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IRE Radio Podcast | Harvey’s Exploited Workers

After Hurricane Harvey devastated homes and businesses in southeast Texas, construction workers began the long process of rebuilding. But when payday came, some found their checks were short or that they didn’t get one at all. An investigation from The Dallas Morning News and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that Texas officials did little to protect workers, both legal and undocumented, from wage theft. On this episode, reporter James Barragán takes us through his investigation into worker exploitation after the storm.

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Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week's podcast? We've collected them for you.



Great is the Contessa (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Cases to Rest  (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Headlights/Mountain Road (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Wisteria (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Cloud Line (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Wax Paper Jewel (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0



Abby Ivory-Ganja reported this episode. Tessa Weinberg is our host. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

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