• Summary

  • 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.

    2020
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Episodes
  • Introducing Through The Cracks

    Jan 21 2021

    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.

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    3 mins
  • Relisha Goes Missing

    Jan 28 2021

    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.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    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.

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    32 mins
  • Ties That Bind

    Feb 4 2021

    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.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    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.

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    31 mins

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Job Well Done!

It's so obvious that SO much work went into this! Great journalism! This story is so sad and I'm so grateful to you for keeping her story and name alive. Thank you to everyone for helping to make it happen. I can't wait for the next season.

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The narrator's voice is soooooo ANNOYING!!

This story needs more publicity. I just couldn't get beyond the 1st 15 minutes.