Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan appears in the following:

Reexamining the one-sided history depicted on markers in the U.S.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Historical markers from the Atlantic through the Midwest tell a classic American tale of innocent white settlers killed by Native Americans. Many of the markers only tell half the story.


A historical marker in Alabama unearths a long-forgotten cold case

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Historical Markers in the US are fascinating, sometimes wrong, sometimes offensive and cruel. But they also have the power to unlock secrets, like those of a long forgotten Civil Rights cold case.


A historic road marker tells the story of a forgotten murder

Monday, April 22, 2024

Historical markers have been used to spread hate — with racist language, ideas and intent. They also have been able to unlock secrets — even from a long-forgotten murder in rural Alabama.


A century-long effort to recast the Civil War

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Most corners of the country harbor old or erroneous markers of some kind. An NPR investigation examines the proliferation of Confederate markers and a century-long effort to recast the Civil War.


Congress tightens U.S. manufacturing rules after battery technology ends up in China

Monday, January 30, 2023

The Department of Energy allowed a taxpayer-funded breakthrough in batteries to transfer overseas with little oversight


Recycling plastic is practically impossible — and the problem is getting worse

Monday, October 24, 2022

A new report from Greenpeace found that people may be putting plastic into recycling bins — but almost none of it is actually being recycled. Meanwhile, plastic production is ramping up.


The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Taxpayers spent $15 million on research to build a breakthrough battery. Then the U.S. government gave it to China.


California is investigating Big Oil for allegedly misleading the public on recycling

Thursday, April 28, 2022

California's attorney general is investigating oil and gas companies for allegedly deceiving the public that most plastic can be recycled, citing NPR and PBS Frontline's investigation of the industry.


In Washington, the last employees at the Afghan embassy work until the lights go off

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C., was once a symbol of a new Afghanistan. Now, the few staffers left refuse to serve the Taliban and are racing to help as many refugees as they can.


White House Declassifies FBI Report Detailing Saudi Nationals' Connections To 9/11

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Biden administration has declassified a secret FBI report that links some of the 9/11 hijackers to Saudi nationals living in the United States.


Biden Declassifies Secret FBI Report Detailing Saudi Nationals' Connections To 9/11

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The families of 9/11 victims say the FBI document validates their claim that Saudi Arabia played a role in the attacks.


Families Of 9/11 Victims May Get Answers When Classified Government Records Release

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Families of 9/11 victims may get some answers this week about what the U.S. government knows about the attack. Some believe secrets documents could point the finger at Saudi government officials.


Hospitals Serving The Poor Struggled During COVID. Wealthy Hospitals Made Millions

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The financial gap between wealthy hospitals and safety-net hospitals, which take everyone who walks through their doors, has widened during the pandemic, an NPR and PBS Frontline investigation found.


How the Petrochemical Industry Made the Public Responsible for Plastic Waste

Friday, March 12, 2021

Mostly, by telling us to recycle, even though it has known for decades that plastic recycling rarely works. 

Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Oil and gas companies make enough pellets each year to fill a stadium several times over. The oil industry has long known it has a pellet pollution problem, but that's not what it told the public.


Trump Stokes Fear In The Suburbs, But Few Low-Income Families Ever Make It There

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

President Trump is appealing to suburban voters by promising they won't have to live near affordable housing. But 50 years after the Fair Housing Act, the truth is housing remains deeply segregated.


How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

Friday, September 11, 2020

An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.


Much Of The Stimulus Aid Sent To States Hasn't Gone Where It's Needed Most

Monday, June 08, 2020

Much of the billions in federal aid that was sent to states to help with the pandemic's economic fallout didn't go where it was most needed, leaving some hard hit areas struggling with little support.


D.C. Protests Against Police Violence Draw Massive Crowds

Sunday, June 07, 2020

We check in on what happened Saturday with protests against racism and police brutality.


Banks Rake In $17 Billion In Fees For Small Business Relief Program

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Money has reached more small businesses during the second round of the relief program. But the banks still made the most, earning more than $17 billion in fees.