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)

The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World

“Climate change is propelling enormous human migrations as it transforms global agriculture and remakes the world order — and no country stands to gain more than Russia.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 16, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,277 words)

Tethered to the Machine

“For years, JaMarcus Crews tried to get a new kidney, but corporate healthcare stood in the way. He needed dialysis to stay alive. He couldn’t miss a session, not even during a pandemic.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Dec 15, 2020
Length: 31 minutes (7,785 words)

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)