Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy discuss the astonishing criminal career of and epic manhunt for the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice is based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, and it provides a full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—from his upbringing to his crimes to his dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011, to his trial this year.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The AP story should be a reminder not only to journalists, but also to sources, that leaking information is increasingly complicated. Brooke talks with Nick Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, about ways people can safely turn information over to journalists. Weaver gave advice to sources in Wired this week.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Infectious disease specialist Kent Sepkowitz explains the science behind the current flu outbreak and how to avoid catching what's going around. Plus: Daily News columnist Juan Gonzales on his 25-year career; and the little-known history of South Asian immigrants in late 19th-Century America.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer talks about his investigative piece “How Homeland Security Has Spent $430 Million on Radios Its Employees Don’t Know How to Use.”
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Drugs, bribes, falsifying evidence, unjustified force and kickbacks present opportunities for cops to act like criminals. Robert Kane talks about his study of the nature and causes of police misconduct. To write the book Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department he and Michael White had unprecedented, complete access to the confidential files of NYPD officers who committed serious offenses, examining the cases of more than 1,500 NYPD officers over a 20-year period.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Errol Morris has been investigating one of the most notorious and mysterious murder cases of the 20th century, the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor. He was accused and convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and young daughters in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 1970. Morris’s new book A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald shows us that almost everything we have been told about the case is deeply unreliable. It’s a careful, thorough investigation that looks at the myth surrounding these murders, and is a meditation on truth and justice.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
For more than a year we’ve known about the New York Police Department’s controversial Demographics Unit, which in conjunction with the CIA has conducted surveillance of Muslim communities in the New York metro area. This week, we learned that in its six years of existence the unit has failed to produce a single lead or generate a terrorism investigation. Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, who were part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the story of the Demographics Unit, give us an update.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Full body X-ray scanners are now commonplace in airports across America. ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell tells us about a new report that has found that the U.S. government glossed over a number of safety concerns about the the devices—even ignoring concerns about a potential increased risk of cancer.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Charlie Ornstein and Tracy Weber, lead reporters of ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs project, relaunched this month, talk about their investigation into how much pharmaceutical companies are spending to train and ultimately influence doctors about their products. They discuss how much is being paid, why there are payments at all, the issues these payments raise, and how many doctors in New York City are getting money.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Joe McGinniss talks about his controversial investigation of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon. The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin is based on his on-the-ground reporting and looks into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to explain her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook, and influence.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Award-winning reporter Dana Priest investigates the top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, she writes that it has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Joseph Braude discusses his time embedded with a hardened unit of detectives in Casablanca who handle everything from busting al-Qaeda cells to solving homicides. The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World tells the story of a seemingly commonplace murder of a young guard at a warehouse. Braude’s pursuit of the truth behind the murder takes him from cosmopolitan Marrakesh to the Berber heartland, from the homes of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country to the backstreets of Casablanca.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Charlie Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica senior reporters, discuss medical societies and their financial ties to drug and medical device makers. Ornstein and Weber are the authors of the article "Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies to Drug and Device Makers," part of ProPublica's series Dollars for Doctors.
Monday, April 25, 2011
ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein, who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for “The Wall Street Money Machine,” talk about the series, which examined how some hedge funds and banks worsened the financial crisis while making a hefty profit for themselves. It’s ProPublica’s second Pulitzer in only its third year of publishing investigations, and it’s the first Pulitzer to be awarded to a group of stories that were never published in print.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
On the Media host Bob Garfield discusses the 10-year anniversary of the WNYC show On the Media, how technology has transformed the media landscape in the last decade, and what we can expect going forward. He’ll also talk about On The Media’s project Blow The Whistle, a collaboration with Government Accountability Project to uncover the identity of the senator who last December put an anonymous hold on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (Bill S.372), essentially killing it at the last minute.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman discusses "Post Mortem," a collaborative investigation by Frontline, ProPublica, and NPR that discovered a dysfunctional autopsy system with few standards and little oversight. Errors by coroners and forensic pathologists have allowed potentially guilty perpetrators to go free and the innocent to be accused of crimes they didn’t commit. "Post Mortem" airs February 1, on PBS at 9 pm.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Mark Benjamin, Salon.com's national correspondent and the reporter who first brought the abuses at Arlington National Cemetery to light, discusses how his year-long investigation culminated in both the firing of the top two officials at the cemetery as well as an ongoing Senate investigation. An Army investigation recently found gross negligence at the nation's most well-known cemetery—including over 6,000 misidentified graves, bodies interred on top of each other, and remains found in, what was assumed to be, an empty grave.