The Peabody Award-winning Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has launched a new podcast — Dig. The investigation will also air as an hour-long special on 89.3 WFPL/Louisville, KY, Friday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., and the first episode will be featured on the national public radio program Reveal on Dec. 14.
Each season will focus on a different KyCIR investigation. The first season takes a close look at Louisville’s system for investigating and prosecuting rape cases. Prosecutors, the show learned, declined to prosecute 40% of suspects accused of rape before they’re even arrested.
Overall, half of Louisville’s reported rapes are closed, by exception, with no arrests.
In this season, a woman who reported a rape to Louisville Metro Police in January 2018 walks us through her case, from the police response that night to the investigation and, ultimately, the prosecutor’s decision her case wasn’t strong enough to prosecute.