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  • The Real Question

    Our 4 1/2-month investigation uncovered how The RealReal, a high-profile $1.5 billion public company that bills itself as the world's largest online marketplace for luxury merchandise, does not have experts authenticating every item as the company claims, leading to obvious counterfeits being sold on the website.
  • The abuse of Tasers in law enforcement

    A Necessary Shock? is a groundbreaking multi-media exposé of how 265 Iowa law enforcement agencies have quietly adopted the use of powerful electrical weapons commonly known as Tasers without establishment of required training or ethical standards to safeguard against abuse. The investigation told the stories of 11 different cases: One where a mentally disabled woman was tased four times in an effort to force her to change her clothing; two people who died in 2013 and eight who filed lawsuits alleging Iowa law enforcement officers used excessive force with the devices. Notable in this investigation is the collection and publication of videos in six of the cases. This evidence -- one showing an officer tasing a man who was already on his knees with his hands behind his head -- was made possible through relatively new lapel camera technology worn by some officers. Additionally, some Tasers themselves now have cameras, which were additionally collected through public record requests and published in this series.
  • Made in Bangladesh

    Following two deadly factory disasters, Fault Lines traces Bangladesh’s garment supply chain to investigate whether U.S. retailers like Walmart and Gap know where their clothes are being made. In November 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Walmart’s Faded Glory brand shorts were among the clothing found in the charred remains. Walmart blamed its supplier, saying the order had been subcontracted to Tazreen without its authorization. But as Fault Lines follows the paper trail of the Faded Glory order, what some call an “open secret” is revealed: that corporations deliberately turn a blind eye to the practice of subcontracting. The owner of the factory at the center of the Faded Glory order describes how it ended up in Tazreen, and an insider explains how retailers cut corners to keeps prices low. To confirm the allegations, Fault Lines visits an unauthorized finishing house, where children as young as 12 are unexpectedly found working on Old Navy products.
  • Outside the Lines: Cowboys Clothing Controversy

    Last year, the Dallas Cowboys ranked third in the NFL in merchandise sales, and three years ago their operation generated more than $90 million. But virtually none of the shirts, jerseys and jackets made for "America's Team" is made in America. Instead, Cowboys merchandise is produced all over the world, and in some cases, in factories that are considered sweatshops, where workers make 29 cents per hour. Currently, claims of labor rights violations, such as mandatory overtime and unfair pay, are coming from workers in some overseas factories that produce Cowboys' apparel. Outside the Lines traveled to Cambodia to visit two of those factories.
  • Tragedy in Bangladesh

    A dramatic ABC News Nightline investigation exposed the horrific fire-trap conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, prized by top US clothing brands for having the cheapest labor in the world, where workers are paid less than 25 cents an hour. The story revealed the epidemic confronting those who sew clothes for American brands -- more than 500 garment workers have died in fires there in the past five years. The reports by Investigative Producer Matt Mosk and Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross unraveled the intricacies of the problem, showing how American brands pressure factory owners to lower costs at the expense of safety. And it examined the graphic evidence behind one of the country’s deadliest fires – when 29 workers were locked in and others forced to leap to their deaths because the factory making Tommy Hilfiger sweaters had no fire escape.
  • Breaking News - Massacre at Fort Hood

    CNN mobilized its wide web of coverage sources to unravel the tragedy at Fort Hood. Variety of coverage included exclusive acquisition of the convenience store footage of Major Hassan the morning of the shooting where Hassan can be seen dressed in traditional Arabic clothing.
  • Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy

    "The book uncovers three labor environments where modern-day enslavement or near-enslavement of immigrants has taken place on American soil." Bowe looks at outsourcing, unpaid and illegal immigrant workers, and other loopholes in the American business system.
  • Prince George's County Coverage

    In Maryland's Prince George's County, county Executive Jack B. Johnson "awarded 51 county contracts totaling nearly $3.3 million to 15 of his friends and political supporters, some of whom had no expertise in the field." The Washington Post investigates Johnson's dealings, further finding that he and other officials from the same county "used county-issued credit cards to pay for personal expenses totaling thousands of dollars," including plane tickets, clothing, video rentals and prescription drugs. These charges were seldom repaid in the county's mandated deadline of 10 business days.
  • Good Gifts Gone Bad PART I

    "Good Gifts Gone Bad is a nine part series of reports into massive charitable fraud in the car and clothing donation industry." Middle men for these donations were scamming both the donator and the organization by stealing the donations and reselling for profit.
  • Uniform Allowance Abuse

    For over a decade, the public's money was being used to purchase private clothing and other merchandise for the city's police officers and firefighters. Police and fire chiefs knew of the matter, and the spending involved a major uniform and supply company, and the safety force members who shopped there.