This entry is special long-form audio story about a place in Northeast Missouri called Heartland. It's a story with threads of religion, law, business, and morality that all end in a knot, in the middle of a cornfield. Heartland is a Christian community with businesses, a recovery center, a school, and a huge cattle and dairy operation all owned and funded by a man named Charles Sharpe. Heartland is praised by many in the community for their beneficial work, but is questioned by others for its use of corporal punishment on children and its secrecy. We investigated Heartland and found it's founder is a major political donor in the state of Missouri and that the laws protecting Heartland from state inspection may have been influenced by Sharpe and his lobbyists.
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