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APM Reports

The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

51:56 | Aug 14th

A growing body of research finds that repeatedly uprooted children are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. But there are ways to help them succeed.

51:58 | Aug 6th

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost.
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50:59 | May 9th

Tasers have become an essential tool for police, but how effective are they? An APM Reports investigation finds that officers in some big cities rated Tasers as unreliable up to 40 percent of the time, and in three large departments, newer models wer...Show More

52:45 | Sep 10th, 2018

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

52:46 | Sep 3rd, 2018

You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class.

52:11 | Aug 27th, 2018

They bet that college would help them move up. Did it pay off?

52:36 | Aug 20th, 2018

Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically divided, colleges are not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American Dream.

52:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

At the end of 1944, the U.S. government lifted the order barring people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Many people freed from camp faced racism and poverty as they tried to rebuild their lives.

52:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

At the beginning of World War Two, Japanese Americans not already in the military were declared ineligible for service. The government said it doubted their loyalty. But as the war dragged on, the need for manpower grew urgent.

52:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

11:25 | Mar 19th, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a major investor in Neurocore, a company based in Michigan that claims to help kids with various attention deficit disorders. Since taking office, she's kept her stake in the company and invested even more money in ...Show More

11:36 | Mar 19th, 2018

It all started with a fur coat and an expensive rug. It ended with the resignation of President Eisenhower's chief of staff. That incident led to the government ethics system of today. In the second installment of our series, APM Reports investigativ...Show More

12:15 | Mar 19th, 2018

More than half of Trump's 20-person Cabinet has engaged in questionable or unethical conduct since taking office. The nation's top ethics official says "these are perilous times." In the first installment of "Ethics Be Damned," APM Reports investigat...Show More

51:51 | Sep 11th, 2017

Public schools are denying children with dyslexia proper treatment and often failing to identify them in the first place.

52:24 | Sep 8th, 2017

President Trump is ending DACA, which allowed some 800,000 undocumented young people to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. This program profiles DACA students and their opponents and e...Show More

51:39 | Sep 4th, 2017

A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many s...Show More

51:47 | Aug 28th, 2017

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers.

51:52 | Feb 17th, 2017

The Question of Black Identity, Black Love Stories
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52:52 | Feb 14th, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Half a century later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

51:52 | Feb 10th, 2017

Tracking Down a Slave's Bill of Sale, The Path to Founding an HBCU, The Fiddler who Charmed Missouri

51:52 | Feb 3rd, 2017

NASA's Human Computers, Harlem Through James Van Der Zee's Lens, The Spirit of the Million Man March

52:09 | Sep 8th, 2016

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.

52:01 | Sep 1st, 2016

The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to do things differently.

52:07 | Aug 25th, 2016

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

51:46 | Aug 17th, 2016

A system meant to give college-bound students a better shot at succeeding is actually getting in the way of many, costing them time and money and taking a particular toll on students of color.
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52:52 | May 12th, 2016

Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents.

53:00 | May 12th, 2016

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water — either too much or too little.

52:50 | Sep 10th, 2015

This documentary explores the "Expeditionary Learning" approach, traces the history of ideas that led to its inception, and investigates what American schools could learn from its success.

52:52 | Sep 3rd, 2015

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives.

52:51 | Aug 27th, 2015

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job.

52:58 | Aug 20th, 2015

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black...Show More

53:00 | Nov 13th, 2014

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before.

53:00 | Sep 11th, 2014

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education.

52:59 | Sep 4th, 2014

Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago.

53:01 | Aug 28th, 2014

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school.

53:00 | Aug 21st, 2014

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better.

53:00 | Sep 1st, 2013

Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education. But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school. And research shows the credential is of little value to most people who get one.

52:59 | Aug 1st, 2013

Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option. Now, new computer programs can customize education for each child.

53:00 | Sep 13th, 2012

Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways.

53:00 | Sep 6th, 2012

For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players.

52:59 | Aug 30th, 2012

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation.

52:52 | Sep 3rd, 2011

College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.

52:52 | Sep 1st, 2011

The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and tha...Show More

52:52 | Aug 12th, 2011

In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.

52:52 | Feb 12th, 2011

The production of electricity in America pumps out more greenhouse gases than all of our cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined, and half of our electricity comes from burning coal.

50:50 | Jan 12th, 2011

Equal access to transportation was once a central issue of the Civil Rights Movement. But today, disparities still persist.

53:00 | Jan 8th, 2011

Mississippi led the South in an extraordinary battle to maintain racial segregation. Whites set up powerful citizens groups and state agencies to fight the civil rights movement. Their tactics were fierce and, for a time, very effective.

51:29 | Jan 1st, 2011

Spanning the 20th century, this collection is a vivid account of how African Americans sounded the charge against racial injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles.

52:54 | Jan 1st, 2011

Titled after the classic 1969 James Brown anthem, "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," this anthology illuminates the ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present. These arguments are suffused with bas...Show More

52:52 | Aug 12th, 2010

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor k...Show More

52:52 | Jun 12th, 2010

When Lyndon B. Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he put the power of his presidency behind a remarkable series of reform initiatives. The legislation was geared toward boosting economic opportunity, a theme captured...Show More

52:52 | Jun 1st, 2010

What should children learn in school? It's a question that's stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. Schools were hit by dynamite, buses were riddled with bullets, and coal mines were shut down. The fight ...Show More

52:52 | Nov 12th, 2009

A new movement turns conventional wisdom on its head, and makes a job the ticket to an education. The idea is to turn workplaces into classrooms and marginal students into productive workers.

53:00 | Nov 1st, 2009

The United States is facing a dramatic demographic challenge: Young Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and they are the least likely to graduate from college.

53:00 | Oct 12th, 2009

The Perry Preschool Project is one of the most famous education experiments of the last 50 years. The study asked a question: Can preschool boost the IQ scores of poor African-American children and prevent them from failing in school?

52:52 | May 12th, 2009

President Barack Obama wants to create jobs by building infrastructure. So did another president. Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to put people to work by building roads, bridges, dams, sewers, schools, hospitals and even ski jumps. The structures th...Show More

53:00 | May 1st, 2009

The "American dream" has powered the hopes and aspirations of Americans for generations. But what exactly is the American dream? How did we come to define it? And is it changing?

53:00 | Apr 12th, 2009

For almost a century, Muncie, Indiana has been known as "Middletown," the quintessential American community. But now, as the rust-belt city grapples with deepening recession, many residents are losing their hold on the middle class.

52:52 | Apr 1st, 2009

Until recently, Las Vegas was one of the few places where the American Dream still seemed widely possible. Each month, thousands of people flocked there, lured by the promise of good jobs and a chance to own a home. It was the fastest growing city in...Show More

52:52 | Oct 12th, 2008

The 1968 presidential election was a watershed in American politics. After dominating the political landscape for more than a generation, the Democratic Party crumbled. Richard M. Nixon was elected president and a new era of Republican conservatism w...Show More

52:52 | Oct 1st, 2008

Sergeant Adam Gray made it home from Iraq only to die in his barracks. Investigating his death, American RadioWorks pieces together a story of soldiers suffering psychological scars - because they abused Iraqi prisoners.

53:00 | Oct 1st, 2008

Michael Whitehead lived in Chicago's Ida B. Wells housing project for nearly 50 years. In 2008, the Chicago Housing Authority closed down Wells, as part of its "Plan for Transformation," a city-wide public housing rehabilitation effort.

52:51 | Sep 12th, 2008

The nation's foreign-born population will soon surpass the 14.7 percent share reached in 1910, when the Statue of Liberty beckoned to Europe's "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Most of the new immigrants are from Latin America.

52:56 | Apr 12th, 2008

In January 2000, a German engineer living in South Africa met with a friend and business partner to hatch a deal. Gerald Wisser, a 61-year-old broker, visited his friend's pipe factory outside Johannesburg to see if his friend wanted to make a bid on...Show More

52:53 | Apr 1st, 2008

Rene Enriquez was a leader in one of America's most violent gangs, the Mexican Mafia. He's serving 20 years to life in California for murders he committed for the gang.

53:00 | Mar 12th, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

52:48 | Nov 12th, 2007

New research is lending insight into why we want stuff that we don't need. It also explains why some people are what are called tightwads, while other people are spendthrifts. This site is about buying and selling. About why we buy, how designers and...Show More

52:59 | Nov 1st, 2007

Advocates for kids are trying to persuade more families to adopt teenagers. If teenagers in foster care don't find permanent families, they face a grim future. They "age out" of foster care, usually when they turn 18 years old, and many wind up on th...Show More

53:00 | Sep 12th, 2007

America seemed united in fighting "The Good War" but not everyone fought in the same way.

53:00 | Sep 12th, 2007

In the 1970s, for the first time, large numbers of white children and black children began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life.

52:59 | Sep 1st, 2007

The effects of high-stakes testing on students, teachers, and schools.

53:00 | Aug 2nd, 2007

To mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, American RadioWorks teams up with Nick Spitzer of American Routes to find out how culture might save New Orleans.

53:01 | Aug 1st, 2007

From carbon offsets to biofuels, companies and investors are seeking riches in the fight against global warming. What happens when good deeds grapple with the realities of the free market?

13:51 | May 12th, 2007

The effects of mental illness are well documented. But until recently, there has been little said about the siblings of the mentally ill. Now researchers are starting to look at the "well-sibling" syndrome.

51:28 | Jan 12th, 2007

Explore the trappings of life in Congress, the pressure to raise campaign dollars and Washington's powerful world of lobbying.

08:29 | Dec 12th, 2006

A few "at risk" teens in Los Angeles are getting their first jobs, as working artists: studying Shakespeare and writing their own poetry and music, all while earning minimum wage.

51:29 | Dec 12th, 2006

A century ago, the first radio broadcasts sent music out into the air. Since then, music has dominated America's airwaves and it's been a cultural battleground.

51:28 | Nov 12th, 2006

The early signs of climate change are showing up across vastly differing landscapes: from melting outposts near the Arctic Circle to disappearing glaciers high in the Andes; from the rising water in the deltas of Bangladesh to the "sinking" atolls of...Show More

51:28 | Oct 12th, 2006

To many people, global youth culture means rock and roll and other Western fashions. But for more and more young people across to world, the capital of pop culture is Tokyo. Over the past decade, Japanese video games, animation and comic books have c...Show More

10:23 | Sep 12th, 2006

A unique study of Romania's orphans reveals the profound effects of social deprivation on brain development.

57:01 | Sep 12th, 2006

Peabody-award winning documentary that chronicles the sounds and voices of the World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood.

51:29 | Aug 12th, 2006

Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of thousands of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents. Rebuilding Biloxi tells the stories of several families in the coastal community of Biloxi, Miss., and their struggle to survive and then recover from the storm.

18:41 | Jun 12th, 2006

Public documents show that from 2000 through mid-2005, Capitol Hill staffers accepted nearly 17,000 free trips worth almost $30 million. Many of these trips clearly violate ethics rules designed to limit the abuse of power.

51:29 | Jun 12th, 2006

Four American presidents tried to end the conflict in Vietnam. The lessons they learned echo sharply today.

51:29 | May 12th, 2006

In August 1996, landmark legislation fulfilled the promise to "end welfare as we know it." Congress gave the states money to run their own programs and required them to move many welfare recipients into the workforce. Supporters declared it a new day...Show More

51:30 | Apr 12th, 2006

Americans are going broke in record numbers. In 2005 Congress overhauled the bankruptcy system to stem the tide of filings. What's behind the boom in going bust?

51:30 | Mar 12th, 2006

Internet poker has taken America by storm. Three-quarters of high school and college kids are gambling on a regular basis. But adolescents are far more vulnerable to getting addicted to gambling than adults. And with Internet companies making million...Show More

51:29 | Feb 12th, 2006

On February 25, 1956, former Kremlin leader Nikita Khrushchev revealed and denounced, for the first time in the history of the Soviet Union, the crimes of his predecessor, Joseph Stalin, dramatically shifting Soviet Russia's course, stirring a human ...Show More

51:30 | Jan 12th, 2006

How a rival concept about the origins of life is defying the cornerstone of biology.

51:30 | Nov 13th, 2005

Trace Las Vegas' evolution from a remote railroad town to a mobster metropolis, to its current incarnation as an adult-themed resort town that nearly two million people call home.

51:30 | Oct 13th, 2005

More than 20,000 foreign children are adopted by Americans every year. Most come from poor and troubled parts of the world, and a life in America offers new hope. But it also means separation from their birth culture. Finding Home: Fifty Years of Int...Show More

05:04 | Oct 13th, 2005

Tax law prohibits members of Congress from taking international trips paid for by private foundations, but Republican Richard Pombo may have done just that.

51:29 | Sep 13th, 2005

In the 1970s, women began breaking into male-dominated professions as never before. Women took jobs as police officers, lawyers and steelworkers. Across the country, the first women in male bastions faced a hostile reception. In the iron mines of nor...Show More

03:02 | Jul 13th, 2005

How has all the recent news about congressional travel changed the travel habits of those in Congress?

51:29 | Jul 13th, 2005

The United States is making huge demands on its military people, the toughest since the Vietnam War. But most soldiers during Vietnam were young, single men. Today, in the all-volunteer military, about half of all service people are married with chil...Show More

07:53 | Jun 13th, 2005

Over the past few years, private groups have payed for more than 4,800 trips by members of Congress at a cost of $14 million.

51:30 | May 13th, 2005

Corruption skims billions from the global economy, locking millions of people in poverty. But a worldwide movement is fighting back.

51:30 | May 13th, 2005

For many, globalization has meant rich countries getting richer at the expense of the poor. Today, it's not that simple.

51:28 | Apr 13th, 2005

Most children can be volatile at some point in their development, with no particular cause for worry. But at what point do irritability, mood swings, and tantrums constitute a mental illness? Up to half a million children are believed to have bipolar...Show More

51:30 | Mar 13th, 2005

The supermax prison was designed to incapacitate dangerous criminals by locking them down in stark isolation. But do they live up to their promise?

51:32 | Jan 13th, 2005

President Bush has admitted ordering intelligence agencies to electronically spy on American citizens without court oversight since 9/11. Such monitoring of suspected terrorists affects thousands of people. But unknown to most people, the government ...Show More

18:53 | Jan 11th, 2005

Five years after the hoopla and warnings about Y2K, many still dismiss it as a hoax, scam, or non-event. But in reality, Y2K was not only a real threat narrowly averted, it also led to changes in how we look at technology and economic shifts that are...Show More

09:59 | Jan 2nd, 2005

Thirty-eight states have elections for state courts around the country. These days, those races are getting more expensive, and can even run into the millions of dollars. Much of that money comes from special interests trying to elect candidates to t...Show More

51:30 | Dec 13th, 2004

One hugely influential issue in the last election got little attention: gerrymandering. Politicians have been tinkering with the boundaries of their electoral districts for decades, but in the last five years, the practice has exploded, and it led to...Show More

08:20 | Nov 13th, 2004

They were the kings of corporate America, but over the past 25 years, American manufacturers have lost that position of power. Today, America's largest private sector employer is Wal-Mart, a retailer so large, it virtually dictates many decisions man...Show More

51:20 | Nov 2nd, 2004

Two candidates for President, offering two directions for America. They are men of the same generation, Yale graduates from privileged New England families. But they took starkly different paths as they formed their values and politics. In this repor...Show More

51:22 | Nov 1st, 2004

Two candidates for President, offering two directions for America. They are men of the same generation, Yale graduates from privileged New England families. But they took starkly different paths as they formed their values and politics. In this repor...Show More

51:20 | Sep 13th, 2004

Five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw rose up against the German occupation of their city. The uprising was meant to last just 48 hours. Instead, it went on for two months. A quarter of a million people were killed and the ...Show More

51:30 | Sep 13th, 2004

During an 18-month investigation, the 9/11 Commission heard extraordinary testimony about the terrorist attacks on America. Witnesses told stories of lucky breaks and deadly errors. The commission pieced together new evidence and new details to tell ...Show More

51:30 | Aug 13th, 2004

Scientists have discovered that the Earth's climate is capable of changing abruptly. Could global warming bring the Earth to another such rapid change?

08:27 | Aug 13th, 2004

More women than ever are taking antidepressant medication, including more pregnant women. For those trying to weigh the danger of fetal exposure to medication against the risk of a mother's relapse into depression, scientists offer mixed or even conf...Show More

51:28 | Jul 13th, 2004

A decade ago, Nelson Mandela became president in South Africa's first multi-racial democratic election. Mandela's journey, from freedom fighter to president, capped a dramatic half-century long struggle against white rule and the institution of apart...Show More

51:30 | Jun 13th, 2004

The '60s were a time of social movements and big changes, but a quieter revolution was underway too -- one led by a few middle-aged women who wanted to change our way of death. They were the founders of the hospice movement.

51:30 | May 13th, 2004

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history, as the leader of an extraordinary legal campaign against racial segregation in America.

51:29 | Apr 13th, 2004

In April 1994, the central African nation of Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.

04:52 | Apr 1st, 2004

The end of major combat in Iraq did not bring an end to the fighting. American troops trying to rebuild the country found themselves surrounded by unknown dangers and escalating hostility from Iraqis whom they once viewed with sympathy. American Radi...Show More

51:32 | Feb 13th, 2004

In 1927, Iran developed a legal code doing away with gruesome Islamic punishments such as stoning and lashing. That all changed during the Islamic revolution of 1979. NPR Producer Davar Ardalan and co-producer Rasool Nafisi look at Iran's long search...Show More

51:31 | Nov 13th, 2003

The newest voting machine technology may do little to lessen voter disenfranchisement or fraud, and it will do nothing for those that have lost the right to vote.

51:29 | Nov 13th, 2003

Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon left hundreds of hours of secretly taped telephone conversations. What can these tapes tell us about the presidency and the individuals that hold the office?

51:30 | Sep 13th, 2003

Even after the fall of Baghdad, the U.S. is still fighting.

51:30 | Jul 13th, 2003

Examine the often-overlooked war that helped define global politics and American life for the second half of the 20th century.

12:59 | Jun 13th, 2003

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor faces international war crimes charges arising from one of Africa's most brutal civil wars. American RadioWorks followed investigators as they built their case against Taylor.

51:30 | Mar 13th, 2003

What impact has America's 30-year War on Crime had on communities and families?

08:53 | Oct 13th, 2002

Small arms pass from war zone to war zone through a global network of arms traffickers. This is a story about just one part of the illegal arms pipeline.

51:28 | Sep 13th, 2002

Days of Infamy compares recordings of ordinary Americans reacting to Pearl Harbor and September 11.

51:29 | Sep 13th, 2002

Every year, a chunk of land almost the size of Manhattan turns into open water in Louisiana, threatening the state's economy as well as vital American industries like seafood, oil and gas.

51:30 | Aug 13th, 2002

How do jurors decide who should live and who should die?

40:02 | Aug 13th, 2002

Jobs that are slowly disappearing in New York City and the people that keep them alive.

51:31 | Jul 13th, 2002

From the trials of Nazis at Nuremberg to the prosecution of war criminals in the former Yugoslavia, to people's courts in Rwanda -- how effective is the machinery of international justice?

51:29 | Jun 13th, 2002

An unlikely corporation -- McDonald's -- has taken the lead in the campaign for animal welfare.

19:37 | Jun 13th, 2002

The intimate diary of a woman who loses her brother to terrorism.

36:22 | Apr 13th, 2002

How corporations, prison guard unions, and police agencies help to shape who gets locked up and for how long.

51:32 | Mar 13th, 2002

Is there still a place in America for a competitive and independent family farm? And is the use of popular antibiotics on livestock leading us toward a public health crisis?

51:31 | Feb 13th, 2002

Examining the machinery and insidious legacy of war crimes, and the struggle for justice in societies convulsed by mass violence.

51:29 | Dec 13th, 2001

The United States inspires deep and conflicting emotions in other parts of the world. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, America has been forced to pay closer attention.

51:27 | Nov 13th, 2001

For much of the 20th century, African Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them.

51:29 | Nov 13th, 2001

Follow the international diamond trail from the buckets of child miners in war-torn Western Africa to America's jewelry counters.

51:29 | Aug 13th, 2001

Follow Russian writer Aleksandr Radishchev's 200-year-old footsteps from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and discover the soul of a people and the character of a nation.

51:32 | Jun 13th, 2001

The global economy is changing the way we think about food, from the kinds of things we eat, to the way food is grown and harvested.

51:11 | May 13th, 2001

After 30 years America's War on drugs costs U.S. taxpayers $40 billion a year with no victory in sight. Combatants from both sides of the drug war shed light on the U.S. government's fight against one of the world's most profitable industries.

51:26 | Feb 13th, 2001

During the World-War-II years a series of groundbreaking radio programs tried to mend the deep racial and ethnic divisions that threatened America.

51:32 | Feb 13th, 2001

In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi for a peaceful assault on racism. It came to be known as Freedom Summer, one of the most remarkable chapters in the Civil Rights Movement.

22:01 | Aug 13th, 2000

Global companies fight unions on former Sandinista turf.

51:25 | Jul 13th, 2000

Why are so many mentally ill Americans behind bars?

51:29 | Apr 13th, 2000

Twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, the legacy of the war affects lives on both sides of the Pacific. In this series of reports, American RadioWorks reveals how events fading into memory still influence our environments, institutions, and cul...Show More

51:41 | Apr 13th, 2000

To most Americans, Vietnam is a nation frozen in time and memory. It seems a distant place where 58,000 Americans lost their lives.

51:31 | Mar 13th, 2000

Two hundred seventy people died when Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. It was the worst-ever act of airline terrorism against the United States. It was also called the world's biggest unsolved murder.

51:30 | Feb 13th, 2000

In 1999 Serb death squads attacked the ethnic Albanian village of Cuska and left 41 unarmed civilians dead.

57:42 | Oct 13th, 1999

The true story of 28 men lost in Antarctica for almost two years, fighting ice and the ocean. It's the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance, and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914.

23:39 | Sep 13th, 1999

A small but growing number of scientists and doctors are helping couples with HIV get pregnant using experimental medical techniques that promise to reduce the risk of passing on HIV.

53:59 | Sep 13th, 1999

A series about the social implications of infertility and the advanced reproductive techniques designed to correct the condition.

53:34 | May 13th, 1999

One in five American children is growing up poor. Critics of welfare and other social programs say government spending hasn't solved poverty. But neither has economic growth.

21:30 | Jan 13th, 1999

Teens with HIV face the challenge of preparing for an adulthood they may never reach.

54:00 | Sep 13th, 1998

Nonprofits are being asked to step in to address some of America's most pressing social ills as government steps back.
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52:02 | Mar 13th, 1998

An extraordinary moment: America in a rare period of price stability.
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22:55 | Feb 13th, 1997

Frances Densmore spent her life gathering cultural artifacts of old Indian ways.
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21:51 | Sep 13th, 1996

Predrag Bundalo was waiting for a cup of coffee when a bullet, fired at point-blank range, killed him. He was sitting on the enemy's couch.