PodCA(s)T: In the Dark, Season 2
Company: APM Reports
Meows: 4.89 out of 5, for sparking an important race conversation with my mom
Following on a theme from season 1, In the Dark takes a hard, but important look at our criminal justice system identifying loop holes used to keep a man in prison. Season 2 explores the case of Curtis Flowers who has been tried six times for the same crime—the murder of four people at a furniture in Winona, Mississippi. Each time, he has been able to appeal his case due to the misconduct of the district attorney during each trial. Madeleine Baran, APM’s reporter, digs deep into the case, finding evidence and facts not even discovered by Flowers’ own attorneys. The season is complied of 11 episodes and 1 update episode.
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Out of a 10, I’d give this podcast an 8 (minus 2 beans because I’m not a fan of where it ended)! It’s worth the listen, even if if makes you frustrated with our justice system. It’s an important listen, so you can understand how a system meant to uphold our ideals is oppressing a man because of his race. While this certainly isn’t new and it happens every day, it’s important to remember that this isn’t normal and we should always strive to further the conversation and better ourselves and the world.
As mentioned above, this season sparked a very real and important conversation with my mom when she asked if I thought racism was just as bad as it was in the 60’s/70’s. I was a little surprised when she asked, but told her yes—absolutely. Our towns and restaurants may be integrated, but for many that’s where it stops. I even explained to her that while I’m white on my birth certificate, that isn’t how the world treats me. She was horrified as any mother would be and as ANYONE should be. We then talked about what it meant for me to live in a world where I identified more with other races and cultures. It was a very honest moment for my mom and I, talking about an uncomfortable topic, so thank you to Madeleine Baran for giving us that opportunity.
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