Someone Knows Something

CBC Podcasts & Radio On-Demand

Host David Ridgen and investigative journalist Amanda Robb dig into the 1998 murder of her uncle, a New York doctor killed for performing abortions. They uncover a network of anti-abortion movements linked to violence in North America and Europe. Twenty years later, debates about reproductive rights are heating up in the U.S. What can we learn from the past? Previous seasons: S1: Adrien McNaughton. S2: Sheryl Sheppard. S3: Dee & Moore. S4: Greavette. S5: Kerrie Brown. S6: Donald Izzett Jr.

Location:

Canada, ON

Description:

Host David Ridgen and investigative journalist Amanda Robb dig into the 1998 murder of her uncle, a New York doctor killed for performing abortions. They uncover a network of anti-abortion movements linked to violence in North America and Europe. Twenty years later, debates about reproductive rights are heating up in the U.S. What can we learn from the past? Previous seasons: S1: Adrien McNaughton. S2: Sheryl Sheppard. S3: Dee & Moore. S4: Greavette. S5: Kerrie Brown. S6: Donald Izzett Jr.

Language:

English


Episodes

Someone Knows Something Introduces: Love, Janessa

1/23/2023
Behind every catfish, there’s the bait. Who is Janessa Brazil? Stolen images of an adult entertainment star are being used to con victims out of thousands of dollars, breaking hearts in the process. Journalist Hannah Ajala embarks on a quest to find Janessa, in this 8-part true crime series. And who is responsible for catfishing scams? Produced for the BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts by Antica Productions and Telltale Industries. More episodes are available at:...

Duration:00:36:38

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 1 in the case of Nadia Atwi

12/8/2022
“Where are you?”: On the morning of December 8, 2017, Salwa Atwi arrives at her daughter Nadia’s home for their regular carpool. Nadia doesn’t come outside. Four years later, there is still no sign of her.

Duration:00:30:34

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 2 in the case of Nadia Atwi

12/8/2022
“Drive”: Nadia’s car is found, but no Nadia. Could footage from a dashboard camera provide some answers? And what about her family and neighbours? Did they see anything?

Duration:00:48:31

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 3 in the case of Nadia Atwi

12/8/2022
“I love you, Nadia”: The moments leading up to Nadia’s disappearance are scrutinized. Is her husband willing to help fill in the gaps?

Duration:00:42:51

Someone Knows Something Introduces: The Outlaw Ocean

10/17/2022
The high seas are beyond the reach of international law – and beyond the beat of most reporters. But Pulitzer-Prize-winner and former New York Times journalist, Ian Urbina, has sailed into uncharted territories. Urbina sets out on a years-long quest to investigate murder at sea, modern slave labour, environmental crimes and quixotic adventurers. Part travelog, part true-crime thriller, this 7-part series takes listeners to places where the laws of the land no longer exist. The Outlaw Ocean...

Duration:00:52:42

S7 E8: “A Network of Support”

7/14/2022
On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending decades of constitutional protection for abortion rights. In this special update episode of SKS Season 7, David Ridgen checks in with Amanda Robb, Lynne Slepian and Diane Derzis, the owner of the clinic at the heart of the Supreme Court case.

Duration:00:24:24

S7 E7: Darkworld

6/14/2022
An email arrives from a California prison: “Talk to you very soon.” In the season finale, David speaks to James Kopp, the man who shot and killed Dr. Barnett Slepian. What does the violence of the past mean for the future?

Duration:00:42:47

S7 E6: Mississippi

6/7/2022
David heads to Mississippi, a key state that is currently attempting to restrict access to abortion through legislation. David visits the only abortion clinic in the state, known as "Pink House," and speaks to the workers and activists on the frontlines of the fight to protect reproductive rights.

Duration:00:47:57

S7 E5: Nemesis

5/31/2022
David and Amanda examine the relationship between religious beliefs and justification for violence. The investigation takes them to Washington, D.C., where they meet with an American evangelical minister who was involved in the anti-abortion movement — leading protests against Dr. Barnett Slepian and blockading the clinic where he worked. Has the minister’s position changed?

Duration:00:40:42

S7 E4: What’s Left Behind

5/24/2022
Canadian detectives investigating the 1995 shooting of Dr. Hugh Short in Ontario reveal evidence that places an anti-abortion fanatic at the scene of the crime. David speaks to Buffalo News reporters who investigated the U.S. and Canadian shootings and feel there is much more to the story.

Duration:00:40:29

S7 E3: The Informant

5/16/2022
David interviews key members of the Canadian/U.S. police task force formed to find the person who shot Canadian abortion providers and killed Dr. Barnett Slepian. Do they think the shooter acted alone? What will the man behind the FBI code name Jack Steele, a key confidential informant, reveal?

Duration:00:50:21

S7 E2: Remembrance

5/15/2022
In the 1990s, three Canadian abortion providers are shot and gravely injured — all about a year apart, all around Remembrance Day. David begins his examination of these attacks by speaking to Canadian family members. In so doing, David discovers connections between the Canadian shootings and the murder of Amanda Robb’s uncle, Dr. Barnett Slepian. An eyewitness account reveals new information publicly for the first time.

Duration:00:33:08

S7 E1: Aiding, Abetting, Abortion

5/14/2022
Access to abortion has taken on urgency as the laws protecting it come under attack in the U.S. Working with family member Amanda Robb, David examines the murder of her uncle, an abortion provider in the U.S., and the resulting conviction of a fanatical sniper. Both discover that this murder may be the endgame of a series of doctor shootings that actually began in Canada.

Duration:00:33:29

Season 7: The Abortion Wars - Trailer

5/4/2022
Coming May 2022: the return of Someone Knows Something. In Season 7, host David Ridgen and American journalist Amanda Robb investigate the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian — Robb’s uncle — who was shot in an act of anti-abortion violence. The series explores the anti-abortion radical who was responsible for the murder and the possible links to similar attacks on Canadian doctors. With protests on the rise and debates about reproductive rights heating up in the U.S., could more violence be...

Duration:00:03:33

Someone Knows Something Introduces: The Next Call - The Case of Nadia Atwi

2/8/2022
From David Ridgen, comes the new investigative podcast The Next Call. Tackling unsolved cases through strategic phone calls. In the case of Nadia Atwi, on December 8, 2017, Salwa Atwi arrived at her daughter Nadia’s home in Edmonton as part of their regular carpooling. But Nadia didn’t come outside, and the 32-year-old kindergarten teacher was never seen again. Edmonton’s Muslim and Lebanese communities pulled together to search in the days following. Initial searches seem promising, as...

Duration:00:30:50

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 1 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

11/12/2021
“Firewood”: On April 29, 2002, Terrie Dauphinais was discovered on the main floor of her Calgary home. She’d been strangled. Responding officers find Terrie’s three young children locked in their rooms upstairs. Police have a suspect, but can’t move forward.

Duration:00:36:01

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 2 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

11/11/2021
“Homefront”: David digs into the original investigation into Terrie’s murder. Was anything missed? And what did one of the children see?

Duration:00:44:48

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 3 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

11/10/2021
“Panic Mode”: An undercover police investigation appears to go south. The clock ticks on a criminal trial.

Duration:00:52:50

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 1 in the case of Melanie Ethier

10/15/2021
On September 28, 1996, Melanie Ethier says goodbye to her mother Celine, and goes to a friend’s house to watch a movie. Melanie is never seen again.

Duration:00:50:15

The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 2 in the case of Melanie Ethier

10/14/2021
Conversations with Melanie’s friends who were with her the day she disappeared. Could something they noticed help the investigation?

Duration:00:52:49