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  • Frequent Flyers of Rikers Island

    In November of 2015, WNYC aired The Frequent Flyers of Rikers Island. It’s a story that puts a human face on recidivism and questions the effectiveness of a criminal justice system that jails low level offenders over and over without any deterrent effect.
  • Chemical Drift, the Second-Hand Smoke of Big Agriculture

    This series documented the dangers posed by agricultural chemicals which are applied both aerially and by land equipment. Some estimates show up to 90 percent of applied chemicals fail to hit the targeted site and drift hundreds of miles in the environment, contaminating people, water systems, air and animals. The series revealed that current safety standards were based on old theories of toxicology, which assume that the danger of chemical exposure is based on the dose. “The dose makes the poison” was the theory. That is not true with endocrine disrupting chemical pesticides that are non-monotonic, meaning that even at very low levels of exposure, significant damage can occur, especially if exposure is during childhood or fetal development. In “Pitchfork Rebels,” Howard wrote about organic farmers training to install environmental sampling devices known as Drift Catchers on their land. The resulting chemical analysis showed the presence of chlorpyrifos, an endocrine disrupting chemical insecticide linked to ADHD and autism, had drifted to their farms from an aerial application more than two miles away. The EPA banned all uses of chlorpyrifos in homes and daycare centers because of its toxicity for children, but it is still allowed in agricultural uses. This article documented the toxin’s drift to an organic farm where three young sisters live.
  • Radioactive Dumping

    "Tennessee, for nearly 20 years, had been allowing low level radioactive waste to be disposed of in 5 ordinary trash landfills, strategically located throughout the state without public knowledge, with out a public hearing and in violation of NRC regulations."
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs in the NFL

    NFL players were taking humam growth hormone as a performance-enhancing drug because there was no reliable urine test for the drug. Then the HGH was mixed with low levels of steroids that would avoid detection.
  • Rivers down to barest of levels

    "A USA Today analysis found that scores of the nation's rivers fell to historic low levels during the past four months."
  • MTBE, Part 1 and 2

    "MTBE is shorthand for a chemical called methyl tertiary butyl ether. It's a gasoline additive that is contaminating drinking water from Maine to California It is classified as a 'possible human carcinogen' and, at extremely low levels, it makes water tastes and smell like turpentine. Some experts say MTBE may be one of the biggest environmental crises of the next decade."
  • The Prison Explosion

    "This three-part series documented the role of the 1970s-era drug laws in the huge growth of prisons in New York State, and its questionable results: the incarceration of thousands of low level offenders who are almost exclusively black or Hispanic. The series further found that sentencing and parole trends have kept prisons full in the 1990s despite a huge drop in crime, questioning whether the economic and political muscle of the prison lobby had begun to influence sentence policy. And it outlined the declining opportunities for rehabilitation within prison walls, couple with the increasingly punitive atmosphere there."
  • Year of the Cat

    In These Times investigates the failed two-year strike at Caterpillar, and finds that since the mid-1980's, strikes have hovered at record low levels, as employers have grown more willing-even eager-to use permanent replacement to break strikes and unions.
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    Deseret News (Salt Lake City) runs series on effects of radioactive fallout from atomic bomb testing in the 1950's and early 1960's. The fallout was declared low level and non-hazardous at the time, but White discovered that Nevadans and Utahans were reaping a harvest of leukemia and other cancers decades later.