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Reveal

Reveal’s investigations will inspire, infuriate and inform you. Host Al Letson and an award-winning team of reporters deliver gripping stories about caregivers, advocates for the unhoused, immigrant families, warehouse workers and formerly incarcerated people, fighting to hold the powerful accountable. The New Yorker described Reveal as “a knockout … a pleasure to listen to, even as we seethe.” A winner of multiple Peabody, duPont, Emmy and Murrow awards, Reveal is produced by the nation’s first investigative journalism nonprofit, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and PRX. From unearthing exploitative working conditions to exposing the nation’s racial disparities, there’s always more to the story. Learn more at revealnews.org/learn.

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Remember Me This Way

In this special episode of the podcast, we hear the story of one of more than 500,000 Americans who’ve died from COVID-19. David León was a father of six; a small-business owner in Fresno, California; and a leader in the city’s Latino community. His death left a hole in that community and with the family he left behind.    Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

12mins

3 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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Amazon: Behind the Smiles

Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep. Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high cost to its workers. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming soon, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages to reveal the dangers of working at Amazon. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

50mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Pardon Me

Presidential pardons grab the headlines each time Donald Trump grants clemency to a controversial person. We tell the untold story of a pardons system that is completely broken, leaving a backlog of 13,000 applications, and a pardon attorney’s office that’s being ignored by the White House.   Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

50mins

6 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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In Harm’s Way

The federal government is quietly expanding its use of “tender age” shelters for migrant kids. We’ll tell you what we know. Then, we revisit a story from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, looking at how Jesuit priests got away with sexually abusing children. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

49mins

20 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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The lost homes of Detroit

Entire blocks of Detroit look abandoned because people fell behind on property taxes and lost their homes. But hundreds of millions of dollars of that tax debt never should have been billed in the first place. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

50mins

11 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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The Secret List of Convicted Cops

A reporter is threatened with prosecution, an officer outruns his past, and our host sits down with the president of the largest U.S. association of police officers to ask the question: When police officers misbehave, why does it stay secret? ** *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.*

50mins

9 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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America’s Drug War, Revealed

How a baggie of crack cocaine packed with fear, distortion and misconceptions, and one presidential address in the 1980s, helped shape the war on drugs. * *Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

51mins

27 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Think Globally, Report Locally

A high number of high school sports concussions. A low number of arrests for sexual assault. Reveal’s Reporting Network digs in. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

54mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Farm Wars

The herbicide dicamba is causing a civil war in farm country. Plus, honeybee rustling in California’s almond groves. Lastly, sulfur and its link to asthma in children. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

50mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Homewreckers

After the housing bust, a group of men profited by destroying the American dream of homeownership for hundreds of thousands of families. On Reveal, we learn how these Homewreckers -- many of whom are close to President Donald Trump -- did it and meet a woman who fought back.  This episode is based on Aaron Glantz’s new book, “Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.” Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

51mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Containing the Coronavirus

As the new coronavirus spreads through the U.S., we chronicle how it came to California, with the voices of first responders, experts and passengers quarantined on a cruise ship docked in San Francisco Bay.  Plus, we hear the story of an African American man who decades ago was shot and killed by a police officer who later became leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.

48mins

14 Mar 2020

Rank #11