Believed, a 9‑part podcast series hosted by Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith, investigates how former olympics sports doctor Larry Nassar was able to abuse hundreds of women and girls for more than 20 years. It also highlights how a team of women — a detective, a prosecutor, and an army of survivors — won justice in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. Through profound first-hand survivor and parent stories, police and expert interviews, previously unreleased surveillance audio, and deeply investigative reporting, Believed shows listeners how so many parents “missed it” and how you could have missed it too. The series asks the deceptively simple question: “What does it take to be believed?”
Believed was also the first collaboration between NPR and a member station and reached #1 on the iTunes charts in fall of 2018 while new episodes were being released weekly.
Believed was reported and hosted by Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith, the two Michigan Radio reporters who have covered the case since it broke in 2016. The production was managed by Executive Producer of Special Projects Jennifer Guerra, and edited by Michigan Radio Senior Editor Sarah Hulett. The series was produced and sound designed by Senior Producer Juliet Hinely with Associate Producer Paulette Parker. The show was mixed and mastered by Michigan Radio’s sound engineer Bob Skon.
Juliet Hinely is a 2014 graduate of the Stamps MFA program in Art and Design. As a graduate student Juliet studied sound and story under Stamps faculty and sound artist Stephanie Rowden. Since graduating from Stamps, Juliet has created immersive and interactive audio tours for Detour in San Francisco, produced comedy and education podcasts for Audible, and edited, produced and sound designed a number of independent podcasts and audio works. She is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she is a freelance story producer, co-curates the live listening event series Radio Campfire, and hosts a small audio artist residency called The Listen Inn.