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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.

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 1 | S2

Howard Moore, Jr. and Newton Collier join Hank Klibanoff for a live show at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. They share more about their experiences with A.C. Hall and the coroner’s inquest, and they discuss what life had in store for them afterwards. Also, Hank Klibanoff and Buried Truths producer Dave Barasoain pull back the curtain on the making of season two.

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