EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports - Season 1

Friday 10:00 PM on PBS Premiered Sep 01, 2006 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Charity Begins at Home
    Reporters from The Oregonian look into a federal program, known as JWOD, intended to provide jobs to people with severe disabilities, and uncover fraud by one of its biggest contractors.
  • Science Fiction
    Science Fiction
    Episode 11
    Paul Thacker was a general science news reporter for a small industry trade publication when he began investigating seemingly grassroots organizations that actually had hidden ties to Big Business. He discovered a whole industry designed around spinning science to confuse the public for the benefit of large corporate interests.
  • Becoming the Story
    Becoming the Story
    Episode 10
    Mark Fainaru-Wada, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, was covering the raid on a local lab owned by the Bay Area Lab Cooperative (BALCO) when he received a tip that steroids and prominent athletes were involved. With fellow journalist Lance Williams, the two investigated further and finally received revealing transcripts of grand jury testimony from a confidential source. This prompted a federal investigation into the leak of grand jury statements. The two reporters were subpoenaed and ordered to identify their sources, but refused citing First Amendment protection. Held in contempt of court, they faced a prison sentence longer than the convicted drug suppliers in the BALCO case.moreless
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
    Starting with a tip from the well known Post reporter Bob Woodward, two veteran Washington Post reporters, Scott Higham and Robert O'Harrow Jr., uncovered rampant mismanagement of taxpayers' money on privately contracted homeland security systems.
  • Question 7
    Question 7
    Episode 8
    When the U.S. military lowered recruitment standards in 2005, two journalists, Lisa Chedekel and Matt Kauffman from the Hartford Courant, investigated a hunch. They discovered seriously ineffective responses to the psychological well being of soldiers.
  • Policing the Force
    Policing the Force
    Episode 7
    Los Angeles Times reporters Scott Glover and Matt Lait uncover patterns of corruption at the Los Angeles Police Department involving beatings, framings and cover-ups.
  • Shooting the War
    Shooting the War
    Episode 6
    A profile of two unembedded photographers covering the war in Iraq. Kael Alford photographed from within Iraq living among Iraqi civilians, and Paul Fusco stayed in the U.S. covering funerals of service people killed in Iraq.
  • Blame Somebody Else
    Cam Simpson and Aamer Madhani, investigative reporters for the Chicago Tribune, discovered how Halliburton KBR funneled U.S. tax dollars through human trafficking networks to buy unwitting foreign workers who were then led to their deaths on the frontlines in Iraq.
  • A Sea of Trouble
    A Sea of Trouble
    Episode 4
    Following an oil spill in Seattle's Puget Sound for which no company claimed responsibility, investigative reporter Eric Nalder, from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, discovers negligence and cover-ups in the oil transport industry.
  • An Inside Job
    An Inside Job
    Episode 3
    Daniel Zwerdling, a reporter for National Public Radio, spent a year and a half investigating the abuse of prisoners in the U.S. on a scale identical to that of Abu Ghraib.
  • A Bitter Pill
    A Bitter Pill
    Episode 2
    After a yearlong investigation, reporters from Bloomberg Markets magazine revealed the seedy underside of for-profit clinical drug trials in an award-winning report called "Big Pharma's Shameful Secret".
  • Crisis Mismanagement
    A chronicle of the 15-month investigation, by four reporters working at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which revealed how much of a disaster the Federal Emergency Management Agency had itself become.