White Lie’s Season 2, presented by Embedded, revisits the 1991 Alabama prison riot: NPR

White Lies Season 2, presented by Embedded, premieres on January 26th.


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White Lies Season 2, presented by Embedded, premieres on January 26th.


January 24, 2023; Washington, DC – NPR’s signature documentary show Embedded is proud to present the second season of white liesthe award-winning, investigative podcast that examines the inconvenient truths ingrained in our nation’s history.

In white lies In Season 2: The Men on the Roof, hosts Chip Brantley and Andrew Beck Grace take up the dramatic story of a 1991 Alabama prison riot when approximately 120 Cuban inmates occupied a prison in Talladega, AL for nine days. They were among 125,000 Cuban refugees who were brought to South Florida in a matter of months in 1980. How did the US government justify the indefinite imprisonment of thousands of Mariel Cubans in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in untold human and legal tragedy? developed over generations? The themes explored this season reflect current headlines and provide historical context for the ongoing immigration crisis.

The season starts on January 26th. New episodes are released every Thursday.

Listen to the trailer here.

“We’re thrilled to be back for a second season with such an intriguing and different type of story,” said Brantley. “What unites the two seasons is a mandate to really question our history, to make sense of the past.”

“For us, this little story about an Alabama prison riot in the early ’90s turned out to be the tip of the iceberg in a sprawling saga about the creation of our modern immigration system,” Grace said. “We’ve spent years covering this story, interviewing sources from Havana to Vancouver, and sifting through archives to bring our listeners this fascinating and disturbing story of how we decide who has the right to rights in this country to have.”

“The way Chip and Andrew combine deep, original reporting with incisive narrative storytelling has really set the standard for what we can strive for in this format,” said Robert Little, leader of NPR’s investigation team and executive editor of the project. “We’re thrilled to do it again.”

“This story began with a photograph Chip and Andrew found in 2015 of inmates violently taking over a prison,” said Irene Noguchi, who oversees the producing unit Embedded. “As the hosts pull back layer by layer, we realize the photo may not be the whole truth at all. This is a story about immigration – but we are now looking at a desperate act by refugees in 1991 through a new lens in 2023. These are the stories we want to share EmbeddedStories that compel us to re-examine the stories we’ve been told.”

Listeners will find documentary storytelling projects for companies on the NPR network Embedded lining. NPR’s Embeddedmoderated by Kelly McEvers, features stories that are devourable, engaging and speak to the important issues and ideas of our time. Embedded presented the critically acclaimed The last cup and the award-winning criminal justice podcast on our clockthe winner of the 2022 Murrow Prize capital newspaper and now the second season of white lies. season one of white lies, which investigated the murder of a civil rights activist during the suffrage movement in Selma, Alabama, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and iHeartRadio’s Best True Crime Podcast Award. Apple Podcasts named the show the best true crime podcast of the year.

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