The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants

The story of former Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer Laura Peña — who went to work defending the migrants she used to prosecute — and a family separation case she recently fought in which false “evidence” had been used to detain her client.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,636 words)

An Even More Inconvenient Truth

Carbon credits hadn’t offset the amount of pollution they were supposed to, or they had brought gains that were quickly reversed or that couldn’t be accurately measured to begin with. Ultimately, the polluters got a guilt-free pass to keep emitting CO₂, but the forest preservation that was supposed to balance the ledger either never came or didn’t last.

Author: Lisa Song
Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 22, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

The Hunted: What Happens When You Say No to MS-13

A terrifying investigation into the MS-13 gang and its effect on a Long Island town. Some teens were recruited; those who refused to join were brutally attacked with machetes, and then inexplicably targeted for deportation by ICE.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 31, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,650 words)

The Imam’s Widow

As part of ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project, Rahima Nasa profiles the wife of a Queens imam who was murdered in 2016. Although there appeared to be no other possible motive, prosecutors failed to try the case as the hate crime it likely was.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,187 words)

How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers

In the latest entry of ProPublica’s Lost Mothers series, which looks at maternal care in the U.S., Annie Waldman examines how black mothers who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black patients are more likely to suffer serious complications.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 27, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,245 words)

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Journalists Nina Martin and Renee Montagne tell the story of Shalon Irving, an epidemiologist for CDC who got pregnant at 36 and collapsed three weeks after the birth of her child, to confront the disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality among black women in the United States.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 7, 2017
Length: 30 minutes (7,708 words)

The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

This deep dive by ProPublica and NPR into maternal death in the United States equal parts devastating and essential. But for a country that prides itself in the lowering of infant mortality, concerns about the health of the mother in the days and weeks after birth has declined to the point that even preventable illnesses are going under-treated, or untreated.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 12, 2017
Length: 37 minutes (9,300 words)

Sold For Parts

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 1, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,265 words)

Beyond Gun Control

Lois Beckett of ProPublica investigates why a successful program to combat gun violence has gone underfunded and ignored.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Nov 26, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,546 words)

Level 14

How a California group home for troubled children came tragically undone and what it means for the state’s chance at reform. This story was co-produced with California Sunday.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Apr 2, 2015
Length: 43 minutes (10,800 words)