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IRE Radio Podcast | The Examiners

If someone dies under suspicious circumstances, it’s a medical examiner’s job to figure out what happened. But in New Jersey, 40 years of neglect has made it difficult for forensic pathologists to do their jobs. The result: grieving families without answers and potentially innocent people behind bars. On this week’s episode, Stephen Sterling and Sean Sullivan of NJ Advance Media take us through their investigation into New Jersey’s broken system.

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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.

  • Read NJ Advance Media’s investigation “Death and Dysfunction.”  
  • Read about New Jersey’s Governor’s response to the investigation
  • Members only: Read “Herointown,” the NJ Advance Media investigation that sparked the idea for “Death and Dysfunction.”
  • Listen to “The Human Face of Heroin,” which includes more details on Stephen Stirling’s “Herointown” reporting.



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

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