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What is Borrowed Equipment Podcasts?
An organization that mades podcasts for reasons of inspiring, spreading awareness, and advocating for justice.
We Strive to:
- Spread Awareness of Wrongful Conviction
- Empower Exonerees to use their own voice
- Advocate for those who are currently wrongfully convicted
- Educate listeners on issues that lead to wrongful conviction
- Create advocates that can work together to solve the issues in the justice system
Buried Alive: Demarchoe's Story
Buried Alive is a serial style podcast that will be released in April of 2018. The first season will be eight story episodes followed by a ninth bonus episode in which the creators answer listener questions. Buried Alive tells the story of a black man born into poverty and surrounded by gang activity. At the age of 15 he was shot twice in the stomach and at the age of 17 he was arrested for murder. Twenty-two years later when he was 39 another man confessed to the crime he had been convicted of and he was finally exonerated.
Actual Innocence is an episodic podcast (each episode is a stand alone production) it was first released in the Winter of 2015. Since that time it has been downloaded over 8 million times and dropped over 60 episodes. The goal of Actual Innocence is to spread awareness of wrongful conviction and empower the exonerated individuals that share their stories on the podcast.
Genocide is also serial style podcast that will be released in April/May of 2018. Genocide tells the story of the murder of a million people in a matter of 3 months in Rwanda, Africa. Co-Host Olivier lost his father in this travesty and wants to educate listeners and create advocates to help ensure no person, country, or family ever has to suffer this type of wide spread devastation in the future. Heartbreaking, educational, and compelling are only a few of the words that can be used to describe the Genocide podcasts.
Convicted is a serial style podcast, the first season was released in April of 2017. The first season contained 10 story episodes and 2 panel episodes and was downloaded 8.5 million times. Convicted, season 1, told the story of Richard Nicolas, a man who is currently incarcerated though he did not receive a fair trial. It searches for the answer to the question "what if he didn't do it?"
Cold Case Files: The Podcast
Cold Case Files: The Podcast is an episodic podcast that coincides with the A&E Network Television show Cold Case Files. Because of her unique insights into human behavior, the justice system, and passion for seeing justice served she was asked to host the Cold Case Files podcast. The podcast is produced and owned by A&E and Brooke acts as the host with additional responsibilities such as research into new developments and script writing. The podcast is available by following this link: listen to Cold Case Files: The Podcast
The Executive producer
Brooke has a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and addictions. She previously worked as a therapist. She was shocked by the story of Brendan Dassey in the series "Making a Murderer" - previously unaware of the societal issue of wrongful conviction. Her new understanding of the justice system and the injustices within it inspired her to take action.
"I was an educated person" she said "and if I didn't know about wrongful conviction - I had to wonder who else didn't know. The social worker within me needed to spread awareness and podcasting felt like the right path."
Brooke is the producer and one of the hosts of Actual Innocence, she hosted solo until Demarchoe was introduced in the third season.
Additionally she hosted and produced Convicted, a chart toping serial style podcast referred to as "the new serial" by Refinery 29. Convicted was said by The Guardian to "have the power to keep listeners hooked".
Her newest project is Buried Alive: Demarchoe's Story a serial style podcast telling the story of one man's journey through poverty, oppression, and wrongful conviction.
She is also assisting in the creation of a podcast called Genocide, telling the stories of the horror of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Her co-host Olivier is a Rwandan native.