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Dan J
 Sep 12, 2020
The kind of holistic and well-sourced reporting I expect from public radio. A difficult but very worthy listen


To understand the white supremacist movement today, look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans.

Episode Date
3: Union And Division

The Chicago Area Skinheads are, by some accounts, the first racist skinhead crew to organize in the U.S. What drew in those young recruits? And how one brutal event brought them down.

Sep 18, 2020
2: Romantic Violence

It was the ‘80s. Reagan was president. And for angsty, angry teens, the punk scene provided family and expression. Until the Nazis showed up and ruined everything.

Sep 11, 2020
1: The Hate Crate

A shy kid from Chicago shaves his head and prepares for an inevitable race war. In the early 1980s, it looked like organized white supremacy was declining in the U.S. But a generation of racist skinheads breathed new life into the movement.

Season 3 of Motive examines the origins of the youth white supremacist movement in America. Episodes are released every Friday. 

Sep 04, 2020
'Motive' Season 3 Podcast Trailer

To understand the white supremacist movement today, look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans. A preview of WBEZ’s new season of Motive, coming September 4, 2020.

Aug 21, 2020
Preview: California City

We're hard at work on a new season of Motive, but in the meantime we want to share another podcast we think you'll enjoy. Introducing a new show from LAist Studios: California City. Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless. In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Jul 14, 2020
8: The ‘After’

“Nobody talks about ‘the after,’” one woman said about sexual assault. “The during is terrible, but it’s the after, that’s the hard part.”

On the final episode of Motive, the “remembering it for the rest of your life” part of the story.

Mar 27, 2020
7: La Manada, The Wolfpack

The verdict in a 2016 gang rape case known as La Manada, or “The Wolfpack,” ignited mass protests across Spain. It kicked off Spain’s #MeToo movement and prompted a call for change to the country’s sexual assault laws.

On today’s episode, the case and the fierce debate that followed.

Mar 20, 2020
6: The Investigation

A Spanish prosecutor opened a criminal investigation in the spring of 2018. Almost two years have passed. We go to Spain to see what’s happening.

Mar 13, 2020
Preview: Season 2 Q&A

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Mar 06, 2020
5: Did Anyone Know?

While studying abroad in Spain, Hayley McAleese and Carly Van Ostenbridge reported to both the police and their school that they had been sexually assaulted. It didn’t go as expected.

Feb 28, 2020
4: Can’t Tell Anyone

Most of the women in this story did not go to the police. And while some told a friend, family member or therapist what happened, most say they tried to bury it and move on. 

Why? And what made these women decide to finally break their silence?

Feb 21, 2020
3: Blackout

“If you’re robbed while you’re drunk everyone still understands that’s a robbery,” says a former prosecutor. “Or if you’re beaten up while you’re drunk, everyone still understands that’s an assault.”

In today’s episode, we look at the double-standard often applied in cases of sexual assault.

Feb 14, 2020
2: Gabrielle Vega

Gabrielle Vega alleges her tour guide raped her in 2013. Nearly five years later, she learns she’s not the only one and decides to do something about it.

Feb 07, 2020
1: Lauren Bajorek

A college student dies on her 21st birthday in Spain. Authorities rule her death an accident. Years later, questions arise after a TV segment airs about someone she was with that night.

Feb 07, 2020
'Motive' Season 2 Podcast Trailer

A story of years of silence, how it was broken, and the young women who are finally coming forward to seek justice. A preview of WBEZ’s new season of Motive, coming soon.

Jan 24, 2020
10: Mother's Day

TJ could have done anything. Instead, he built a gang, unleashed chaos, shot a guy on video, and ended up back in jail. And the big question is ... why?

Nov 22, 2019
9: Batman On The West Side

Now a multi-millionaire, T.J. could have done anything. But he called himself Batman and started a violent gang war.

Nov 15, 2019
8: T.J. Versus The City Of Chicago

T.J. gets angry watching a heavyweight match between two persuasive Chicago lawyers. One side claims the police framed T.J. for a murder. The other side claims that T.J. is a murderer. 

Nov 08, 2019
7: Inmate K51114

In prison, T.J. becomes a part of the gang hierarchy and dives deep into religion. Not long after inmate number K51114 is released, cracks start to appear.  

For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nov 01, 2019
6: Mousey Is Dead

Brian Nelson was the leader of T.J.'s gang: The Simon City Royals. Nelson spent almost thirty harrowing years in prison. What was left when he came out?

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 25, 2019
5: The Fairytale Ending

After his conviction is overturned, T.J. leaves prison and begins enjoying his freedom. Meanwhile, Frank receives some emails from a mysterious man telling him he's got the story all wrong.

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 18, 2019
4: What Really Happened At The Honey Baked Ham

In 1993, a young man was murdered in front of a Honey Baked Ham store on Belmont Avenue. We return to the scene of the crime to find out what happened on the night that put T.J. in prison for 16 years. 

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Oct 11, 2019
3: A Boy Enters And A Man Leaves

T.J. is charged with murder and sent to juvenile jail. Although only 13 when arrested, he's prosecuted as an adult.

Oct 04, 2019
2: Violated Into The PeeWees

A fellow gang member and T.J.'s mom describe the young T.J. before the arrest that put him away for so long. And we hear T.J.'s version of the night of the murder. 

Sep 27, 2019
1: A Shooting From A Mercedes

While driving a Mercedes convertible, multi-millionaire T.J. Jimenez shoots a man in the legs. It's all captured on video. We begin our story outside the federal jail in downtown Chicago.

Sep 20, 2019
'Motive' Season 1 Podcast Trailer

It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Sep 06, 2019