Killing the Colorado

An investigation into why the West is running out of water.

  1. Holy Crop

    The labyrinth of policies that reward Arizona farmers for growing cotton, which uses six times as much water as lettuce and 60 percent more than wheat.

  2. The ‘Water Witch’

    The woman who found the water to keep Las Vegas growing, for better or worse.

  3. Use It or Lose It

    How a century-old water deal is encouraging waste and worsening the drought.

  4. End of the Miracle Machines

    How the achievement of moving water comes at an enormous cost to the environment.

  5. Less Than Zero

    Ground water and surface water stores are interconnected. But we count them twice.

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.