In the third season of the Peabody Award-winning podcast, Buried Truths presented by WABE, host Hank Klibanoff investigates exactly what happened when Ahmaud Arbery took his final jog along the residential streets of Brunswick, Georgia; when neighbors decided to trap him; when a prosecutor declared that no arrest should be made; and when community members demanded and kept demanding justice.
Across seven episodes, all available for download beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 at wabe.org/shows/buried-truths/, Klibanoff applies the same lens through which he’s investigated and analyzed other cases of racial injustice from the modern civil rights era. With season three, Buried Truths continues to share a powerful story of injustice and resistance, and it evolves from being a narrative history podcast to one with a laser focus on the discontent, anguish, and dialogue of the present.
“We started with one or two episodes in mind, but my students’ research and interviews produced more and more discoveries that just wouldn’t let go of us and wouldn’t let us stop,” said Klibanoff, who also leads the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University. “The primary characters – victim and perpetrators – have roots that go back to America’s original sin, slavery, so we had a lot of ground to cover and surprising stories to tell. If you thought we were well past the master-slave mentality, please listen.”
The story of Arbery bears witness to the long arc of racial injustice in the American — and to the persistence that brought worldwide attention to coastal Georgia. Buried Truths‘ deep research reveals details about the case that are both disheartening and inspiring.
Klibanoff and his undergraduate students at Emory University in Atlanta have spent the summer reviewing the evidence, researching the history, connecting with those who knew Arbery, and others who grew up in the racial climate that produced the men charged with the shooting death of Arbery — Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan. It’s not about who-done-it, it’s about understanding the historical context — the why.