Reveal

Airs Saturdays at 3 p.m. 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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In rural Kentucky, a cold case is reopened after 45 years, and investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim in an attempt to give her back her name.

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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.

Reveal: America's Ring Of Fire

Oct 12, 2016
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Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live.

The consequences can be deadly. This episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how people in some areas are fighting back.

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A Russian journalist is murdered in St. Petersburg – not for what he’s reported, but for being gay. Reveal exposes what it's like to be gay today in Russia, where hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community appears on a daily basis on TV and in speeches by 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.

Two years ago, the system that provides American veterans with health care was rocked by scandal when whistleblowers told the world that vets were dying while the Phoenix VA concealed them on a secret waiting list. Reveal revisits the scandal, then investigates what happened next, examining how a national effort to get veterans faster care turned Alaska’s homegrown health care system upside down, and how a deeply troubled VA hospital in Cincinnati responded to its own scandal by blaming the messengers.

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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 people are exploited for sex. Produced in collaboration with APM Reports, we’ll hear stories from the pot fields of Northern California to suburban Seattle.

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This week, Reveal revisits an hour with Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer inside a private prison on lockdown. We take an unfiltered look at America's private corrections industry and follow up on some big news.

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Recently, we got some big news: The Department of Justice will end its use of private prisons.

This means that about a dozen prisons – housing about 22,000 inmates – will be shut down. It's the biggest announcement in the history of private federal prisons.

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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 these cat stories on the next Reveal.

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Reporter Tennessee Watson says she was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid in the 1980s. 

More than 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account of the painful process of seeking justice in her own case exposes discrepancies in prosecutors’ responses to reports of child sexual abuse and spotlights a lack of accountability.

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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 the battle against the disease.

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Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to end welfare as we know it. 

And he did.

The student loan program was supposed to help open the door to higher education, but it’s become something else: a profit center for Wall Street and the government.

Now the program is making things worse for some of the people it was designed to help. On this episode of Reveal, we explore how this happened and who’s winning and losing as a result.

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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 witnessed cost-cutting measures and reported safety concerns affecting prisoners and staff. On this episode of Reveal, we take an unprecedented look inside the multibillion-dollar private prison industry.

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This week’s attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was the largest mass shooting in American history. On this hour of Reveal, we go to Orlando to hear from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community targeted by this violence.

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 void. Sometimes, it’s a strongman enforcing his will; other times, it’s just anarchy, and occasionally it’s something completely unexpected.

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