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  • CNN Exclusive: The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

    As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid hundreds of doctors across the country six-figure sums for speaking, consulting and other services. Thousands of other doctors were paid over $25,000 during that time. Physicians who prescribed particularly large amounts of the drugs were the most likely to get paid.
  • FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma

    The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company’s failure to protect millions of users’ data, to the proliferation of “fake news” and disinformation, mounting crises have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? This major, two-night event investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as the company grew from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room to a global empire. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Testing Theranos

    Americans have been fascinated with successful entrepreneurs since the days of Horatio Alger. In recent years, Silicon Valley billionaires like Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have become icons. Elizabeth Holmes looked to be next. Claiming she was transforming medicine with her blood-testing company, Theranos Inc., the 31-year-old Stanford University dropout became a celebrity. The New Yorker and Fortune published admiring profiles. Time named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Harvard’s medical school appointed her to its prestigious board of fellows. President Obama named her a U.S. ambassador for global entrepreneurship. Theranos became the nation’s largest private health-care startup, with Ms. Holmes’s stake valued at more than $4.5 billion.
  • A Misleading March to the Top

    For years, the business school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City strove for recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. In 2011, UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management seemed to have made that leap when it vaulted ahead of Harvard, MIT and others in the rankings for innovation management research. However, our stories showed how that No. 1 ranking and top rankings by the Princeton Review were achieved with the help of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and, in the case of the No. 1 ranking, the university’s failure to disclose a close relationship between the school’s faculty and the authors of the study that ranked UMKC above others. Independent experts told us that the study appeared to have been constructed in such a way as to make UMKC come out on top.
  • Police Informants

    The NYPD released, for the first time, data about how much it pays police informants and for what sorts of crimes. The original public records request and appeal was outright rejected by the NYPD and the writer was unable to finance a court action as a freelancer, so she applied for legal assistance via a pro bono clearinghouse operated by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The media law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz agreed to take up the case and filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on her behalf, resulting in an out-of-court settlement for the data she sought, more than two years after filing her original records request.
  • Empty-desk epidemic

    A groundbreaking examination of internal Chicago Public Schools records exposed a grievous injustice and sparked two new state laws and a powerful push for reform. Nearly 32,000 of the city's K-8 grade students — or roughly 1 in 8 —miss a month or more of class per year, while some youngsters vanish from the attendance rolls for years at a stretch, the newspaper's investigation of protected student-level data found. Chicago officials were publishing upbeat statistics that masked the devastating pattern of absenteeism -- even as the missed days robbed youth of their futures and cost taxpayers millions in funding keyed to attendance. The flood of missed days disproportionately impact impoverished African-American youngsters as well as children with disabilities. The journalism drew heavily on social science research methods. In one of many examples, the lead reporter became a Nieman fellow, qualified as a Harvard University researcher on human subjects, then worked through Harvard's Institutional Review Board to obtain and analyze Chicago's attendance database under a contract he crafted between Harvard and the Chicago Public Schools. Based on that research, the reporters subsequently found a way to obtain crucial parts of the data through public records requests.
  • "Drinking at Duke"

    In this two-part series, Sanette Tanaka examines the alcohol policy and drinking culture at Duke University. The reporter reveals differences in drinking policies between private and public universities, as well as examines the effectiveness of the "new associate dean," who has implemented an "education-based harm-reduction model" in an effort to curb "binge drinking among students."
  • God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America

    "Since 2000, America's most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College, a small Christian school just outside the nation's capital. God's Harvard grooms these students to be the elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the front lines of politics, entertainment and science to wage the battle to take back a godless nation." The book's aim was "to capture this nerve center of the evangelical movement at a moment of maximum influence and also of crisis, as it struggles to avoid the temptations of modern life and still remake the world in its own image."
  • The Devil Next Door

    Glenna Whitley investigated allegations against Doug Havard, a former Southern Methodist University student who is accused of turning Perkins Dorm into a crime ring by selling counterfeit driver's licenses, stealing electronics and selling drugs. Whitley interviewed Meghan Bodson, who claims that Havard drugged her with GHB and raped her. Bodson, who eventually left SMU, filed a lawsuit against the university for failing to properly investigate Havard's background and also for allowing him to remain at the university for three months after she exposed his crimes to officials.
  • A Different Kind of Divide

    LaFleur takes the 50 year anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in schools to show that though things are no longer black and white, Latinos in Texas are generally concentrated in their own schools. She finds that Latino segregation nationwide has increased since the 1960s.