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In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How di...Show More
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Listen to This: 'The Stakes'

24:09 | May 8th

On The Stakes podcast, host Kai Wright and team bring you more stories about inequality, health and justice... and more. In this episode: implicit bias in medicine brings life or death consequences for black moms and their children. A black woman in ...Show More
WNYC Studios presents: The Realness

04:39 | Jul 19th, 2018

The Realness is about how a sick kid became a legendary rapper, but still couldn't escape sickle cell anemia.
Episode 8: “They call him Cheese”

33:11 | Jul 13th, 2018

One day in February, a group of staff packed up Arnaldo's belongings, moved him out of Carlton Palms and into a three-bedroom house in a suburban neighborhood. On its face, it's the type of setting disability advocates strive toward. Arnaldo has his ...Show More
Episode 7: “The man behind an empire”

28:17 | Jul 9th, 2018

For decades, Carlton Palms' elusive founder, Ken Mazik, has wielded his power and influence to sway members of Congress and state legislatures into bending the rules in his favor -- from scuttling laws that would limit the use of physical restraints,...Show More
Episode 6: “When they don’t behave”

32:41 | Jul 6th, 2018

A cup of hot water thrown on a developmentally-disabled resident. Another kicked in the ribs. A tooth knocked out by a staff member. Carlton Palms is known for abuse and even death. So why is the state of Florida so reluctant to close it?
Episode 5: “I need to believe”

34:33 | Jul 2nd, 2018

A year and a half after the shooting, there are signs of trouble at Arnaldo's new home, Carlton Palms. The staff isn't keeping an eye on him. There are unexplained injuries. His mother isn't allowed to see his room and he's being restrained in a full...Show More
Episode 4: “I Baker Act you. You Baker Acted me.”

28:25 | Jun 29th, 2018

The day of the shooting wasn't Arnaldo's first encounter with the police. In fact, they'd loomed large in his life for years before that. Even as he bounced from one group home to another, the people that consistently showed up for him, often in the ...Show More
Episode 3: “He was definitely a handful”

44:36 | Jun 25th, 2018

Since the beginning, Arnaldo's mother struggled to find adequate care for her autistic son. Her memories are often painful: the doctors who wouldn't diagnose him; the staff who punched him, drugged him, tied his hands behind his back in a classroom c...Show More
Episode 2: "Suck It Up, Buttercup"

34:34 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The shooting left Arnaldo severely traumatized, unable to remain in the group home where Charles Kinsey had taken care of him. Shortly after, Arnaldo was involuntarily committed to a hospital psych ward, where a typical stay of just a few days stretc...Show More
Episode 1: "Let me get this on camera"

36:06 | Jun 21st, 2018

Just before 5pm on Monday July 18th, 2016, a 26-year old autistic man named Arnaldo Rios Soto walked out of his North Miami home. He had a silver toy truck in his hand. Hours later, his life would be changed forever. A passing motorist mistook Arnald...Show More
Aftereffect: A SWAT team, an autistic man, an American tragedy.

03:29 | Jun 18th, 2018

In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect tells Arnaldo's story -- a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints -- and asks the question: W...Show More