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March 28, 2020
Quarantines are supposed to contain the new coronavirus, but are the right people going into isolation, and are federal guidelines strong enough? Plus, why California abandoned medical stockpiles that could help doctors treat COVID-19.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
March 21, 2020
As the new coronavirus spreads, an ER doctor in Seattle explains how he and other front-line physicians are learning to treat patients and keep themselves safe. Plus, more than eight years after the end of the Iraq War, an Iraqi man is suing a U.S. company that ran interrogations at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.    Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
March 19, 2020
Al Letson with a programming note on Reveal's upcoming episodes
March 14, 2020
As the new coronavirus spreads through the U.S., we chronicle how it came to California, with the voices of first responders, experts and passengers quarantined on a cruise ship docked in San Francisco Bay.  Plus, we hear the story of an African American man who decades ago was shot and killed by a police officer who later became leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
March 11, 2020
Reveal is launching its first serialized investigation: American Rehab. In the midst of the worst opioid crisis in America’s history, Reveal uncovers a type of rehab that is flourishing by turning tens of thousands of people desperate for treatment into an unpaid workforce. The eight-episode series will run in Reveal’s podcast feed from March 28 to May 2, 2020.
March 7, 2020
Oil rigs may soon be coming to the nation’s largest wildlife refuge. We find out what that could mean to the people who live there. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 29, 2020
Unborn babies' hearts are at risk as EPA caves to chemical companies’ 20-year effort to whitewash the science on the risks of an extremely dangerous and prevalent chemical, TCE.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 22, 2020
Advisory panels slashed, environmental regulations rolled back – how the Trump administration uses questionable science to justify its policies. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 15, 2020
An asylum-seeking migrant girl is separated from her family at the border and enters U.S. custody at 10 years old. Now, she’s 17 and still in a shelter, even though her family is ready to take her in. They just can’t find her. They turn to reporter Aura Bogado for help. We then revisit our 2019 investigation into an immigration judge who rejected nearly every asylum case that came before her. Finally, we follow a transgender woman as she tries to claim asylum Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 12, 2020
A new ritual called an honor walk is bringing solace to families who’ve lost a loved one and consented to have organs donated. Hospitals are organizing these walks as a way to honor the gift of life that will be passed on to those who will benefit from transplants.   * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 8, 2020
Delivering donated organs quickly to patients waiting for a transplant is a matter of life and death. Yet transportation errors are leading to delays in surgeries that put patients in danger and make some organs unusable.  * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
February 1, 2020
The census is approaching, but experts warn the count will be inaccurate. From the controversial citizenship question to a flawed online rollout, we look at why the census is struggling and whether efforts to save it will work. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
January 25, 2020
How two well-respected New York art galleries sold more than $80 million in fake art. * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
January 18, 2020
This episode originally was broadcast Oct. 5, 2019. Genetic genealogy is a powerful crime-solving tool that combines DNA science with family tree research. Where will it take us – a crime-free world or a dark dystopia? Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
January 11, 2020
Entire blocks of Detroit look abandoned because people fell behind on property taxes and lost their homes. But hundreds of millions of dollars of that tax debt never should have been billed in the first place. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
January 4, 2020
This episode was originally broadcast in May 2016. Back 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.
December 28, 2019
This episode was originally broadcast July 28, 2018. 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. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
December 21, 2019
An audio drama inspired by Reveal’s investigation into a deadly explosion at a Mississippi shipyard, produced by our partners at StoryWorks, a documentary theater company. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
December 14, 2019
A high number of high school sports concussions. A low number of arrests for sexual assault. Reveal’s Reporting Network digs in. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
December 7, 2019
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.
November 30, 2019
Who qualifies for a visa? How much does it cost to become a U.S. citizen? Stories about the invisible barriers immigrants come up against when trying to apply for legal status. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
November 23, 2019
Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep. Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high cost to its workers. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming soon, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages to reveal the dangers of working at Amazon. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
November 20, 2019
Black girls are being pushed out of school and into jails at alarming rates, but this issue often is overlooked because youth incarceration reform focuses so much on boys. Reporter Ko Bragg explains how the cycle begins and what researchers hope will break it. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
November 16, 2019
**How does a seventh grader end up in solitary confinement in an adult jail? Reporter Ko Bragg takes us to Mississippi to learn about a set of laws that automatically send kids into the adult legal system for certain crimes.  ** Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
November 9, 2019
A reporter is threatened with prosecution, an officer outruns his past, and our host sits down with the president of the largest U.S. association of police officers to ask the question: When police officers misbehave, why does it stay secret? ** *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.*
November 2, 2019
As the House of Representatives continues its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, we go back in time to the Nixon administration, when the threat of impeachment and a presidential pardon changed the course of history. We then examine the pardons system and learn why it has stopped functioning as originally intended. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
October 26, 2019
In 1936, an unarmed black man was killed by an Atlanta police officer who later became leader of the Ku Klux Klan. We explore why the city doesn’t recognize the case as a lynching. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
October 19, 2019
After the housing bust, a group of men profited by destroying the American dream of homeownership for hundreds of thousands of families. On Reveal, we learn how these Homewreckers -- many of whom are close to President Donald Trump -- did it and meet a woman who fought back.  This episode is based on Aaron Glantz’s new book, “Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.” Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
October 12, 2019
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. * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
October 5, 2019
Genetic genealogy is a powerful crime-solving tool that combines DNA science with family tree research. Where will it take us – a crime-free world or a dark dystopia? ** *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.*
September 28, 2019
These days, a presidential tweet can dictate the news cycle for days on end. But is it driving us to distraction?  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
September 21, 2019
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.
September 14, 2019
Advisory panels slashed, environmental regulations rolled back – how the Trump administration uses questionable science to justify its policies. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
September 7, 2019
“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. And the story of Captain Boycott, who gave his name to a new kind of protest. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
August 31, 2019
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.
August 24, 2019
Four hundred years ago, English pirates brought enslaved Africans to America’s shores. We reflect on how the legacy of slavery has reverberated through the generations to the present. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
August 17, 2019
Dominique Martin was thrilled to get a state-funded voucher to send her daughter to private school. We go to Louisiana to investigate the cost of school choice.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
August 10, 2019
**A bombing in rural Nevada you’ve probably never heard of. A plot to blow up a government building.  Reveal teams up with the podcast series, Bundyville, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Longreads, to see what happened to rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters since his original armed standoff with the government. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
August 3, 2019
As smart devices become a bigger and bigger part of our lives, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
July 27, 2019
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.
July 20, 2019
The federal government is quietly expanding its use of “tender age” shelters for migrant kids. We’ll tell you what we know. Then, we revisit a story from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, looking at how Jesuit priests got away with sexually abusing children. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
July 13, 2019
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.
July 6, 2019
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.
June 29, 2019
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.
June 22, 2019
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.
June 15, 2019
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.
June 8, 2019
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.
June 1, 2019
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.
May 25, 2019
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.
May 18, 2019
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.
May 11, 2019
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.
May 4, 2019
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.
April 27, 2019
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.
April 20, 2019
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.
April 13, 2019
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.
April 6, 2019
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.
April 4, 2019
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.
March 30, 2019
“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.
March 23, 2019
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.
March 16, 2019
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.
March 9, 2019
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.*
March 2, 2019
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.
February 23, 2019
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.
February 16, 2019
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.
February 9, 2019
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.*
February 2, 2019
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.
January 26, 2019
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.
January 19, 2019
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.
January 12, 2019
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.
January 5, 2019
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.
December 29, 2018
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.
December 22, 2018
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.
December 15, 2018
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.
December 8, 2018
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.
December 3, 2018
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December 1, 2018
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.
November 24, 2018
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.
November 17, 2018
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.
November 10, 2018
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.
November 3, 2018
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.
November 1, 2018
After being called out for hiding worker injuries at its factory, Tesla doubles down. Hear a sneak preview of our latest investigation.
October 27, 2018
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.
October 25, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 18, 2018
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.
October 13, 2018
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.
October 6, 2018
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.
September 29, 2018
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.
September 27, 2018
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.
September 22, 2018
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.
September 15, 2018
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.
September 8, 2018
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.
September 1, 2018
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.
August 25, 2018
*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.
August 18, 2018
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.
August 11, 2018
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.
August 4, 2018
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.
July 28, 2018
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.
July 21, 2018
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.
July 14, 2018
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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