The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax

“ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 8, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,717 words)

‘This Is How You Get Your Power Back’

“Brady’s team, though, had been haunted by a serial rapist they could not identify, much less arrest. His DNA had been found in a half-dozen old cases in which evidence remained at the hospital.” The final installment in a three-part “Cold Justice” series.

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 25, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,204 words)

The Child Care Industry Was Collapsing. Mrs. Jackie Bet Everything on an Impossible Dream to Save It.

“Jackie Thomas was $29,134 in debt and in trouble with state regulators. She hadn’t slept in days. If a judge ruled against her, she’d fail the mothers who could only keep their jobs thanks to the 24-hour child care she offered.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 1, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,300 words)

Texas Enabled the Worst Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Catastrophe in Recent U.S. History

“They used their car to stay warm when a winter storm brought down the Texas power grid. In a state that doesn’t require carbon monoxide alarms in homes, they had no warning they were poisoning themselves.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 29, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,433 words)

“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”

“How an active duty airman tried to start a civil war.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 13, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,622 words)

The Broken Front Line

“The wave of coronavirus cases that swept across the country late last year put even the most battle-hardened EMTs under unprecedented psychological strain.”

Author: Ava Kofman
Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 7, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,890 words)

The Coal Plant Next Door

“Near America’s largest coal-fired power plant, toxins are showing up in drinking water and people have fallen ill. Thousands of pages of internal documents show how one giant energy company plans to avoid the cleanup costs.”

Author: Max Blau
Source: ProPublica
Published: Mar 22, 2021
Length: 39 minutes (9,852 words)

The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers

“In Hobbs, New Mexico, the high school closed and football was cancelled, while just across the state line in Texas, students seemed to be living nearly normal lives. Here’s how pandemic school closures exact their emotional toll on young people.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Mar 8, 2021
Length: 38 minutes (9,654 words)

Dying on the Waitlist

“In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb 18, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,663 words)

The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try.

“A climate scientist spent years trying to get people to pay attention to the disaster ahead. His wife is exhausted. His older son thinks there’s no future. And nobody but him will use the outdoor toilet he built to shrink his carbon footprint.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jan 25, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,374 words)