Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened

“In 2016, 10 sailors were captured by Iran. Trump is making it a political issue. Our investigation shows that it was a Navy failure, and the problems run deep.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 24, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,260 words)

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

Stem cell purveyors suggest that they “ease” every aging-related malady from arthritis and erectile dysfunction to wrinkles and everything in between. What don’t these stem cell snake-oil salespeople have? Any science to prove these claims or any scruples about preying on the vulnerable at tens of thousands of dollars per injection.

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 7, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,854 words)

The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well.

In 2009 the IRS created a special team to investigate when and how the extremely wealthy were avoiding taxes. Reporters Jesse Eisenger and Paul Kiel illustrate how that team was stymied using the case of the heir to a German automative parts fortune.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 5, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,822 words)

The Lucky Ones

In sharing the story of each of her tattoos and their meaning, journalist Adriana Gallardo — who was once an undocumented immigrant from Mexico — recounts her family’s hard won-luck at life in America, a luck they earned by back-breaking janitorial work and sheer determination.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb 19, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,261 words)

Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster

“The men and women of the Navy deserve better.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,140 words)

Fight the Ship: Death and Valor on an American Warship Doomed By Its Own Navy

When a cargo ship plowed into the USS Fitzgerald, it tore a hole in the destroyer as big as a tractor trailer; seven sailors ultimately died. A cargo ship should be hard to miss, so how did it happen?

Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 71 minutes (17,829 words)

How the IRS Was Gutted

Tax evaders, rejoice: the Internal Revenue Service may not have enough resources to come after the vast majority of those offshore bank accounts. It also doesn’t have enough resources to investigate white collar crime, curb suspicious corporate activity, shore up the nation’s rising budget deficit, or answer tens of millions of law-abiding taxpayers’ questions. And now, just when morale is at its lowest, the IRS stands to lose a third of its most valuable and experienced workers next year as the organization’s most senior cohort becomes eligible for retirement.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 11, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,600 words)

‘I Don’t Want to Shoot You, Brother’

Officer Stephen Mader chose not to shoot R.J. Williams, choosing instead to de-escalate. He was right — Williams’ gun wasn’t loaded, so he was never a real threat — but another office on the scene shot him anyway. And then Mader got fired.

Author: Joe Sexton
Source: ProPublica
Published: Nov 29, 2018
Length: 53 minutes (13,431 words)


Katie Meyler founded the More Than Me Academy in Liberia to educate girls and get them off the street. She also hired the man who would rape dozens of MTM’s 11 and 12 year old students, impregnating some and leaving others HIV positive.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 54 minutes (13,700 words)

The Child Abuse Contrarian

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare condition that may cause injuries that mimic child abuse. What are the chances that 100% of the allegedly abused children Dr. Michael Horlick sees have it?

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,810 words)