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Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

When Carmen Segarra was hired to examine Goldman Sachs for the New York Fed, she bought a small recorder and began taping her meetings. Here is what she found before she was fired.

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Intelligence Gap

How a Chinese national, with the help of a suspected spy, disappeared with laptops and hard drives that may have contained sensitive information from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.


Ghosts of Greenwood

A reporter encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi.


Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

For many, the answer from the state is “yes.” An investigation into what legally determines a person’s ability to parent.


Segregation Now

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Southern schools have been resegregated.


Failing the Fallen

There are 45,000 service members missing in action from WWII and other wars who experts say are recoverable. Last year, the U.S. brought home 60 of them.


Temporary Work, Lasting Harm

Asphyxiation, heavy machinery accidents and heat stroke–the dangers of America’s temporary workforce.


Sex, Lies and HIV

On the criminalization of nondisclosure.


Use Only as Directed

During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.


The Expendables

The plight of temporary workers in America.


How an Accused Guatemalan War Criminal Won U.S., Canadian Citizenship

A California martial arts instructor’s secret past.

Previously: Finding Oscar

Death Takes a Policy

How a Rhode Island lawyer named Joseph Caramadre made millions by exploiting the life insurance industry’s fine print.


Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

No, but for security software companies it’s a useful fiction.


Finding Oscar

A man living in the Boston suburbs learns he could be one of the only survivors of a 1982 massacre in Guatemala.


Why Can’t Linda Carswell Get Her Husband’s Heart Back?

How a Texas woman pushed for autopsy reform.

Clinical autopsies, once commonplace in American hospitals, have become an increasing rarity and are conducted in just 5 percent of hospital deaths. Grief-stricken families like the Carswells desperately want the answers that an autopsy can provide. But they often do not know their rights in dealing with either coroners or medical examiners, who investigate unnatural deaths, or health-care providers, who delve into natural ones.


The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

An investigation by ProPublica, PBS Frontline and NPR has found that medical examiners and coroners have repeatedly mishandled cases of infant and child deaths, helping to put innocent people behind bars.

Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon

In January 2009, a U.S. platoon came under rocket attack in Iraq. Two years later, how the event changed the soldiers’ lives.


The Real CSI

A year-long investigation of America’s coroners and medical examiners reveals a deeply flawed, deeply troubling system.


The Man Behind Mumbai

An investigation into Lashkar-i-Taiba, the group behind the 2008 Mumbai massacre, and why Pakistani authorities has not arrested their leaders.


Dollars for Docs

When it comes to representing pharmaceutical companies, a doctor’s medical record is far less important than his or her ability to sell.


The Magnetar Trade

A recent episode of This American Life was put together by reporters from Pro Publica based on this original reporting about the the bubble-profiteering hedge fund Magnetar.