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  • Dying to Get Back

    The death of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, 39, in March 2012 sparked little attention. A construction worker and father of five who’d lived in Southern California for more than 20 years before being deported to Mexico, he was just another immigrant to die in the Arizona desert while attempting to cross back into the United States. But “Dying to Get Back,” a joint investigation by The Investigative Fund and PBS’s Need to Know, revealed that his death was part of a disturbing phenomenon: even as tighter border security has sent illegal border crossings plummeting, migrant deaths are on the rise — particularly among the deported parents of American children.
  • Need to Know: Crossing the Line at the Border Parts 1 & 2

    Few, if any, pieces published or broadcast in 2012 had as much impact as “Crossing the Line at the Border,” a joint project of the weekly PBS newsmagazine, “Need to Know,” and the Nation Institute that was in the best tradition of American investigative journalism. Within days of its broadcast, 16 members of Congress demanded that the U.S. Justice Department investigate the killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year-old Mexican whose death at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents was detailed in our report. A few months later, a U.S. attorney in convened a federal grand jury. It is currently considering criminal charges in the case. And months after that, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the incident had prompted it to launch a full-scale review of its use of force. Hernandez Rojas had a fatal heart attack shortly after being subdued by agents, beaten, and shot with a Taser gun at the San Ysidro border crossing on May 28th, 2010. His death was largely ignored until the "Need to Know” team, in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, unearthed never-before-seen eyewitness video of the incident.
  • By Their Quirks Ye Shall Know Them

    This Time columnist writes about the distinguishing characteristics of Bill Bradley, George W. Bush, John McCain and Al Gore. The author maintains, "Voters have learned the hard way that character matters, that you need to know who someone is much more than you need to know what his tax pla entails."
  • Seattle Times School Guide

    The Seattle Times conducted the most comprehensive report ever published on the public and private high schools of the greater Seattle area. This investigation includes: what you need to know to choose a school, a rating of the top performers in academics, vocational programs and school climate and detailed charts with comparative statistics on each school, individualized profiles of 91 public and private high schools.
  • slick Philly: what you need to know about Phil Gramm

    Mother Jones Magazine reports that "Phil Gramm uses military rhetoric, but never served. He was a deficit hawk until tax-cutting was cool, a libertarian until gay-baiting was cool, and a poverty fighter until blaming the victim was cool..."