On The Media

Word Watch: Whistleblower

Friday, February 13, 2015

Brooke explores the history of the word "whistleblower," from its sporting origins to pejorative to description of courage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why a Potential New Cancer Treatment Was Covered Up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What led a science writer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to expose a cover-up involving a potentially promising experimental cancer therapy.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How GM Silenced a Safety Inspector

Monday, June 23, 2014

A lifelong employee blew the whistle on dangerous safety lapses in company vehicles - and became a former employee. Did his sacrifice make lasting change?

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Intelligence Squared US

Was Snowden Justified?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.


On The Media

The Kill Team

Friday, April 26, 2013

In a new documentary, The Kill Team, director Dan Krauss tells the story of the group of US soldiers convicted of murdering unarmed Afghan civilians. The documentary looks at the roles played by not one, but two soldier-whistleblowers. Krauss talks to Bob about the moral ambiguities of the story and the difficulty of doing the right thing in a war zone.

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On The Media

A Warning to Whistleblowers

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bradley Manning still faces the charge of 'aiding the enemy.' Though that charge can carry the death penalty, the government has said it won't seek it. Brooke spoke with Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler who says that a conviction on that charge would still set a chilling precedent for future whistleblowers. 


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On The Media

A New Whistleblower Law

Friday, November 30, 2012

In 2010, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was killed when a mystery Senator placed what’s called a secret hold on the bill. On the Media partnered with the Government Accountability Project and our listeners to find out who was behind killing the bill. This week, a new version of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was finally signed into law. Tom Devine, director for the Government Accountability Project, talks to Bob about what the new law does to protect whistleblowers and where it is lacking.

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On The Media

A Stolen Face, The Leveson Report, and More

Friday, November 30, 2012

A tragic case of mistaken identity, the conclusion of the Leveson Inquiry, and whistleblowers rejoice!

The Brian Lehrer Show

The NYPD Tapes: New Internal Report

Friday, March 09, 2012

Graham Rayman, staff writer for the Village Voice, discusses a report from the NYPD on allegations made by whistle-blower Adrian Schoolcraft, and what the internal investigation found about practices at one NYPD precinct. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Addiction Incorporated

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In 1994, scientist Victor DeNoble became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry's efforts to manufacture "a maximally addictive" product. Director Charles Evans, Jr., tells his story in the documentary “Addiction Incorporated.” The film opens in New York on December 14 at Film Forum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Blood Feud

Friday, December 09, 2011

Kathleen Sharp details the bitter war between pharmaceutical giants Amgen and Johnson & Johnson, and their attempts to push a “miracle” drug by using financial kickbacks to doctors, bribes and Medicare fraud, and using patients as guinea pigs. In Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever she tells the story of Mark Duxbury, a J&J sales rep who became a whistleblower. The case is now unfolding in a federal court.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Update on the Thomas Drake Case

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Back in May, we spoke to The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer about her article, “The Secret Sharer” as part of our Backstory series. Mayer’s article discussed the case of former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake who is facing charges of violating the 1917 Espionage Act as part of the Obama Administration's efforts to crack down on national security leaks.

In today’s Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima reports that the government has withdrawn some of the documents that Drake had been accused of leaking to a Baltimore Sun reporter. Legal experts say that this weakens the government's case.

UPDATE: on Friday, June 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Thomas Drake will plead guilty to the unauthorized use of a government computer, a misdemeanor offense. The government will drop the rest of the charges.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whistleblower Project Results

Friday, April 01, 2011

What we found out, was the hold was placed because of a secret request from the Republican House leadership.

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC’s On the Media on the Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

Score One For Transparency

Saturday, January 29, 2011

On December 22nd, hours before the end of the 111th congressional session, a Senator used a ‘secret hold’ to stall a piece of legislation called the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, that had previously passed both the Senate and the House, and had made its way back to the Senate for reconciliation. The bill would have strengthened protections for whistleblowers who face reprisals from their employers for exposing government malfeasance. Since the hold was placed so close to the end of the congressional session, it effectively killed the bill, which will need to be reintroduced in this new session if it is to become law.

But not all hope is lost. This past Thursday, as part of a series of reform votes meant to ease Senate gridlock, the Senate voted 92-4 to make new rules governing the secret hold, making the practice significantly harder.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Blow the Whistle!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, discusses the show's crowdsourcing project Blow the Whistle!, which aims to out the senator who put an anonymous hold on the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

WikiLeaks: Iraq War Logs

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Simon Rogers, news editor and editor of The Guardian Datablog and Datastore, discusses the latest WikiLeaks document release and what the data from the Iraq war documents tell us. 

The Guardian's map of deaths drawn from data in the WikiLeaks documents is below.

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The Takeaway

The Risks of Speaking Out About Wall Street's Risk-Taking

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Not many people on Wall Street were willing to speak out about the excessive risks that they saw on Wall Street as the financial meltdown began. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for our partner, The New York Times, tells the stories of two men who pointed out the risks they saw, and paid the price for it.


On Being

Coleen Rowley and Tim McGuire — Work and Conscience [remix]

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley and syndicated columnist Tim McGuire.In May 2002, Rowley wrote a now-famous 13-page let