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  • AP: Cosby on Trial

    Bill Cosby’s conviction was one of the keystone moments in the #metoo movement. After years of abusing women while building a reputation as one of the nation’s most recognizable and likable celebrities, “America’s Dad” was taken to jail in handcuffs. That moment may have never happened had it not been for AP reporter Maryclaire Dale fighting for nearly a decade to ensure Cosby’s statements about drugging and sexually assaulting women became public.
  • ABC's 20/20: What Really Killed Prince

    ABC's 20/20 travels across the country and to China investigating fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince and has been linked to thousands of deaths in the U.S.
  • 60 Minutes: The Spotted Pig

    Anderson Cooper speaks to restaurant workers who say they were sexually harassed or assaulted at the stylish New York eatery called "The Spotted Pig." At the heart of the accusations are the restaurant's owner Ken Friedman and celebrity Chef Mario Batali.
  • 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.
  • Donald T. Sterling's Skid Row Mirage

    According to advertisements he distributed in the media, Los Angeles Clippers basketball owner Donald T. Sterling was building a new homeless center in downtown LA. But after L.A. Weekly did some investigating, they found he wasn't close to constructing anything. In fact, he was still looking for a homeless service provider to raise the $50 million needed to build the Donald T. Sterling Homeless Center.
  • Raid in Svaneti

    "A phone call at 3 a.m. to a celebrity woman becomes grounds for a high-ranking policeman (who has a personal relationship with the woman) to use his power and staff to fabricate a criminal case and arrest innocent men who, he suspects, could be the caller." The policeman fabricated a gang and planted evidence to create a case against the three men. This report was banned by all Georgian TV companies because it exposed a high-ranking policeman in fabricating a criminal case against innocents.
  • Burnt Chefs

    The California Culinary Academy has recently skyrocketed it's tuition and enrollment, fired instructors and made admission tests more relaxed. With promises of becoming a celebrity chef, graduates of CCA are buried in debt while ending up with $8 an hour kitchen jobs.
  • "Shorting Cramer" and "Financial Journalsim with R"

    This series examines the investment recommendations by Jim Cramer, celebrity analyst and host of CNBC's show "Mad Money." The reporters tested more than 4,000 of Cramer's recommendations from the past 2 years; the investigation found that Cramer's recommendations did not beat the market at all. In fact, viewers would actually do better by betting against Cramer's recommendations. "Financial Journalism with R" is a continuation of the story, explaining data munging and analysis in the refereed statistical computing publication R News.
  • The Kid And The Con Man

    Money investigates 15-year old stock whiz Jonathan Lebed, who paid more than $300,000 to the SEC for "pumping and dumping" stocks. What Money shows is that two years before he became a national celebrity, Lebed was the mouthpiece for some very questionable stocks run by a known serial-swindler. The SEC finally intervened and Lebed, temporarily, got out of the online stock promotions game.
  • Do Congressional Hearings Still Matter?, They Still Make a Difference, A Personal Note on Congressional Hearings, A Day in the Life of a Committee, The Changing Role of the Committee

    A World & I three-story special report examines the importance of congressional hearings over the decades after the World War II and today. The main story in the package looks at the role that hearings played in political scandals, discussions of seminal laws, and celebrity showcases. The article also provides insights on how and when some today's politicians - Bill Clinton and his wife amongst them - had their first experience with congressional hearings. Another story reports on the daily work of the Joint Economic Committee, and reveals the mechanisms through which it can impact world financial markets. A third story focuses on the diminishing importance of committees to the legislative process, and the increase of partisanship that further undermines the committee system. "Committees are likely to remain important, but they will become increasingly irrelevant from the standpoint of legislation," the special report concludes.