Kafka in Vegas

Fred Steese served more than 20 years in prison for the murder of a Vegas circus performer even though evidence proved he didn’t do it. When the truth came to light, he was offered a confounding deal: he could go free, but only if he agreed to remain a convicted killer.


Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them?

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.