Stitcher has announced the launch of Unfinished: Deep South, the newest documentary series to join its Witness Docs investigative podcast network. The ten-episode podcast investigates the unsolved lynching of a wealthy African American farmer and World War One veteran, Isadore Banks, in Arkansas at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement.
Through unearthing forgotten court records, fading FBI files and testimony of first-person accounts, hosts Taylor Hom and Neil Shea join Banks’ family in their attempt to restore Banks’ nearly forgotten legacy while exploring the narratives of power institutionalized in the early 20th century. The documentary podcast is produced by Stitcher in collaboration with playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and producer and filmmaker Tony Gerber of Market Road Films.
“Deep South takes the listener through history, uncovering new discoveries in each episode, and eventually lays out all the pieces to help determine what exactly happened to Isadore Banks,” said Nottage. “We believe a podcast is the perfect medium to do this case justice and take listeners on a true journey through a story of unfinished business in America.”
Unfinished: Deep South is the most recent show to be released by Witness Docs – Stitcher’s newest addition to its portfolio of original content networks, which includes Stitcher Originals and comedy podcast network Earwolf. Witness Docs shows are focused on true crime stories.
“Deep South follows the success of Verified, a true crime series that launched earlier this year under the Witness Docs network and reached more than one million downloads.”
“We created Witness Docs to offer a platform for reporters to connect with highly engaged audiences,” said Stitcher Chief Content Officer Chris Bannon. “Witness Docs will rely on the essentials of journalism – context, objectivity, investigation – as well as our passion for meaningful storytelling. Deep South, with its deep reporting and examination of our country’s history with race, is an important contribution to our national dialogue in these times of protest and demands for justice.”
Unfinished: Deep South launches June 29.