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The Breakdown: How Politics and Government Really Work, and Why They Don’t
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A team of ProPublica reporters seeks to uncover the underlying changes in the structure and operation of 21st century American democracy.

Firestone and the Warlord
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Business. Violence. Concerns about profits. Questions of conscience. This is the untold story of the dealings between a U.S. tire giant and Liberia’s Charles Taylor, the man who would become the first head of state convicted of crimes against humanity since the Nazi era.

Ghosts of Greenwood: Dispatches from Freedom Summer
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It was called Freedom Summer, and they came to Mississippi by the hundreds, white and black, young and old. Their aim was elemental: secure the right to vote for blacks in the state. The hurdle they’d face would be daunting. Follow a reporter as she journeys to Mississippi and encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights.

Missing: A Boy and the Evidence Against His Accused Killer
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Three decades after 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared, police suddenly had a suspect. Then they chose not to record his interrogation, a decision that could affect their case.

Life and Death in Assisted Living
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Joan Boice, a retired school teacher afflicted with dementia, hoped to hang on to her dignity and safety when she checked into Emerald Hills, a facility run by America’s largest assisted living company. What she and her family got was an introduction to what many think is the country’s next great health crisis.

Modern Muckraking: Journalism in the Age of the Internet
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From whether the sex life of a politician is serious news to how Wikileaks is changing how to think about government secrecy, debates on issues of journalism are all around us, and constantly shifting. Stephen Engelberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning managing editor of investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica, has had a unique vantage point on these questions for years. In this collection of a dozen short essays on the subject, Engelberg shares sharp analysis, in each case starting from a well-known story, and drawing on fascinating anecdotes from his own experience, as well as a passion for accountability.

The Wall Street Money Machine
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In the months before the 2008 financial meltdown, bankers and hedge funds perverted the market to keep their lavish bonuses flowing. Their machinations made the collapse much worse. This is the Pulitzer Prize-winning series revealing how they did it.

Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon
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Five soldiers injured in the same 2009 bomb blast are a case study in a new epidemic among America’s troops, who are grappling with a combination of concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling
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When the well water on Louis Meeks’ ranch turned brown and oily, he suspected that the thousands of natural gas wells dotting the once-empty Wyoming landscape were somehow to blame. The hard part was proving it. Meeks’ struggle to get the energy companies to take responsibility, meticulously documented through three years of investigative reporting by ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten, coincide with a national uproar over the oil and gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing – a technology that promises to open large new energy supplies, perhaps at the expense of the nation’s water.

Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story
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The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai offer a rare picture of the ties between Pakistan’s intelligence service and the militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba. The trail of two key figures, an accused Pakistani mastermind and his American operative, traces the rise of a complex, international threat.

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