This is Reality - The Reality Winner Podcast

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How and why did a 25-year-old with a Pikachu bedspread become the #1 terrorist in the United States? In 2017, REALITY WINNER, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was charged with leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information - five-years, three-months – for her patriotic efforts. THIS IS REALITY captures the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were 'in the room' where it all happened.  Produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Rebecca Aparicio. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info and tickets to the current production.

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#13 - Freedom for the Press (Part 2)
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Journalists Trevor Timm and Kevin Gosztola explore why Reality’s case highlights a larger conversation about why freedom of the press is essential to democracy, connecting the dots with Russia’s war on Ukraine. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and legal analyst whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, and Politico. He also writes a column on press freedom for Columbia Journalism Review. Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School. In 2013, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism. Trevor is also the co-founder of the Stand With Reality campaign, which is raising money for Winner’s legal defense and awareness about the Espionage Act’s use against the sources of journalists. Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He publishes the Dissenter Newsletter at Substack and hosts "The Dissenter Weekly" show, which covers whistleblower stories. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, Unauthorized Disclosure.  Alison Grinter Allen is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney and executive director of Legal Access Texas, an access to justice non-profit organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2022
#12 - Freedom for the Press (Part 1)
1728
Journalists Trevor Timm and Kevin Gosztola explore why Reality’s case highlights a larger conversation about why freedom of the press is essential to democracy. Reality’s lawyer Alison Grinter Allen adds a legal perspective. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and legal analyst whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, and Politico. He also writes a column on press freedom for Columbia Journalism Review. Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School. In 2013, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism. Trevor is also the co-founder of the Stand With Reality campaign, which is raising money for Winner’s legal defense and awareness about the Espionage Act’s use against the sources of journalists. Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He publishes the Dissenter Newsletter at Substack and hosts "The Dissenter Weekly" show, which covers whistleblower stories. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, Unauthorized Disclosure.  Alison Grinter Allen is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney and executive director of Legal Access Texas, an access to justice non-profit organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
#11 - The Fight for Clemency
1753
In this episode, we speak to Reality, her lawyer Alison Grinter, and her mother Billie about Reality’s fight for clemency and pardon. Without a pardon, she will be unable to vote, secure housing, and will continue to face challenges seeking employment.  Sign the petition at https://standwithreality.org/. TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2022
#10 - REALITY'S REALITY (Part 4): Life After Prison
1878
Reality Winner details her experience post-Carswell. Her release to a halfway house, home confinement, and probation. Reality and her mother Billie detail how inhumane experiences in the prison system have affected their lives and how they plan to continue to advocate for prison reform.  TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
#9 - REALITY'S REALITY (Part 3): Prison Life
2002
Reality Winner details her traumatic experiences as prisoner in Carswell Federal Prison. Reality struggled with bulimia, drug use, and anxiety following months of lockdown and surviving sexual assault. This inhumane treatment has inspired Reality to fight for Prison Reform.  TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes discussion of self harming behavior, disordered eating, sexual assault, and addiction.  TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
#8 - REALITY'S REALITY (Part 2): Surviving the System
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Reality Winner details her traumatic experiences as a prisoner in Lincolnton, Georgia County Jail…while awaiting her trial for espionage. The inhumane treatment has inspired Reality to fight for Prison Reform.  TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes discussion of self harming behavior, including suicide and disordered eating.  TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
#7 - REALITY'S REALITY (Part 1): Protecting Democracy
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In 2017, Reality Winner, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was arrested by the FBI for leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information – five-years, three-months.   In the initial six episodes, Hosts Dori Berinstein and Sally Horchow, capture the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were ‘in the room’ where it all happened. And now, in this 7th episode, they begin a ground-breaking, multi-episode interview with Reality Winner herself. For the first time, Reality is sharing her incredible story. This is Reality, capturing the story of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, was recently recognized as New & Noteworthy by Apple Podcasts.  TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
#6 - The Hell Hole
1791
Reality’s mother Billie Winner-Davis, her sister Brittany Davis, and activist Wendy Collins discuss experience in prison. While in prison, Reality was held in solitary confinement in an ICE Facility, denied basic human necessities, had to battle COVID twice, and was physically and sexually assaulted. This episode covers how the government’s denial of bail and the horrible conditions of being held at the Lincolnton County jail for over a year, forced Reality to accept a plea deal. TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
#5 - The Government Always Wins
1550
In this episode, we go in depth into the legal challenges that Reality faced while being charged under the Espionage Act with her defense lawyer, Titus Nichols. We go through her bond hearings, appeals, and how the law is structured to always favor the federal government. By speaking through the legal challenges, we see how the cards were stacked against Reality Winner. We will look at how the government can use and bend the laws to suit their own needs. TO LEARN MORE Press Release from the Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-contractor-georgia-charged-removing-and-mailing-classified-materials-news Affidavit for Arrest Warrant- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971331/download CRIMINAL COMPLAINT- Reality Winner: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/971336/download Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
#4 - What You Don't Know Will Hurt You
1490
Learn how the government was able to use the Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute Reality. How the U.S. government was able to use Facebook messages, private diary entries and phone conversations against Reality Winner in her bail hearing, ultimately denying her bond.  Featured in this episode are: Billie Winner-Davis and interview footage from Reality’s stepfather Gary Davis (Reality’s stepfather) and Reality’s defense lawyer Titus Nichols. Reality Winner, was a 25 year old NSA contractor when she was arrested for leaking classified documents detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election. The critically acclaimed Broadway play IS THIS A ROOM, play reenacts the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation at Reality’s home on June 3, 2017.  IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT: How the Obama administration began using the Espionage Act of 1917 to crackdown on whistleblowers like Reality. How Reality was denied bail even though she had no prior record.  How Reality was denied her Miranda Rights when she was arrested. How the U.S. government was able to use Facebook messages, private diary entries and phone conversations against Reality Winner TO LEARN MORE 100 YEARS LATER THE ESPIONAGE ACT Reality Winner's attorney makes statement on NSA leak VOSOT FULL INTERVIEW WITH TITUS NICHOLS YOUNG LEAKER ARRESTED Reality Winner's mom reacts to denied bail Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
#3 - See Something, Say Something?
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We explore how the effects of a post 9/11 national security state, the Espionage Act of 1917, and the current events of 2017 have all created the perfect storm for Reality Winner to become the most prosecuted leaker of all time.  Reality Winner, was a 25 year old NSA contractor when she was arrested for leaking classified documents detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election. The critically acclaimed Broadway play IS THIS A ROOM, play reenacts the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation at Reality’s home on June 3, 2017.  Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
#2 - Who Is Reality?
1251
Who is Reality Winner? This episode introduces us to the young woman with a fondness for CrossFit, rescuing animals and Pikachu collectables who was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Reality’s mother, Billie Winner Davis and sister, Brittany Winner, share their personal stories and explain how Reality’s personality traits and interests were twisted and used against her during her trail.  Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
#1 - The Interrogation
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On June 3, 2017, 11 FBI interrogators surprised Air Force crypto-linguist Reality Leigh Winner at her home in Augusta, Georgia, accusing her of leaking classified information proving Russian Interference in the 2016 election. THIS IS REALITY speaks with Reality Winner's mother Billie Winner-Davis, sister Brittany Winner, lawyer Alison Grinter Allen and Broadway's IS THIS A ROOM Director Tina Satter, to try and make sense of that harrowing day. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info, to sign Reality's petition for clemency, and to get tickets to any productions of Is This A Room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
This is Reality- Podcast Teaser
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How and why did a 25-year-old with a Pikachu bedspread become the #1 terrorist in the United States? In 2017, REALITY WINNER, a highly decorated former Air Force linguist was charged with leaking proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media. Her goal – to help protect Democracy. Reality received the longest sentence ever imposed for unauthorized release of government information - five-years, three-months – for her patriotic efforts. THIS IS REALITY captures the unfolding events of the interrogation, the trial, the imprisonment and the current efforts to pursue clemency with those that were 'in the room' where it all happened.  Produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Rebecca Aparicio. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network. Visit bpn.fm/ThisIsReality for more info and tickets to the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021