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  • The Brexit Short

    How powerful financiers exploited democracy for profit, buying inside information to reap fortunes as Europe’s biggest vote in years sparked a record crash.
  • Al Jazeera Investigations: Football’s Wall of Silence

    Al Jazeera investigates the deadly scandal of long-term sexual abuse of young players in British football.
  • Football’s Wall of Silence

    Al Jazeera investigates the deadly scandal of long-term sexual abuse of young players in British football.
  • Election Expenses Exposed

    ‘Election Expenses Exposed’ is a series of investigations by Channel 4 News uncovering compelling evidence that Britain’s ruling political group, the Conservative Party, flouted laws in their campaign to remain the governing power in Parliament. http://www.electionexpenses.co.uk/
  • When Lions Roar

    An ambitious and original history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and the lasting impact of these bonds on Great Britain and the United States When Lions Roar opens in the mid-1930s with U.S. ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's first visit to Chartwell, Churchill's country estate, and the questionable business dealings that initially linked these powerful men.
  • Message Wars

    In the 12 years since 9/11, al Qaeda continues to inspire numerous acts of terror with a sophisticated information campaign. Messages are spread online using sites like YouTube and other jihad forums. So far, law enforcement in the United States has been unable to find a way to respond, but that is not the case in the United Kingdom. Before 9/11, radicalization was up close and personal. A recruit was identified and groomed, taken to a camp and trained. Today, much of radicalization is global, done through sophisticated propaganda videos in the darkest corners of the Internet. The heart of this piece was investigative journalism, speaking with a former radicalized jihadist and on patrol with the officers at the front line of Britain’s outreach program.
  • The Austerity Audit

    In 2013, the United Kingdom began its most radical welfare reform in a generation – a government program to severely reduce spending on working-age benefit payments. The Financial Times saw an opportunity to illustrate a human and economic drama and through data analysis, it revealed an estimated loss of £19bn a year in annual welfare payments that could disrupt families, communities and businesses across the UK. The FT Austerity Audit was the first media investigation to explore and evaluate the economic and business consequences of the historic welfare reforms. Guided by exclusive data research that revealed a wide variation in the impact of the cuts, FT reporters fanned out across Britain to produce a startling analysis that generated heated debate: some northern towns and cities would be hit five-times as hard as suburban southern counties. The FT published an ambitious, two-day series that generated buzz across social media and much debate in the UK political sphere. Its story-telling was innovative and expansive – with interactive graphics, video, photography and text combined in a custom-designed website. The interactive map was rich in detail and both easy and exciting to use.
  • British patent grab

    This series of stories exposed an outrageous grab for intellectual property that could have raised costs for GPS users around the globe, cracked the relationship between the United States and Great Britain and undermined international technical cooperation. The technology in question, which was to be made available freely to all users, was developed jointly by the United States and the European Union. But a British military lab, whose consultants were in the U.S./EU meetings, quietly filed patents on the technology -- then demanded royalties from U.S. companies. Particularly galling was the fact that the disputed design was quite possibly invented and contributed to the group by U.S. engineers. U.S. officials were outraged. Even so, it was not clear that the United States would challenge the U.K. patents. The technology supported commercial users and, given the ongoing military cooperation between the U.S and the United Kingdom and the countries’ long political ties, it appeared for a time that those best able to resolve the matter – U.S. Defense and State Departments – might decline to open discussions.
  • Dateline NBC: Inside the Cell

    Dateline NBC investigates an alleged terrorist plot to blow up a transatlantic airliner in flight using liquid explosives concealed as sports drinks. Some critics challenged the viability of the plot and the new security measures restricting liquids on airplanes. However, Dateline discovered the conspiracy was far more developed than the public had known and that plotters had received direction from individuals linked to al-Qaida's senior leadership.
  • America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

    The book "chronicles the role the United States and its allies played in allowing Pakistan to first develop and then peddle nuclear weapons technology."