Hope In Darkness

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Becky Bruce

Utahn who spent two years in Venezuela prison responds to Americans’ release

The Utah man who spent two years in a Venezuela prison, Josh Holt, has mixed feelings about the release of two Americans from that country.
7 months ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 12 – Full Transcript

The Holts arrive on US soil. Josh and Thamy meet the president and make the rounds on morning television. Adjusting to life on the outside requires more faith and hope than expected.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 11 – Full Transcript

A riot erupts inside El Helicoide as tensions mount in Venezuela. Barricaded in his cell, Josh Holt sends a series of fearful videos begging for help from the United States.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 10 – Full Transcript

We go in-depth on all the work behind the scenes to secure Josh and Thamy Holt's freedom – including never-before-heard details about the strange interplay of faith, legal, political and human rights activists.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 9 – Full Transcript

Health and prison conditions combine to sink Josh into his lowest point as a hostage of the Venezuelan government.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 8 – Full Transcript

The Holts work to get Thamy's daughters to the US. Josh and Thamy finally start getting regular "visits" from the outside world – but also become frustrated to their breaking point over their lost human rights.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 7 – Full Transcript

Josh and Thamy Holt continue to learn how to navigate life in a corrupt dictatorship – from which guards to bribe and how, to how to get along with their fellow inmates.  
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 6 – Full Transcript

Back home in the US, Josh's mom, Laurie Holt, is busily making her voice heard from West Jordan to Washington, D.C. A smuggled cell phone becomes Josh's lifeline to his family.
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 5 – Full Transcript

We take a closer look at El Helicoide itself and how it serves as a metaphor for the chaos in Venezuela. The first of several health crises to strike Josh Holt leaves him struggling, helpless and alone. A fellow inmate offers more context and perspective.   
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 4 – Full Transcript

Thamy and Josh find themselves stripped of both dignity and basic human rights. At home, July 4th festivities are tinged with news of the Holts’ arrest. 
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 3 – Full Transcript

Josh and Thamy Holt are forced to wait four days with no answers about what is going on or why they were arrested. What are the political and economic conditions in Venezuela that exacerbated the situation?
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 2 – Full Transcript

Thamara Holt searches for answers after her husband of just two weeks is arrested. After one of the longest days of their lives, Josh and Thamy wind up under interrogation at El Helicoide, an infamous Venezuelan prison. 
2 years ago
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Hope In Darkness – Ep. 1 – Full Transcript

Josh Holt, a young man from Utah, finds himself on the wrong side of the law in Venezuela, where he's just arrived to get married and spend his honeymoon.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Josh Holt says he’s working to help two Americans held in Venezuela

A Utah man, Josh Holt, who spent nearly two years in the same Venezuela prison where two former Green Berets are being held, says he's trying to help them. 
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

How Josh and Thamy Holt finally got freed from a Venezuela prison

To this day, the major players involved can't say exactly why Venezuela released Josh and Thamy Holt from prison, but they insist there was no deal made.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

New details revealed in the prison riot that threatened the life of Josh Holt

The prison riot that threatened the life of Utahn Josh Holt exposed a sharp divide between political prisoners and common prisoners in Venezuela.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Hope In Darkness: Faith, serendipity important part of Josh Holt story

The way in which a Venezuelan-born Utah immigration attorney became involved in the Josh Holt case involves multiple leaps of faith.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Evolving strategy and inside connections contributed to the freedom of Josh Holt

The first shift in strategy for Josh and Thamy Holt came because of an important conversation with the warden at El Helicoide prison. It wasn't the last.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Meet the Senate staffer whose involvement changed everything for Josh Holt

A 2002 retreat in which a future Senate staffer shared a beer with the future president of Venezuela set the stage for the eventual freedom of Josh Holt.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Faith brought Josh Holt through his darkest hour inside El Helicoide prison

Without access to counseling or medication in prison, Josh Holt had no choice but to try to emerge from depression on his own -- clinging to his faith.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

Getting his family to the US was a lengthy process for Josh Holt

"Hope In Darkness" delves into the behind-the-scenes work to get the Venezuelan family of Josh Holt safely to the United States after his arrest.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

One of Venezuela’s most wanted helped Josh Holt survive prison

Josh Holt, a young man from Utah, learned how to survive in prison in part because of his friendship with his fellow inmates.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

How Laurie Holt went from Mama Bear to unstoppable force

Every single person interviewed for Hope In Darkness described Laurie Holt as the driving factor that led to freedom for her son Josh and his wife Thamy.
2 years ago
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Becky Bruce

El Helicoide: a metaphor for a broken country and a broken system

The latest episode of "Hope In Darkness: The Josh Holt Story" zeroes in on El Helicoide, the infamous Venezuela prison where Josh Holt spent 23 months.
2 years ago