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IRE Radio Podcast | Wards of Neglect

What happens when a state cuts $100 million from its mental health budget? Reporters from the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune spent 18 months finding out. Their Pulitzer-winning investigation exposed deadly violence in Florida's mental hospitals, where staff shortages, regulatory fumbling and years of neglect were, for years, hidden from the public eye. In today's episode, we hear from Anthony Cormier and Leonora LaPeter Anton, two of the reporters who helped spur reform in the broken mental health system.

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Brett Murphy produced this episode. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri. 



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