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How Bernie Made Off: Are we safe from the next Ponzi scheme?

51:46 | Feb 3rd, 2018

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 b...Show More

Pizzagate: A slice of fake news

53:18 | Nov 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Flood Thy Neighbor (Rebroadcast)

50:50 | Apr 13th

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 hav...Show More

Take No Prisoners: Inside a WWII American War Crime

50:45 | Jul 28th, 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 conc...Show More

Institutions of Higher Earning

53:06 | Dec 9th, 2017

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 thei...Show More

Heroin Diaries

15:00 | Oct 26th, 2017

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. Couz...Show More

Street fight: A new wave of political violence

53:38 | Sep 23rd, 2017

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 nationalist...Show More

The rise of the new German right

53:14 | Sep 16th, 2017

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...Show More

Trans National Migration

50:40 | Apr 6th

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 m...Show More

Captain Boycott

15:29 | Apr 4th

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.

The Right to Boycott

37:13 | Mar 30th

“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 bi...Show More

Behind Trump's Energy Dominance (Rebroadcast)

50:19 | Mar 23rd

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...Show More

Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News (Rebroadcast)

50:49 | Mar 16th

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...Show More

Bitter Custody

50:56 | Mar 9th

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 to...Show More

A Desperate Bargain

50:11 | Mar 2nd

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 n...Show More

The red line: Racial disparities in lending (Rebroadcast)

50:57 | Feb 23rd

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 Rev...Show More

Five Years on Nauru

50:50 | Feb 16th

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 R...Show More

Lasting Impact

50:49 | Feb 9th

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.*

When They Took My Son (rebroadcast)

50:59 | Feb 2nd

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 ...Show More

The Mystery of Mountain Jane Doe (rebroadcast)

50:59 | Jan 26th

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...Show More

The Military's Deadliest Helicopter

50:52 | Jan 19th

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 ...Show More

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks (rebroadcast)

50:32 | Jan 12th

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 bi...Show More

Silencing Science

50:34 | Jan 5th

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 s...Show More

Take No Prisoners (rebroadcast)

50:50 | Dec 29th, 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. ...Show More

The City (Revealed)

51:00 | Dec 22nd, 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 news...Show More

Sins of the Fathers

51:10 | Dec 15th, 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 trie...Show More

Monumental Lies

54:08 | Dec 8th, 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...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Jerome Corsi

08:08 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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Trial and terror (rebroadcast)

51:09 | Dec 1st, 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 Revea...Show More

Burning Hotter and Faster

50:59 | Nov 24th, 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 wi...Show More

Case Cleared (Part 2)

50:04 | Nov 17th, 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 Pr...Show More

Case Cleared (Part 1)

51:03 | Nov 10th, 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 s...Show More

Working Through the Pain at Tesla

50:53 | Nov 3rd, 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.

Coming Soon: Working Through the Pain at Tesla

02:51 | Nov 1st, 2018

After being called out for hiding worker injuries at its factory, Tesla doubles down. Hear a sneak preview of our latest investigation.

The Storm After the Storm

51:15 | Oct 27th, 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. Do...Show More

Coming Soon: The Storm After the Storm

02:45 | Oct 25th, 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.

Who Gets to Vote?

50:56 | Oct 20th, 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 tou...Show More

Coming Soon: Who Gets to Vote?

02:44 | Oct 18th, 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.

Hunting the Ghost Fleet (rebroadcast)

51:25 | Oct 13th, 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 ...Show More

10 Years or Life

50:10 | Oct 6th, 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.

When They Took My Son

50:49 | Sep 29th, 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...Show More

Coming Soon: When They Took My Son

02:11 | Sep 27th, 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.

Never Meet Your (Super) Heroes

50:38 | Sep 22nd, 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 nex...Show More

Misconceptions (rebroadcast)

49:59 | Sep 15th, 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 repor...Show More

The Messy Truth About Victim Compensation

50:42 | Sep 8th, 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 tha...Show More

Flood Thy Neighbor

50:25 | Sep 1st, 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 hav...Show More

How Bernie Made Off: Are we safe from the next Ponzi scheme? (rebroadcast)

50:18 | Aug 25th, 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 off...Show More

Across the Desert and the Sea (rebroadcast)

51:05 | Aug 18th, 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 jo...Show More

No place to run (rebroadcast)

51:06 | Aug 11th, 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 treatm...Show More

Trapped: Abuse and Neglect in Private Care

50:32 | Aug 4th, 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 ...Show More

Poisoned, Ignored and Evicted: The Perils of Living With Lead (rebroadcast)

50:55 | Jul 21st, 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 t...Show More

Behind Trump's Energy Dominance

50:55 | Jul 14th, 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 Uta...Show More

Families Splintered Apart, by Government and by Storms

51:00 | Jul 7th, 2018

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...Show More

Hunting the Ghost Fleet

50:33 | Jun 30th, 2018

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 Fe...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Pussy Riot

12:33 | Jun 28th, 2018

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 fre...Show More

Ripped Apart: Families Separated at the Border

51:03 | Jun 23rd, 2018

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 th...Show More

Losing ground (rebroadcast)

50:04 | Jun 16th, 2018

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 agricultu...Show More

Reveal Answers Your Questions About Immigration

51:00 | Jun 9th, 2018

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 Mas...Show More

Cops on a Crime Spree

53:12 | Jun 2nd, 2018

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 th...Show More

Inside a Rehab Empire

26:31 | May 31st, 2018

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...Show More

What cops aren't learning (rebroadcast)

51:00 | May 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Across the Desert and the Sea

50:34 | May 19th, 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 bring you one ...Show More

Reveal Presents: The View from Room 205

53:02 | May 12th, 2018

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 equal...Show More

More to the Story: Wildfires

19:49 | May 9th, 2018

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 o...Show More

More to the Story: Redlining

17:56 | May 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Institutions of Higher Earning (rebroadcast)

52:35 | Apr 28th, 2018

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 thei...Show More

Trumping Hate

52:23 | Apr 21st, 2018

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 Doc...Show More

Tesla and Beyond: Hidden Problems of Silicon Valley

53:38 | Apr 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Trump’s Mystery Mansion

12:51 | Apr 12th, 2018

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 n...Show More

Checking into President Trump’s Washington DC Hotel

0:00 | Apr 7th, 2018

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...Show More

Full of Lead: How Bullets are Poisoning Eagles

14:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Poisoned, ignored and evicted: The perils of living with lead

42:12 | Mar 31st, 2018

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 cor...Show More

Where criminals get their guns

53:51 | Mar 24th, 2018

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 use...Show More

The kids aren’t all right

57:14 | Mar 17th, 2018

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, ...Show More

Built to Burn

17:08 | Mar 14th, 2018

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 int...Show More

Warning System Down: California’s Deadliest Fires

36:38 | Mar 10th, 2018

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 door...Show More

Video: Atomic vets

13:32 | Mar 8th, 2018

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 injuri...Show More

Deja Nuke: Return of the Nuclear Threat

52:48 | Mar 3rd, 2018

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 a...Show More

My Town, Chi-Town

51:47 | Feb 24th, 2018

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 moved away. The reasons include d...Show More

The red line: Racial disparities in lending

50:16 | Feb 17th, 2018

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 wh...Show More

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

53:12 | Feb 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Too Many Pills

55:48 | Jan 27th, 2018

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 f...Show More

#MeToo: Rape on the Night Shift

52:45 | Jan 20th, 2018

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 celebritie...Show More

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

52:19 | Jan 13th, 2018

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...Show More

Fought for, Forgotten

06:56 | Jan 11th, 2018

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. Co...Show More

The Tide is High

52:32 | Jan 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

A Revealing Year

53:42 | Dec 30th, 2017

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, leake...Show More

Fire and Justice

52:37 | Dec 23rd, 2017

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 f...Show More

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

51:51 | Dec 16th, 2017

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...Show More

Based on a True Story

10:09 | Dec 7th, 2017

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. Th...Show More

Where criminals get their guns

53:06 | Dec 2nd, 2017

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 use...Show More

Until Something is Done

07:51 | Nov 30th, 2017

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.   ...Show More

Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick?

52:46 | Nov 25th, 2017

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...Show More

Grieving in a Fishbowl

09:11 | Nov 16th, 2017

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. Af...Show More

Losing ground

52:40 | Nov 11th, 2017

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 aga...Show More

The Paradise Papers

53:00 | Nov 5th, 2017

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 Investigativ...Show More

A Divided Road

09:27 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 pe...Show More

Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

54:20 | Oct 28th, 2017

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 long...Show More

Too Many Pills

35:39 | Oct 21st, 2017

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 dr...Show More

Recovering from Rehab

04:57 | Oct 19th, 2017

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...Show More

Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education

53:06 | Oct 14th, 2017

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...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: The fight to end affirmative action in higher education

19:25 | Oct 12th, 2017

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...Show More

All work. No pay. Life at a rehab work camp.

55:14 | Oct 7th, 2017

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 re...Show More

Before Prison

07:51 | Oct 5th, 2017

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 spi...Show More

Does the Time Fit the Crime?

52:28 | Sep 30th, 2017

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, ...Show More

Running from cops

52:09 | Sep 9th, 2017

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 cu...Show More

The perfect storm

54:09 | Sep 2nd, 2017

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. ...Show More

Rise of a movement

15:23 | Aug 28th, 2017

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...Show More

Follow the money: Citizen sleuths investigate

19:01 | Aug 26th, 2017

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 ass...Show More

Hate on the march: white nationalism in the Trump era

51:54 | Aug 19th, 2017

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 an...Show More

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

53:10 | Aug 12th, 2017

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...Show More

No country for sanctuary seekers

51:36 | Aug 5th, 2017

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 – an...Show More

Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick?

52:52 | Jul 29th, 2017

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...Show More

Deadly waters

52:49 | Jul 22nd, 2017

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 contr...Show More

No where to run

53:12 | Jul 15th, 2017

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. Thi...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Roger Stone

22:05 | Jul 13th, 2017

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 201...Show More

The smuggler

52:06 | Jul 8th, 2017

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.or...Show More

Losing ground

50:47 | Jul 1st, 2017

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. ...Show More

Trial and terror

53:02 | Jun 24th, 2017

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...Show More

America’s ring of fire

51:51 | Jun 17th, 2017

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 signifi...Show More

After the bubble burst

52:55 | Jun 10th, 2017

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...Show More

Is Egg Donation Safe?

05:41 | Jun 8th, 2017

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 f...Show More

Misconceptions

51:43 | Jun 3rd, 2017

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 speci...Show More

The kids aren’t all right

54:34 | May 27th, 2017

Federal law requires colleges and universities to report sexual assaults on campus. But that’s not true for kindergarten through 12th grade – and the Associated Press found a shocking level of that violence among students under 18. Reveal delves into...Show More

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

53:54 | May 22nd, 2017

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 Ba...Show More

One year at Standing Rock

05:22 | May 18th, 2017

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...Show More

Standing Rock and beyond

52:41 | May 13th, 2017

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-r...Show More

What cops aren’t learning

53:16 | May 6th, 2017

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 tr...Show More

Running from cops

53:28 | Apr 29th, 2017

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 cu...Show More

Russia’s new scapegoats

0:00 | Apr 22nd, 2017

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...Show More

Toxic burden

52:10 | Apr 15th, 2017

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 @re...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: The color of feminism

15:40 | Apr 13th, 2017

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 Fo...Show More

If you can’t afford a lawyer

53:41 | Apr 8th, 2017

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 g...Show More

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

53:57 | Apr 1st, 2017

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...Show More

Against their will

54:47 | Mar 25th, 2017

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 collaborati...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia

10:41 | Mar 23rd, 2017

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 Shirref...Show More

Richard Spencer’s cotton farms

54:56 | Mar 18th, 2017

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 M...Show More

The smuggler

57:29 | Mar 11th, 2017

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 su...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America

13:16 | Mar 9th, 2017

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. Gork...Show More

Up against the wall

53:36 | Mar 4th, 2017

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 geo...Show More

Al Letson Reveals: Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall

18:03 | Mar 2nd, 2017

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...Show More

The religious freedom loophole

54:41 | Feb 25th, 2017

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 territor...Show More

School haze

54:49 | Feb 18th, 2017

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...Show More

In Sickness and in Health

07:50 | Feb 16th, 2017

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 indepe...Show More

Deadly waters

55:00 | Feb 11th, 2017

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 contr...Show More

Trial by fire

54:44 | Feb 4th, 2017

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 f...Show More

Split down the middle

51:43 | Jan 28th, 2017

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 ver...Show More

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

52:38 | Jan 21st, 2017

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 st...Show More

Water wars

52:32 | Jan 14th, 2017

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 thi...Show More

America’s digital dumping ground

45:17 | Jan 7th, 2017

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 ho...Show More

The year in Reveal

52:59 | Dec 31st, 2016

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 hou...Show More

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

54:09 | Dec 24th, 2016

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 yea...Show More

Turbulent times, turbulent skies

52:55 | Dec 17th, 2016

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.

Secrets of the Watchtower

52:58 | Dec 10th, 2016

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...Show More

If you can’t afford a lawyer

54:32 | Dec 3rd, 2016

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 g...Show More

A welfare check

53:57 | Nov 26th, 2016

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...Show More

Glare of the spotlight

53:02 | Nov 19th, 2016

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 leg...Show More

The secret Trump voter

54:36 | Nov 12th, 2016

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....Show More

A frank conversation with a white nationalist

23:42 | Nov 10th, 2016

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 Don...Show More

Host of problems

52:31 | Nov 5th, 2016

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 a...Show More

And justice for some

53:44 | Oct 29th, 2016

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 –...Show More

How to (really) steal an election

53:17 | Oct 22nd, 2016

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 technolo...Show More

[Update] Billion-dollar scam

31:17 | Oct 15th, 2016

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 p...Show More

America’s Ring of Fire

52:22 | Oct 8th, 2016

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.

Voting rights – and wrongs

52:13 | Oct 1st, 2016

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?

Russia’s new scapegoats

52:11 | Sep 24th, 2016

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...Show More

No choice: Failing America’s veterans

51:05 | Sep 17th, 2016

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...Show More

Against their will

52:37 | Sep 10th, 2016

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 po...Show More

[Update] The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

50:58 | Sep 3rd, 2016

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.

[Update] Sick on the inside: Behind bars in immigrant-only prisons

52:45 | Aug 27th, 2016

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...Show More

[Update] Cat Fight

52:11 | Aug 20th, 2016

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 Reve...Show More

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

51:07 | Aug 13th, 2016

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...Show More

From A to Zika

51:59 | Aug 6th, 2016

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.

[Update] Mighty Ike

52:18 | Jul 30th, 2016

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 bus...Show More

[Update] Farm to fork: Uncovering hazards in our food systems

52:10 | Jul 23rd, 2016

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.

A welfare check

53:23 | Jul 16th, 2016

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...Show More

[Update] Eyes on Cops

17:39 | Jul 15th, 2016

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...Show More

Bordering on insecurity

54:12 | Jul 9th, 2016

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 somethi...Show More

Who’s getting rich off your student debt?

53:04 | Jul 2nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

52:09 | Jun 25th, 2016

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...Show More

After Orlando

52:21 | Jun 20th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Poison lurking in schools

52:13 | Jun 13th, 2016

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 l...Show More

Lawless Lands

52:28 | Jun 6th, 2016

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...Show More

[Update] Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid

52:07 | May 30th, 2016

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 st...Show More

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

52:42 | May 23rd, 2016

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...Show More

[Update] A mountain of misconduct

52:39 | May 16th, 2016

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...Show More

Women’s sports: A man’s game

57:37 | May 9th, 2016

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 repor...Show More

The price of admission

52:37 | May 2nd, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to make a decision that could affect college admissions across the country. And Texas’ Top 10 Percent Rule plays a starring role. On this episode of Reveal, reporter Neena Satija, of our partner The Texas Tribune, tell...Show More

Guns and America’s murder board

52:25 | Apr 25th, 2016

On this hour of Reveal, we take a look at the toll of gun violence in the country, who’s documenting the carnage and how lives can be saved.

[Update] Decoding discrimination in America’s temp industry

52:46 | Apr 18th, 2016

Earlier this year, Reveal reporter Will Evans told us about the discrimination certain temp workers face. In case you missed it: A blatant system of racial discrimination pervades the temporary jobs sector – which is one of the nation’s fastest-growi...Show More

Kids crossing borders – alone

52:27 | Apr 11th, 2016

In a collaboration with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the United Kingdom and KQED in California, this episode of Reveal tells the stories of children crossing borders alone. You’ll hear about the wars they’re fleeing, where they’re trying...Show More

Billion-dollar scam

50:24 | Apr 4th, 2016

California’s workers’ compensation program covers 15 million workers across the state. If you get hurt on the job – fall off a ladder, for instance – it’s the system you turn to. Most employers are required to carry workers’ comp insurance, which hel...Show More

New day dawning on the night shift

52:59 | Mar 28th, 2016

Every day, invisible armies of men and women head to work, where they’re assigned to do something that helps make our lives a little bit easier. Some of these workers clean our buildings, some assemble our smartphones, and some cook our favorite chea...Show More

Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid

53:02 | Mar 21st, 2016

You know those Planet Aid clothing donation boxes you see on the side of the road? Those clothes and over $100 million in U.S. grant money are supposed to help people in southern Africa. But when Reveal went to Malawi to find out what actually happen...Show More

When Mad Men meet dark money

51:54 | Mar 14th, 2016

Money in U.S. politics was once a straightforward thing, but we’re now in the era of dark money. The dollars changing hands run well into the billions, and corporations and hedge fund moguls spend freely behind a veil of secrecy. Enter Mad Men: This ...Show More

Mighty Ike

54:08 | Mar 7th, 2016

Texas is home to the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world’s busiest maritime waterways. Also in Houston, and along the Ship Channel, are refineries and chemical plants that make up the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex. It’s a maj...Show More

The religious freedom loophole

53:04 | Feb 29th, 2016

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? This hour of Reveal explores the tricky territory of religious...Show More

Glare of the spotlight

53:59 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Oscar season is upon us, and one of the best picture nominees is a film that hits pretty close to home for us at Reveal: “Spotlight.” In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a movie about The Boston Globe’s investigative team that exposed the Catholic ...Show More

Another look at the perilous price of American energy

53:43 | Feb 15th, 2016

On this hour of Reveal, we take another look at three of our major investigations that explored energy production in the United States, and we’ll bring you up to date on what’s happened since they originally aired. From Washington to North Dakota and...Show More

Sick on the inside: Behind bars in immigrant-only prisons

54:22 | Feb 8th, 2016

Anyone who serves time for a federal crime will end up in what prison experts say is the best-run system in the country: the Federal Bureau of Prisons. But if you’re not a U.S. citizen, you could end up in one of 11 facilities that don’t have to foll...Show More

Pumped on Trump

52:05 | Feb 1st, 2016

We’ve heard a lot from Republican candidate Donald Trump since he announced his bid for the presidency. With his celebrity lifestyle and made-for-reality-TV personality, some people didn’t take Trump’s campaign seriously – but his polling numbers are...Show More

Do not drink: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

53:41 | Jan 25th, 2016

The economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is making headlines across the country because there’s something in its water that shouldn’t be there. You may have heard about the problems in Flint: about how the tap water can be brownish, stinky...Show More

Cat Fight

50:59 | Jan 18th, 2016

We live in a country of cat lovers. About 80 million cats live in our homes today, but what about the other 80 million living outside of the house? In this episode of Reveal, we take a look at two cats whose fates diverged – one, an invasive predator...Show More

Decoding discrimination in America’s temp industry

52:34 | Jan 11th, 2016

Business is booming for staffing agencies across the country – the temporary jobs sector is one of our fastest-growing industries in terms of employment. But there’s another side to the temp world: a blatant system of racial discrimination that evoke...Show More

When working conditions are ripe for change

17:33 | Dec 22nd, 2015

About one-third of the fresh tomatoes sold in the U.S. come from Florida. Mainly migrant workers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean hand-pick the tomatoes in or near the town of Immokalee, just north of the Everglades. For decades, Florid...Show More

From the battlefields to the strawberry fields

13:14 | Dec 15th, 2015

Strawberries used to be a delicacy. The fruit is fragile, prone to disease and requires a very particular climate to grow. But these days, you can buy strawberries almost anywhere at any time – including in Barrow, Alaska, a polar community with an a...Show More

The fowl business of salmonella

20:30 | Dec 8th, 2015

In the U.S., even chicken that has passed all federal food safety requirements still can make people sick. This proved true in 2013 after a massive salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms sickened hundreds of people in 29 states. But even with ref...Show More

The Wright family’s all right (Lakeview Extra)

09:01 | Dec 1st, 2015

Part 4 of 4: Our Lakeview series ends with one family that sent their son to the facility as a last resort. Jim and Ginger Wright pulled their son Derek from the facility last winter. We sit down with the Wrights to find out how their son is doing no...Show More

A special message from our sound designer and engineer

01:37 | Nov 26th, 2015

Lead sound designer and engineer Jim Briggs makes Reveal sound as good as it does. He steps out from behind the editing equipment to tell you why you should support our Kickstarter by December 10 (hint: you can get a uniquely designed reward just fro...Show More

Meet the Brennicks

19:11 | Nov 24th, 2015

Part 3 of 4: Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center originally was part of a national chain of brain injury rehab centers called New Medico, owned by Charles Brennick of Boston. Nursing-home abuse investigator Sue Bessette teamed up with former New Medi...Show More

Support our Kickstarter to bring you more ‘Reveal’ episodes

01:44 | Nov 21st, 2015

We’re launching a Kickstarter to help us bring you more investigative reporting, with our show going weekly starting in January.  Check it out at http://ow.ly/UTJva

Inappropriate love triangle blossoms at rehab

16:29 | Nov 17th, 2015

Part 2 of 4: We travel back to the late 1990s with the story of another Lakeview patient, Amy Mueller, then a teenager, and her romantic relationship with at least one staff member. Mueller’s family later sued the facility for billing for services th...Show More

Exposing the horrors on The Mountain

22:28 | Nov 10th, 2015

Reporter Jack Rodolico spent a year uncovering allegations of patient abuse and fraudulent billing practices at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center – like charging Medicaid for changing channels on a TV. Along the way, he encountered a crusading moth...Show More

[Update] Assault on justice

18:15 | Nov 3rd, 2015

When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in Washington, D.C., you might not be able to take so-called APOs at face value.

Water bills bleeding them dry

10:08 | Oct 27th, 2015

New York City gets more than 50 inches of rain and snow a year, but the cost of its water has almost tripled over the past 15 years. Reporters Kat Aaron and Matthew Schuerman of public radio station WNYC explain why and take a look at how these so...Show More

The Secret History of American Surveillance

05:15 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Few remember that the origins of our modern American surveillance state were forged over 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippine Islands.

Growing hay a world away

12:06 | Oct 20th, 2015

What happens when your ancient desert springs start drying up? Why, you find another source, of course! Saudi Arabia is almost out of water. For decades, farmers drilled for groundwater to transform their deserts into irrigated fields suitable for...Show More

But not a drop to drink…

14:32 | Oct 13th, 2015

Clean drinking water isn’t a problem most of us worry about in the United States today. But there are still communities in our country where water is brown or green out of the tap. It’s got stuff floating in it. It smells bad. Neena Satija of our...Show More

Secret super water users

13:44 | Oct 6th, 2015

Got green? Those with money sure do – both in their pockets and around their houses in the form of sprawling lawns and towering hedges. If you didn’t know California was experiencing a historic drought, driving through the streets of Beverly Hills...Show More

Matching the lost and the found

14:29 | Sep 29th, 2015

Throughout this month, we’ve heard about NamUs, a federal database of missing and unidentified persons. This system allows law enforcement agencies and amateur sleuths to search and gather information about active cases. Networks and communities of v...Show More

Buried in Blue Earth

17:53 | Sep 22nd, 2015

In 1980, 18-year-old Michelle Busha left home and never returned. It’s every family’s worst nightmare and it’s a circumstance so tragic that it touched a complete stranger thousands of miles away. Reporter Michael Montgomery meets two women who didn’...Show More

Unidentified migrants reach undignified end

20:11 | Sep 15th, 2015

Crossing the border is treacherous – it’s hot and there’s a lot of ground to cover. Dehydration and heatstroke claim many who try to make the trek. And dying in Brooks County means that sometimes, their bodies aren’t found, let alone identified.

She never left Harlan alive

16:48 | Sep 8th, 2015

In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name. To many locals, she’s known as “Mountain Jane Doe.” To Darla Jackson and Todd Matthews, her case deserved a little extra digging. We follow Darla and Todd int...Show More

Change in the air in Virginia

17:32 | Aug 25th, 2015

In April, we learned that schoolchildren in Virginia have been referred to police at almost three times the national rate – and most of these students have special needs or are African American. Susan Ferriss of The Center for Public Integrity introd...Show More

The Con Man and His Mentor

13:48 | Aug 18th, 2015

Do you remember Ted Liming? He’s a truck driver from North Dakota we met in an earlier episode. He was looking for a safe place to invest a substantial sum of money and stumbled upon secureinvestment.com when searching online for, well, secure invest...Show More

Shunned and Shamed by Jehovah’s Witnesses

23:52 | Aug 11th, 2015

In February, we heard about at the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Reveal reporter Trey Bundy told us how the Witnesses’ religious hierarchy was keeping allegations of  child sexual abuse from law enforcement and how the organizati...Show More

The Buzz(kill) about Caffeine

03:25 | Aug 6th, 2015

Caffeine is arguably the most popular drug in America. But what do you really know about it? This short video explains how the beloved stimulant became the key ingredient in top-selling soft drinks and how those drinks came to be blended with foreign...Show More

The long tale of the short-handled hoe

07:03 | Aug 4th, 2015

We take a look back at a historic battle over workers’ rights in California. It all started in “the salad bowl of the world” – aka Salinas Valley – and the fight was over a simple tool: the short-handled hoe. This smaller hoe looks like a standard ga...Show More

Disposable workers in Asia

12:06 | Jul 28th, 2015

Today, there are millions of electronics workers around the world – especially in places where labor laws are even less strict than those in the U.S. Since the 1980s, the electronics industry largely has moved overseas in search of cheaper labor. Rep...Show More

Toxic tech in America

10:01 | Jul 21st, 2015

In 1975, when she was 18 years old, Yvette Flores got her first job. She helped assemble delicate parts to make some of the first supermarket checkout scanners. When her son Mark was born five years later, he had severe disabilities. It took 30 ye...Show More

Nuclear Bomb Industry Booming

18:54 | Jul 14th, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, the U.S. Army detonated the first atomic bomb in New Mexico. To mark this anniversary, we look at where America’s nuclear program is today and whether the U.S. is living up to its promises not to increase its nuclear capa...Show More

Rape on the Night Shift

28:27 | Jul 7th, 2015

Thousands of office janitors work at night, alone, sweeping up the crumbs from our sandwiches, taking out the garbage and scrubbing bathrooms. Many are immigrants – some undocumented – and many are women. With these conditions, they are particularly ...Show More

Man-made earthquakes: Fact or fiction?

03:00 | Jul 3rd, 2015

Earthquakes in Oklahoma used to be something of a rarity, but a few years ago, that began to change. Starting in 2009, the number of quakes began to increase. By 2014, the state was experiencing three times as many quakes as California. What’s going ...Show More

Oklahoma’s man-made earthquakes

17:08 | Jun 30th, 2015

In 2014, Oklahoma had more than three times as many earthquakes as California, and this year, the state is on track for even more. A lot of them are small, but some towns are seeing a quake almost every day, and seismologists warn that large and dama...Show More

The father of fracking, and tracking oil trains

19:43 | Jun 23rd, 2015

In a story produced in collaboration with Marketplace from American Public Media, we explore the history of hydraulic fracturing – aka fracking – in North Texas, where the technologies that are now employed in the Bakken were born. Host Al Letson tal...Show More

Death in the Bakken

20:41 | Jun 16th, 2015

The recent oil boom in North Dakota – driven by hydraulic fracturing and advances in technology – is a big reason why the U.S. is now the world’s leader in combined oil and natural gas production. But the boom in the Bakken shale, which stretches ove...Show More

Public evidence in private hands

14:42 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Body cameras can capture evidence against criminals, with a potentially exonerating or damning record of evidence for law enforcement officers. In the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, more than 7,000 police agencies around the country have p...Show More

Eyes on Cops

18:01 | May 26th, 2015

Smartphones have turned virtually everyone into a filmmaker. This has meant that many people’s reaction to an event large or small is to whip out their phone and start recording. So what separates these everyday citizens from people who consider them...Show More

Rodney King’s accidental ally

11:49 | May 19th, 2015

On March 3, 1991, a black man was pulled over in Los Angeles – and what happened next showed the entire nation what police brutality looks like. George Holliday, a man just looking to test a new video camera, ended up capturing a critical 81 seconds ...Show More

Assault on justice

22:58 | May 12th, 2015

When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in Washington, D.C., you might not be able to take so-called APOs at face value. Reporter Patrick Madde...Show More

Dirty shooting ranges poison police

18:12 | May 5th, 2015

As you’d expect, armed law enforcement officers are required to keep their sharp-shooting skills, well, sharp. This means they must spend time at firing ranges for routine training sessions. But while firearms training is meant to keep both the polic...Show More

DIY guns? There’s a site for that

14:15 | Apr 28th, 2015

The Internet has blown accessibility to weapons wide open. Reveal reporter Matt Drange has been looking at how easy it’s been for sellers to list assault weapon parts on eBay and decided to see if he could get his hands on some using the site. The on...Show More

From detention to detainment in Virginia

13:42 | Apr 21st, 2015

Ever walk or drive by a school and see a police officer stationed on campus? That’s probably a “school resource officer.” He or she is there to – ostensibly – keep the criminal element at bay (i.e., protect the students from drugs, guns and gangs). I...Show More

Her clients may be notorious, but Judy Clarke is a mystery

12:55 | Apr 14th, 2015

Susan Smith, the woman who drowned her children in 1994; Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber; Jared Loughner, the gunman in the 2011 attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona; and now Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon ...Show More

Rerouted for sex

11:07 | Apr 7th, 2015

U.S. air marshals are our law enforcement in the air – and they’re expected to protect us on high-risk flights. But as reporter Andrew Becker found out, some employees of the Federal Air Marshal Service are suspected of rearranging flights in order t...Show More

Who’s responsible when America’s your drug dealer?

20:55 | Mar 31st, 2015

Overdose deaths among veterans treated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs occur at a rate nearly double the national average. Reporter Aaron Glantz has been following this story for two years. In this segment, he introduces us to the “Candy M...Show More

Photo sparks war crimes probe

21:22 | Mar 24th, 2015

Photo sparks war crimes probe In our last episode, we met Jonathan Millantz, a troubled Army medic who served with a tank battalion in Iraq. Millantz treated Iraqi prisoners after brutal interrogations – and he also took part in the abuse. Millantz s...Show More

Bogus screws ended up in spines of surgery patients

20:35 | Mar 17th, 2015

When it comes to medical hardware, who’s got your back? The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to ensure that equipment going inside people’s bodies is manufactured by companies approved by the agency, but there’s a fissure in the system. Revea...Show More

The secrets of church, state and business

58:08 | Feb 14th, 2015

In this episode, we track down what one powerful religious group was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for ...Show More

Confronting love and oppression in Afghanistan

13:24 | Feb 4th, 2015

For years, filmmaker Zohreh Soleimani followed a tragic romance set in Afghanistan. The couple met, fell in love … and went to jail. So what went wrong? With her camera in hand, Zohreh confronted the family that put one woman in jail for the crime of...Show More

China brings home the bacon with America’s pigs

17:26 | Jan 24th, 2015

As the geopolitics of food heats up, the foreign takeover of America’s largest meat company happened right under the nose of the U.S. government. Our investigation reveals the deep role the Chinese government played in purchasing 1 in 4 pigs raised i...Show More

The day care violations hidden from parents

52:50 | Jan 24th, 2015

In this episode, Reveal reporter Katharine Mieszkowski tackles the murkiness surrounding day care records in the U.S.; online scams take center stage in an investigation into foreign currency trading; we take a look at what’s behind toxic delays at t...Show More

Coast Guard safety, arsenic in drinking water, GI Bill scammers

52:01 | Jun 28th, 2014

In this episode, "Reveal" examines the GI Bill, explores the Coast Guard’s shaky safety record, exposes backroom deals over arsenic in our water and delves into the secrecy around lethal injection drugs.

The Heroin Highway

52:04 | May 27th, 2014

Travel from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, to Chicago and across the Midwest as reporters from WBEZ 91.5 Chicago find that one man built an illegal empire transporting heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Also, what happens to juveniles who land in “the b...Show More

The VA’s Deadly Pain Pill Habit

52:06 | May 21st, 2014

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is prescribing highly addictive painkillers to vets at an alarming rate – an increase of 270 percent in the past 12 years. Meet the men and women who served our country, only to get strung out by their own docto...Show More