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Episode 1: 'That day was different'

The trials of two high-profile cases — the murder trial of Michael Slager and the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof — are being heard in Charleston, and in courthouses directly across the street from one another.  It’s a big moment in Charleston’s history. A Kairos moment.

Episode 2: The days that followed

It was a kairos moment that changed a community, but in what ways? How does a family respond to tragedy? How does a city? But the response seemed to acknowledge that the work is not yet done.

Episode 3: The stop

It was an ordinary traffic stop that quickly became anything but. So what do we know about the shooting of Walter Scott? What do we know about the stop that led to the shooting? Who was Walter Scott?

Episode 4: The video

Headlines the past few years have been peppered by news of officer-involved shootings, often of unarmed black men. Headlines like the death of Walter Scott. But his headline was different: there was video. And it's a pretty rare thing, actually.

Episode 5: The manifesto

The internet brought us unprecedented opportunities for connection and commerce. And hate.

Hear how Dylann Roof was radicalized through online hate communities and learn how the Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking and fighting the spread of hate online.

Episode 6: The Church

In its history, Mother Emanuel AME Church has endured much pain. And on the night of June 17, 2015, it, too, was a victim. The church will never be the same.

In this episode, we explore the history of this special church in downtown Charleston, and the cultural significance of black churches in the South.

Episode 7: Forgiveness

The moment of forgiveness offered during the bond hearing of Dylann Roof has been repeated time and time again. But what did that moment tell us, and what really is forgiveness? Who can give it? And how does forgiveness tie back to the AME Church tradition?

Episode 8: This is not the end

In our final episode of season one, we address the realities that these Kairos moments brought to Charleston and what work is still yet to be done not only in our Southern city, but in the nation at large. What invisible lines still tear us apart? How can we fight hate after the shooting at Emanuel AME? Can relationships between communities and police be repaired?

In this episode, we also hear from Post and Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes. She tell us about "Amazing Grace," a book she is writing about the Emanuel AME shooting. "Amazing Grace" will be published later this year.

About The Thread

Two months and 13 days separate two shootings that changed South Carolina forever.

After running from an April 4, 2015, traffic stop, Walter Scott got into a struggle with North Charleston officer Michael Slager. The officer said Scott grabbed his Taser during the scuffle. As Scott started running again, Slager fired eight shots, hitting him five times.

On June 17, 2015, a self-avowed white supremacist walked into Mother Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston and gunned down nine black parishioners.

But for a moment in time, only the width of a city street separated these shootings and the world’s attention was brought again to the heart of Charleston.

In one courthouse, was the state murder trial of Michael Slager. Across the street, in another courthouse, the jury was the federal hate crimes trial of Dylann Roof.

As these trials meet at the intersection of the Four Corners of Law, The Post and Courier has launched a new podcast called The Thread, about stories that are inextricably linked.

This first season of The Thread will explore larger issues that connect these two murder trials and the conversations that they have unearthed and reignited.

New episodes of The Thread will be available every Wednesday.

You can listen to new episodes here on this page, on iTunes and on Soundcloud.

The Thread is a production of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. Each episode is produced by Caitlin Byrd, J. Emory Parker, Erin Gillespie and Geoff Yost.

Post and Courier reporters Andrew Knapp, Jennifer Berry Hawes, Glenn Smith, Brian Hicks, Schuyler Kropf, Deanna Pan, and Abigail Darlington contributed. Additional audio from Chris Hanclosky.