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You Didn't See Nothin

You Didn't See Nothin

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The Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award-winning “You Didn't See Nothin” follows Yohance Lacour as he revisits the story that introduced him to the world of investigative journalism. Part investigation and part memoir, Yohance examines how its ripple effects have shaped his life over the past quarter-century.


In 1997, Lenard Clark was beaten into a coma by a gang of older white teens simply for being Black in a white neighborhood. One of Lenard’s attackers was from a powerful Chicago family. The media quickly turned towards stories of reconciliation and racial healing, with cooperation by Black leaders and the attacker’s family.


Yohance wasn’t having any of it.


At the time of the attack, he was in his early 20s, writing plays, selling weed, and living at his dad’s house on the South Side of Chicago. Unable to stand by silently, he began working with a neighborhood newspaper to investigate the vicious hate crime. Reporting on the incident led him to grow increasingly disillusioned with journalism.


From USG Audio and the Invisible Institute – creators of the 2020 Pulitzer Finalist podcast “Somebody” – “You Didn't See Nothin” finds Yohance back in Chicago after a 10-year prison sentence, tracking down key players to examine how this story connects to our present moment.


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2022-12-2902:295

Part investigation and part memoir, “You Didn't See Nothin” follows Yohance Lacour as he revisits the story that introduced him to the world of investigative journalism, and examines how its ripple effects have shaped his life over the past quarter-century.In 1997, Lenard Clark was beaten into a coma by a gang of older white teens simply for being Black in a white neighborhood. One of Lenard’s attackers was from a powerful Chicago family. The media quickly turned towards stories of reconciliation and racial healing, with cooperation by Black leaders and the attacker’s family.Yohance wasn’t having any of it.At the time of the attack, he was in his early 20s, writing plays, selling weed, and living at his dad’s house on the South Side of Chicago. Unable to stand by silently, he began working with a neighborhood newspaper to investigate the vicious hate crime. Reporting on the incident led him to grow increasingly disillusioned with journalism.From USG Audio and the Invisible Institute – creators of the 2020 Pulitzer Finalist podcast “Somebody” – “You Didn't See Nothin” finds Yohance back in Chicago after a 10-year prison sentence, tracking down key players to examine how this story connects to our present moment.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1 - Young Black Male

1 - Young Black Male

2023-02-1531:466

When a 13-year-old Black boy is attacked in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, Yohance rallies his crew to avenge the beating.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: The Sebring Crew (Earl, Peewee, Willie, Ro, Jamaz) Kanesha Broadwater, Michael Clark Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): C-SPAN, CBS Evening News, NPR/All Things Considered, MSNBC/NBC News, WBEZ, Dateline, CNN, WTTW, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, NBC Evening News, NPR/Weekend Edition, YouTube, CBS Chicago, The Today Show, WMAQ, and Conus. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2 - Holler If Ya Hear Me

2 - Holler If Ya Hear Me

2023-02-1534:281

Yohance begins to investigate the beating for a neighborhood newspaper, when his reporting gets some unwanted attention.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: Stacy Nzingha Hill Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): CBS Evening News; NPR/All Things Considered; YouTube; CNN; WMAQ; Sounds of Blackness; Twista, Faith Evans and Capitol Records; Mary J. Blige and MCA Records; The President’s Weekly Radio Address, WTTW, Dateline, NBC News, Fox Chicago, and Universal Pictures. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3 - Heartz of Men

3 - Heartz of Men

2023-02-1528:582

News stories about the beating zero in on reconciliation and racial healing, as the attacker’s parents meet with prominent Black leaders.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: Mindy Pugh and The Progressive Community Church Archives at the Illinois Institute of Technology Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): The President’s Weekly Radio Address, CNN, Fox News, Fox Chicago, WMAQ, CBS Chicago, Getty Images NBC News Archives, Boys II Men UMG Recording Inc. and Motown Record Company, and NPR/All Things Considered. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4 - Point the Finga

4 - Point the Finga

2023-02-2231:243

As the trial approaches, a key witness goes missing and another is murdered. CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: James Cutler, Steve Bogira, Elizabeth Smith and the Cook Clerk of the Circuit CourtArchival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): WMAQ, Fox Chicago, Dateline, and WBEZ. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Black community becomes deeply divided over some of its leaders supporting the family of the attacker.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: Brother Randy Evans, Steve Bogira, the family of Joe Lattimore, Mindy Pugh and The Progressive Community Church Archives at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Bob Berlin Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): CNN, Dateline, WBEZ, NPR, WMAQ, C-SPAN, and WTTW. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Yohance speaks to the Black minister about the notion that the attacker and his victim have become friends.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: Mindy Pugh and The Progressive Community Church Archives at the Illinois Institute of Technology Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): CNN, NPR/All Things Considered, WMAQ, Paramount Pictures, and WBEZ. For more information, go to usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nearly 50-years-old now, Yohance tries to make sense of what forgiveness means in the face of endless racial violence.CreditsHost: Yohance LacourProducers: Bill Healy, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Erisa Apantaku, Sarah GeisSound Design/Mixing and Music Supervision: Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual CompanyOriginal Music: Taka YasuzawaExecutive Producers: Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and Josh Bloch (USG Audio)Production Support: Jennifer Sears and Josh LaolagiFact-checking: Angely MercadoKey Art: Kenneth L. Copeland, Jr.Special Thanks: Lenard Clark and Wanda McMurray Archival audio in this episode include (in order of appearance): WTTW, CBS Chicago, Dateline, and MSNBC. For more information, go to our website at usgaudio.com. To learn about the Invisible Institute’s human rights reporting, visit invisible.institute.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Yohance sits down with Kathleen Goldhar, the host of CBC’s new podcast Crime Story, to talk about Lenard Clark’s case and the many questions he grappled with while making You Didn’t See Nothin. Every week, Crime Story brings you a true crime case told by the storyteller who knows it best. Find more Crime Story episodes in your podcast app, or using this link: https://link.chtbl.com/H4ag6cINSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Comments (2)

Jaimie Sauer

So good! Great listen. Loved Yohance's storytelling

Mar 28th
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ID28281081

This podcast is f*cking awesome!

Mar 21st
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