Somebody

Sep 29 2020 25 mins 2.5k

When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.










Episode 7: Shapearl
May 12 2020 31 mins  
Having taken her investigation as far as she can, Shapearl moves on to an even bigger fight: making sure this never happens to anyone else’s child. She travels to Brazil to speak at a summit of mothers of murdered children and works to honor Courtney’s legacy and advocate for police reform in new ways. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Elizabeth Van Brocklin's original story, "Scoop and Run: Where Cops Cars Double as Ambulances" first appeared in The Trace. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers




Episode 6: The Tipster
May 02 2020 42 mins  
Shapearl receives a Facebook message from someone with crucial information, but police dismiss the tip. On Halloween night 2018, there’s a similar murder in the neighborhood where Courtney was shot. Shapearl and Alison decide to tell detectives what they know. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers


Episode 5: The Two-Year Anniversary
Apr 28 2020 29 mins  
On the second anniversary of Courtney’s death, Shapearl holds a middle-of-the-night protest in front of the police station. She drives the exact route that Courtney took the night he was killed, and runs into the supervising officer from that night. Two witnesses show up at the protest to tell Shapearl what they know. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers


Episode 4: The Secret Girlfriend
Apr 21 2020 46 mins  
Shapearl and Alison sit down with Courtney’s secret girlfriend. Turns out, she knows more than she initially told Shapearl and provides new leads in the case. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers


Episode 3: The Police
Apr 14 2020 70 mins  
Shapearl enters a legal battle with the City of Chicago, to get them to release videos from the night Courtney died. She contacts a journalism organization called the Invisible Institute and teams up with them to investigate the case. With this added pressure, the city releases the videos, and Shapearl and her family gather to watch. New information prompts the Invisible Institute and Shapearl to re-examine the case. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers


Episode 2: The Nurse
Apr 07 2020 32 mins  
Police promise Shapearl they’ll do everything they can to solve Courtney’s case, but the detectives won’t release the names of officers who interacted with her son. With nowhere left to turn, Shapearl begins her own investigation and has a serendipitous run-in with the nurse who treated Courtney the night he died. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers





Episode 1: Courtney
Mar 31 2020 31 mins  
On March 4, 2016, Shapearl Wells wakes up to a bamming at her door. It’s the police, telling her that her 22-year-old son, Courtney Copeland, has been shot. Detectives tell her Courtney drove his BMW to a police station for help. But Shapearl’s grief turns into suspicion when police start asking her questions. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers






5 • 3 Ratings

SlimShady86 Jul 21 2020
Awesome podcast! Love you Shapearl! I pray for justice for Courtney!

Tripper_203 May 28 2020
Excellent podcast!!






Charlene62690 May 05 2020
Love the podcast