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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Gang Affiliates Wound Up Hired as Jail Guards

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the last year, the Department of Investigation has arrested or referred for discipline 23 Rikers staff members. Commissioner Mark Peters explains what's wrong with the system.

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The Takeaway

How Israel Fuels a Black Market for Organs

Monday, August 18, 2014

A mixture of religious law and cultural practices have led many Israelis to reject organ donation, creating a desperate market of patients who will do anything for a transplantable organ.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Did Chicago Police Coerce Witnesses?

Friday, August 08, 2014

New Yorker staff writer Nicholas Schmidle looks into whether the Chicago police coerced witnesses into implicating a man for a murder he didn’t commit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Global Market for Human Organs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tracking and fighting the illegal global trade in human flesh.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

After Visiting Friends: Michael Hainey on Investigating His Father's Death

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door with the news that Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his father’s death would obsess Michael into adulthood, so he set out to learn what happened that night. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, is the tale of that quest and what he uncovered.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taking on Herbalife

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman is on a quest to bring down the nutritional supplement company Herbalife, which he calls a pyramid scheme. We take a look into his questionable methods and how Latino advocacy groups got involved.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frontline's “To Catch a Trader”

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Frontline correspondent Martin Smith talks about his documentary “To Catch a Trader,” which goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading. It draws on video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders. "To Catch a Trader" is airing January 7 at 10 pm on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Terry Lenzner, the Investigator

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major legal battles. At the Justice Department in 1964, he investigated the murder of three civil rights workers. As a counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, Lenzner investigated Nixon and followed the money trail that led to the Watergate burglary and cover-up; he was the first person to deliver a congressional subpoena to a sitting U.S. president. He helped identify the Unabomber, investigated the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death, and cleared Hugo Chavez of false corruption charges. In his memoir, The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth, he tells stories from his varied career and high-profile cases for the first time.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the quest for truth and justice following the storm. As floodwaters rose, the power failed, the heat climbed, and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately hastened the deaths of some patients. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the culmination of six years of reporting. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Life and Death in Assisted Living"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Frontline correspondent and ProPublica reporter A. C. Thompson discusses “Life and Death in Assisted Living,” a yearlong Frontline investigation in collaboration with ProPublica that explores the multi-billion dollar assisted living industry—and asks whether one of America's largest assisted living companies may be putting the lives of our loved ones at risk. “Life and Death in Assisted Living” premieres July 30, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Assisted Living; Richard Russo's Memoir of His Mother; Mystery, Revenge, and Cheese; YouTube and the Media

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A. C. Thompson talks about his year-long investigation into a multi-billion-dollar assisted-living company. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo on his complex relationship with his mother. Then, the story of a man who was lured to Spain by a famous cheese and its mysterious history. Plus, a look at what’s happened to YouTube since it was bought by Google in 2006, and whether the site could help transform entertainment.

The Leonard Lopate Show

An Unsolved Mystery on Long Island

Monday, July 22, 2013

In early 2011, the bodies of four young women were discovered in the brush off Ocean Parkway on Long Island, setting off an investigation into who they were and who killed them. All four women were petite and in their 20s and they all advertised as escorts on Craigslist and Backpage. Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker tells the story of these unsolved murders. In Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, he reveals who these women were, looks at the shadow world of escorts in the Internet age, and writes about the police investigation.

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The Takeaway

Self-made Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Investigated by Justice Department

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One of the Republican party's largest financial backers, multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is under investigation. What this means for the Romney campaign and the man considered by some to be the most influential investor of our time.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics

Friday, May 25, 2012

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Two Insiders on the Dark Side of American Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.

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Schoolbook

More Arrests in SAT Cheating Investigation

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ten students accused of cheating on the SAT on Long Island turned themselves in, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said, and three more arrests are expected.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Knowing What They Know

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors in New Jersey are now investigating whether some smartphone applications are illegally grabbing or transmit your personal information without the proper disclosure. It’s an issue that came up during Leonard’s discussions with WSJ editor Julia Angwin in August 2010 and last month.

The online music service Pandora is one of the companies that has received a subpoena, but the WSJ tested 101 apps and found that 56 of them were transmitting information about the device without the user’s consent.

Do you think that you’ll change the way you use your smartphone? Will you cut back on the apps you use on your iPhone or Droid? Should information gathering be a criminal offense? Let us know what you think in the comments section below

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The Takeaway

Commission: BP, Transocean, Halliburton to Blame for Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Last November, we reported on a commission appointed by the president to investigate the causes of last summer's BP oil disaster. At the time, the commission said there was really no one to blame for the accident. However, the commission's final findings contradict that early sentiment, saying the accident could have been avoided.

 

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The Takeaway

Who's To Blame For The Gulf Oil Spill? Maybe Nobody

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Obama's commission to investigate the causes of the Gulf oil spill revealed their results yesterday, and it seems that they couldn't find anyone specifically to blame. Fred Bartlit, lead counsel on the investigation, said "We have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety." While the commission says it agrees "90 percent" with BP's own report on the explosion and spill — does the public need someone to blame for all of this?

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WNYC News

City Doles Out Thousands in Benefits to Dead City Workers

Monday, September 27, 2010

The pension fund that serves retired New York City workers continued to make payments to at least 14 beneficiaries, even after they died, and those payments were received by living persons not entitled to the money, according City Comptroller John Liu.

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