Where Will Everyone Go?

As temperatures and sea levels rise, populations flee from regions that are no longer livable, and the United States and other nations choose to build walls and keep migrants out, where will the world’s climate refugees go?

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jul 23, 2020
Length: 38 minutes (9,536 words)

My Family Saw a Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween. Then I Learned How NYPD Impunity Works.

“I spoke to four witnesses, including my wife. All of them said they saw the same thing. When I called Baker back, he told me that my wife and the three others were mistaken. The car hadn’t hit the kid. The kid had hit the car.” After his family saw an NYPD car hit a Black teen, Eric Umansky tried to find out what happened.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 23, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,158 words)

How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing

“Discount chains are thriving — while fostering violence and neglect in poor communities.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,336 words)

“Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”

“But abuse by law enforcement inside jails remains largely out of sight and harder to document.” Phillip Garcia was in psychiatric crisis. In jail and in the hospital, guards responded with violent force and restrained him for almost 20 hours, until he died.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,543 words)

The Police Have Been Spying on Black Reporters and Activists for Years. I Know Because I’m One of Them.

“Crouched over King’s body is a man holding a towel to the gaping wound on King’s face. The man, rarely identified in photos, is Marrell “Mac” McCollough, a Memphis cop who was assigned to infiltrate a militant activist group hated by Memphis police.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 9, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,555 words)

Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can

“Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, home of Chill-Can, the self-chilling beverage container you’ve probably never heard of. Officials have gambled millions of dollars and demolished a neighborhood for the product. Not one job has been created yet.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 11, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,692 words)

Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines

“Marine commanders did not act on dozens of pleas for additional manpower, machinery and time. When a training exercise ended in death, leadership blamed the very men they had neglected.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 30, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,343 words)

Collision Course

Nobody on the 8,300 ton destroyer USS John S. McCain — not even the captain — really understood how to use the new touch-screen steering system the navy installed in a bid to reduce the number of sailors required to safely guide the ship. Fraught with “false alarms” and problems, engineers called the system, which regularly encountered “multiple and cascading failures,” unstable. Then, the navy blamed Captain Sanchez and the sailors steering the ship for the accident in which 10 sailors died.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 20, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,611 words)

‘I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her’

In designing the 737 MAX, Boeing altered the plane’s automatic response in the event of a faulty angle-of-attack sensor, failed to include the change in the airplane’s operating manual, and then promptly blamed foreign pilots when two separate crashes involving the model took 347 lives.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Nov 11, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,838 words)

The Wrong Goodbye

On July 29th, 2018, the family of Frederick Williams said a tearful goodbye as a man was taken off life support following a suspected drug overdose at St. Barnabas, a facility run by Hospice of New York. It wasn’t until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, as part of routine procedures, ran fingerprint tests and discovered a grave error.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,659 words)