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Reveal: Day Care Records, Foreign Exchange Scams, and Scandal at the EPA

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Listen to this episode of Reveal:

- Saturday, February 7 at 6am on 93.9FM and NJPR
- Saturday, February 7 at 2pm on AM 820
- Saturday, February 7 at 9pm on NJPR
- Sunday, February 8 at 8pm on AM 820

In this episode of Reveal, learn about an investigation into the murkiness that surrounds day care records in the country. State inspection reports are public record, but accessing them is still a problem for many parents. More than a dozen states don’t post these records online. Meet one family who could have benefited from seeing these records much earlier.

If you’re wondering if your state puts its day care inspection records online, the Reveal team has put together an easy way to help you find out: You can search by state or look at a map of the U.S. to see how the states compare. 

The second segment brings to life this this old adage: “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know.” For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been sitting on information about the serious health risks that certain toxic chemicals pose. The agency’s job is to protect public health and the environment, so why haven’t we heard a peep about these concerns? Lawmakers and industry groups opposed to new regulations on toxic chemicals have found a way to keep the EPA mum. The Center for Public Integrity uncovers a strategy of delays that has been remarkably successful for those standing in the way of public health.

Then, a look into the fake and fraudulent world of a 21st century boiler room scam. David Evans, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets, reveals a foreign exchange scam that leveraged the Internet to rake in billions of dollars from victims all over the world. All these fraudsters had to do was wait for potential investors to search and land on their site.

Lastly, a trip south of the border, where we get a glimpse into the growing surrogacy industry in Mexico. Discover what can go wrong when one of the biggest players in the baby game abruptly closes up shop.