Believed

Believed

How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It's a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It's also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.

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October 12, 2018 2 min
How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for more than two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It's a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It's also an unnerving exploration of h...
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How did former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abuse hundreds of girls and women for decades? To understand how he got away with it, we have to begin with the doctor in his prime, when everyone thought of him as Larry, the good guy.
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October 29, 2018 28 min
In this episode, we take you back to 2004 - 13 years before Dr. Larry Nassar would admit in court that he sexually abused children. This incident with a teenager will show you not just what Larry was doing to so many of his patients, but how he got away with it again and again.
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November 5, 2018 22 min
Sometimes the people who don't believe you are the people who love you the most. This episode will take you into Larry Nassar's basement, through the memories of a young girl - a family friend who he abused for years.
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November 12, 2018 29 min
It's time to hear from Larry, and we've got the tape. In 2014, the doctor was interviewed by a police detective after another patient reported him for sexual assault. You'll hear for yourself how Larry lies, manipulates and convinces police to believe him instead of the victim.
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November 19, 2018 27 min
Larry Nassar's world starts to fall apart in the summer of 2016, thanks to three things: a tough Michigan detective, a team of journalists in Indiana, and a homeschooling mom from Kentucky. In this episode, you'll hear Larry's facade collapse - on tape.
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November 26, 2018 26 min
Many parents were in the room when Larry Nassar abused their daughters. They had no idea it was happening. That's because Larry didn't just manipulate his victims, he manipulated their parents, too.
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December 3, 2018 36 min
Even some of Larry Nassar's victims found it hard to believe they themselves were abused. This is the story of a patient who supported him for years, despite the allegations. Hear what it took for her to finally accept the truth.
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December 10, 2018 35 min
The world watches as more than 200 women and girls confront Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearings. "Little girls don't stay little forever," says one survivor. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."
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December 17, 2018 18 min
In the end, Larry Nassar's survivors were believed. But is that enough?
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September 29, 2020 45 min
An investigation of an influential family of pro-gun activists who think the NRA is too soft on guns. They're demanding an end to all gun regulations and permitting. And guns are just the beginning of the story. Today we bring you episode 3 of the new NPR podcast "No Compromise" by Guns & America reporters Lisa Hagen and Chris Haxel.
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February 26, 2021 37 min
We see the families crying on TV. We hear how the survivors escaped. We see victims honored at candlelight vigils after the latest mass shooting at a school, office, concert or church. But we eventually stop paying attention. We, the ones who are safe, move on. What if we didn't? What could we learn if we stayed awhile? We bring you Episode 1 of a new series from NPR's Embedded podcast, which follows the survivors of the 20...
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