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From prisons to protests, immigration to the environment, Peabody Award-winning Reveal goes deep into the pressing issues of our times. The Atlantic says “the experience of each episode is akin to a spoonful of sugar, even when it’s telling a story about Richard Spencer’s cotton farms or a man’s fin… read more

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An Old Hate Goes Viral

July 1st, 2020

15:28

Since the coronavirus started spreading in the United States, members of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community have been verbally assaulted, …

The Evolution of All-American Terrorism

June 27th, 2020

50:59

The Trump years have seen an increase in domestic terrorist attacks linked by hateful ideologies that thrive online. Reveal teams up with Type …

Unrepentant

June 20th, 2020

49:57

Despite revelations of clergy sex abuse and promises of transparency, a prominent Jesuit university does little to punish priests who cross the line. 

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Divided States of the Pandemic

June 13th, 2020

49:18

The federal government’s early failures to manage the coronavirus shifted a heavy burden to local officials. We look at how decision-makers in two states, California and Florida, found their way to shutdown and beyond. 

The Uprising

June 6th, 2020

48:24

As Americans take to the streets, we hear from the person prosecuting the police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing. We also hear from …

Home School

May 30th, 2020

50:46

Online learning works only if you can get online. Why tens of thousands of families are still caught on the wrong side of the digital divide.


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Reproducing Racism

May 23rd, 2020

50:09

As racial disparities in health come into the spotlight amid COVID-19, we explore how the legacy of racism affects maternal health in the U.S. Plus, we hear from doctors working hard to turn things around.

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Homewreckers (Rebroadcast)

May 16th, 2020

50:54

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 did it and expose how that’s putting …

(Un)protected

May 9th, 2020

49:39

At a time when America is relying on health care workers more than ever, we look at why there’s not enough protective gear to keep them safe. 

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Harpooned by Facebook (Rebroadcast)

May 2nd, 2020

50:54

As the pandemic sends more people online looking for entertainment, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits. 

This episode originally was broadcast Aug. …

Pandemic, Protests and Profits

April 25th, 2020

49:58

Protesters around the country are pushing to loosen stay-at-home orders, even though health experts say that could lead to a spike in coronavirus …

The Cost of COVID-19

April 18th, 2020

49:39

Can the biggest stimulus in modern U.S. history stave off home foreclosures, save businesses and prevent the worst economic crash since the Great …

Detained and Exposed

April 11th, 2020

49:49

Social distancing, hand-washing and self-isolation are supposed to keep us safe from the coronavirus. But if you’re locked up in an immigrant …

Essential Workers

April 4th, 2020

50:10

While much of America shelters in place, farmworkers, grocery store clerks and airline employees remain on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. But what’s being done to protect them from catching and spreading the …

Quarantine Nation

March 28th, 2020

50:30

Quarantines are supposed to contain the new coronavirus, but are the right people going into isolation, and are federal guidelines strong enough? …

COVID-19 in the ER

March 21st, 2020

49:41

As the new coronavirus spreads, an ER doctor in Seattle explains how he and other front-line physicians are learning to treat patients and keep themselves safe. Plus, more than eight years after the end of the Iraq War, …

A Message from Reveal

March 19th, 2020

1:04

Al Letson with a programming note on Reveal's upcoming episodes

Containing the Coronavirus

March 14th, 2020

48:38

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 …

American Rehab (Trailer)

March 11th, 2020

1:39

Reveal is launching its first serialized investigation: American Rehab. In the midst of the worst opioid crisis in America’s history, Reveal uncovers a type of rehab that is flourishing by turning tens of thousands of …

The Refuge Revealed

March 7th, 2020

51:21

Oil rigs may soon be coming to the nation’s largest wildlife refuge. We find out what that could mean to the people who live there.

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The Tell-Tale Hearts

February 29th, 2020

50:50

Unborn babies' hearts are at risk as EPA caves to chemical companies’ 20-year effort to whitewash the science on the risks of an extremely dangerous and prevalent chemical, TCE. 

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Scuttling Science (Rebroadcast)

February 22nd, 2020

50:50

Advisory panels slashed, environmental regulations rolled back – how the Trump administration uses questionable science to justify its policies.

Six Years Separated

February 15th, 2020

50:57

An asylum-seeking migrant girl is separated from her family at the border and enters U.S. custody at 10 years old. Now, she’s 17 and still in a …

The honor walk

February 12th, 2020

13:34

A new ritual called an honor walk is bringing solace to families who’ve lost a loved one and consented to have organs donated. Hospitals are …

Lost in Transplantation

February 8th, 2020

38:42

Delivering donated organs quickly to patients waiting for a transplant is a matter of life and death. Yet transportation errors are leading to delays in surgeries that put patients in danger and make some organs …

Don’t Count on the Census

February 1st, 2020

51:02

The census is approaching, but experts warn the count will be inaccurate. From the controversial citizenship question to a flawed online rollout, we …

Fancy Galleries, Fake Art

January 25th, 2020

50:35

How two well-respected New York art galleries sold more than $80 million in fake art.

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Catch a Killer With Your DNA (rebroadcast)

January 18th, 2020

51:10

This episode originally was broadcast Oct. 5, 2019.

Genetic genealogy is a powerful crime-solving tool that combines DNA science with family tree …

The lost homes of Detroit

January 11th, 2020

50:20

Entire blocks of Detroit look abandoned because people fell behind on property taxes and lost their homes. But hundreds of millions of dollars of …

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

January 4th, 2020

50:34

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 …

Take No Prisoners (rebroadcast)

December 28th, 2019

50:55

This episode was originally broadcast July 28, 2018.

In December 1944, Adolf Hitler surprised the Allies with a secret counterattack through the …

When Lighting the Voids

December 21st, 2019

58:18

An audio drama inspired by Reveal’s investigation into a deadly explosion at a Mississippi shipyard, produced by our partners at StoryWorks, a documentary theater company.

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Think Globally, Report Locally

December 14th, 2019

54:37

A high number of high school sports concussions. A low number of arrests for sexual assault. Reveal’s Reporting Network digs in.

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When Tasers Fail (rebroadcast)

December 7th, 2019

50:55

A Taser is supposed to help police resolve a situation without using their guns. But in police departments across America, Tasers aren’t always …

Building a Wall Out of Red Tape

November 30th, 2019

51:12

Who qualifies for a visa? How much does it cost to become a U.S. citizen? Stories about the invisible barriers immigrants come up against when trying to apply for legal status.

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Amazon: Behind the Smiles

November 23rd, 2019

50:57

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 …

Pushed out

November 20th, 2019

10:44

Black girls are being pushed out of school and into jails at alarming rates, but this issue often is overlooked because youth incarceration reform …

Development Arrested

November 16th, 2019

50:14

**How does a seventh grader end up in solitary confinement in an adult jail? Reporter Ko Bragg takes us to Mississippi to learn about a set of laws …

The Secret List of Convicted Cops

November 9th, 2019

50:39

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 …

Pardon Me (Rebroadcast)

November 2nd, 2019

51:03

As the House of Representatives continues its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, we go back in time to the Nixon administration, when the threat of impeachment and a presidential pardon changed the course of …

The Lynching of Thomas Finch

October 26th, 2019

50:56

In 1936, an unarmed black man was killed by an Atlanta police officer who later became leader of the Ku Klux Klan. We explore why the city doesn’t …

Homewreckers

October 19th, 2019

51:33

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 …

Losing ground (rebroadcast)

October 12th, 2019

50:45

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 …

Catch a Killer With Your DNA

October 5th, 2019

50:38

Genetic genealogy is a powerful crime-solving tool that combines DNA science with family tree research. Where will it take us – a crime-free world or …

Commander-in-Tweet

September 28th, 2019

50:30

These days, a presidential tweet can dictate the news cycle for days on end. But is it driving us to distraction? 

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America’s Drug War, Revealed (rebroadcast)

September 21st, 2019

51:43

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.

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Scuttling Science

September 14th, 2019

50:59

Advisory panels slashed, environmental regulations rolled back – how the Trump administration uses questionable science to justify its policies.

The Right to Boycott (rebroadcast)

September 7th, 2019

50:39

“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 …

Farm Wars (Rebroadcast)

August 31st, 2019

50:48

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 …

Year of Return

August 24th, 2019

51:00

Four hundred years ago, English pirates brought enslaved Africans to America’s shores. We reflect on how the legacy of slavery has reverberated through the generations to the present.

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The Cost of School Choice

August 17th, 2019

50:56

Dominique Martin was thrilled to get a state-funded voucher to send her daughter to private school. We go to Louisiana to investigate the cost of …

Bundyville Revealed

August 10th, 2019

51:29

**A bombing in rural Nevada you’ve probably never heard of. A plot to blow up a government building.  Reveal teams up with the podcast series, Bundyville, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Longreads, to see …

Harpooned by Facebook

August 3rd, 2019

51:34

As smart devices become a bigger and bigger part of our lives, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits. 

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Lasting Impact (rebroadcast)

July 27th, 2019

51:02

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 …

In Harm’s Way

July 20th, 2019

49:56

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 …

Silencing Science (Rebroadcast)

July 13th, 2019

51:21

President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has downplayed the science of climate change …

Pardon Me

July 6th, 2019

50:34

Presidential pardons grab the headlines each time Donald Trump grants clemency to a controversial person. We tell the untold story of a pardons …

The Military's Deadliest Helicopter (Rebroadcast)

June 29th, 2019

50:45

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 …

Cops on a Crime Spree (Rebroadcast)

June 22nd, 2019

50:41

They belonged to an elite police task force charged with getting guns off Baltimore’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed the city, …

Hate is all around you

June 15th, 2019

50:24

In the second part of Reveal’s series about hate, we look at how racism and white supremacy are institutionalized in America.


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Hate in the homeland

June 8th, 2019

50:23

This episode surveys the state of the hate movement in America, focusing on how hate groups are spreading their message and winning converts.

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To the ends of the Earth

June 1st, 2019

50:54

We travel the globe, from bottom to top, to confront the growing threats from climate change.****

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The City – Revealed (Rebroadcast)

May 25th, 2019

50:33

A giant, mysterious illegal dump in Chicago was part of a federal investigation that brought down a dozen corrupt politicians, but it left …

The Unpaid Cost of Elder Care

May 18th, 2019

51:01

Residential care homes seem like the perfect place for Mom or Grandpa to live out their golden years, but their home-like facades are hiding rampant …

When Tasers Fail

May 11th, 2019

50:54

A Taser is supposed to help police resolve a situation without using their guns. But in police departments across America, Tasers aren’t always …

Monumental Lies (Rebroadcast)

May 4th, 2019

50:27

Myths of the Civil War and slavery are being kept alive at Confederate monuments, where visitors hear stories of “benevolent slave owners” and …

America’s Drug War, Revealed

April 27th, 2019

51:40

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.

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Farm Wars

April 20th, 2019

50:14

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 …

Flood Thy Neighbor (Rebroadcast)

April 13th, 2019

50:50

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 …

Trans National Migration

April 6th, 2019

50:40

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 …

Captain Boycott

April 4th, 2019

15:29

Before there were boycotts, there was Captain Boycott. Meet the man who gave name to a new kind of protest.

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The Right to Boycott

March 30th, 2019

37:13

“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 …

Behind Trump's Energy Dominance (Rebroadcast)

March 23rd, 2019

50:19

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 …

Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News (Rebroadcast)

March 16th, 2019

50:49

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 …

Bitter Custody

March 9th, 2019

50:56

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.”

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A Desperate Bargain

March 2nd, 2019

50:11

Parents are forced to give up custody to get their children medical and psychological treatments. Also, a Trump administration practice forces …

The red line: Racial disparities in lending (Rebroadcast)

February 23rd, 2019

50:57

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, …

Five Years on Nauru

February 16th, 2019

50:50

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 …

Lasting Impact

February 9th, 2019

50:49

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 (rebroadcast)

February 2nd, 2019

50:59

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.

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The Mystery of Mountain Jane Doe (rebroadcast)

January 26th, 2019

50:59

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 …

The Military's Deadliest Helicopter

January 19th, 2019

50:52

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 …

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

January 12th, 2019

50:32

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 …

Silencing Science

January 5th, 2019

50:34

President Donald Trump says he doubts humans have much of a role in climate change. His administration has downplayed the science of climate change …

Take No Prisoners (rebroadcast)

December 29th, 2018

50:50

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 …

The City (Revealed)

December 22nd, 2018

51:00

A giant mysterious illegal dump in Chicago was part of a federal investigation that brought down a dozen corrupt politicians, but it left …

Sins of the Fathers

December 15th, 2018

51:10

In Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, the Catholic church had a problem with Jesuit priests sexually abusing children. The church’s first solution was …

Monumental Lies

December 8th, 2018

54:08

Myths of the Civil War and slavery are being kept alive at Confederate monuments, where visitors hear stories of “benevolent slave owners” and …

Al Letson Reveals: Jerome Corsi

December 3rd, 2018

8:08

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Trial and terror (rebroadcast)

December 1st, 2018

51:09

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 …

Burning Hotter and Faster

November 24th, 2018

50:59

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 …

Case Cleared (Part 2)

November 17th, 2018

50:04

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 …

Case Cleared (Part 1)

November 10th, 2018

51:03

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 …

Working Through the Pain at Tesla

November 3rd, 2018

50:53

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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Coming Soon: Working Through the Pain at Tesla

November 1st, 2018

2:51

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

October 27th, 2018

51:15

Doctors in Puerto Rico are outraged at the government’s unexpected decision to declare the Zika crisis over in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. …

Coming Soon: The Storm After the Storm

October 25th, 2018

2:45

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 …

Who Gets to Vote?

October 20th, 2018

50:56

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 …

Coming Soon: Who Gets to Vote?

October 18th, 2018

2:44

Get a sneak preview of Saturday’s show where we investigate voter suppression ahead of the midterm elections.

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Hunting the Ghost Fleet (rebroadcast)

October 13th, 2018

51:25

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 …

10 Years or Life

October 6th, 2018

50:10

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 …

When They Took My Son

September 29th, 2018

50:49

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 …

Coming Soon: When They Took My Son

September 27th, 2018

2:11

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 …

Never Meet Your (Super) Heroes

September 22nd, 2018

50:38

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 …

Misconceptions (rebroadcast)

September 15th, 2018

49:59

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 …

The Messy Truth About Victim Compensation

September 8th, 2018

50:42

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 …

Flood Thy Neighbor

September 1st, 2018

50:25

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 …

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

August 25th, 2018

50:18

*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 …

Across the Desert and the Sea (rebroadcast)

August 18th, 2018

51:05

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 …

No place to run (rebroadcast)

August 11th, 2018

51:06

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 …

Trapped: Abuse and Neglect in Private Care

August 4th, 2018

50:32

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 …

Take No Prisoners: Inside a WWII American War Crime

July 28th, 2018

50:47

In December 1944, Adolf Hitler surprised the Allies with a secret counterattack through the Ardennes forest, known today as the Battle of the Bulge. …

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

July 21st, 2018

50:55

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, …

Behind Trump's Energy Dominance

July 14th, 2018

50:55

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, …

Families Splintered Apart, by Government and by Storms

July 7th, 2018

50:54

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 …

Hunting the Ghost Fleet

June 30th, 2018

50:33

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 …

Al Letson Reveals: Pussy Riot

June 28th, 2018

12:34

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 …

Ripped Apart: Families Separated at the Border

June 23rd, 2018

51:03

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 …

Losing ground (rebroadcast)

June 16th, 2018

50:04

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 …

Reveal Answers Your Questions About Immigration

June 9th, 2018

51:00

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 …

Cops on a Crime Spree

June 2nd, 2018

53:12

Baltimore’s police department was already notorious.

But this year, eight former police officers were convicted on federal racketeering charges …

Inside a Rehab Empire

May 31st, 2018

26:31

The collision of the opioid epidemic with criminal justice reform has created a boom for the rehab industry. Those with wealth and insurance often …

What cops aren't learning (rebroadcast)

May 26th, 2018

51:00

Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in …

Across the Desert and the Sea

May 19th, 2018

50:34

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 …

Reveal Presents: The View from Room 205

May 12th, 2018

51:00

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 …

More to the Story: Wildfires

May 9th, 2018

19:48

Reveal revisits our investigation into California’s deadliest wildfires. Last October, more than 170 fires ripped across Northern California, burning …

More to the Story: Redlining

May 5th, 2018

17:56

Reveal digs deep – and gets results. By mining data from 31 million records, we discovered a pattern of routine mortgage loan denials to applicants …

Institutions of Higher Earning (rebroadcast)

April 28th, 2018

51:00

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 …

Trumping Hate

April 21st, 2018

50:35

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 …

Tesla and Beyond: Hidden Problems of Silicon Valley

April 14th, 2018

50:59

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 …

Trump’s Mystery Mansion

April 12th, 2018

12:50

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 …

Checking into President Trump’s Washington DC Hotel

April 7th, 2018

50:25

In 2016, the Justice Department alleged that Malaysian officials stole billions of dollars from their people and funneled some of it through the …

Full of Lead: How Bullets are Poisoning Eagles

April 4th, 2018

14:46

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 …

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

March 31st, 2018

39:14

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 …

Where criminals get their guns (rebroadcast)

March 24th, 2018

51:00

Across the country, criminals are arming themselves in unexpected ways. In Florida, they’re stealing guns from unlocked cars and gun stores. In other …

The kids aren’t all right (rebroadcast)

March 17th, 2018

51:00

Federal law requires colleges and universities to track and disclose sexual assaults on campus. It’s different for kindergarten through 12th grade, …

Built to Burn

March 14th, 2018

17:08

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 …

Warning System Down: California’s Deadliest Fires

March 10th, 2018

35:13

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. …

Video: Atomic vets

March 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 …

Deja Nuke: Return of the Nuclear Threat

March 3rd, 2018

51:00

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 …

My Town, Chi-Town

February 24th, 2018

50:34

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 …

The red line: Racial disparities in lending

February 17th, 2018

50:16

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 …

Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system (rebroadcast)

February 10th, 2018

51:00

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 …

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

February 3rd, 2018

50:09

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 …

Too Many Pills

January 27th, 2018

51:00

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 …

#MeToo: Rape on the Night Shift

January 20th, 2018

51:00

The #MeToo movement has swept from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. The careers of powerful men ended as women spoke out against workplace harassment and …

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe (rebroadcast)

January 13th, 2018

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 …

Video: Fought for, Forgotten

January 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 …

The Tide is High

January 6th, 2018

51:00

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 …

A Revealing Year

December 30th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Fire and Justice

December 23rd, 2017

51:01

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

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

December 16th, 2017

51:01

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections seems to yield a new bombshell every week. Amid such …

Institutions of Higher Earning

December 9th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Video: Based on a True Story

December 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 …

Where criminals get their guns

December 2nd, 2017

51:00

Across the country, criminals are arming themselves in unexpected ways. In Florida, they’re stealing guns from unlocked cars and gun stores. In other …

Video: Until Something is Done

November 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 …

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

November 25th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Pizzagate: A slice of fake news

November 18th, 2017

50:24

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 …

Video: Grieving in a Fishbowl

November 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 …

Losing ground

November 11th, 2017

51:00

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 …

The Paradise Papers

November 5th, 2017

1:02:14

Remember the Panama Papers? It was a massive 2015 document leak that exposed a system in which offshore companies enable crime and corruption. The …

A Divided Road

November 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 …

Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

October 28th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Heroin Diaries

October 26th, 2017

15:00

On this special episode of Reveal, reporter Jack Rodolico in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio brings us an intimate look at the people …

Too Many Pills

October 21st, 2017

31:18

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 …

Recovering from Rehab

October 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 …

Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education

October 14th, 2017

51:06

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants parents to have the ultimate choice of where their children go to school – public or private – and taxpayers to …

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

October 12th, 2017

19:25

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 …

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

October 7th, 2017

51:08

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 …

Before Prison

October 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 …

Does the Time Fit the Crime?

September 30th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Street fight: A new wave of political violence

September 23rd, 2017

51:42

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 rise of the new German right

September 16th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Running from cops (rebroadcast)

September 9th, 2017

51:08

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 …

The perfect storm

September 2nd, 2017

50:49

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 …

Rise of a movement

August 28th, 2017

15:23

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 …

Follow the money: Citizen sleuths investigate

August 26th, 2017

17:31

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 …

Hate on the march: white nationalism in the Trump era

August 19th, 2017

51:00

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. …

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

August 12th, 2017

52:04

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 …

No country for sanctuary seekers

August 5th, 2017

51:01

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 …

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

July 29th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Deadly waters

July 22nd, 2017

51:00

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? …

No where to run

July 15th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Al Letson Reveals: Roger Stone

July 13th, 2017

22:04

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 …

The smuggler (rebroadcast)

July 8th, 2017

50:59

In 2015 French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. Then one day, one refugee asked for his help. Raphael followed his …

Losing ground

July 1st, 2017

50:35

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 …

Trial and terror

June 24th, 2017

51:00

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 …

America’s ring of fire

June 17th, 2017

50:43

Last fall, Reveal reporters predicted that wildfires would spread to new parts of the country, and  to more densely populated areas. Now, we revisit …

After the bubble burst

June 10th, 2017

51:00

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 …

Is Egg Donation Safe?

June 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 …

Misconceptions

June 3rd, 2017

51:42

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 …

The kids aren’t all right

May 27th, 2017

51:00

Federal law requires colleges and universities to track and disclose sexual assaults on campus. It’s different for kindergarten through 12th grade, …

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

May 22nd, 2017

51:11

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 …

Video: One year at Standing Rock

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 …

Standing Rock and beyond

May 13th, 2017

51:00

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 …

What cops aren’t learning

May 6th, 2017

51:00

Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in …

Running from cops

April 29th, 2017

51:02

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 …

Russia’s new scapegoats

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.

Head over to

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 …

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