Sunday Special

A selection of some of the best documentary and independent productions that public radio has to offer.

Pumped on Trump

Jan 28, 2016

Rallying for Trump in Sin City

Reporter Katharine Mieszkowski hops on a plane to Nevada to attend a Donald Trump rally at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. To experience the event the way supporters do, she made sure to stand in the eye of the storm. She navigates herself through a sea thick with Trump supporters and records what she hears there in the middle of the crowd.

You will hear tense events unfold as protesters disrupt the rally and are thrown out by security.

One mother’s quest to put a cap on toxic tap water

What do you do when the water’s not safe to drink, bathe in or even swim in?

Lee Anne Walters, a mother of four who lived on the south side of Flint, Michigan, turned to bottled water. That’s right – store-bought bottles and jugs of water used for everything from cooking to brushing teeth.

She took those extreme measures after her kids started getting sick.

Cat Fight

Jan 15, 2016

How cruelty killed the bobcat

You’ve probably never seen a bobcat.

It’s an elusive creature that’s about two to three times the size of a house cat – a feline with distinctive spotted fur that’s coveted around the world.

In many states in the U.S., it’s legal to trap and kill bobcats, a native and abundant wild feline. It’s also legal to capture the cats with steel-jaw traps – tools so hazardous and indiscriminate that they’ve been banned in more than 80 countries.

Business is booming for staffing agencies across the country – the temporary jobs sector is one of our fastest-growing industries in terms of employment. But there's another side to the temp world: a blatant system of racial discrimination that evokes practices of America's pre-civil rights era. This hour of Reveal will explore this type of discrimination and look at how it’s affecting people around the country. We begin in Tennessee with two sisters, born in Russia, who ended up recruiting workers for a temp agency.

Reveal Weekly Generic Promos

Dec 16, 2015

Generic promo #1: Al Letson, host of Reveal.
"We bring you the best investigative reporting: true stories with impact over the airwaves, every single week. Reveal, because there's always more to the story."

Generic promo #2: Al Letson, host of Reveal.
"True stories that affect your world, every week on Reveal....Because there's always more to the story, on Reveal."

Generic promo #3: Al Letson, host of Reveal.
"We peel back layers of real life mysteries, over the airwaves, every single week on Reveal."

Reveal for December 2015

Nov 24, 2015

In December, Reveal will dedicate an hour to stories about food – looking at the complicated networks of labor, trade and regulation that get meat, produce and other products to our tables. Audio arrives for preview on Dec. 3. Air window Dec. 5, 2015 - Jan. 8, 2016. Promos available now.

Reveal for November 2015

Oct 19, 2015

This month on Reveal, we team up with New Hampshire Public Radio's health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil 40 years of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehabs across the U.S. Air window is Nov. 7 - Dec. 4, 2015. Program audio arrives Nov. 5 for preview.

The Science Of Smart

Oct 14, 2015

Sun. 10/18 11a: Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. 

Frontera NorteSur and E. Gabriella Flynn.

Sun. 09/20 11a:  In September 2014, 43 Mexican students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college were forcibly disappeared by police and gunmen in Iguala, Guerrero.  Igniting Mexico’s biggest political crisis in decades, the mass kidnapping also spotlighted a deepening, national human rights crisis.  


Sun. 7/26 11a: Reveal looks at people who get hurt at work and who’s responsible for protecting them: companies, governments and sometimes, the workers themselves. This episode includes Reveal’s collaborative investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED into the sexual assault of women who clean our offices and workspaces on the night shift.


Reveal for August 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Access digital assets by CLICKING HERE. ALL assets except for specifically marked social media copy are embargoed until 12:01amPT/3:01amET, Saturday, Aug. 1. For questions about digital assets, please email Cole Goins or Julia Chan at CIR.

Reveal for July 2015

Jun 19, 2015

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Seth Shostak

Sun. 06/28 11a: Your brain is made up of cells. Each one does its own thing. But remarkable behavior emerges when lots of them join up in the grey matter club. You are a conscious being – a single neuron isn’t. Find out why.

Reveal for June 2015

May 22, 2015

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Sun. 05/24/ 11a: Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other—a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It’s been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are smart tech devices guiding so much of our decision making that we are losing autonomy without even realizing it?

Reveal for May 2015

Apr 21, 2015

In this episode, Reveal continues its in-depth look at law and disorder:

Should We Abolish The Death Penalty?

Apr 20, 2015
Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Sun. 04/26 11a: Though the death penalty’s popularity has been in decline since the 1980s, a recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive, with 1 in 6 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing?

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Sun. 04/19 11a: “The Adaptors” chronicles how people are adapting to climate change. Adaptors are all around us: from the farmers and coastal-dwellers finding new ways to work and live, to the scientists thinking outside the box about energy, to corporate leaders bringing new technologies to market, to the garage tinkerers and DIY inventors dreaming up the next big thing in green living. We want to introduce you to them, one story at a time.


Thomas James via http://intelligencesquaredus.org

Sun. 04/12 11a: In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” In the half year since the Court’s decision, Google has received over 180,000 removal requests. Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S., the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity?

Reveal for April 2015

Mar 30, 2015

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We Free Singers Be

Mar 30, 2015
Fredrik Rubensson via Flickr

Sun. 04/05 11a: Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room in any prison in the country and ask yourself: How many writers are in the room. How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. And more often than not, writing is kept hidden in prisons - not out in the open. So today, we’re traveling not just to San Quentin but around the country to unpack this art form called prison poetry.

Kirill Levin via Flickr

Sun. 03/29 11a: 

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams

From the 2007 "Building a Culture of Peace Conference" in Santa Fe, Peace Talks Radio presents highlights from an address by, and a one-on-one interview with, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, known for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

A Conversation with Mairead Maguire: 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

HV003- Her Stories

Mar 18, 2015
Herald Post via Flickr

Sun. 03/22 11a: For Women's History Month, stories by, for and of women.

Reveal March 2015

Mar 11, 2015

Sun. 03/15 11a: We look at the power of a photo, what happens when a VA doctor hands out opiates to veterans like candy and surgery patients who got screwed out of the real deal.

Neil Carey via Flickr

Sun. 03/08 11a: Transformational women leaders are restoring societal balance by showing us how to reconnect relationships - not only among people - but between people and the natural world. This astounding conversation among diverse women leaders provides a fascinating window into the soulful depths of what it means to restore the balance between our masculine and feminine selves to bring about wholeness, justice and true restoration of people and planet.

Reveal for March 2015

Feb 25, 2015

All digital assets by CLICKING HERE. They are embargoed for public release until 3 a.m. ET Sat. March 14.

The Reveal episode for March 2015 contains these stories:


Feb 25, 2015

Sun. 03/01 11a: In this episode, we track down secrets one powerful religious hierarchy was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for the 21st century. Reveal examines why so many cities are left with poor service.

Reveal February 2015

Feb 4, 2015

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Reveal program and promos for January 2015

Dec 19, 2014

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1. Blog post for stations to use for the show
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4. Head shot of host Al Letson

Reveal Pilot #3

Jun 3, 2014

Reveal, the new pilot from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, returns with a program featuring three original investigations:

  • Politics and influence around the US' drinking water - a collaborative investigation with The Center for Public Integrity
  • The extensive record of accidents and equipment failures in the Coast Guard
  • The gap between promise and reality...how billions in taxpayer dollars have flowed from the GI Bill to private companies that are failing US veterans

Reveal is hosted by Al Letson.