Reveal Pilot #2

Feb 11, 2014

The Reveal Pilot #2 from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting has three elements:

  • The radio program - all new files 2/28/14
  • The audio promos
  • The digital assets. See below for links to essential digital assets.

    • Go to ADDITIONAL FILES to find CIR photos and graphics and a series of WBEZ photos related to the Heroin Highway segment 


    In the Reveal Two pilot:

    • An investigation by WBEZ/Chicago and The Chicago Reader exploring the path heroin takes from Ciudad Juarez to Chicago and across the midwest, where it supplies dealers, addicts and teens. This timely investigation is Reveal’s first collaboration with a station and we are very pleased with the results.  
    • The heroin segment on Reveal is based on original reporting by WBEZ in Chicago and The Chicago Reader.            
    • To hear the multi-part WBEZ Heroin LLC series in its entirety, go here.  
    • A look at the solitary confinement of teens, many of whom are unconvicted, at Rikers Island in NYC.

    • A check-in on the impact of the opiate prescription story CIR broke on the first Reveal pilot and the over prescription practices of the VA. What’s happened in the wake of a congressional hearing held within a week of that broadcast?

    • We look at the questionable relationship between Hollywood film productions and the American Humane Association on protecting animals on film sets. The Hollywood Reporter produced a powerful examination of the topic and we talk with the writer who went after the story.

    • And we hear from a female farmworker on her experiences after she came forward to speak about the sexual abuse in the fields.

    License the Reveal Pilot #2 now and schedule it for air.

    Digital assets for Reveal 2:

    Note to stations:

    The Reveal Pilot #2 segments with companion digital assets (links, embeddable video, graphics and more) and promotional copy for station web sites are listed below.

     CIR’s Cole Goins is available to assist stations in the use of these digital assets. cgoins@cironline.org. Questions about Reveal? Contact prxhelp@prx.org.


    Juvenile Solitary

    “The Box” animation (the video is currently private and will be set to publish at 12am on March 1. Please do publically not share this link until that time.)

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    PBS Newshour segment on Juvenile Solitary:

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     Off/Page Project and Richmond Public Housing

     “This is Home” poem embed code

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    Link to the Subsidized Squalor package on CIR:


    Embed code for “Nowhere Else to Go,” audio slideshows of Richmond public housing residents:

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    Link to Off-Page project website



    Link to WBEZ and Chicago Reader stories



    Link to CIR’s interactive map showing amount of drugs seized by Border Patrol:


    Link to CIR’s Crossing the Line series investigating the border:


    VA Opiates Update

    Link to Aaron Glantz’s investigation on CIR’s website:


    Link to interactive map of VA’s opiate prescription rates at hospitals nationwide:


    Link to Returning Home to Battle on cironline.org


    No Animals Were Harmed

    Link to Hollywood Reporter story


     Rape in the Fields

    Link to Rape in the Fields project on cironline.org


    Embed code for Rape in the Fields Frontline documentary

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    Headline: Inside episode two of “Reveal,” a new investigative radio show

    Summary: Heroin Highway, solitary confinement for teens, the unlikely union of investigative journalism and poetry: More on “Reveal.”

     Embargoed  for public release until 12:01am Eastern, Saturday, March 1.

     By The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX

    How does heroin end up on the streets of Chicago? Why are minors being held in solitary confinement – even when they haven’t been convicted of a crime? And what happens when you pair poets with investigative journalists?

    These are just a few of the questions explored in the second pilot episode of “Reveal,” a new radio show dedicated to investigative journalism from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Here’s a rundown of what’s on this episode:

    Heroin LLC: From Mexico, across the border, to Chicago and beyond

    Chicago has become one of America’s most important distribution centers for illegal narcotics. Law enforcement says the Sinaloa cartel effectively has a monopoly over heroin and methamphetamine moving from Mexico to Chicago. But even with the recent arrest of its leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, this almost century-old drug route is unlikely to change much.

    In this episode, “Reveal” host Al Letson travels to El Paso, Texas, to meet up with G.W. Schulz, CIR’s border and national security reporter, to get a bird’s-eye view of what happens as drugs and other goods pass over one of the world's busiest border crossings.

    See just how many drugs were seized by the Border Patrol between 2005 and 2011 in this interactive map.

    Then we go to Chicago to reveal in detail exactly how the business of drugs operates and continues to dominate neighborhoods and economies. Heroin LLC, a yearlong investigation by Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ and the Chicago Reader, breaks down the big business of drugs from El Paso to Chicago's south and west sides, to the suburbs and across the Midwest. We hear from transportation coordinators who specialize in moving high volumes of heroin, longtime dealers who spill the secrets to cutting drugs to extend profit margins, and users and addicts trapped in a deadly spiral, desperate to find new users.

    Read the investigation from WBEZ and the Chicago Reader here.  

    Teens in solitary confinement

    New York City’s Rikers Island is one of the country's biggest jails: It houses about 12,000 adults, alongside hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds. 

    Many of these juveniles – most of whom have been charged but not yet tried – end up in solitary confinement as punishment for breaking rules like fighting, possessing cigarettes or even horseplay.

    No media outlets have been allowed to see the solitary cells, which inmates call “the box.” And no one can talk to the teens who are there.

    But reporters Daffodil Altan and Trey Bundy from The Center for Investigative Reporting talked to young men, elected officials and guards who have been there – creating a disturbing portrait of life inside the box.

    Below, watch CIR’s new animation, “The Box,” about one juvenile’s experience of life in solitary confinement. It features "Life in Marvelous Times," a song from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, and produced by DJ Preservation.

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    Reporters and poets

    An unlikely union has formed in the Bay Area: Local poets from Richmond, Calif., teamed up with CIR reporter Amy Julia Harris for her investigation into living conditions for tenants of the Richmond Housing Authority, one of America’s worst public housing agencies.

    The result: “This is Home,” a collaborative piece of multimedia storytelling that spotlights the findings and characters in CIR’s investigation, reported in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED. In “Reveal,” Letson gets a preview from one of the poets, Donte Clark, but you can watch the full film by the Off/Page Project below:

    [Off/Page embed]

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    Relieving veterans’ pain

    On the debut pilot of “Reveal,” CIR’s Aaron Glantz uncovered how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been prescribing highly addictive pain medications at an alarming rate – even to patients who are known addicts.

    Data obtained by CIR show how opiate prescriptions by the VA have skyrocketed between 2001 and 2012  – a 270 percent increase.

    You can see how many opiates the VA is prescribing veterans in your area in CIR’s interactive map.

    Since that report aired, we’ve already seen results. Glantz returns to “Reveal” to discuss a congressional hearing held in the wake of CIR’s investigation and how lawmakers might address the spike in opiate prescriptions.

    ‘No animals were harmed’

    Making our way to the big screen, “Reveal” takes you behind the “no animals were harmed” line that you often see in movies. While that language may assuage viewers, a recent investigation by The Hollywood Reporter found that animals actually were harmed in some of the films that carried the disclaimer.

    THR reporter Gary Baum joins Letson to discuss the investigation and what moviegoers need to know when they see animals on the big screen. Read THR’s full story here.

    A farmworker speaks out

    Closing out the program, we hear directly from one of the sources featured in CIR’s Rape in the Fields investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision and the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

    Farmworker Maricruz Ladino says one of her supervisors raped in her in 2006, but she didn’t say anything for months. Once she decided to file a complaint with the company that ran the farm where she and her supervisor worked, she was fired. Ladino joins “Reveal” to talk with CIR reporter Bernice Yeung about the struggles she endured after she came forward and how speaking out has empowered her.

    Watch the full documentary below and read the series on CIR’s website here.

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    That’s it for now, but “Reveal” will be back with a third pilot episode this summer. To stay in the know about “Reveal,” sign up for the newsletter, follow us on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook. Until next time.




    The second pilot episode of @Reveal, @CIRonline’s and @PRX's investigative radio show is here! Tune in: [LINK]


    On the next @Reveal: Heroin Highway, solitary confinement for teens, the poetry of journalism and more. [LINK]



    How have the drug trade and @CustomsBorder's growth impacted communities along the border? Find out on @Reveal: [LINK]


    Where does the U.S. end and Mexico begin? @GWSchulzCIR explains on @Reveal: LINK


    How does solitary confinement affect incarcerated teens? @Reveal investigates life inside ‘the box’ [LINK]


    Why are so many teens being held in solitary confinement on Riker's Island? @Reveal investigates: [LINK]


    How does heroin make it to America's streets? @WBEZ & @Chicago_Reader follow the supply the chain on @Reveal:


    On the new episode of @Reveal, @WBEZ & @Chicago_Reader track the heroin supply chain from Mexico to Chicago: [LINK]


    What does ‘no animals were harmed’ really mean? @Reveal explains what moviegoers need to know: [LINK]


    What happens when you pair poets and investigative journalists? Learn about @OffPageProject on @Reveal: [LINK]


    Opiate prescriptions by the VA spiked 270% since 2001. What has Washington done about the epidemic? @Reveal reports: [LINK]


    Now on @Reveal: Why this female farmworker agreed to share her story about being sexually abused in the fields: [LINK]