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  • Birthstory

    You know the drill - all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo - you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form - it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. At first, this is the story of an Israeli couple, two guys, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby - three, in fact - by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them. As we follow them on their journey, an earth shaking revelation shifts our focus from them, to the surrogate mothers. Unfolding in real time, as countries around the world consider bans on surrogacy, this episode looks at a relationship that manages to feel deeply affecting, and deeply uncomfortable, all at the same time. http://www.radiolab.org/story/birthstory/
  • Fatal Foster Care: When newborns exposed to drugs in the womb are taken from their mothers, the results can be deadly

    Tighter drug laws in the United States increasingly mandate that newborns be stripped from drug-taking birth parents, and often placed in foster care. Even when the traces of drugs are minimal. But foster care is fraught with problems. Since 2000, at least 10 drug-exposed newborns have died in foster care — deaths identified in a New York City News Service analysis of court records, local news stories and interviews with family advocates across the nation. While a tiny fraction of the approximately 18,000 drug-exposed infants put into foster care over the same period, these tragedies show that foster care is not always a safer option for drug-exposed newborns. The number of foster care deaths is most likely larger since state officials often cite privacy laws barring them from disclosing details.
  • Families behind the wall: The rise and fall of family detention

    A series of exclusive reports on alleged misconduct and abuse at the Obama administration’s family detention centers. There are more than 50 stories exposing a pattern of accused mistreatment of detainees – some of whom said they were sexually assaulted by guards in front of their children – at three federal facilities run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operated in rural Pennsylvania and Texas, far from any major city and the lawyers who worked there.
  • Guardianship - The Grey Prison

    They're among the most vulnerable members of society. Often elderly, sometimes disabled, those conscripted into guardianship as "wards" are supposed to be protected and safeguarded. But in a first-of-its-kind, in-depth investigation, our team uncovered a system plagued by abuses. Families torn apart. Wards isolated. Estates raided. Judges rubber-stamping wrongdoing and turning a blind eye to the exploitation of private, for-profit guardians. We overcame tremendous resistance from court leaders who tried to dismiss all concerns and put us off this story before we even got started. As we waded through thousands of pages of court documents and other records, we uncovered a system so corrupt that the state was forced to initiate sweeping change. That change started at the Nevada Supreme Court and continues today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P31Zu-wUDWI https://youtu.be/_URbZLLgj6o
  • Child Castaways A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

    Nima Elbagir and her team spent almost nine months investigating the illegal Mediterranean crossing undertaken by Egyptian boys in search of a better life for their families. Some of these minors end up in the care of the Italian state, while others work for the very gangs who smuggled them, making money on the streets of Rome, selling whatever they can - including themselves. https://vimeo.com/151949090
  • The Game: Beaten, Branded, Bought and Sold

    Thousands of young Canadian-born girls trafficked for sex in dodgy motels and high class hotels by "Romeo Pimps" who sell them a bogus dream of love and a future. After following a document trail reporter and photographer interviewed victims on the record and a pimp who described this very dangerous game.
  • Walking into Danger

    Every other day on average in Chicago, a stranger tries to lure or force a child younger than 16 into a vehicle or building for an illegal purpose. An examination of the 530 most-recent cases revealed legal breakdowns that allowed the vast majority of the predators to avoid prison time or intensive sex offender treatment.
  • A Crime Against Humanity

    Scott Pelley reports on the 2013 nerve gas attack in Syria that U.S. authorities estimate killed over 1,400 civilians, including many children. His report contains video of the aftermath never before seen. http://youtu.be/WgQjUNvrsTA
  • Failures in the Foster System

    Our two part investigative series first uncovered the story of a toddler nearly tortured to death in foster care, despite multiple reports to county social services. Our second report exposed major flaws in the County's response to child abuse reports systemwide. We revealed an estimated 7,000 calls to the emergency hotline were not being answered each year, resulting in abused and neglected children remaining in unsafe homes.
  • Seat Back Failures

    Even if you bought a car with a five-star safety rating, if you're hit from behind, your seat may not protect you or the children sitting behind you. Experts say in certain crashes, some car seats can break and collapse, leading to paralysis or death. Kris Van Cleave reveals the findings of the investigation.