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From prisons to protests, immigration to the environment, Peabody Award-winning Reveal goes deep into the pressing issues of our times. The Atlantic says “the experience of each episode is akin to a spoonful of sugar, even when it’s telling a story about Richard Spencer’s cotton farms or a man’s final days as a heroin addict.” Reveal is a project of The Center for Investigative Reporting and is co-produced with PRX. The show is hosted by Al Letson and partners with reporters and newsrooms around the world, including The Washington Post, ProPublica, APM, The Marshall Project and The Investigative Fund. Reveal is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won many broadcast journalism awards, including a duPont and three national Emmys.
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For decades, work-based rehabs have spread across the country. No one knows how many are out there, so we counted them ourselves. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
One man’s journey into Cenikor leads to almost two years of backbreaking labor. The program will change him. But can it help Chris Koon with his addiction? Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Before sunrise, a line of passenger vans heads to job sites across Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cenikor didn't want to show us where they were sending rehab participants to work. So we followed the vans to find out. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Cenikor rises from the ashes, thanks to the inventor of NFL football pads, the war on drugs and the endorsement of an American president. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
He’s a liar, a killer and a wannabe country music singer. Luke Austin finds Synanon in prison and borrows from its philosophy to create Cenikor. But graft and violence nearly destroy it. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
After amassing a small fortune, Synanon’s megalomaniac leader turns the revolutionary rehab into a violent cult, with mass sterilization, a paramilitary group and a rattlesnake in a mailbox. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Cenikor’s bizarre form of rehab has its roots in Synanon: a revolutionary rehab that started in the 1950s on a California beach. Its charismatic leader, Charles Dederich, mesmerized the nation by claiming to have developed a cure for drug addiction. The program became a phenomenon and quickly spread across the country. But soon, Dederich wanted to profit off its success, and this “miracle” began to change.   Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Penny Rawlings is relieved to finally get her brother into rehab at a place called Cenikor. She doesn’t realize that getting him out of treatment is going to be the bigger problem.  This is the first chapter in Reveal’s American Rehab series, exposing how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid shadow workforce. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
An Old Hate Goes Viral

An Old Hate Goes Viral

2020-07-0116:574

Since the coronavirus started spreading in the United States, members of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community have been verbally assaulted, coughed at and spit on, and even physically attacked. This is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga of hate and racism spreading alongside a public health crisis.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
The Trump years have seen an increase in domestic terrorist attacks linked by hateful ideologies that thrive online. Reveal teams up with Type Investigations to track each case and determine what the government has done to fight them. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Unrepentant

Unrepentant

2020-06-2051:106

Despite revelations of clergy sex abuse and promises of transparency, a prominent Jesuit university does little to punish priests who cross the line.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
The federal government’s early failures to manage the coronavirus shifted a heavy burden to local officials. We look at how decision-makers in two states, California and Florida, found their way to shutdown and beyond.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
The Uprising

The Uprising

2020-06-0649:004

As Americans take to the streets, we hear from the person prosecuting the police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing. We also hear from protesters around the country and remember the history of policing in black communities.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Home School

Home School

2020-05-3051:141

Online learning works only if you can get online. Why tens of thousands of families are still caught on the wrong side of the digital divide. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Reproducing Racism

Reproducing Racism

2020-05-2350:5911

As racial disparities in health come into the spotlight amid COVID-19, we explore how the legacy of racism affects maternal health in the U.S. Plus, we hear from doctors working hard to turn things around. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
After the housing bust, a group of men profited by destroying the American dream of homeownership for hundreds of thousands of families. On Reveal, we learn how these Homewreckers did it and expose how that’s putting our economy at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This episode originally was broadcast Oct. 19, 2019. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
(Un)protected

(Un)protected

2020-05-0951:233

At a time when America is relying on health care workers more than ever, we look at why there’s not enough protective gear to keep them safe.  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
As the pandemic sends more people online looking for entertainment, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits.  This episode originally was broadcast Aug. 3, 2019. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
Protesters around the country are pushing to loosen stay-at-home orders, even though health experts say that could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, some Amazon workers say not enough is being done to protect them. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
The Cost of COVID-19

The Cost of COVID-19

2020-04-1850:042

Can the biggest stimulus in modern U.S. history stave off home foreclosures, save businesses and prevent the worst economic crash since the Great Depression?  Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today.
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Curtis Miles

Oh boi... This episode is so relevant today. W😲W

Aug 13th
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sirenasd

I don't know if it's better that the MAGA nation listen to this show (or actual journalism in general) or if the trolling proves that confirmation bias nullifies any educational value for them.

Jul 26th
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Kay Kolesnyk

It's so great to listen to this episode when Oleg is free

Jun 9th
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Christopher Band

mostly a rerun episode

Apr 26th
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sirenasd

Octavia Butler!!

Apr 19th
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Rebecca Mullins

Loving the name of the episode! Gotta appreciate a good pun when you see one!

Mar 14th
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Ann Perkins

This doesn't just affect our Veterans it affects poor middle and upper class people

Mar 9th
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Rebecca MA

Jenifer speaks in such a clear and concise way. Such a great episode on such a grave issue.

Feb 26th
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Angela Johnson

the first time I've ever cried while listening to a podcast. WOW that was powerful.

Feb 21st
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Foreverlee

Thank you for covering so many angles of an issue that most of us take for granted; due to a lack of knowledge and understanding. Absolutely loved it.

Feb 18th
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Jeff Comstock Sr.

Why didn't the reported say anything before the hearing!? Infuriating

Feb 16th
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Chase Pipes

love your show.,.. but did not really enjoy this... not a fan of dramatization... but you guys do you! I Love your work either way!

Jan 23rd
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Alee M

this man Keith is obviously embarrassed. besides that did you ever think perhaps his mind has changed somewhat because of what al has done for him? EVERYONE who uses or promotes violence in the name of peace is part of the problem. if there is ever as many antfas as there was Nazis then they will do the same things. the difference is not morals it's power.

Jan 21st
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#Royalebleu

#recommend

Dec 31st
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Rebecca Mullins

"Of Felicia's 6 kids, Isaiah falls right in the middle." ?????????

Dec 3rd
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Tyler Foss

what kind of trauma did his victim he robbed at gunpoint go through? I'm sure he didn't know it wasn't a real gun. how about the person he stole the vehicle from? or do victims not matter anymore?

Dec 1st
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sirenasd

OMG it's time for a boycott of Amazon.

Nov 24th
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Tomas Kostelec

Excellent investigative reporting! So engaging to listen, and simplified to understand the story.

Oct 23rd
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John Craig Reilly

great podcast 👍

Oct 19th
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Brian Beckett

Head ripping machine for Brandi!!! Gotta go gotta gooo

Sep 14th
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