He’d Waited Decades to Argue His Innocence. Nobody Knew She Suffered from Alzheimer’s.

“Nelson Cruz’s family was so sure Judge ShawnDya Simpson would free him, they brought a change of clothes to his hearing. Then everything took an unexpected turn. Can justice ever be sorted out?”

Author: Joe Sexton
Source: ProPublica
Published: Oct 12, 2020
Length: 51 minutes (12,948 words)

Meet the Customer Service Reps for Disney and Airbnb Who Have to Pay to Talk to You

Arise Virtual Solutions, part of the underground world of customer service, helps companies like Disney, Comcast, and even Airbnb save money — at the expense of workers.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Oct 2, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,582 words)

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration

“Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,133 words)

Sent Home to Die

In New Orleans, hospitals sent infected COVID patients into hospice facilities or back home to die — to family members untrained and unprepared to care for them — and in some cases discontinuing treatment against the family’s wishes.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 2, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,029 words)

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

Why is California burning? “We dug ourselves into a deep, dangerous fuel imbalance due to one simple fact. We live in a Mediterranean climate that’s designed to burn, and we’ve prevented it from burning anywhere close to enough for well over a hundred years.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Aug 28, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,327 words)

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)