Open Burns, Ill Winds

An in-depth report on how munitions plants across America continue to irresponsibly dispose of bomb and bullet waste by “open burning.” The practice, banned 30 years ago, still takes place nearly every day under a permit loophole, putting millions of pounds of toxic chemicals and pollutants into the air, essentially poisoning residents and the environment.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jul 20, 2017
Length: 38 minutes (9,692 words)

How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico

The inside story of a cartel’s deadly assault on a Mexican town near the Texas border — and the U.S. drug operation that sparked it.


Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 12, 2017
Length: 38 minutes (9,500 words)

Kafka in Vegas

Despite a judge’s proclamation of of convict Fred Steese’s innocence, in light of new evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, the state offered him a bizarre deal called an Alford plea: go free, but remain a convicted felon.

Author: Megan Rose
Source: ProPublica
Published: May 26, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,225 words)

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

MacGillis talks to white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt, many of whom voted for Democrats in previous elections, but decided to vote for Trump in 2016.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Nov 10, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,437 words)

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

The United States’ long, bleak history of poor whites and their troubles can help us understand how we’ve arrived at our current moment of political and social unrest in this country.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Aug 5, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,715 words)


Law enforcement across the U.S. use $2 kits to test for drug possession while out on the field, despite evidence showing that the tests routinely produce false positives. The effect on the lives of the falsely accused and convicted can be devastating.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jul 7, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7,261 words)

The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime

An investigation into the aggressive use of nuisance abatement actions by the NYPD in New York City.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb 4, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6,956 words)

An Unbelievable Story of Rape

“Two and a half years after Marie was branded a liar, Lynnwood police found her, south of Seattle, and told her the news: Her rapist had been arrested in Colorado. They gave her an envelope with information on counseling for rape victims. They said her record would be expunged. And they handed her $500, a refund of her court costs. Marie broke down, experiencing, all at once, shock, relief and anger.” An investigation by ProPublica and The Marshall Project.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 17, 2015
Length: 48 minutes (12,188 words)

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Mismanagement, a lack of expertise, and “a cycle of overhead” leads to a massive failure in Haiti.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 3, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,658 words)

How Police Failed to Stop Former NFL Star Darren Sharper’s Cross-Country Rape Spree

An investigation into how authorities’ failure to communicate with each other and properly assess victims and rape kits led Sharper to continue assaulting women.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 8, 2015
Length: 38 minutes (9,586 words)