Believable Podcast, Episode 4: The Gun in the Dark Backyard

Silvon was shot by the police outside his home, and woke up handcuffed to a chair, fighting for his life in more ways than one.

Believable Podcast, Episode 4: The Gun in the Dark Backyard

On the night of April 1st, 2016, Silvon Simmons was shot three times by a police officer behind his home in Rochester, New York. The shooting didn’t make national news or inspire marches. There were no videos or eyewitnesses to tell the story of what happened in the dark of that backyard. It was Silvon’s word, versus the police’s.

Believable is a podcast that explores how our stories define who we are. In each episode, we dive into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict, and different perspectives about the truth collide. Listen to Believable below or on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can find the transcript for this episode here. 


Believable, Episode 4 Credits
Lead Producer & Sound Designer: Ryan Sweikert
Host & Executive Producer, Narratively Podcasts: Noah Rosenberg
Fact-Checking: Traci Stocker
Production Assistant: Emily Rostek
Story Consultant: Brendan Spiegel
Art Direction: Vinnie Neuberg
Episode Art: Zoe Van Dijk
Additional Support: Ula Kulpa, Russell Gragg, and Veronica Volk
Special Thanks: Ted Forsyth, Donna Jackel, and the Made in New York Media Center