Reveal

Airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. & Saturdays at noon on 89.9 WJCT

"Reveal" is an investigative program from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. We’ve heard the news, but we want to know what really happened. That’s what "Reveal" is all about: finding out what’s going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view. Hosted by Al Letson, former host of WJCT's State of the Re:Union.

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On this episode of Reveal, we follow up on three stories at the center of controversy.

White nationalist Richard Spencer has left Montana to set up shop in the nation’s capital – so, how’s it going? 

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Reveal In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis in France, which like the U.S. is closing its borders to refugees. 

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The U.S. Navy spends billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships. But how safe are the shipyards where that work is done?

Reporter Jennifer Gollan and producer Stan Alcorn investigate how lax safety has been allowed to persist at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. Their story takes an in-depth look at a tugboat explosion at VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding company in Mississippi.

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In 1988, six firefighters in Kansas City, Missouri, were killed in a blast at a highway construction site.

Nine years later, five people were convicted of setting the fires that led to the deaths. And now, almost 30 years later, Reveal investigates problems in the case: There was no physical evidence linking the five to the crime, and their convictions were based on witness testimony – a lot of it conflicting.

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As Donald Trump assumes leadership of a divided nation, Reveal heads to Jacksonville, one of the most divided cities in America.

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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 out in the coming decades.

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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. 

Reveal: Year In Review

Jan 10, 2017
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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 sports and private prisons. So we decided to round out this season with something different: This hour, we look back at stories you, our listeners, told us were the most memorable.

Reveal: Turbulent Times, Turbulent Skies

Dec 20, 2016
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The man who served as chairman in the last few months of Donald Trump’s campaign is headed to the White House.

Steve Bannon, Trump’s strategist-in-chief, has been widely criticized for fanning divisive racism and sexism and running a news platform aimed at right-wing groups, including white nationalists.

Reveal: Secrets Of The Watchtower

Dec 12, 2016
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For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide child sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy.

The religion's leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view.

Reveal: If You Can't Afford A Lawyer

Dec 3, 2016
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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, Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton, the lawyer in charge of representing poor people accused of crimes, is saying no. His office doesn’t have enough money or time to do a good job, he says, so he’s refusing some serious cases, which is jamming up the courts and leaving hundreds of people stuck in jail with no lawyer.

Reveal: A Welfare Check Updated

Dec 2, 2016
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With Republicans in full control of the federal government, there’s a good chance welfare reform will be an issue they may take on.

In anticipation of that, it is worth taking another look at what’s worked and what hasn’t. This is an updated version of the original episode, which airing in July.

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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 is headed to the White House.

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With the presidential race in the homestretch, it seems like we hear talk about rigged elections and threats of cyberattacks just about every day.

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Thursday at 1 p.m. on 89.9 FM, we’re revisiting California’s workers’ compensation program that 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.

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