The man inside: Four months as a prison guard 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. Reveal revisits an hour with Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, who takes you inside a private prison on lockdown.
Running from cops: From the streets to the courts 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 custody. On this episode of Reveal, we team up with WYPR to explore the consequences of fleeing from the police through two stories, both set in Baltimore.
Russia's new scapegoats 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 TV and in speeches by Russian politicians. Reveal traces the roots of the anti-gay movement and shows how President Vladimir Putin uses this agenda to quash political dissent, exert influence on neighboring nations and bash the West.
Toxic burden This week, Reveal goes to places where poisonous chemicals are so deadly they can devastate a town. And they all have one thing in common: The people in these towns are overwhelmingly black, brown and poor. Through the dangerous combination of racist attitudes and cheap land, polluting industries are often avoiding responsibility – all while the government turns a blind eye.
High and Dry: A Deep Dive into the Water Crisis From the parched California coast to soaring water bills in New York, we Reveal takes an in-depth look at water issues around the US. Reporters track down water guzzlers in the Golden State, where some people are using millions of gallons of water a year in the middle of a historic drought. Further southeast, we explore a fight for clean drinking water that's been raging for decades along the Texas-Mexico border. We also travel to a desert to unveil an aspect of the global thirst for water. And from the desert, we head to NYC, where buildings aren't the only things climbing sky high. Water bills are skyrocketing – what's behind this and whom does it affect?
Left for Dead: Inside America's Coldest Cases There are more than 10,000 known Jane and John Does in the US – unidentified and unclaimed bodies languishing in limbo for years, sometimes for decades. In this episode of Reveal, we crisscross the nation tracing Jane and John Doe cases, showing why so many bodies remain unidentified despite new and powerful forensic tools. Often, the job of solving these cases is taken up by amateur Web sleuths.
One Thing Leads to Another There’s always more to the story – that’s how we usually end our show. But that’s where we're starting this month, because one story oftentimes leads to another. We're picking up the threads from three major investigations to see what’s happened since they aired. These are stories that moved people, made them angry and sparked change.
Hell of a Job Reveal investigates who's responsible for protecting workers harmed on the job and examines the hidden problem of sexual assault on the night shift. Plus, the legacy of toxic chemicals used in electronics manufacturing, and why it was so hard to ban a tool that was injuring agricultural workers.
Power Struggle: The Perilous Price of America's Energy Boom We explore energy production in the United States. From North Dakota to Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, we look at how fracking has opened new realms of oil and gas production – and we examine some of the complex consequences of so-called energy independence.