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After the bubble burst

Episode description

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 the world of people who are still profiting, from rent-to-own investors in Detroit to President Donald Trump’s best friend, a real estate mogul.

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April 22nd, 2017

50:59

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 …

Toxic burden

April 15th, 2017

51:00

At a time when environmental protections are under more threats than ever, Reveal visits minority communities facing toxic burdens.

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Al Letson Reveals: The color of feminism

April 13th, 2017

15:40

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 …

If you can’t afford a lawyer

April 8th, 2017

50:42

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 …

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

April 1st, 2017

51:00

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 …

Against their will

March 25th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia

March 23rd, 2017

10:41

Since President Donald Trump took office, we’ve heard plenty about Russia. Some have said tensions with the country could lead to conflict – even …

Richard Spencer’s cotton farms

March 18th, 2017

50:46

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 …

The smuggler

March 11th, 2017

51:10

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 …

Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America

March 9th, 2017

13:15

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 …

Up against the wall

March 4th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Al Letson Reveals: Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall

March 2nd, 2017

18:03

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 …

The religious freedom loophole

February 25th, 2017

51:00

America was built on the idea of protecting religious liberty. But what happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to …

School haze

February 18th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Video: In Sickness and in Health

February 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, …

Deadly waters

February 11th, 2017

51:16

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? …

Trial by fire

February 4th, 2017

50:30

In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and …

Split down the middle

January 28th, 2017

51:01

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 …

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

January 21st, 2017

50:59

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 …

Water wars

January 14th, 2017

51:00

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 …

America’s digital dumping ground

January 7th, 2017

51:00

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 …

The year in Reveal

December 31st, 2016

51:00

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 …

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

December 24th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Turbulent times, turbulent skies

December 17th, 2016

50:58

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 …

Secrets of the Watchtower

December 10th, 2016

51:00

For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse in their congregations – in …

If you can’t afford a lawyer

December 3rd, 2016

50:38

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 …

A welfare check

November 26th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Glare of the spotlight (rebroadcast)

November 19th, 2016

50:59

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 …

The secret Trump voter

November 12th, 2016

51:00

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 …

A frank conversation with a white nationalist

November 10th, 2016

23:41

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 …

Host of problems

November 5th, 2016

51:00

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 …

And justice for some

October 29th, 2016

51:00

Unless you’ve been caught up in the justice system, most Americans’ understanding of courts come s from what you see on TV.  

In popular dramas like …

How to (really) steal an election

October 22nd, 2016

51:00

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 …

[Update] Billion-dollar scam

October 15th, 2016

29:58

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 …

America’s Ring of Fire

October 8th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Voting rights – and wrongs

October 1st, 2016

50:59

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 …

Russia’s new scapegoats

September 24th, 2016

51:10

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 …

No choice: Failing America’s veterans

September 17th, 2016

51:00

Two years ago, the system that provides American veterans with health care was rocked by scandal when whistleblowers told the world that vets were …

Against their will

September 10th, 2016

51:05

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 …

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

September 3rd, 2016

51:01

This week, Reveal revisits an hour with Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer inside a private prison on lockdown. We take an unfiltered look at …

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

August 27th, 2016

51:00

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 …

[Update] Cat Fight

August 20th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

August 13th, 2016

51:00

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 …

From A to Zika

August 6th, 2016

51:00

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 …

[Update] Mighty Ike

July 30th, 2016

51:00

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 …

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

July 23rd, 2016

51:00

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 …

A welfare check

July 16th, 2016

51:00

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 …

[Update] Eyes on Cops

July 15th, 2016

17:38

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 …

Bordering on insecurity

July 9th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Who’s getting rich off your student debt?

July 2nd, 2016

51:00

Just about everyone involved in the student loan industry these days – banks, private investors and even the federal government – makes money off the …

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

June 25th, 2016

52:06

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 …

After Orlando

June 20th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Poison lurking in schools

June 13th, 2016

51:00

Across the country, tens of thousands of public schools could be contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls – a compound more commonly known …

Lawless Lands

June 6th, 2016

51:04

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 …

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

May 30th, 2016

51:00

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 …

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

May 23rd, 2016

50:47

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 …

[Update] A mountain of misconduct

May 16th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Women’s sports: A man’s game

May 9th, 2016

50:59

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 …

The price of admission

May 2nd, 2016

51:00

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 …

Guns and America’s murder board

April 25th, 2016

51:01

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

April 18th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Kids crossing borders – alone

April 11th, 2016

51:00

In a collaboration with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the United Kingdom and KQED in California, this episode of Reveal tells the stories …

Billion-dollar scam

April 4th, 2016

49:36

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 …

New day dawning on the night shift

March 28th, 2016

51:00

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, …

Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid

March 21st, 2016

51:00

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 …

When Mad Men meet dark money

March 14th, 2016

51:00

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 …

Mighty Ike

March 7th, 2016

51:02

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 …

The religious freedom loophole

February 29th, 2016

51:00

America was built on the idea of protecting religious liberty. But what happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to …

Glare of the spotlight

February 22nd, 2016

51:00

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 …

Another look at the perilous price of American energy

February 15th, 2016

50:45

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.

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