Reveal

Tuesdays at 7pm

We've heard the news, but we want to know what really happened. That's what the Peabody Award-winning Reveal brings to WCMU each week. The goal is to find out what's going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view. Produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Reveal presents original work from CIR's team, along with various partners. 

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Hate in the homeland

Jun 7, 2019

The mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the killing of activist Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, are reminders that hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S. This episode surveys the state of the hate movement in America, tracing how it has evolved since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and looking ahead to 2020. The first segment includes a discussion with Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University who’s been studying efforts to de-platform hate sites on the web.

To the ends of the Earth

May 30, 2019

In our first story, we take listeners to a place where no human has been before. Reporter Carolyn Beeler boards an icebreaker to sail along the face of Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier. If Thwaites collapses, it could cause 2 feet of global sea level rise. But glaciologists fear the consequences could also be much worse: Thwaites may be holding back the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, almost like a cork in a wine bottle. If it crumbles into the ocean, the results could be catastrophic.

The City – Revealed

May 20, 2019

This episode originally aired Dec. 22, 2018. This episode tells the story of a mysterious illegal dump in a Chicago neighborhood that grew to be six stories high and spanned an area equal to 13 football fields. It took years for the dump to be cleaned up. Even then, neighborhood residents were angry and felt used when it was revealed that the dump was cover for a federal investigation into political corruption in the city.

The Unpaid Cost of Elder Care

May 17, 2019

As the population of Americans over 65 rises, families increasingly are choosing to place loved ones in long-term assisted care facilities called residential care homes. With around-the-clock caregivers and individualized attention in a single-family-home setting, these smaller, more intimate alternatives to the traditional nursing home seem like the perfect place for Mom or Grandpa. They're more affordable, too. But that affordability masks an ugly truth: Workers doing the day-to-day work of caring for America's older adults are being exploited.

When Tasers Fail

May 9, 2019

Tasers are on the duty belt of nearly every American police officer. Their manufacturer, Axon Enterprise Inc., has long promoted the device as extremely effective at helping police resolve dangerous situations without using their guns. But a yearlong investigation by APM Reports shows Tasers are often less effective than the company has claimed. And just as Tasers can save lives when they subdue suspects, when they don’t, the outcome can be deadly. In Vermont we explore what happened when police using Tasers failed to subdue a mentally ill man.

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