Through The Cracks

By WAMU

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When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them, and in this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha’s disappearance was, as the city later claimed, unpreventable. From WAMU and PRX.


Episode Date
Episode 5: Janitor, Doctor, Godfather
29:37

Who was Kahlil Tatum? Was he a loving husband and surrogate father? A cold killer? We dig into the past of the janitor who served families at D.C. General, the “doctor” who excused Relisha from school and the “godfather” many children had grown to trust.

Read transcripts of episodes, a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world at wamu.org/throughthecracks.  To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

Feb 25, 2021
Episode 4: Almost Like Jail
26:10

How did 8-year-old Relisha Rudd go from living in an apartment, to a motel, to a shelter inside an “abandoned hospital”? Host Jonquilyn Hill explores life inside a homeless shelter. 

View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world, at wamu.org/throughthecracks. To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

Feb 18, 2021
Episode 3: Kicked Out
27:50

Before Relisha moved into a homeless shelter, her family lived together in an apartment near Congress Heights. But a chain of events led them to landlord-tenant court, and ultimately on the street. In this episode: Jonquilyn Hill explores how Relisha lost her home and wound up in a shelter in the most ‘tenant-friendly’ city in the country.

Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

Feb 11, 2021
Episode 2: Ties That Bind
30:54

A child’s family is their first safety net. When she disappeared in 2014, 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was living with her family at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., where a number of people shared responsibility for her. Before she vanished, each one of her family members had already fallen through the cracks in one way or another.

Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

Feb 04, 2021
Episode 1: Relisha Goes Missing
32:00

When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time police appeared at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her family, 18 days had passed since she’d been seen at school or in the shelter. On this episode: What happened in March 2014.

View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and sign up for our newsletter, at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

Jan 28, 2021
Trailer: Introducing Through The Cracks
03:27

When Relisha Rudd went missing from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., 18 days passed before anyone realized something was wrong. This season on Through The Cracks: Was Relisha’s disappearance preventable? First episode available January 28th.

Jan 21, 2021