In 2013, a Georgia teenager named Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his school gym. A medical examiner determined that Johnson had gotten stuck in the mat while trying to retrieve a lost shoe and then died of “positional asphyxia.” Johnson’s parents didn’t buy it and hired a new pathologist to exhume the body and offer a second opinion. That investigation determined that Johnson had actually died of blunt force trauma and that it “was not an accident.”
In January, Johnson’s parents filed a $100 million lawsuit against local and state officials, claiming dozens of them helped fake evidence. On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department determined that no charges would be filed, citing insufficient evidence. “The Department of Justice, in particular the lawyers and investigators who have worked tirelessly on this investigation, express their most sincere condolences to Kendrick Johnson’s parents, family, and friends,” Acting United States Attorney Carole Rendon said.
That comes as little comfort to the Johnsons, who remain convinced that their son was a victim of homicide. “We know Kendrick was murdered, no ifs ands or buts about it,” Kendrick’s mother told CNN. Likewise, family spokesman Martin Cole found fault with the DOJ’s ruling, telling reporters that “their findings were very vague — I would even say incomplete …We haven’t really learned anything new.”
The Johnson family confirmed to reporters that the Department of Justice agreed that “the first pathologist got it wrong” and the second investigation, which determined Johnson had been killed by blunt force trauma, was more accurate. “Kendrick was murdered and they all but came out and said they know he was murdered,” his mother said. “But nothing to be done about it,”
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.