Broken Harts

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Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.
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34 episodes
Host
34 episodes
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34 episodes
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9 episodes
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34 episodes
This is a very thoughtful podcast about the tragic murders of Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah and Sierra Hart. I hadn't heard their story before and I feel the hosts did a great job at discovering information that was difficult to find on such a complex case. Unfortunately there's still a lot that we don't know about the years leading up to the tragedy, and we will likely never know. The only downside to the podcast was its lack of structure, as the story jumped back and forth a lot which could get quite confusing. Regardless, Broken Harts has been a very eye-opening podcast that I hope will start a conversation about black children's welfare when adopted by white families.
I was intensely curious about the Hart family, so I listened to all of this limited-run podcast. I think the structure could have been stronger. The episodes didn't stand alone, and there wasn't a strong story arc. I think the writers did the best they could, given that there doesn't seem to have been a lot of information out there about the family. Despite not having all the answers, this podcast does an good job of diving into the story. Recommended.
My main critique of this podcast can also be a general critique of true crime consumption in general: it focused far too much on the "story" while, for me, devaluing the victims. The story is multi-layered and intense and deserved a little less shock value.
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Podcast Details

Created by
iHeartRadio & Glamour
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Aug 29th, 2018
Latest Episode
Feb 9th, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Episodes
34
Avg. Episode Length
18 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Serial
Language
English

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