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Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia  

Since President Donald Trump took office, we’ve heard plenty about Russia. Some have said tensions with the country could lead to conflict – even another world war. In this podcast special, Al Letson talks to former top NATO commander Richard Shirreff, who spells out these fears – which are very real for him – in … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia

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Richard Spencer’s cotton farms  

On this episode of Reveal, three stories of men are at the center of controversy.   He’s been punched on the streets of Washington, D.C., and kicked out of a major conservative political gathering, and yet white nationalist Richard Spencer has left Montana to set up shop in the nation’s capital. What does he have … Continue reading Richard Spencer’s cotton farms

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The smuggler  

In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country.   Then one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So … Continue reading The smuggler

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Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America  

This week, Reveal host Al Letson speaks to Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. Usually, Gorka is sent out by the White House to discuss threats outside the U.S. In this special podcast, he and Al discuss domestic issues. Gorka talks a lot about the backbone of America, “real Americans” and the people … Continue reading Al Letson Reveals: Sebastian Gorka on America

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Up against the wall  

President Donald Trump wants to build a wall between America and Mexico. Hundreds of miles of border fence are already in place, but most of the nearly 2,000-mile stretch is uncovered. This episode of Reveal explores the political, logistical and geographic barriers that may get in the way of the president’s plans. Head over to … Continue reading Up against the wall

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Al Letson Reveals: Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall  

Many people have strong feelings about President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is among the most outspoken. In this podcast special, host Al Letson digs into whether Fox doesn’t like the wall – or the new U.S. president. Watch for F-bombs.

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The religious freedom loophole  

America was built on the idea of protecting religious liberty. But what happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to make money, skirt rules or hurt children? We revisit an hour of Reveal that explores the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole. Head over to … Continue reading The religious freedom loophole

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School haze  

Across the country, thousands of public schools are within 500 feet of pollution-choked roads like highways and truck routes. Next time on Reveal, we investigate the high levels of exhaust surrounding U.S. schools and how the bad air is affecting the millions of children who are breathing it in. Head over to revealnews.org for more … Continue reading School haze

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In Sickness and in Health  

John Williams Jr.’s life changed irrevocably in 2014 when he was in a horrific crane accident while working at a VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Williams, an experienced crane operator, lost part of his skull, his vision and his independence. He suffered severe brain damage that left him with the mental capacity of a child. Wanda, his wife of almost … Continue reading In Sickness and in Health

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Deadly waters  

The U.S. Navy spends tens of billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships. But how safe are the shipyards where that work is done? Reveal investigates how lax safety has been allowed to persist at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. The hour also will explore one of the newest warships in the … Continue reading Deadly waters

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Trial by fire  

In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and sent to prison for life – but were they innocent? Reveal investigates problems in the case and whether federal agents pressured witnesses to lie. This month, one of the defendants will make his … Continue reading Trial by fire

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Split down the middle  

At a time when Donald Trump is assuming leadership of a divided nation, Reveal heads to Jacksonville, Florida, one of the most divided cities in America. We look at policing, immigration, education and other issues through the eyes of people with very different perspectives and find out that residents here are not on the same … Continue reading Split down the middle

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Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system  

This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the man she says abused her decades earlier. Reporter Tennessee Watson was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid. Over 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account … Continue reading Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

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Water wars  

Next to the air we breathe, it’s the planet’s most precious resource: fresh water. And it’s disappearing. The world’s largest food company describes the lack of water as a looming catastrophe that is expected to play out in the coming decades. In this episode of Reveal, we look at what’s happening in places that already … Continue reading Water wars

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America’s digital dumping ground  

You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets? They might not end up where you expect. Next time on Reveal, environmentalists follow the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs. Help us hold the powerful accountable and speak for the most vulnerable. Please go … Continue reading America’s digital dumping ground

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The year in Reveal  

This year on Reveal, we’ve dug into issues that affect people’s lives across the country. We told stories about worker abuse, toxic schools, women’s sports and private prisons. So we decided to round out this season with something different: This hour, we look back at stories you, our listeners, told us were the most memorable. … Continue reading The year in Reveal

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The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks  

Our holiday gift to you is a story we first brought you back in May. It touches on corrupt politicians and keeping the public in the dark. Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with this year’s election. In fact, this story takes us back more than 40 years. Consider this show a trip with … Continue reading The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies and leaks

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Turbulent times, turbulent skies  

On this episode of Reveal, we explore the backstory of Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Plus, just in time for the holidays, we take a look at some real travel nightmares and the airlines that cause them.

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Secrets of the Watchtower  

For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy. The religion’s leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view. On the next Reveal, we track down people who know the … Continue reading Secrets of the Watchtower

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If you can’t afford a lawyer  

If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you – that’s how it’s supposed to work. But in New Orleans, the lawyer in charge of representing poor people accused of crimes is saying no. His office doesn’t have enough money or time to do a good job, he says, so he’s refusing … Continue reading If you can’t afford a lawyer

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