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Reveal features The Center for Investigative Reporting's work , as well as stories from public radio stations and a wide range of media partners, both nonprofit and commercial.

Reveal has been recognized for its excellence, groundbreaking creativity and impact. Recent awards include: Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Military Reporters and Editors Award, a Barlett & Steele Gold Award for investigative business journalism, Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, a George Polk Award, IRE Awards for multiplatform journalism and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. Reveal was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and 2013 and a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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The Unpaid Cost of Elder Care

May 17, 2019

As the population of Americans over 65 rises, families increasingly are choosing to place loved ones in long-term assisted care facilities called residential care homes. With around-the-clock caregivers and individualized attention in a single-family-home setting, these smaller, more intimate alternatives to the traditional nursing home seem like the perfect place for Mom or Grandpa. They're more affordable, too. But that affordability masks an ugly truth: Workers doing the day-to-day work of caring for America's older adults are being exploited.

When Tasers Fail

May 9, 2019

Tasers are on the duty belt of nearly every American police officer. Their manufacturer, Axon Enterprise Inc., has long promoted the device as extremely effective at helping police resolve dangerous situations without using their guns. But a yearlong investigation by APM Reports shows Tasers are often less effective than the company has claimed. And just as Tasers can save lives when they subdue suspects, when they don’t, the outcome can be deadly. In Vermont we explore what happened when police using Tasers failed to subdue a mentally ill man.

Monumental Lies

May 1, 2019

This show originally was broadcast on December 8, 2018. The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn't completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with Type Investigations to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them. That twisted history is also shared with schoolchildren on class trips. And you won't believe who's funding these sites to keep them running.

America’s Drug War, Revealed

Apr 24, 2019

This episode comes to us from Marketplace’s wealth and poverty team and their show, The Uncertain Hour. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush did his first televised broadcast, speaking directly to the nation about an issue he believed was the gravest domestic threat to America: drugs. Specifically, crack cocaine. In the speech, Bush pulled a baggie of crack out of his desk as a prop, saying it had been seized from Lafayette Park, right across the street from the White House.

Farm Wars

Apr 19, 2019

American soybean farmers call pigweed “Satan’s weed” because it’s so hard to get rid of. Many of them are excited about the herbicide dicamba, which is good at killing off pigweed. There’s just one problem, and it’s igniting a civil war in farm country. Plus, each year, beekeepers from all over the country ship thousands of hives to California in time for almond pollination season. In recent years, the valuable hives have become a high-stakes target for theft. Lastly, asthma is just as common in rural areas as it is in cities.

Flood Thy Neighbor

Apr 10, 2019

This episode originally was broadcast on Sept. 1, 2018. Some people who live along the Mississippi River are willing to do anything to keep their homes and farms safe from flooding – even if it means inundating their own neighbors. This week, we team up with ProPublica to investigate how rising waters have set off a race to build the highest levee. We meet two farmers, one who’s willing to break the rules to protect his farm and the other who thinks that makes her farm more vulnerable. We explore the science behind levees and learn why policymakers sometimes ignore it.

Trans National Migration

Apr 4, 2019

We examine the record of one of the toughest immigration judges in the country, including the surprising way her decisions benefited transgender asylum seekers. Then we follow one transgender woman who flees El Salvador for the United States to try to claim asylum. Our final story takes us to Turkey, and focuses on a small but growing group of refugees seeking a new life: young Afghan women fleeing abuse, forced marriage and persecution in their homeland.

The Right to Boycott

Mar 28, 2019

Support for boycotts of Israel has been growing in recent years, along with an increase in legislation seeking to curb this kind of boycott. Our story is about a contractor in Texas who feels they have no choice but to turn down a job when they realize the state requires they agree not to boycott Israel. We look at where this Israel boycott clause in employment contracts comes from, and weigh it against the First Amendment right to free speech.

Behind Trump's Energy Dominance

Mar 21, 2019

This episode originally was broadcast July 14, 2018. We’ve updated this show to include a secret recording that Reveal received of a 2017 Independent Petroleum Association of America meeting. Oil executives are heard discussing David Bernhardt, now deputy secretary of the Interior and a former industry lobbyist. In the recording, the executives call Bernhardt a close friend and rejoice over their unprecedented access. President Donald Trump has nominated Bernhardt to replace Ryan Zinke as department head, and confirmation hearings will be held this week.

REVEAL Fundraiser Episode Spring 2019

Mar 15, 2019

For the 2019 Fall fundraising season, here are three of our favorite Reveal stories from the past year.

Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News

Mar 15, 2019

As the investigation into foreign influence in the 2016 election heats up, we bring you a story of how fake news starts, snowballs and sometimes erupts into gunfire. 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. This collaboration with Rolling Stone and Type Investigations was originally broadcast Nov. 18, 2017.

Bitter Custody

Mar 7, 2019

A controversial theory is swaying family court judges to award custody to parents accused of harming kids. We trace the origins of “parental alienation” and learn how it has spawned a cottage industry of so-called family reunification camps that are making big profits from broken families.

A Desperate Bargain

Feb 28, 2019

This episode looks at parents forced to make an impossible decision. Our first story, a partnership with Type Investigations, focuses on parents who lose custody of their children so the kids can access medical and psychological care. Our final story investigates a Trump administration practice that forces parents to risk deportation in order to claim their children from government shelters.

The red line: Racial disparities in lending

Feb 17, 2019

It’s been 10 years since the great housing bust and lending is back for some Americans, but not for others. In dozens of cities across the country, lenders are more likely to deny loans to applicants of color than white ones.


On this episode of Reveal, we dig into the new redlining.

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Five Years on Nauru

Feb 14, 2019

We unravel how refugee families destined for Australia ended up stuck in an immigrant detention camp more than a thousand miles away on the tiny island nation of Nauru. And why, after years of confinement, kids are succumbing to a surreal mental illness spreading through the camp like a contagion. This episode is a collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show “Background Briefing” and reporter Olivia Rousset.

Lasting Impact

Feb 8, 2019

In Oregon, the concussion protocols that were supposed to keep high school athletes safe end up falling short for a star quarterback.

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When They Took My Son

Jan 31, 2019

We examine the stories of two families separated in 2018 at the U.S.-Mexico border and how what happened to them matches up with what the government said was supposed to happen.

The Mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

Jan 23, 2019

Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up cold cases.

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The Military's Deadliest Helicopter

Jan 17, 2019

On a freezing January morning in 2014, a fire broke out in the cabin of a MH-53E Navy Sea Dragon helicopter on a training mission over the Atlantic. Seconds later it slammed into the ocean. Only two sailors survived. This week, Reveal partners with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism to find out what caused that crash, and why the 53 is the military's deadliest aircraft.

This episode was originally broadcast in May 2016. Back in 1971, a 22-year-old journalist named Robert Rosenthal got a call from his boss at The New York Times. He told him to go to room 1111 of the Hilton Hotel, bring enough clothes for at least a month and not tell anyone.

Silencing Science

Jan 3, 2019

President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has downplayed the science of climate change and sought to silence scientists working for the federal government. In this hour, Reveal’s Elizabeth Shogren details the pressures one researcher faced as she worked on a project for the National Park Service.

Take No Prisoners

Dec 27, 2018

This episode originally was broadcast July 28, 2018. In December 1944, Adolf Hitler surprised the Allies with a secret counterattack through the Ardennes forest, known today as the Battle of the Bulge. In the carnage that followed, there was one incident that top military commanders hoped would be concealed. It’s the story of an American war crime nearly forgotten to history.

The City (Revealed)

Dec 20, 2018

This episode tells the story of a mysterious illegal dump in a Chicago neighborhood that grew to be six stories high and spanned an area equal to 13 football fields. It was part of a federal investigation that brought down a dozen corrupt politicians, but it left neighborhood residents angry and feeling used.

Sins of the Fathers

Dec 14, 2018

In Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, the Catholic church had a problem with Jesuit priests sexually abusing children. The church’s first solution was to send the priests to remote Native villages, but there they continued to abuse. So the church tried something else: hiding them in plain sight.

Monumental Lies

Dec 6, 2018

The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn't completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with The Investigative Fund to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them. That twisted history is also shared with schoolchildren on class trips. And you won't believe who's funding these site to keep them running. Plus, the story of New Mexico’s great monument controversy.

Trial and terror

Nov 29, 2018

The recent killing of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue refocused the nation’s attention on right-wing extremist terrorists. Meanwhile, the Trump administration points to radical Islam as the bigger threat to security. On this episode of Reveal, we investigate which terror threats get tracked and which are ignored.

Burning Hotter and Faster

Nov 21, 2018

Half of California’s 10 worst wildfires have struck in the last two years. We look at the recent Camp Fire, which is the deadliest and most destructive in state history. And we revisit an investigation from earlier this year looking at how extreme wildfires are breaking our emergency response systems. Produced in partnership with KQED.

Case Cleared (Part 2)

Nov 15, 2018

He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him. The reasons why show how rape myths continue to influence how justice is meted out in America. Reported in partnership with Newsy and ProPublica.

Case Cleared (Part 1)

Nov 9, 2018

When police closed the rape case against Bryan Kind, they made it look like it had been solved. But he never was arrested – or even charged. We team up with Newsy and ProPublica to investigate how police across the country make it seem like they’re solving more rape cases than they actually are.

Working Through the Pain at Tesla

Nov 1, 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.

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