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In the Dark: The Trials of Curtis Flowers

In the Dark is gripping investigative storytelling. The Trials of Curtis Flowers presents the story of Curtis Flowers, a black man tried six times for the same crime – a quadruple murder in a small town in Mississippi – and a white prosecutor determined to have him executed.

The reporting team moved to Mississippi for a year to track down witnesses and documents. They undertook an extraordinary data journalism project – extracting race information about jury selection from hundreds of trials over two decades – and discovered that prosecutors in this district strike potential black jurors at a consistently higher rate than whites.

The Supreme Court reversed Flowers' conviction June 21, ruling that the prosecutor used racial discrimination in the jury selection for Flowers’ most recent trial. Key findings from the APM Reports’ investigation were included in the case presented to the Supreme Court.

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About APM Reports

APM Reports strives to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change via non-partisan, independent investigative and documentary journalism. In the Dark is a recipient of the 2016 Peabody Award and 2019 George Polk Award.


Madeleine Baran

Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark. Baran's work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Her reporting has exposed flaws in law enforcement investigations, forensic science, state-run mental health institutions and other areas. Baran's reporting has also appeared on NPR and has been cited by the New York Times. Baran has received numerous national awards for her reporting, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, two George Foster Peabody Awards, a Gracie Award, and two national Sigma Delta Chi awards.


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October 29, 2018 – August 31, 2019, with multiple airings permitted.

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