Motive

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Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.

Episode Date
7: Where Life is Precious, Life is Precious
00:35:45
Prisons helped rural towns, while Black communities in Chicago paid a heavy price. Now, rumors swirl that parts of Pontiac prison may close.
May 19, 2022
6: The Prison Sweepstakes
00:41:56
In the 1980s Illinois leaders held a competition, where rural towns competed to “win” prisons and the jobs that come with them.
May 12, 2022
5: The Trial
00:37:05
Two Illinois prison guards were tried for beating Larry Earvin to death. We try to make sense of the trial and what it says about prisons?
May 05, 2022
Update: The Trial, and Other News
00:02:11
A short update on Motive Season Four.
Apr 25, 2022
4: No Justice in Politics
00:44:18
A man goes into prison with a 7 year sentence. But ends up getting 97 more years. How does that happen? And what do small town politics have to do with it?
Apr 18, 2022
3: The Major and Her Crew
00:46:26
State investigators interrogate a high-ranking prison guard, who is accused of coordinating attacks on prisoners.
Apr 11, 2022
2: Us and Them
00:40:54
Damaria Bates and Jimia Stokes started their jobs as mental health workers, full of hope. But soon, they saw signs of severe abuse-- mentally ill prisoners with injuries, drenched in tear gas. When they tried to report the problems, they say fellow staff retaliated against them. In this episode we go behind the walls with the two women, as they try to make changes from the inside out. As two of the only black women on the mental health staff, they say they navigated racism and harassment. They began to feel like it was impossible to do the job they came to do. Sign up for the Motive newsletter for the latest episode drops, behind-the-scenes stories, additional content and updates on events. http://wbez.org/motivenewsletter
Apr 04, 2022
1: The Blind Spot
00:40:30
Men in an Illinois prison said they were beaten in a spot with no security cameras. But no one took action, until someone died. Exposing violence and cover ups, Season 4 of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried. Sign up for the Motive newsletter for the latest episode drops, behind-the-scenes stories, additional content and updates on events. http://wbez.org/motivenewsletter
Mar 28, 2022
'Motive' Season 4 Podcast Trailer
00:01:50
Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried. Sign up for the Motive newsletter for the latest episode drops, behind-the-scenes stories, additional content and updates on events. http://wbez.org/motivenewsletter
Mar 14, 2022
8: Bloodlines
00:36:02

Clark Martell was at the vanguard of reviving the white supremacist movement. Then, he disappeared. His trail reveals how sex, money, and blood have kept the movement alive.

Oct 23, 2020
7: Tipping Point
00:37:59

Atomwaffen was the most extreme white supremacist group, pushing for societal collapse. Today, their ideas are on the streets.

Oct 16, 2020
6: The New Nazis
00:43:28

How did President Trump, the border wall, and the 2017 Charlottesville rally play into the education of a white supremacist?

Oct 09, 2020
5: What To Do With Christian
00:35:29

Christian Picciolini grew a violent hate movement for eight years. After he left, it continued to grow. What's his role in fixing the harm?

Oct 02, 2020
4: Boots To Suits
00:39:50

Daytime TV discovered neo-Nazi skinheads and it was a ratings bonanza. But it also helped to grow the hate movement across America.

Sep 25, 2020
3: Union And Division
00:36:23

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
00:34:37

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
00:35:23

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
00:01:30

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
8: The ‘After’
00:28:30

“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
00:33:08

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
00:35:09

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
00:02:09

The powerful investigative work of the Motive podcast is directly supported by WBEZ members.

Your donation today is critical to the future of Motive — and all of the investigative reporting that comes from WBEZ.

Plus, when you donate, you’ll be invited to join us for a virtual Q&A after this season wraps. Submit your questions in advance and then join us live to get a behind the scenes look at Season 2 — along with updates on any new developments.

Make your donation today and get all the details at wbez.org/support.

Mar 06, 2020
5: Did Anyone Know?
00:35:21

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
00:27:08

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
00:28:31

“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
00:32:33

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
00:34:16

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
00:02:27

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
00:31:20

The big question is ... why?

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

Nov 22, 2019
9: Batman On The West Side
00:33:19

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

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

Nov 15, 2019
8: T.J. Versus The City Of Chicago
00:31:20

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. 

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

Nov 08, 2019
7: Inmate K51114
00:24:16

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
00:27:31

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
00:27:35

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
00:26:18

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. 

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

Oct 11, 2019
3: A Boy Enters And A Man Leaves
00:28:52

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

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


Oct 04, 2019
2: Violated Into The PeeWees
00:29:13

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
00:32:24

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 jail in downtown Chicago. 

See photos, video, court documents and more of the reporting behind this episode by visiting the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sep 20, 2019
'Motive' Season 1 Podcast Trailer
00:01:27

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