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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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Kristin Benishek

This podcast is annoying. It's a very sad, horrific story that could have been told so much better. Time lines and details are confusing. The narrators try to hard to be dramatic, but only come off so monotone. And stop comparing your life/loved ones to this family!!

Mar 6th
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Luther McDonald

ohhhhh this makes me so mad

Feb 28th
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Emmy Dorchak

they were both what???

Feb 28th
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Liz Fisher Sobocinski

can't wait to hear the coroner inquest. what could be more rattling than this!?

Feb 27th
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BOO DADDY

Curious if there's any facet of life that a libtard doesn't see racism in. How does skin color matter to them to this degree? Can they not see past the skin to see the potential, the humanity, the ambition? The equation of color to division is catastrophic, and it's entirely on them.

Feb 19th
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Larry Martinez

Kayla Cox did you listen to this ep? I couldn't finish it after her rant. Too bad, I was enjoying it.

Mar 7th
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Kayla Cox

BOO DADDY What does your comment have to do with this podcast?

Feb 21st
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ID6651317

I disagree with your final assumptions: that the women were both monsters and loving moms. Your assumption that there were good times, based on Jen's fb activity, allows her to continue to manipulate the story, even in death. These woman took calculated moves to isolate and harm children. so much so that we never know the true depths of their depravity. Thanks for starting this conversation but much more needs to be explored around race/hate and the systemic dismantling of Black families. This podcast made me swear off fb for good

Feb 14th
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Allison Bothley

Really sad.

Feb 11th
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Letters and Miles

Heartbreaking. 😥 But they're story telling is amazing too, hope you cover more stories

Feb 9th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

I don't understand how good parents can be harassed for leaving a kid waiting in a safe car for 5 minutes, but when stuff like this happens all of a sudden the authorities can't do anything.

Feb 6th
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Jimmy Eldridge

Such a sad story. Sound editing is lacking in a few areas. Parts where conversation abruptly skips.

Feb 1st
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Nina Maria

do we fill the blank in ourselves with that closing line "they were something much worse, they were both......" =/ i'm assuming it's "broken harts" but I don't think that's worse than "monsters". i'm sure i'm overthinking, but disappointing wrap up for me

Jan 30th
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Rachel Anderson

Kailey Mingo such a serious and sobering pod but its cracking me up that people really didn't get that last line 😄 good lord.

Mar 3rd
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Ryan Foster

Nina Maria right, I had to rewind 2 times because I thought I missed hearing the answer. I guess we fill in the blank?

Feb 20th
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Nancy Williams

"I've always known. I've always felt something. It's unfortunate that it happened but I don't think there's anyone out there who could have stopped it"...(the last statement in the podcast from a "friend") What the actual f*@k?!! Ummm, yeah there were loads of people who could have stopped it...the adoption agencies could have vetted better and did thorough home visits, children's protective services could have done their job and made sure the allegations weren't true, and the police could have taken the reports of abuse seriously and acted accordingly. No, I absolutely do not accept no one could have stopped it, to do that is to overlook the problems that need attention: better adoption practices by agencies, along with intense scrutiny of children's aid workers and law enforcement when abuse is alleged. This is the saddest podcast I have listened to, God bless those poor children

Jan 30th
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Leon Strand

Nancy Williams ... I live in Alexandria mn, where all this started, I'm not surprised that the people around here didn't do anything

Mar 6th
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Sha Shep

I've enjoyed this series but feel the episodes are far too short. When time for ads and credits is taken out they really are very short and rather superficial documents. The story itself is, I believe, worth deeper and more comprehensive treatment.

Jan 30th
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James Rust

Sha Shep I agree with you, so many ads, it was really good though.

Jan 30th
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Trina Williams

This completely pissed me off! so a kid runs to you, a complete stranger, crying, panicked and visibly shaken, but you decide,oh I'll just stay out of it? They should absolutely have some accountability for those babies' death! then you have the nerve to be interviewed? if that were a little white girl, they wouldn't have hesitated. asshats

Jan 30th
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Meredith Jones

Very disappointing. Such an interesting & awful story, but poorly done podcast.

Jan 29th
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Toni Diane

Meredith Jones Poorly done? Did you listen to the same podcast that I did?? lol! Can't please everyone.

Jan 29th
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Kickin Ash

This was so good but so sad at the same time 😔

Jan 29th
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Laura Ellis

This was such a hard story to listen to, but I'm glad I did. There's so many horrific aspects (the way the State removed Ciera, Devonte & Jeremiah from their bio family and denied the aunt custody particularly stands out), that it made the interviews with those who saw something was not right so much more meaningful. It shows that abusers can run, but they can't always hide. The neighbours - especially Dana's dad - are heroes; the kind of people we all want looking out for kids in the community. How horrible that they now live with that lifelong 'what if' burden of making that CPS call. And Val's one-man search party! There's so few positives to this story, and even fewer answers... at least people still cared about those kids, and weren't just going to let them be forgotten. It's cold comfort, but hopefully by shining a light on the systematic failures made by law enforcement & welfare agencies, you'll help to bring about necessary changes that can prevent something like this ever happening again. Can't wait to hear what the bombshell reveal from the coronial inquest is.

Jan 29th
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Andy Ward

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Jan 29th
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Richard Dvorak

This was an interesting and sad story. Unfortunately, the storytellers tell it in a disjointed, rambling manner.

Jan 28th
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Richard Dvorak

Toni Diane In the Dark and Serial tell their stories in a methodical, flowing, well researched manner. And those too were all female crews. The sex of the journalists has nothing to do with it.

Jan 31st
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Toni Diane

Richard Dvorak This must be a male thing bc these women did a fantastic job of telling this story.

Jan 29th
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Doofan Tor

I think it's wonderful that you guys are even covering a story like this. However it's absurd that you haven't mentioned that this is clearly about race! and Americans lack of care( to put it mildly) of black children! Had the roles been reversed, two African American women who had child protective services called on them several times, malnourished looking children with bruises, who happened to be white. No one would have ever given them chance after chance to get away with child abuse and finally with murder.

Jan 23rd
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Eddie Gantt

Doofan Tor That goes without being said. Many of the listeners may agree with your opinion but I would have to agree that Race was involved concerning all parties. absurd would be to not delve into the story at all.

Jan 28th
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Shannon Scottsdale

Doofan Tor White kids would not be adopted by blacks.

Jan 27th
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