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July 13, 2019
Silencing Science (Rebroadcast)
President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has downplayed the science of climate change and sought to silence scientists working for the federal government.* * Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
July 6, 2019
Pardon Me
Presidential pardons grab the headlines each time Donald Trump grants clemency to a controversial person. We tell the untold story of a pardons system that is completely broken, leaving a backlog of 13,000 applications, and a pardon attorney’s office that’s being ignored by the White House.   Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 29, 2019
The Military's Deadliest Helicopter (Rebroadcast)
How did one helicopter become the deadliest aircraft in the US military? To find out, Reveal partners with Investigative Studios, the production arm of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 22, 2019
Cops on a Crime Spree (Rebroadcast)
They belonged to an elite police task force charged with getting guns off Baltimore’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed the city, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money and drugs, and planting evidence on their victims. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 15, 2019
Hate is all around you
In the second part of Reveal’s series about hate, we look at how racism and white supremacy are institutionalized in America. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 8, 2019
Hate in the homeland
This episode surveys the state of the hate movement in America, focusing on how hate groups are spreading their message and winning converts. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 1, 2019
To the ends of the Earth
We travel the globe, from bottom to top, to confront the growing threats from climate change.**** Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
May 25, 2019
The City – Revealed (Rebroadcast)
A giant, mysterious illegal dump in Chicago was part of a federal investigation that brought down a dozen corrupt politicians, but it left neighborhood residents angry and feeling used. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
May 18, 2019
The Unpaid Cost of Elder Care
Residential care homes seem like the perfect place for Mom or Grandpa to live out their golden years, but their home-like facades are hiding rampant wage theft and exploitation of caregivers. Reveal’s Jen Gollan takes us into her investigation of the care-home industry. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
May 11, 2019
When Tasers Fail
A Taser is supposed to help police resolve a situation without using their guns. But in police departments across America, Tasers aren’t always living up to their promise, sometimes with lethal results. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
May 4, 2019
Monumental Lies (Rebroadcast)
Myths of the Civil War and slavery are being kept alive at Confederate monuments, where visitors hear stories of “benevolent slave owners” and enslaved people “contented with their lot.”  Plus, an artist finds herself in the middle of the creation of New Mexico’s most controversial historical monument. * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
April 27, 2019
America’s Drug War, Revealed
How a baggie of crack cocaine packed with fear, distortion and misconceptions, and one presidential address in the 1980s, helped shape the war on drugs. * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
April 20, 2019
Farm Wars
The herbicide dicamba is causing a civil war in farm country. Plus, honeybee rustling in California’s almond groves. Lastly, sulfur and its link to asthma in children. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
April 13, 2019
Flood Thy Neighbor (Rebroadcast)
Some people who live along the Mississippi River are willing to do anything to keep their homes and farms safe from flooding – even if it means inundating their own neighbors. This week, we team up with ProPublica to investigate how rising waters have set off a race to build the highest levee. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
April 6, 2019
Trans National Migration
We meet an immigration judge who rejected nearly every asylum case that came before her, then follow a transgender woman as she tries to claim asylum. Finally, we go to Turkey, where young Afghan women are trying to leave their past behind. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
April 4, 2019
Captain Boycott
Before there were boycotts, there was Captain Boycott. Meet the man who gave name to a new kind of protest. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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15 min
March 30, 2019
The Right to Boycott
“It is wrong to boycott Israel” is a bipartisan message. But is banning the boycott a violation of First Amendment rights? Also, the story of a man who is trying to boycott Israel while living under Israeli occupation. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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37 min
March 23, 2019
Behind Trump's Energy Dominance (Rebroadcast)
Reveal received a secret recording of oil industry executives rejoicing over the “unprecedented access” they have to David Bernhardt, the No. 2 official at the Interior Department. President Donald Trump has nominated Bernhardt to the top slot at the department, following the resignation of Ryan Zinke, and Bernhardt’s confirmation hearings are this week. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
March 16, 2019
Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News (Rebroadcast)
A journey into the world of right-wing Twitter trolls, pro-Trump political operatives and fake-news profiteers from St. Louis to Macedonia, to answer one big question: How did America become a post-truth country? Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
March 9, 2019
Bitter Custody
A controversial theory about child abuse is swaying family court judges to award custody to parents accused of harming kids. We trace the origins of “parental alienation.” ** *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.*
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50 min
March 2, 2019
A Desperate Bargain
Parents are forced to give up custody to get their children medical and psychological treatments. Also, a Trump administration practice forces parents to risk deportation in order to claim their kids from government shelters. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
February 23, 2019
The red line: Racial disparities in lending (Rebroadcast)
It’s been 10 years since the great housing bust and lending is back for some Americans, but not for others. In dozens of cities across the country, lenders are more likely to deny loans to applicants of color than white ones. On this episode of Reveal, we dig into the new redlining. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
February 16, 2019
Five Years on Nauru
Children refusing to eat, talk, or even drink water. A surreal mental illness sweeps across families stuck in an Australian immigrant detention camp on a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
February 9, 2019
Lasting Impact
In Oregon, the concussion protocols that were supposed to keep high school athletes safe end up falling short for a star quarterback. ** *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.*
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50 min
February 2, 2019
When They Took My Son (rebroadcast)
We examine the stories of two families separated in 2018 at the U.S.-Mexico border and how what happened to them matches up with what the government said was supposed to happen. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
January 26, 2019
The Mystery of Mountain Jane Doe (rebroadcast)
Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up cold cases. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
January 19, 2019
The Military's Deadliest Helicopter
How did one helicopter become the deadliest aircraft in the US military? To find out, Reveal partners with Investigative Studios, the production arm of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
January 12, 2019
The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks (rebroadcast)
In 1971, a 22-year-old journalist named Robert Rosenthal got a call from his boss at The New York Times. He told him to go to room 1111 of the Hilton Hotel, bring enough clothes for at least a month and not tell anyone. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
January 5, 2019
Silencing Science
President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has downplayed the science of climate change and sought to silence scientists working for the federal government. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
December 29, 2018
Take No Prisoners (rebroadcast)
In the carnage that followed the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, there was one incident that top military commanders hoped would be concealed. It’s the story of an American war crime nearly forgotten to history. **Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
December 22, 2018
The City (Revealed)
A giant mysterious illegal dump in Chicago was part of a federal investigation that brought down a dozen corrupt politicians, but it left neighborhood residents angry and feeling used. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
December 15, 2018
Sins of the Fathers
In Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, the Catholic church had a problem with Jesuit priests sexually abusing children. The church’s first solution was to send the priests to remote Native villages, but there they continued to abuse. So the church tried something else: hiding them in plain sight. *Listeners should know that this episode includes descriptions of abuse and predatory behavior, and is not a story for all listeners. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
December 8, 2018
Monumental Lies
Myths of the Civil War and slavery are being kept alive at Confederate monuments, where visitors hear stories of “benevolent slave owners” and enslaved people “contented with their lot.”  We team up with The Investigative Fund and discover how public money is supporting this false version of history. Plus, an artist finds herself in the middle of the creation of New Mexico’s most controversial historical monument. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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54 min
December 3, 2018
Al Letson Reveals: Jerome Corsi
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8 min
December 1, 2018
Trial and terror (rebroadcast)
The recent killing of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue refocused the nation’s attention on right-wing extremist terrorists. Meanwhile, the Trump administration points to radical Islam as the bigger threat to security. On this episode of Reveal, we investigate which terror threats get tracked and which are ignored. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
November 24, 2018
Burning Hotter and Faster
Half of California’s 10 worst wildfires have struck in the last two years. We look at the recent Camp Fire, which is the deadliest and most destructive in state history. And we revisit an investigation from earlier this year looking at how extreme wildfires are breaking our emergency response systems. Produced in partnership with KQED. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
November 17, 2018
Case Cleared (Part 2)
He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him. The reasons why show how rape myths continue to influence how justice is meted out in America. Reported in partnership with Newsy and ProPublica.
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50 min
November 10, 2018
Case Cleared (Part 1)
When police closed the rape case against Bryan Kind, they made it look like it had been solved. But he never was arrested – or even charged. We team up with Newsy and ProPublica to investigate how police across the country make it seem like they’re solving more rape cases than they actually are. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
November 3, 2018
Working Through the Pain at Tesla
After being called out for hiding worker injuries at its factory, Tesla decides to double down. Plus, a report card on diversity in Silicon Valley. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
November 1, 2018
Coming Soon: Working Through the Pain at Tesla
After being called out for hiding worker injuries at its factory, Tesla doubles down. Hear a sneak preview of our latest investigation.
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October 27, 2018
The Storm After the Storm
Doctors in Puerto Rico are outraged at the government’s unexpected decision to declare the Zika crisis over in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Plus, communities in Houston and North Carolina struggle to put their homes and lives back together. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
October 25, 2018
Coming Soon: The Storm After the Storm
2017 was the worst hurricane season on record. A year later, we look at how Hurricane Harvey has made it almost impossible for people to find affordable housing in Houston. Listen to a sneak preview of this Saturday’s episode.
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October 20, 2018
Who Gets to Vote?
Approaching 2018’s midterms, the country has its eyes locked on Georgia’s governor’s race. It’s a close contest between Stacey Abrams, a former state congresswoman who could become the first-ever black female governor in America and Brian Kemp, a tough-talking Trump loyalist with a penchant for the Second Amendment. The race has become a battleground for many of America’s most pressing concerns about democracy – from voter suppression to election security. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
October 18, 2018
Coming Soon: Who Gets to Vote?
Get a sneak preview of Saturday’s show where we investigate voter suppression ahead of the midterm elections. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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2 min
October 13, 2018
Hunting the Ghost Fleet (rebroadcast)
We hike through the jungles of El Salvador to find an elusive fleet of shark-fishing boats implicated in overfishing and possible human trafficking. Then we join a UN mission to intercept a crewmember from one of those boats who might be a victim of human trafficking. Finally, we investigate a U.S.-based seafood company that purports to be a model of sustainability. From reporters Sarah Blaskey, Ben Feibleman, Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza, producer Michael Montgomery, and editor Brett Myers. This show was originally broadcast June 30th, 2018. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
October 6, 2018
10 Years or Life
An accused man faces an impossible choice in New Orleans. Plus, a new district attorney in Philadelphia sets out to undo the work of those who came before him. From reporters Eve Abrams and Laura Starecheski, and editor Catherine Winter.
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50 min
September 29, 2018
When They Took My Son
A 6-year-old child sleeps in a vacant office building, surrounded by strangers. An infant is taken from his breastfeeding mother. We examine the stories of two families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and how what happened to them matches up with what the government said was supposed to happen. From Reveal’s Aura Bogado, and Neena Satija (who also works with our partners at The Texas Tribune), Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, along with Casey Miner. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
September 27, 2018
Coming Soon: When They Took My Son
At 7 years old, Wilson was taken from his mother as part of the Trump administration’s policy of family separation this summer. Our next show tells you what happened to him.
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2 min
September 22, 2018
Never Meet Your (Super) Heroes
There’s a new battlefield in the culture wars: comic books. The alt-right now has gotten in the business, led by a buxom, Confederate flag-waving superhero named Rebel and a white vigilante who turns immigrants over to ICE. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
September 15, 2018
Misconceptions (rebroadcast)
Desperate to have a child, a couple puts its trust in a fertility clinic that promises more than it can deliver. They enter a world where some clinics take unnecessary risks to make them look far more successful than they are in reality. From reporter Jonathan Jones and Reveal’s Bernice Yeung and Emily Harris. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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49 min
September 8, 2018
The Messy Truth About Victim Compensation
Victim compensation funds are supposed to help victims of crime cover lost wages or funeral expenses. But Reveal teamed up with The Marshall Project and discovered that in some states, African Americans are disproportionately hurt by rules on how that money is handed out. Then, Reveal reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter uncover a scheme at a drug rehabilitation facility in the mountains of North Carolina, where clients are being used as a source of free labor. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
September 1, 2018
Flood Thy Neighbor
Some people who live along the Mississippi River are willing to do anything to keep their homes and farms safe from flooding – even if it means inundating their own neighbors. This week, we team up with ProPublica to investigate how rising waters have set off a race to build the highest levee. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
August 25, 2018
How Bernie Made Off: Are we safe from the next Ponzi scheme? (rebroadcast)
*This show was originally broadcast February 3, 2018. *It’s been ten years since former NASDAQ chairman Bernie Madoff was arrested for committing one of the largest financial crimes in U.S. history. For decades he ran a Ponzi scheme from a secret office in New York, duping thousands of investors out of billions of dollars. Many of them lost everything when the house of cards fell. How did Madoff pull it off? And what steps have regulators taken in the past decade to ensure that it doesn’t happen again? For this week’s episode, we teamed up with Steve Fishman, a reporter based in New York City who’s followed the story for years. He produced and hosted a seven-part podcast for Audible called “Ponzi Supernova.” Through interviews with financial experts, federal agents, Madoff’s cellmates and Madoff himself, Fishman explains how the $60 billion con worked, and why Madoff was able to elude regulators for decades. Fishman says that while Madoff was the mastermind of the scheme, it was banks and other financial institutions who “weaponized” him, turning him from a “local swindler” into an unstoppable force. Madoff will spend the rest of his life in prison, but no one from these institutions faced similar consequences. And even though some precautions have been put in place since Madoff’s arrest, financial experts warn that for the most part, investors are still on their own. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
August 18, 2018
Across the Desert and the Sea (rebroadcast)
African migrants fleeing persecution or seeking opportunity often end up in Libya, where they are tortured and trafficked. Many try to escape to Europe, only to be intercepted at sea and returned to Libya. On this episode of Reveal, we trace their journey and explore how Europe’s immigration policy is helping Libyan warlords and putting migrants at risk. This episode was originally broadcast on May 19, 2018. In the first segment, reporter Raphaël Krafft takes us to the open waters off the coast of Libya, where a small boat carrying migrants is trying to flee the country. The boat is filled beyond capacity and starts to take on water and sink. A rescue ship run by nongovernmental organizations from Europe is poised to help, but a coast guard boat from Libya intervenes, creating a standoff at sea. Next, we learn why so many migrants – mostly from Africa – end up trapped in Libya and about the conditions they face when they’re there. Krafft meets a young Nigerian man named Osaze Sunday, who was held for ransom and trafficked in Libya before attempting to escape by boat to Italy. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
August 11, 2018
No place to run (rebroadcast)
In Texas, the foster care system is failing the vulnerable children it’s meant to protect, leaving many without a safe place to live. Foster children often end up on the streets or in jail, which is one of the few places where they can receive treatment services. This week we look into the crisis in foster care, and efforts to fix it. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
August 4, 2018
Trapped: Abuse and Neglect in Private Care
Deep in the backroads of central Florida, hidden between trees dripping with Spanish moss, sits the campus of an infamous center for the developmentally disabled. Its story shows what can happen when families have nowhere else to find care for their loved ones. After years of complaints, Carlton Palms is finally being shut down. But its parent company, Bellwether Behavioral Health, is still running group homes across the country, where new allegations have arisen. WNYC reporter Audrey Quinn investigates the company and speaks to a family whose son was abused at two of Bellwether’s New Jersey facilities. She discovers that, with national spending on autism services expected to increase 70 percent by 2025, the company is owned by a private equity firm. Then, reporter Elly Yu investigates the death of a DACA recipient while at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
July 28, 2018
Take No Prisoners: Inside a WWII American War Crime
In December 1944, Adolf Hitler surprised the Allies with a secret counterattack through the Ardennes forest, known today as the Battle of the Bulge. In the carnage that followed, there was one incident that top military commanders hoped would be concealed. It’s the story of an American war crime nearly forgotten to history. After desperate house-to-house fighting between German and American forces, American soldiers wrested control of the Belgian town of Chenogne. Americans rounded up the remaining German prisoners of war, took them to a field and machine-gunned them. Reporter Chris Harland-Dunaway found an entry in General George S. Patton’s handwritten diary referring to the incident in Chenogne. Patton called it murder. So why then was there no official investigation? Through vivid interviews with a 93-year-old veteran who witnessed the event, conversations with historians and the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, and analysis of formerly confidential military records, we investigate why justice never came for the American soldiers responsible for the massacre at Chenogne. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
July 21, 2018
Poisoned, Ignored and Evicted: The Perils of Living With Lead (rebroadcast)
Old paint, old pipes and demolition dust often are sources of toxic lead. It’s a poison known to cause neurological damage in children. For adults, new science shows lead exposure increases the risk of heart disease. Reveal investigates the lurking threat from the dust of urban demolitions to the wilds of Wyoming. This episode was originally broadcast March 31, 2018. In Detroit, dust is a particular concern. Because of the population drop, the city is tearing down tens of thousands of empty homes. Contractors are supposed to follow strict protocols on  demolitions, but when those rules are not enforced, lead dust can drift around the neighborhood, poisoning children in unsuspecting families. Reporter Eilís O'Neill explores the impact. Next, we go to the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, California, where the rate of kids with high lead levels in their blood was greater than in Flint, Michigan, during the height of the water crisis there. Reporters Angela Johnston and Marissa Ortega-Welch of KALW in San Francisco explain how high housing costs and lead exposure are connected and introduce us to public health nurse Diep Tran, who says lead poisoning puts enormous stress on families. “I've seen parents go into shock,” Tran says. “Most of them are anxious. Some feel guilty and go into denial, which is not good for the child, because parents in denial don't want to work with us. How can the child recover if we don't help the family?” She says her only option sometimes is to advise families to move to a homeless shelter to escape exposure to lead. Paul Flory could not escape. He grew up in Idaho’s Silver Valley, a longtime mining area that’s now a lead-laced Superfund site. Host Al Letson talks with him about going to school next door to a smelter and the struggles he’s had after his childhood lead poisoning was recorded – and then largely ignored. Finally, we discover how tiny fragments of lead bullets hurt hunters’ unintended targets: eagles, condors and other scavenging wildlife. We trace lead dust from game guts to eagle brains in Wyoming. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
July 14, 2018
Behind Trump's Energy Dominance
President Donald Trump has pledged allegiance to what he calls America’s “energy dominance.” This is good news for the oil and gas industry. We examine what this means for Alaskan villagers coping with climate change, Native American artifacts in Utah and birds flying over the U.S.   * *To find out, we talk with a former Interior Department official who became a whistleblower after helping relocate Alaskan Native villages threatened by rising temperatures. We also examine the energy industry’s influence on the Trump administration and visit public lands in southeastern Utah, where parcels leased for oil and gas exploration contain sensitive Native American archeological sites. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
July 7, 2018
Families Splintered Apart, by Government and by Storms
This week, we continue our ongoing investigation into what happens to immigrant children after they’re detained by the U.S. government. Our latest story investigates a vacant office building being used by a defense contractor to house children. Then, we travel to the Gulf Coast to learn why last year was the costliest hurricane season on record. In Houston, we discover that homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey were actually built inside a reservoir. We end on the Louisiana coast, where officials say they can no longer provide protection to homes most vulnerable to flooding, and that residents will have to abandon them. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 30, 2018
Hunting the Ghost Fleet
This week’s episode of Reveal investigates shark fishing in Central America and a U.S.-based seafood company that claims to be a model of sustainability. We start in the jungles of El Salvador, where reporter Sarah Blaskey and photojournalist Ben Feibleman investigate one of the largest shark-fishing operations in the region. The men who crew these boats are migrants from Vietnam who work under grueling conditions. Next, we follow reporters from The Associated Press as they continue their award-winning investigation into the seafood industry. Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza look into one of the country’s leading sustainable seafood companies, Sea to Table. The company provides seafood to restaurants, universities and private homes across the country, claiming all its fish are wild caught and directly traceable to a U.S. dock. The reporters examine whether those claims hold up. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 28, 2018
Al Letson Reveals: Pussy Riot
Far from the World Cup stadium cheers, a prisoner held in Russia is six weeks into a hunger strike. Reveal host Al Letson talks with Masha Alyokhina, a founding member of the Russian feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot, about the efforts to free Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker convicted of an armed plot during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He denies any involvement. His supporters fear U.S. President Donald Trump has undermined their cause. Alyokhina knows the topic well: She spent time in prison for challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin, too. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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12 min
June 23, 2018
Ripped Apart: Families Separated at the Border
President Donald Trump said he was ending family separation at the border this week. But we’ve stayed on the story, investigating the issues that remain: children being drugged at migrant shelters, asylum-seekers being denied at ports of entry and the problems with Trump’s new detention plan. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
June 16, 2018
Losing ground (rebroadcast)
This episode was originally broadcast July 1, 2017. Picture an American farmer. Chances are, the farmer you’re imagining is white – more than 9 out of 10 American farmers today are. But historically, African Americans played a huge role in agriculture. The nation’s economy was built largely on black farm labor: in bondage for hundreds of years, followed by a century of sharecropping and tenant farming. In the early 1900s, African American families owned one-seventh of the nation’s farmland, 15 million acres. A hundred years later, black farmers own only one-quarter of the land they once held and now make up less than 1 percent of American farm families. The federal government has admitted it was part of the problem. In 1997, a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture said discrimination by the agency was a factor in the decline of black farms. A landmark class-action lawsuit on behalf of black farmers, Pigford v. Glickman, was settled in 1999, and the government paid out more than $2 billion as a result. But advocates for black farmers say problems persist. On this episode of Reveal, reporter John Biewen of “Scene on Radio” tells the story of a black farmer who says the USDA treated him unfairly because of his race. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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50 min
June 9, 2018
Reveal Answers Your Questions About Immigration
Last fall, we threw out a simple question after a show about U.S. immigration policies: What do you wish you knew about immigration? Across the country, listeners responded with hundreds of text messages – from small towns in Iowa, Colorado and Massachusetts to big cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago. We chose four questions and took our team of reporters and producers to task to answer them. To figure out the answers, we go deep into immigration court, help one listener uncover her grandfather’s secret past about entering the country and break down the path to legal citizenship. On the way, we meet scam artists, attorneys, asylum seekers and do-gooders learning immigration law for kicks.
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51 min
June 2, 2018
Cops on a Crime Spree
Baltimore’s police department was already notorious. But this year, eight former police officers were convicted on federal racketeering charges stemming from an FBI investigation. They belonged to an elite task force charged with getting guns off the city’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed Baltimore neighborhoods at will, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money, drugs or guns and planting evidence on their victims. The targets of the Gun Trace Task Force included drug dealers and ordinary citizens. One of its favorite tactics was to speed toward a group of men on a street corner, chase whoever ran and shake them down. On top of all this, the officers falsified their timesheets to almost double their salaries. This episode of Reveal asks if the task force was simply a rogue operation or if the officers were aided and abetted by fellow cops and even supervisors within the department. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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53 min
May 31, 2018
Inside a Rehab Empire
The collision of the opioid epidemic with criminal justice reform has created a boom for the rehab industry. Those with wealth and insurance often are able to pay thousands of dollars for private long-term programs. But the less fortunate have become easy prey for rehabs with a tantalizing promise: freedom from addiction for free. Reveal reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter have been uncovering the ways that some of these rehabs exploit their desperate clients. In this episode, they describe to host Al Letson the shocking things they found at one rehab in the mountains of North Carolina. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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26 min
May 26, 2018
What cops aren't learning (rebroadcast)
Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in aggressively, officers back off, wait out people in crisis and use words instead of weapons. But this training isn't required in most states. Reveal teams up with APM Reports and finds that most cops spend a lot more time training to shoot their guns than learning how to avoid firing them. This episode was originally broadcast on May 6, 2017. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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51 min
May 19, 2018
Across the Desert and the Sea
African migrants fleeing persecution or seeking opportunity often end up in Libya, where they are tortured and trafficked. Many try to escape to Europe, only to be intercepted at sea and returned to Libya. On this episode of Reveal, we bring you one reporter’s dispatch from a treacherous migrant rescue operation and explore how Europe’s … Continue reading Across the Desert and the Sea →
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50 min
May 12, 2018
Reveal Presents: The View from Room 205
In 2014, WBEZ Chicago reporter Linda Lutton followed a class of fourth-graders at William Penn Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side. She wanted to explore a big idea that’s at the heart of the American dream: Can public schools be the great equalizer in society, giving everyone a chance to succeed, no matter where they … Continue reading Reveal Presents: The View from Room 205 →
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51 min
May 9, 2018
More to the Story: Wildfires
Reveal revisits our investigation into California’s deadliest wildfires. Last October, more than 170 fires ripped across Northern California, burning more than 9,000 buildings, causing millions of dollars in damage and killing 44 people. Along with our partners at KQED we’ll examine what’s being done to ensure that emergency response failures are not repeated as the … Continue reading More to the Story: Wildfires →
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19 min
May 5, 2018
More to the Story: Redlining
Reveal digs deep – and gets results. By mining data from 31 million records, we discovered a pattern of routine mortgage loan denials to applicants of color in more than 60 U.S. metropolitan areas. Our story led to attorneys generals’ investigations and lawmakers’ demands for accountability at the federal, state and city levels. It also … Continue reading More to the Story: Redlining →
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17 min
April 28, 2018
Institutions of Higher Earning (rebroadcast)
Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid. Many students are feeling the pinch. They’re going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on … Continue reading Institutions of Higher Earning (rebroadcast) →
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51 min
April 21, 2018
Trumping Hate
There’s been a lot of conversation about whether Donald Trump has inspired a new wave of hate in America. Reveal reporter Will Carless set out to understand the president’s role in hundreds of hate incidents across the country, with help from the Documenting Hate project led by ProPublica. He found a striking pattern that extended … Continue reading Trumping Hate →
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50 min
April 14, 2018
Tesla and Beyond: Hidden Problems of Silicon Valley
Tech companies in Silicon Valley are under the microscope for not living up to their idealistic pledges to save the world. On this week’s episode of Reveal, we investigate companies on the cutting edge that are struggling to solve some old-fashioned problems: Worker safety at Tesla, and diversity at Google and beyond. — Don’t miss … Continue reading Tesla and Beyond: Hidden Problems of Silicon Valley →
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50 min
April 12, 2018
Trump’s Mystery Mansion
In 2008, a small-time scam artist transferred a Beverly Hills mansion to Donald Trump for $0. Reveal reporters Lance Williams and Matt Smith tried to figure out why. The people involved in the deal say it was all a mistake. Real estate experts have never seen anything like it. Join us for a stranger-than-fiction tale … Continue reading Trump’s Mystery Mansion →
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12 min
April 7, 2018
Checking into President Trump’s Washington DC Hotel
In 2016, the Justice Department alleged that Malaysian officials stole billions of dollars from their people and funneled some of it through the United States. Reveal teamed up with Washington D.C.’s public radio station, WAMU, to dig into one of the largest investigations ever by the Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. It’s a tale … Continue reading Checking into President Trump’s Washington DC Hotel →
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50 min
April 4, 2018
Full of Lead: How Bullets are Poisoning Eagles
Lead – the toxic metal used for years in paint, plumbing, mining and more – still poisons people in all kinds of ways. Lead also kills wildlife when animals scavenge carcasses shot with lead bullets and left behind by hunters. Eagles and condors are not the hunters’ intended targets, but they’re dying from bullet dust. … Continue reading Full of Lead: How Bullets are Poisoning Eagles →
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March 31, 2018
Poisoned, ignored and evicted: The perils of living with lead
The toxic water of Flint, Michigan, reminded us that lead is a very persistent poison. This week, Reveal investigates the lurking threat of lead from the dust of urban demolitions to the wilds of Wyoming. Hear how contractors help one another cut corners on demolitions, putting kids at risk, while city officials study the problem. … Continue reading Poisoned, ignored and evicted: The perils of living with lead →
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39 min
March 24, 2018
Where criminals get their guns (rebroadcast)
Across the country, criminals are arming themselves in unexpected ways. In Florida, they’re stealing guns from unlocked cars and gun stores. In other places, they’re getting them from the police themselves, as cash-strapped departments sell their used weapons to buy new ones. On this episode of Reveal, we learn where criminals get their guns and … Continue reading Where criminals get their guns →
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51 min
March 17, 2018
The kids aren’t all right (rebroadcast)
Federal law requires colleges and universities to track and disclose sexual assaults on campus. It’s different for kindergarten through 12th grade, where there are no similar requirements for cases involving assaults between students. In elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S., the Associated Press found a shocking level of sexual violence among students. The … Continue reading The kids aren’t all right →
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51 min
March 14, 2018
Built to Burn
Last year, California had its deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. No fire killed more people or burned down more buildings than the Tubbs Fire. Reveal investigates what made the Tubbs Fire so devastating by delving into the history of one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods. — Head over to revealnews.org for more … Continue reading Built to Burn →
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17 min
March 10, 2018
Warning System Down: California’s Deadliest Fires
Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history. On … Continue reading Warning System Down: California’s Deadliest Fires →
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35 min
March 8, 2018
Video: Atomic vets
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans took part in nuclear tests after World War II, and into the Cold War. Many of these vets suffer long-term health issues including lung problems and cancer, and many haven’t received compensation for their injuries and feel abused, neglected and forgotten by the government and a country that exposed them to unforeseen risks. This story … Continue reading Video: Atomic vets →
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March 3, 2018
Deja Nuke: Return of the Nuclear Threat
With the threat of nuclear war once again a part of the national conversation, Reveal looks at nuclear threats both foreign and domestic. This episode takes listeners to Iran and finds out what life is actually like inside North Korea. As the Trump administration pushes for the biggest increase in spending on nuclear weapons since … Continue reading Deja Nuke: Return of the Nuclear Threat →
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51 min
February 24, 2018
My Town, Chi-Town
Chicago is experiencing a reversal of the great migration that propelled African Americans northward in search of opportunity in the first half of the 20th century. Since 2000, a quarter-million black Chicagoans have left. The reasons include decades of bad policy and broken promises on affordable housing, education and public safety. On this episode of … Continue reading My Town, Chi-Town →
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50 min
February 17, 2018
The red line: Racial disparities in lending
It’s been 10 years since the great housing bust and lending is back. Not everyone is getting a fair shot at getting a loan. In dozens of cities across the country, lenders are more likely to deny loans to applicants of color than white ones – even when you take into account how much money … Continue reading The red line: Racial disparities in lending →
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50 min
February 10, 2018
Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system (rebroadcast)
The scandal around USA Gymnastics and former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar is shining a spotlight on the sexual abuse of young athletes. This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the coach she says abused her decades earlier. Reporter Tennessee Watson was abused by her gymnastics coach when she … Continue reading Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system →
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51 min
February 3, 2018
How Bernie Made Off: Are we safe from the next Ponzi scheme?
Bernard Madoff may be a fading memory from the past, but for reporter Steve Fishman, the fallen financier’s story holds lessons for today. Madoff masterminded one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history, duping thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars. His scam rocked Wall Street for years. In this episode, we … Continue reading How Bernie Made Off: Are we safe from the next Ponzi scheme? →
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50 min
January 27, 2018
Too Many Pills
On Reveal, we share how the government failed to stop the opioid epidemic. A Washington Post/60 Minutes partnership with Reveal tells the story of how a DEA insider and his team of lawyers and investigators tried to stop drug distribution companies from flooding America with truckloads of pain pills. His effort was met with backlash … Continue reading Too Many Pills →
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51 min
January 20, 2018
#MeToo: Rape on the Night Shift
The #MeToo movement has swept from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. The careers of powerful men ended as women spoke out against workplace harassment and assault. On this episode of Reveal, we look at what happens when the people involved aren’t celebrities or powerful. We team up with KQED, the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program, FRONTLINE and Univision … Continue reading #MeToo: Rape on the Night Shift →
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51 min
January 13, 2018
The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe (rebroadcast)
Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up cold cases. This Reveal story is one of thousands from the crisis of America’s unidentified dead. Head over to revealnews.org for more of our reporting. Follow us on Facebook at fb.com/ThisIsReveal and on Twitter @reveal. And to see some of what you’re hearing, we’re also on Instagram @revealnews.
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51 min
January 11, 2018
Video: Fought for, Forgotten
This short film was produced by the Glassbreaker Films team at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glassbreaker Films is an all-female group of filmmakers working to promote gender parity in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. Competing threats to the bayous of Louisiana are leaving some Donald Trump supporters torn between the president’s various policies. The … Continue reading Video: Fought for, Forgotten →
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January 6, 2018
The Tide is High
The damage inflicted on the United States by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria will likely make the 2017 hurricane season the costliest in our history. But what is the government doing to prepare for the storms yet to come. In this hour, Reveal goes to Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico to investigate the government policies … Continue reading The Tide is High →
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51 min
December 30, 2017
A Revealing Year
Reveal has had a busy year – our team has chased stories from Oklahoma to Bermuda. We exposed a rehab program that provides labor at a chicken processing plant that’s been called a slave camp and followed the money trail of the Paradise Papers, leaked documents that revealed international tax shelters for some of America’s … Continue reading A Revealing Year →
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51 min
December 23, 2017
Fire and Justice
In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and sent to prison for life – but were they innocent? Reveal investigates problems in the case and whether federal agents pressured witnesses to lie. We also follow the life of one of the defendants and his bid for freedom. — Head over to revealnews.org for more of our reporting. Follow us on Facebook at fb.com/ThisIsReveal and on Twitter @reveal. And to see some of what you’re hearing, we’re also on Instagram @revealnews.
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51 min
December 16, 2017
The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections seems to yield a new bombshell every week. Amid such high-profile revelations, we revisit a decades-old story that echoes to this day among the powerful in the nation’s capital. This episode of Reveal tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a former government strategist … Continue reading The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks →
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51 min
December 9, 2017
Institutions of Higher Earning
Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid. Many students are feeling the pinch. They’re going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on … Continue reading Institutions of Higher Earning →
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51 min
December 7, 2017
Video: Based on a True Story
This short film was produced by the Glassbreaker Films team at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glassbreaker Films is an all-female group of filmmakers working to promote gender parity in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. The initiative is funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation.   The 2000 film “Erin Brockovich” seemed like a successful … Continue reading Video: Based on a True Story →
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December 2, 2017
Where criminals get their guns
Across the country, criminals are arming themselves in unexpected ways. In Florida, they’re stealing guns from unlocked cars and gun stores. In other places, they’re getting them from the police themselves, as cash-strapped departments sell their used weapons to buy new ones. On this episode of Reveal, we learn where criminals get their guns and what cars can teach us about gun safety. — To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us on fb.com/ThisIsReveal, Twitter @reveal or Instagram @revealnews.
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51 min
November 30, 2017
Video: Until Something is Done
This short film was produced by the Glassbreaker Films team at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glassbreaker Films is an all-female group of filmmakers working to promote gender parity in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. In the early hours of 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at the Fruitvale station in Oakland, California. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and made headlines nationwide, leading to a national conversation about police brutality. The officer who shot Grant was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in prison out of a two-year sentence. In the following years, as more police killings made the news, Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, decided to turn her pain and grief into a purpose. With Grant’s uncle, Cephus Johnson, she established The Oscar Grant Foundation, which led to a movement made up of mothers like her, whose sons were killed by police. She gathers with these women to help them find justice and ensure that their children are not forgotten. The number of members continues to grow steadily every year. Watch the rest of The Aftermath series at: revealnews.org/theaftermath
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November 25, 2017
Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick?
In Texas, women with limited access to abortions are traveling across the border to find a drug that will induce miscarriages. In Mississippi, anti-abortion groups are opening crisis pregnancy centers across from abortion clinics to persuade women to keep their babies. And one company offers permanent birth control through the insertion of a simple device … Continue reading Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick? →
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51 min
November 18, 2017
Pizzagate: A slice of fake news
On this episode of Reveal, we look at #Pizzagate. This story takes us into the world of right-wing Twitter trolls, pro-Trump political operatives and fake-news profiteers from St. Louis to Macedonia. Reveal unravels how this conspiracy theory spread and tries to answer one big question: How did America become a post-truth country? — To explore … Continue reading Pizzagate: A slice of fake news →
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50 min
November 16, 2017
Video: Grieving in a Fishbowl
This short film was produced by the Glassbreaker Films team at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glassbreaker Films is an all-female group of filmmakers working to promote gender parity in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. After a mass shooting, the media descends on the victims. They’re asked time and again what they saw, what they … Continue reading Video: Grieving in a Fishbowl →
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November 11, 2017
Losing ground
In 1996, Eddie Wise, the son of a sharecropper, purchased a farm with a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twenty years later, the USDA foreclosed on the property and evicted him. Reveal investigates his claim that he was discriminated against because of his race. — To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find … Continue reading Losing ground →
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51 min
November 5, 2017
The Paradise Papers
Remember the Panama Papers? It was a massive 2015 document leak that exposed a system in which offshore companies enable crime and corruption. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that followed, led by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), was a collaboration among more than 100 newsrooms across the world. It led to a flurry of … Continue reading The Paradise Papers →
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62 min
November 2, 2017
A Divided Road
Shortly after President Donald Trump’s election, two friends, Lauren and Martina, decided to provide free legal aid to people living in the country without permission. They left their home in New York and traveled across the country by van to meet people in need of help. Lauren is an immigration lawyer and Martina is an … Continue reading A Divided Road →
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October 28, 2017
Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown
Beyond the planned border wall and limits on new refugees, the federal government wants tighter restrictions on immigration to this country. On this episode of Reveal, we examine efforts throughout the U.S. to deport migrants faster, detain them longer and prevent them from obtaining visas that might offer a path to legal residency. — To … Continue reading Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown →
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51 min
October 26, 2017
Heroin Diaries
On this special episode of Reveal, reporter Jack Rodolico in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio brings us an intimate look at the people affected by the opioid epidemic. On May 22, 2015, Daniel Couzins died of a fentanyl overdose at 31. Couzins, an assistant manager at a New Hampshire bank, had started using heroin to quell his severe depression and anxiety – a feeling he likened to “a conference room of people yelling at each other” inside his head. Becoming addicted was never his plan. Things just ended up that way. When Couzins died, he left behind a series of video diaries that his wife, Jennifer, discovered. The tapes offer a harrowing look at how opioid addiction can slowly take over – and end – a life. “I need to watch them,” Jennifer says, “because I need to know.” — To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter @reveal or Instagram @revealnews.
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15 min
October 21, 2017
Too Many Pills
On Reveal, we share how the government failed to stop the flow of millions and millions of pills that fuelled the national painkiller epidemic. A Washington Post/60 Minutes partnership with Reveal tells the story of a DEA insider who tried to stop drug distribution companies from flooding America with truckloads of pain pills. His effort was met with backlash from his own agency, the pharmaceutical industry and Congress. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter @reveal or Instagram @revealnews.
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31 min
October 19, 2017
Recovering from Rehab
In 2010, Brad McGahey was sentenced to a year in prison for buying a stolen horse trailer. But when he went before a judge, he was told he was going to carry out his sentence by working instead, through a program called CAAIR, or Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery. McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything … Continue reading Recovering from Rehab →
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October 14, 2017
Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants parents to have the ultimate choice of where their children go to school – public or private – and taxpayers to make it possible. This week, Reveal examines how DeVos might funnel federal education dollars toward private school tuition, yet leave school choice rules up to the states. Plus, we’ll … Continue reading Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education →
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51 min
October 12, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: The fight to end affirmative action in higher education
President Trump’s Department of Justice is investigating claims that Harvard is discriminating against Asian American students in its admissions program. Harvard has been accused of capping the number of Asian American students to make room for other ethnicities. Al talks to Edward Blum about the case. Blum has made a career out of challenging race-based … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: The fight to end affirmative action in higher education →
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19 min
October 7, 2017
All work. No pay. Life at a rehab work camp.
Desperate to reduce crowding in jails and prisons, court systems all over the country are trying diversion – alternatives to putting offenders behind bars. On today’s Reveal, we peek behind the good intentions and uneven results. — To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter @reveal or Instagram @revealnews.
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51 min
October 5, 2017
Before Prison
In 2013, Robyn Allen received a 20-year sentence for trafficking in illegal drugs. She says she sold methamphetamine to support her family after a back injury left her without work. But the reasons Allen started using the drug run much deeper. In spite of taking measures to reduce its long-standing record as the No. 1 … Continue reading Before Prison →
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September 30, 2017
Does the Time Fit the Crime?
The number of women in U.S. prisons and jails has increased more than 700 percent since 1980. And for 25 years, Oklahoma has led the nation in locking up women. This week on Reveal, we look at the causes behind this spike. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter … Continue reading Does the Time Fit the Crime? →
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51 min
September 23, 2017
Street fight: A new wave of political violence
A few weeks ago, Reveal host Al Letson jumped in to protect someone who was being attacked by counter-protesters in Berkeley, California. We found the man behind the attack. He says he’s a member of antifa and is taking the fight to white nationalists. We also interviewed rally organizers who are connected to right-wing extremists. … Continue reading Street fight: A new wave of political violence →
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51 min
September 16, 2017
The rise of the new German right
In just a few days, Germans will go to the polls to vote for a new government in an election that feels strangely familiar. For decades, Germany’s elections have been subdued and predictable, but this campaign cycle has seen a rise of fake news, hate groups and right-wing politicians with a nationalist agenda. There also … Continue reading The rise of the new German right →
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51 min
September 9, 2017
Running from cops (rebroadcast)
In cities across America, black men are on the run. On April 4, 2015, in South Carolina, Walter Scott was killed while running away from a police officer. Eight days later, Freddie Gray ran from police in Baltimore. He was caught and later died in custody. On this episode of Reveal, we explore the consequences … Continue reading Running from cops →
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51 min
September 2, 2017
The perfect storm
Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented rain and destruction to Houston, and it likely will take years for the city to recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we get an eyewitness account of what residents are experiencing from Reveal’s Neena Satija. Then we revisit her earlier reporting about Houston’s vulnerability to hurricanes and rain. In 2008, … Continue reading The perfect storm →
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50 min
August 28, 2017
Rise of a movement
While covering Sunday’s “Rally Against Hate” in Berkeley, California, today, Reveal host Al Letson witnessed a man being attacked by a group of protesters. The man was balled up on the ground, fending off blows from several people. Al jumped in front of the batterers, protecting the man from further injury. On this special episode of Reveal, … Continue reading Rise of a movement →
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15 min
August 26, 2017
Follow the money: Citizen sleuths investigate
How much is President Donald Trump worth? And is he or anyone in his administration profiting from their positions? Reveal is teaming up with the Center for Public Integrity to investigate those questions. We’ve created a database listing all the assets that members of his administration have disclosed. Now we’re digging through those documents to … Continue reading Follow the money: Citizen sleuths investigate →
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17 min
August 19, 2017
Hate on the march: white nationalism in the Trump era
In the wake of the protests by neo-Nazis and white supremacists that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has come under fire for not immediately and clearly condemning American racists. It’s not the first time. Trump and those close to him have often played down the threat of violence committed by white supremacists … Continue reading Hate on the march: white nationalism in the Trump era →
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51 min
August 12, 2017
The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe
Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up … Continue reading The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe →
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52 min
August 5, 2017
No country for sanctuary seekers
President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw federal money from jurisdictions that do not help immigration agents find and deport people living illegally in this country. This week, we look into places that offer sanctuary to those immigrants – and what the conflict between federal and local policies means for them. To explore more reporting, … Continue reading No country for sanctuary seekers →
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51 min
July 29, 2017
Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick?
In Texas, women with limited access to abortions are traveling across the border to find a drug that will induce miscarriages. In Mississippi, anti-abortion groups are opening crisis pregnancy centers across from abortion clinics to persuade women to keep their babies. And one company offers permanent birth control through the insertion of a simple device … Continue reading Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick? →
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51 min
July 22, 2017
Deadly waters
The U.S. Navy spends tens of billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships. But how safe are the shipyards where that work is done? Reveal investigates how lax safety has been allowed to persist at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. This hour also will explore one of the newest warships in the … Continue reading Deadly waters →
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51 min
July 15, 2017
No where to run
In Texas, the foster care system is failing the vulnerable children it’s meant to protect, leaving them without a safe place to live. Many end up on the streets or in jail, which is one of the few places where they can receive treatment services. This week we look into the crisis in foster care, … Continue reading No where to run →
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51 min
July 13, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: Roger Stone
President Donald Trump has been in office for six months. On this week’s podcast special, Reveal host Al Letson speaks with someone who helped get him there – Roger Stone. Stone is a former campaign adviser to Trump and helped set the tone of the 2016 election. For decades, he’s played hardball politics as a Republican strategist and now is the subject of a documentary. He and Letson discuss political dirty tricks, white supremacy and Russian meddling in the November election. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter @reveal, or on Instagram @revealnews.
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22 min
July 8, 2017
The smuggler (rebroadcast)
In 2015 French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. Then one day, one refugee asked for his help. Raphael followed his moral compass… which led him on the journey of a lifetime. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us at fb.com/ThisIsReveal, on Twitter @reveal, or Instagram @revealnews.
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50 min
July 1, 2017
Losing ground
In 1996, Eddie Wise, the son of a sharecropper, purchased a farm with a loan from the USDA. Twenty years later, the USDA foreclosed on the property and evicted him. Reveal investigates his claim that he was discriminated against because of his race. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us on fb.com/ThisIsReveal, Twitter … Continue reading Losing ground →
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50 min
June 24, 2017
Trial and terror
President Donald Trump has used the threat of foreign-born terrorists to justify his travel ban – but since 9/11, nearly every terrorist attack in the United States has come from within. On this episode of Reveal, we investigate which domestic terror episodes get tracked and why. To explore more reporting, visit revealnews.org or find us … Continue reading Trial and terror →
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51 min
June 17, 2017
America’s ring of fire
Last fall, Reveal reporters predicted that wildfires would spread to new parts of the country, and  to more densely populated areas. Now, we revisit that hour with a new story about Kansas, a state that’s battling not only wildfires, but also significant underfunding of its forest firefighter team. Head over to revealnews.org for more of … Continue reading America’s ring of fire →
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50 min
June 10, 2017
After the bubble burst
America’s housing bust created both winners and losers – and homeowners have been the biggest losers. Last year, the rate of homeownership in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the 1960s. So who are the winners? This episode of Reveal takes you into the world of people who are still profiting, from rent-to-own investors … Continue reading After the bubble burst →
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51 min
June 8, 2017
Is Egg Donation Safe?
Dr. Jennifer Schneider lost her 31-year-old daughter, Jessica Wing, to colon cancer in 2003. To this day, Schneider wonders whether there was a link between her daughter being a three-time egg donor and her diagnosis the tumors that were eventually found on her ovaries and abdomen. But because there are no studies of the long-term risks of … Continue reading Is Egg Donation Safe? →
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June 3, 2017
Misconceptions
This week, we’re trying an experiment that will give you a little something extra while you’re listening. To get started text “Hey Al” to 202-873-8325. The world’s first “test tube baby” turns 40 next year. As she’s grown up, so has the medical specialty that produced her: in vitro fertilization. It’s a big business addressing … Continue reading Misconceptions →
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51 min
May 27, 2017
The kids aren’t all right
Federal law requires colleges and universities to track and disclose sexual assaults on campus. It’s different for kindergarten through 12th grade, where there are no similar requirements for cases involving assaults between students. In elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S., the Associated Press found a shocking level of sexual violence among students. On … Continue reading The kids aren’t all right →
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51 min
May 22, 2017
The man inside: Four months as a prison guard
The government’s back in business with private prisons. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed the Obama-era decision to phase out federal use of corporate-run prisons. On this episode, Reveal revisits an hour with Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer who takes you inside a private prison on lockdown. Head over to revealnews.org for more of our … Continue reading The man inside: Four months as a prison guard →
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51 min
May 18, 2017
Video: One year at Standing Rock
Jasilyn Charger was one of the first people to set up camp at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in April 2016. Along with youth from neighboring tribes, the then-19-year-old helped raise awareness about construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by staging a 2,000-mile run from North Dakota to Washington. By the time the group returned … Continue reading Video: One year at Standing Rock →
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May 13, 2017
Standing Rock and beyond
The oil protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation drew national attention. On Reveal, we team up with Inside Energy to go behind the scenes and meet the young people who started the fight. This upcoming hour looks at how those protests put at-risk teens on a healthier path and how other Native tribes are … Continue reading Standing Rock and beyond →
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51 min
May 6, 2017
What cops aren’t learning
Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in aggressively, officers back off, wait out people in crisis and use words instead of weapons. But this training isn’t required in most states. Reveal teams up with APM Reports and … Continue reading What cops aren’t learning →
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51 min
April 29, 2017
Running from cops
In cities across America, black men are on the run. On April 4, 2015, in South Carolina, Walter Scott was killed while running away from a police officer. Eight days later, Freddie Gray ran from police in Baltimore. He was caught and later died in custody. On this episode of Reveal, we explore the consequences … Continue reading Running from cops →
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51 min
April 22, 2017
Russia’s new scapegoats
In light of recent reports about Chechnya’s anti-gay kidnappings, torture and killings, Reveal revisits stories that expose what it’s like to be gay in Russia. Right now, hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community appears on a daily basis on Russian TV and in speeches by Russian politicians. Reveal traces the roots of the anti-gay movement … Continue reading Russia’s new scapegoats →
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50 min
April 15, 2017
Toxic burden
At a time when environmental protections are under more threats than ever, Reveal visits minority communities facing toxic burdens. Head over to revealnews.org for more of our reporting. Follow us on Facebook at fb.com/ThisIsReveal and on Twitter @reveal. And to see some of what you’re hearing, we’re also on Instagram @revealnews.
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51 min
April 13, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: The color of feminism
From women’s 19th-century fight for the right to vote to the Women’s March this year, racism has affected feminist movements. In this podcast special, Al Letson recalls the #BlackWomenAtWork stories that went viral recently and talks with Kimberly Foster, the founder of For Harriet and a very frank video commentator, about her dream to “bring … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: The color of feminism →
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15 min
April 8, 2017
If you can’t afford a lawyer
If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you – that’s how it’s supposed to work. But in New Orleans, the lawyer in charge of representing poor people accused of crimes is saying no. His office doesn’t have enough money or time to do a good job, he says, so he’s refusing … Continue reading If you can’t afford a lawyer →
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50 min
April 1, 2017
The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe
Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up … Continue reading The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe →
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51 min
March 25, 2017
Against their will
Powered by the internet, the sex trade is reaching into all corners of the country. Reveal follows up on what’s happened since we first took you inside the hidden places – real and virtual – where people are exploited for sex. Produced in collaboration with APM Reports, we’ll hear stories from the pot fields of … Continue reading Against their will →
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51 min
March 23, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia
Since President Donald Trump took office, we’ve heard plenty about Russia. Some have said tensions with the country could lead to conflict – even another world war. In this podcast special, Al Letson talks to former top NATO commander Richard Shirreff, who spells out these fears – which are very real for him – in … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia →
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March 18, 2017
Richard Spencer’s cotton farms
On this episode of Reveal, three stories of men are at the center of controversy.   He’s been punched on the streets of Washington, D.C., and kicked out of a major conservative political gathering, and yet white nationalist Richard Spencer has left Montana to set up shop in the nation’s capital. What does he have … Continue reading Richard Spencer’s cotton farms →
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50 min
March 11, 2017
The smuggler
In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country.   Then one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So … Continue reading The smuggler →
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51 min
March 9, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America
This week, Reveal host Al Letson speaks to Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. Usually, Gorka is sent out by the White House to discuss threats outside the U.S. In this special podcast, he and Al discuss domestic issues. Gorka talks a lot about the backbone of America, “real Americans” and the people … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America →
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13 min
March 4, 2017
Up against the wall
President Donald Trump wants to build a wall between America and Mexico. Hundreds of miles of border fence are already in place, but most of the nearly 2,000-mile stretch is uncovered. This episode of Reveal explores the political, logistical and geographic barriers that may get in the way of the president’s plans. Head over to … Continue reading Up against the wall →
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51 min
March 2, 2017
Al Letson Reveals: Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall
Many people have strong feelings about President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is among the most outspoken. In this podcast special, host Al Letson digs into whether Fox doesn’t like the wall – or the new U.S. president. Watch for F-bombs. Head over to … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall →
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18 min
February 25, 2017
The religious freedom loophole
America was built on the idea of protecting religious liberty. But what happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to make money, skirt rules or hurt children? We revisit an hour of Reveal that explores the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole. Head over to … Continue reading The religious freedom loophole →
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51 min
February 18, 2017
School haze
Across the country, thousands of public schools are within 500 feet of pollution-choked roads like highways and truck routes. Next time on Reveal, we investigate the high levels of exhaust surrounding U.S. schools and how the bad air is affecting the millions of children who are breathing it in. Head over to revealnews.org for more … Continue reading School haze →
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51 min
February 16, 2017
Video: In Sickness and in Health
John Williams Jr.’s life changed irrevocably in 2014 when he was in a horrific crane accident while working at a VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Williams, an experienced crane operator, lost part of his skull, his vision and his independence. He suffered severe brain damage that left him with the mental capacity of a child. Wanda, his wife of almost … Continue reading Video: In Sickness and in Health →
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February 11, 2017
Deadly waters
The U.S. Navy spends tens of billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships. But how safe are the shipyards where that work is done? Reveal investigates how lax safety has been allowed to persist at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. The hour also will explore one of the newest warships in the … Continue reading Deadly waters →
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51 min
February 4, 2017
Trial by fire
In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and sent to prison for life – but were they innocent? Reveal investigates problems in the case and whether federal agents pressured witnesses to lie. This month, one of the defendants will make his … Continue reading Trial by fire →
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50 min
January 28, 2017
Split down the middle
At a time when Donald Trump is assuming leadership of a divided nation, Reveal heads to Jacksonville, Florida, one of the most divided cities in America. We look at policing, immigration, education and other issues through the eyes of people with very different perspectives and find out that residents here are not on the same … Continue reading Split down the middle →
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51 min
January 21, 2017
Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system
This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the man she says abused her decades earlier. Reporter Tennessee Watson was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid. Over 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account … Continue reading Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system →
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50 min
January 14, 2017
Water wars
Next to the air we breathe, it’s the planet’s most precious resource: fresh water. And it’s disappearing. The world’s largest food company describes the lack of water as a looming catastrophe that is expected to play out in the coming decades. In this episode of Reveal, we look at what’s happening in places that already … Continue reading Water wars →
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51 min
January 7, 2017
America’s digital dumping ground
You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets? They might not end up where you expect. Next time on Reveal, environmentalists follow the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs. Help us hold the powerful accountable and speak for the most vulnerable. Please go … Continue reading America’s digital dumping ground →
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51 min
December 31, 2016
The year in Reveal
This year on Reveal, we’ve dug into issues that affect people’s lives across the country. We told stories about worker abuse, toxic schools, women’s sports and private prisons. So we decided to round out this season with something different: This hour, we look back at stories you, our listeners, told us were the most memorable. … Continue reading The year in Reveal →
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51 min
December 24, 2016
The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks (rebroadcast)
Our holiday gift to you is a story we first brought you back in May. It touches on corrupt politicians and keeping the public in the dark. Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with this year’s election. In fact, this story takes us back more than 40 years. Consider this show a trip with … Continue reading The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks →
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51 min
December 17, 2016
Turbulent times, turbulent skies
On this episode of Reveal, we explore the backstory of Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Plus, just in time for the holidays, we take a look at some real travel nightmares and the airlines that cause them.
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December 10, 2016
Secrets of the Watchtower
For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy. The religion’s leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view. On the next Reveal, we track down people who know the … Continue reading Secrets of the Watchtower →
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51 min
December 3, 2016
If you can’t afford a lawyer
If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you – that’s how it’s supposed to work. But in New Orleans, the lawyer in charge of representing poor people accused of crimes is saying no. His office doesn’t have enough money or time to do a good job, he says, so he’s refusing … Continue reading If you can’t afford a lawyer →
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50 min
November 26, 2016
A welfare check
This week, Reveal’s bringing you an episode we first aired this summer. With Republicans in full control of the Federal government, there’s a good chance Welfare Reform will be an issue they may take on. So in anticipation of that, it is worth taking another look at what’s worked and what hasn’t. Today, only a … Continue reading A welfare check →
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51 min
November 19, 2016
Glare of the spotlight (rebroadcast)
In this hour of Reveal, we’re going to revisit an Oscar-winning movie about The Boston Globe’s investigative team that exposed the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: “Spotlight.” We’ll take you behind the scenes of that investigation, look at the legacy of the groundbreaking story and see how other journalists went on to expose more crimes … Continue reading Glare of the spotlight →
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50 min
November 12, 2016
The secret Trump voter
How did everyone miss the Donald Trump supporters who were hiding in plain sight? On Reveal, we’ll learn why they kept a low profile – until Election Day that is – and hear what they have to say now that their candidate is headed for the White House. We’ll also meet an emerging leader of … Continue reading The secret Trump voter →
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51 min
November 10, 2016
A frank conversation with a white nationalist
This week, Reveal’s been working on a show about – what else – the election. But first you need to hear this: Our host Al Letson spoke with Richard Spencer the day after the election. Like many people, Spencer was both thrilled and surprised that Donald Trump won – and he has a specific agenda. … Continue reading A frank conversation with a white nationalist →
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23 min
November 5, 2016
Host of problems
Au pair is a French term meaning “on par with,” a relationship of equals. Every year, thousands of young people travel to the United States as au pairs to provide child care for American “host families” while experiencing a new culture. But life as an au pair isn’t always easy. Reveal takes a look at … Continue reading Host of problems →
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51 min
October 29, 2016
And justice for some
Unless you’ve been caught up in the justice system, most Americans’ understanding of courts comes from what you see on TV.   In popular dramas like “Law & Order,” everyone gets a lawyer, the crime is solved in a neat and timely way, and – of course – justice is served. But in real life, … Continue reading And justice for some →
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51 min
October 22, 2016
How to (really) steal an election
With the presidential race in the homestretch, it seems like we hear talk about rigged elections and threats of cyberattacks just about every week. So, how safe are our votes? Is it possible to steal an American election? Reveal looks at the technology we’ll be using to vote next month, and whether the trend toward … Continue reading How to (really) steal an election →
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51 min
October 15, 2016
[Update] Billion-dollar scam
This week, we’re revisiting California’s workers’ compensation program that covers 15 million workers across the state. Reporter Christina Jewett discovered serious fraud in the system after reviewing thousands of documents. They showed that in the past decade, more than 80 people have been accused of cheating California’s workers’ comp medical system out of $1 billion. … Continue reading [Update] Billion-dollar scam →
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29 min
October 8, 2016
America’s Ring of Fire
Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live. The consequences can be deadly. The next episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how some areas are fighting back.
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51 min
October 1, 2016
Voting rights – and wrongs
This presidential election is the first since the Supreme Court gutted historic voter rights protections. Reveal examines the impact of state laws that rushed in to fill the void. Are they fighting fraud or changing election outcomes?
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50 min
September 24, 2016
Russia’s new scapegoats
A Russian journalist is murdered in St. Petersburg – not for what he’s reported, but for being gay. Reveal exposes what it’s really like to be gay in Russia and neighboring countries today, where hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community appears on a daily basis on TV and out of the mouths of politicians. Reveal … Continue reading Russia’s new scapegoats →
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51 min
September 17, 2016
No choice: Failing America’s veterans
Two years ago, the system that provides American veterans with health care was rocked by scandal when whistleblowers told the world that vets were dying while the Phoenix VA concealed them on a secret waiting list. Reveal revisits the Phoenix scandal, and then investigates what happened next, examining how a national effort to get veterans … Continue reading No choice: Failing America’s veterans →
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51 min
September 10, 2016
Against their will
Powered by the internet, the sex trade is reaching into all corners of the country. Reveal takes us into hidden places – real and virtual – where people are exploited for sex. Produced in collaboration with APM Reports, we’ll hear stories from the pot fields of Northern California to the streets of Chicago and suburban … Continue reading Against their will →
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51 min
September 3, 2016
[Update] The man inside: Four months as a prison guard
This week, Reveal revisits an hour with Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer inside a private prison on lockdown. We take an unfiltered look at America’s private corrections industry and follow up on some big news.
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51 min
August 27, 2016
[Update] Sick on the inside: Behind bars in immigrant-only prisons
Recently we got some big news: The Department of Justice will end its use of private prisons. This means that about a dozen prisons – that house about 22,000 people convicted of federal crimes – will be shut down. It’s the biggest announcement in the history of private prisons. In light of this news, we’re … Continue reading [Update] Sick on the inside: Behind bars in immigrant-only prisons →
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51 min
August 20, 2016
[Update] Cat Fight
Find out what’s happened since we first took a look at two cats whose fates diverged. One, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped. We revisit these cat stories on the next Reveal.
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51 min
August 13, 2016
Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system
Reporter Tennessee Watson was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid. Over 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account of the arduous process of seeking justice in her own case exposes discrepancies in prosecutors’ responses to reports of child sexual … Continue reading Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system →
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51 min
August 6, 2016
From A to Zika
The Zika virus already has spread swiftly across the island territory of Puerto Rico. And now, Miami is reporting its first cases in people infected by local mosquitoes. This week, Reveal takes us to the front lines of the battle against the disease.
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51 min
July 30, 2016
[Update] Mighty Ike
As the country enters the peak of storm season this summer, we want to return to an issue we first talked about earlier this year. What would happen if a major hurricane hit Texas? The state is home to the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world’s busiest maritime waterways. And along the Ship Channel … Continue reading [Update] Mighty Ike →
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51 min
July 23, 2016
[Update] Farm to fork: Uncovering hazards in our food systems
This week, Reveal revisits an hour of stories dedicated to food. We take a look at the complicated networks of labor, trade and regulation that carry meat, produce and other products to our tables.
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51 min
July 16, 2016
A welfare check
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to end welfare as we know it. And he did. Today, only a quarter of welfare dollars actually goes toward basic assistance – housing, transportation or essential household items. On this hour of Reveal, we take a road trip with Marketplace’s new podcast “The Uncertain Hour” and find … Continue reading A welfare check →
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51 min
July 15, 2016
[Update] Eyes on Cops
The scenes of violence caught on video recently have been a painful reminder of the strained relations between the public and the police in our country. This friction is not new. What is new is the technology: cameras and smart phones that record and transmit the violence live or within minutes. In Minnesota, the person … Continue reading [Update] Eyes on Cops →
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July 9, 2016
Bordering on insecurity
One border official did it for sex. Another blamed depression and financial trouble. Yet another allegedly received cash and a “deluxe” hot tub worth $10,000. The circumstances of their crimes differ, but prosecutors say these defendants have something in common: The corrupt actions they’re accused of weakened the same U.S. borders and ports of entry … Continue reading Bordering on insecurity →
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51 min
July 2, 2016
Who’s getting rich off your student debt?
Just about everyone involved in the student loan industry these days – banks, private investors and even the federal government – makes money off the borrowers. On this episode of Reveal, we explore how this happened and who’s profiting from student debt.
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51 min
June 25, 2016
The man inside: Four months as a prison guard
Prisons are almost impossible for reporters to get inside, and few people know what life inside is like for inmates and guards. But one journalist cracked the shell of secrecy by getting a job as a prison guard. He witnessed cost-cutting measures and reported safety concerns affecting prisoners and staff. On this episode of Reveal, … Continue reading The man inside: Four months as a prison guard →
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52 min
June 20, 2016
After Orlando
This week’s attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was the largest mass shooting in American history. Reveal goes to Orlando to hear from survivors and learn how the FBI investigates potential terrorists. We explore how security companies screen potential employees such as Omar Mateen, the nightclub shooter. We also investigate how the NRA and … Continue reading After Orlando →
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51 min
June 13, 2016
Poison lurking in schools
Across the country, tens of thousands of public schools could be contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls – a compound more commonly known as PCBs, which were used mainly in the caulking of windows. On this hour of Reveal, we take a closer look at this sleeper chemical that was banned in 1979 but still poses … Continue reading Poison lurking in schools →
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51 min
June 6, 2016
Lawless Lands
On the next Reveal, we’re taking you to lawless lands. From Africa and the Middle East to places in Oregon and Texas, we explore what happens in the absence of government and find out who or what comes in to fill the void. Sometimes, it’s a strongman enforcing his will; other times, it’s just anarchy, … Continue reading Lawless Lands →
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51 min
May 30, 2016
[Update] Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid
Reveal went to the African nation of Malawi to find out why the U.S. government has continued to give grants to a charitable organization that it knew was linked to an international fugitive. Find out what’s happened since we first reported on the story and exposed this connection.
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51 min
May 23, 2016
The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks
On this episode of Reveal, we look back at the Pentagon Papers – how they became public and why they’re so important. But this isn’t just a history lesson. You can draw a straight line from what happened in the ’70s to today’s debate about government secrets and what happens to the people who expose … Continue reading The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks →
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50 min
May 16, 2016
[Update] A mountain of misconduct
Find out what’s happened since we first told you about 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers across the U.S. We teamed up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil how these for-profit facilities thrived on public dollars with little oversight.
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51 min
May 9, 2016
Women’s sports: A man’s game
In this hour of Reveal, we’re looking into Title IX, the historic law meant to bridge the gender gap in schools. We mostly see this rule play out in school sports teams, but behind the athleticism and fanfare, there’s a story of failure. Reveal reporters go inside campuses to discover that there’s actually been a … Continue reading Women’s sports: A man’s game →
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