch Now

Featured Episode

As Traditional As Grits | S2 E5

It’s the wrong gun. As Barnett Hopper takes the stand, saying the gun that police found isn’t his after all, we examine the kind of training that officers like Brown and Durden received. Hank discusses police culture and training with a former police officer, now law professor. His focus – policing the police.

The Shirttail | S2 E6

How accurate is eyewitness identification? Donald Hollowell, one of the civil rights attorneys representing A.C. Hall’s family, questions what Doris Hopper actually saw. Hank looks at the science…and he speaks to Doris.

A Gift | S2 E8

So what happens after the storm? Hank discusses the after effects of the A.C. Hall verdict, grand jury proceedings and an FBI investigation. Will they follow the lead of the coroner’s jury? And what became of Eloise Franklin?

Buried Truths Live Part 2 | S2

Sheriff David Davis of Macon-Bibb county, LaTasha Morrison of Be The Bridge and Jill Savitt of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights join Hank Klibanoff for a discussion about truth, policing, race relations and our individual roles. Then, we take questions from the audience. It’s a straightforward, personal and pointed Q&A with the panelists, Hank Klibanoff, Howard Moore, Jr. and Newton Collier.

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