Sent Away Education & Advocacy, Investigative, Troubled Teen Industry

Hosted By: David Fuchs, Curtis Gilbert and Jessica Miller
Produced By: KUER, The Salt Lake Tribune and APM Reports

Sent Away is a documentary podcast that tells the stories of people who were sent away to boarding schools, reform schools, and other institutions as children. The hosts, David Fuchs, Curtis Gilbert, and Jessica Miller, were all sent away themselves, and they use their own experiences to shed light on the often dark and disturbing world of institutional care.

The podcast features interviews with a wide range of people who were sent away, including survivors of abuse and neglect, as well as those who had positive experiences. Fuchs, Gilbert, and Miller also explore the history and culture of institutional care, and they examine the impact that it can have on people’s lives.

Sent Away Podcast Host:

David Fuchs is a writer, producer, and activist who was sent away to a reform school at the age of 12. He is the co-founder of the Sent Away Movement, a nonprofit organization that advocates for survivors of institutional abuse.

Curtis Gilbert is a filmmaker and podcaster who was sent away to a boarding school at the age of 13. He is the co-founder of the Sent Away Movement, and he has produced several documentaries about institutional care.

Jessica Miller is a writer, producer, and survivor of institutional abuse. She is the co-founder of the Sent Away Movement, and she is passionate about sharing her story to help others.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Authenticity of the Hosts: The hosts share their own stories of being sent away, and they do so in a way that is both honest and vulnerable. This makes it easy for listeners to connect with the podcast and to feel seen and heard.
  • Storytelling: The hosts interview a wide range of people who were sent away, and they share stories of both abuse and resilience. These stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring, and they help to shed light on the often hidden world of institutional care.
  • Production Quality: The hosts do a great job of mixing interviews, storytelling, and music to create a podcast that is both informative and entertaining. The sound quality is excellent, and the pacing is perfect.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Too Graphic: Some survivors have criticized the podcast for being too graphic and for going into too much detail about the abuse that they experienced. They argue that this can be triggering and upsetting for other survivors.
  • Biased Perspective: Some listeners have mentioned that the podcast focuses too much on the negative aspects of institutional care without addressing the positive experiences that some people had.

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