Reveal

Fridays at 9 p.m. on 89.7 NPR News
  • Hosted by Al Letson

Reveal is the Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio. 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.

Losing ground (rebroadcast)

Jun 13, 2018

Picture an American farmer. Chances are, the farmer you’re imagining is white – more than 9 out of 10 American farmers today are. But historically, African Americans played a huge role in agriculture. The nation’s economy was built largely on black farm labor: in bondage for hundreds of years, followed by a century of sharecropping and tenant farming. In the early 1900s, African American families owned one-seventh of the nation’s farmland, 15 million acres.

Last time we did a show about U.S. immigration policies, listeners texted us with hundreds of questions. This week we answer your questions about immigration.

Cops on a Crime Spree

Jun 6, 2018

Baltimore’s police department was already notorious. But this year, eight former police officers were convicted on federal racketeering charges stemming from an FBI investigation. They belonged to an elite task force charged with getting guns off the city’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed Baltimore neighborhoods at will, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money, drugs or guns and planting evidence on their victims. The targets of the Gun Trace Task Force included drug dealers and ordinary citizens.

What cops aren't learning (rebroadcast)

May 23, 2018

Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in aggressively, officers back off, wait out people in crisis and use words instead of weapons. But this training isn't required in most states. Reveal teams up with APM Reports and finds that most cops spend a lot more time training to shoot their guns than learning how to avoid firing them.

Across the Desert and the Sea

May 17, 2018

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 episode of Reveal, we trace their journey and explore how Europe’s immigration policy is helping Libyan warlords and putting migrants at risk.

Reveal Presents: The View From Room 205

May 10, 2018

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 to explore a big idea that’s at the heart of the American dream: Can public schools be the great equalizer equalizer in society, giving everyone a chance to succeed, no matter where they come from or how much money their families have? Lutton told her story in a Peabody Award-nominated show, “The View From Room 205.” This week, Reveal presents a condensed version of that documentary.

Reveal digs deep – and gets results. This week’s episode shines a light on three recent investigations. By mining data from 31 million records, we discovered a pattern of routine mortgage loan denials to applicants of color in more than 60 U.S. metropolitan areas. Our story led to attorneys generals’ investigations and lawmakers’ demands for accountability at the federal, state and city levels. While many people of color have trouble getting mortgages, we investigate how one prominent American managed to own a high-end property for no money down.

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 going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on Reveal, we take a look at the bottom line for universities and students. This show contains an update to the original story about the University of Texas System. After it first aired on Dec.

Trumping Hate

Apr 19, 2018

Has President Donald Trump inspired the people committing hate crimes and other hate threats across the country? There’s been a lot of conversation about how Trump has inspired -- or at least capitalized on -- a new wave of hate in America. Little of that conversation has been based in provable facts. But Reveal’s Will Carless noticed a pattern while mining Documenting Hate, a collaboration led by ProPublica to collate hate incident data from across the country: People were using Trump’s name to taunt people of color, women, Muslims, immigrants and LGBT people.

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 struggling to solve some old-fashioned problems: Worker safety at Tesla, and diversity at Google and beyond.

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