In the Dark to Cover Curtis Flowers’ U.S. Supreme Court Case with Four New Episodes

Podcast will follow arguments and decision on Flowers’ case, the subject of In the Dark’s second season; APM Reports journalists receive prestigious Polk Award for investigation

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 19, 2019 – APM Reports’ award-winning investigation for In the Dark’s second season spanned the course of a year in Mississippi and revealed misconduct, injustice and racial divide in the death row case of Curtis Flowers. And now, after being presented a case that includes reporting by APM Reports, the most powerful court in the country will determine if the prosecutor engaged in racial discrimination in the jury selection in Flowers’ latest trial.

Beginning next month, APM Reports will take In the Dark to Washington, D.C., to cover the Supreme Court arguments, decision and implications in the Flowers case with four new episodes. The podcast’s first episode will be available March 19. Three subsequent episodes will come out between the March 20 oral arguments and the end of the court’s term in late June.

A preview of In the Dark’s new episodes is available here.

In the Dark’s new reporting will take listeners into the courtroom for oral arguments, as well as provide breaking news of the court’s decision. The episodes will also examine what happens after the Supreme Court decision and what it means for the lack of accountability for prosecutors across the U.S.

The ruling will determine whether Flowers remains on death row or faces the possibility of Doug Evans – the district attorney – trying him for a seventh time, offering a plea deal or dismissing the charges all together.

APM Reports’ investigation in Season Two has been widely recognized for its contributions to journalism. Announced today, Madeleine Baran, APM Reports host and lead reporter of In the Dark, and Samara FreemarkIn the Dark senior producer, have been awarded the George Polk Award for Podcast Reporting, a prestigious award that emphasizes investigative journalism. This marks the first time the Polk Award has been given to a podcast. Additionally, Baran will be honored this spring as the Burton Award’s 2019 Outstanding Journalist in Law.

Listeners can stay up-to-date on breaking news in the Flowers case and when new In the Dark episodes publish by subscribing to the In the Dark email newsletter.


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