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IRE Radio Podcast | The Housing Authority

Mice, mold and lead paint. Tenants in Illinois public housing complexes were doing their best to make their conditions more livable. But even after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development swooped in and seized control, change wasn’t swift. On this week’s episode, Molly Parker, an investigative reporter for the Southern Illinoisan and a member of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, walks us through her deep dives into public housing. Her reporting found the federal government failed many of the citizens it was supposed to be sheltering.

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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.



Tarte Tatin (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

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

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

Waltz and Fury (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

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

Palms Down (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0



Tessa Weinberg hosts the IRE Radio Podcast and reported this episode. 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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