Silenced: The Radio Murders

Silenced: The Radio Murders

A chilling wave of murders sweeps through Little Haiti, a Miami neighborhood that is home to many Haitian exiles. The victims are radio broadcasters, using the airwaves to demand democracy at home. Little Haiti is up in arms, calling for justice for the fallen heroes, but the investigation stalls. To this day, the masterminds remain free. And rumors persist … about cocaine trafficking, CIA assets, and transnational coups. Ana Arana, who first investigated the crimes thirty years ago, teams up with Oz Woloshyn to find answers to a case that continues to haunt her.

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May 16, 2024 3 mins

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EPISODE 1: THE SCOOP

New York Times journalist Frances “Frenchy” Robles gets a tip about a group of wrongfully convicted men in the New York State prison system. The common denominator: many were arrested by the same detective. Frenchy tracks down the story in a surprise visit to prison. 

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June 22, 2023 26 mins

“In the heart of every Haitian is a sleeping president.” - An interview with Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, about the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

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June 15, 2023 23 mins

Our co-host Ana Arana speaks with Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Garry Pierre-Pierre, founder of the Haitian Times about the legacy of Miami radio broadcasters. 

This interview is a reunion of sorts – Garry and Ana both lived in Miami in the early 1990s, when Veye Yo was active on the airwaves and in the streets, and they worked together as reporters at the Sun Sentinel.

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June 8, 2023 33 mins

President Aristide finally returns to office in Haiti, but to some in his movement, he’s not the same leader. With the murder of one more radio journalist, an era comes to an end.

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June 1, 2023 34 mins

There’s no statute of limitations on murder. Ana investigates whether the intellectual authors could still be brought to justice.

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May 25, 2023 29 mins

Oz asks the question he’s been wondering all along: could the CIA know anything about the broadcaster murders?

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May 18, 2023 33 mins

A coup in Haiti empowers a new paramilitary squad, bold enough to face down the U.S. military. In Miami, the black book resurfaces – and the killings continue.

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May 11, 2023 28 mins

An explosion of cocaine trafficking through Haiti is fuelling gangs in Miami. The radio broadcasters are calling out the drug trade on air. A fateful concert lights a fuse.

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May 4, 2023 27 mins

The investigation into Olivier’s killing begins, and another young radio journalist is shot. It can’t be a coincidence. 

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April 27, 2023 34 mins

When music promoter and DJ Jean-Claude Olivier is shot outside a club in Miami, Little Haiti wonders – how much further is this going to go?

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Four radio broadcasters are assassinated on the streets of Miami. Rumors swirl about who wanted them shut up. Some suspect a far-reaching conspiracy.

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In this special bonus episode, Mónica revisits a protest march she attended in México to mark International Women's Day, back at the beginning of 2020. We examine the situation on the ground in Juárez today, share a small update from the Flores family, and answer one of our most frequently asked questions: What can we do, in the continuing fight against femicide and gender violence?

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Mónica is joined by Colombian journalist and Univision news anchor Ilia Calderón for a conversation about the drivers of femicide around the world, and Ilia’s new book "My Time to Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race."

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August 8, 2020 58 mins

Episode 10 - Another mass grave is discovered in 2012, suggesting a new wave of femicides. Oz investigates connections between the cartels and the international banking system, and Mónica returns to Juárez for a final conversation with Paula Flores about what happened after Sagrario disappeared.

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July 28, 2020 44 mins

Episode 9 - We examine the details that connect many of the murder victims to Juárez's foreign-owned factories, also known as maquiladoras. A Mexican customs investigation takes an unusual turn, leading Diana to a new line of investigation for who else could be involved in the murders. 

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July 14, 2020 48 mins

Episode 8 - One of the biggest challenges of getting to the bottom of the femicides is knowing who to trust, and who is metido - involved with the dark side. FBI agent Hardrick Crawford begins speaking out, calling the murders "crimes against humanity." But as he becomes involved with the Juárez elite, he makes powerful enemies.

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July 7, 2020 46 mins

Episode 7 - Uncovering who is behind the murders of women begins to suggest a much larger conspiracy. But how far does it reach? And does it stop at the border? Alfredo keeps digging, and we look for answers in Júarez's past.

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June 29, 2020 44 mins

Episode 6 - Journalist Alfredo Corchado interviews an eyewitness from the Juárez underworld, who claims to know what's happening to the murdered women. A suspect is arrested in Sagrario Gonzalez's case. And the FBI begins a secret cross-border operation.

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In this bonus episode, Mónica gives us a sneak peak into the side of Juárez that is often discussed, but rarely understood. We meet cultural anthropologist and border expert Howard Campbell, who has deeply researched the various criminal networks at work in Ciudad Juárez by spending time on the ground. We'll be back next week with a new episode that takes us even further into the Juárez underworld.

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