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Nazi Summer Camp

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Also: the story of how this story got made

The story of when there were
1193 POW camps on American soil.

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After a journalist is kidnapped
by ISIS, friends and family search for him. We follow the hostage rescue mission for four years.

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Best Audio Reporting

Kurdish photographer Kamaran Najm

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We explore America's wrestle with its most potent punishment – the death penalty.

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Cruel & Unusual

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The Takeover

An Australian teenager tries to make the most boring Facebook group possible. Then the grown ups invade.

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Mein Camp

The story of America's first major interrogation program,
at a top secret POW camp in suburban Virginia.

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Image of a mail stamp that says "Fort Hunt Park, PO Box 1142, April 22, 2011"
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The Race

   When the difference between      life and death came down to

          whether a small auto parts 

   maker in Minnesota could churn out pistons small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.


to Make 

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Reliving my worst professional walk of shame, live on stage in NYC and broadcast on The Moth.

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Climb Spree

How did my friend become Spider-Man – a burglar so prolific, with methods so unusual, the cops gave him a superhero nickname?

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296 strangers write to each other. I write back.


to Each


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How one man commandeered national politics by going very local – clearing the path for mass gerrymandering that reshaped American politics for a decade and beyond.

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Prompted by a vision, it took
11 years to build, nearly destroyed
a marriage, and drew hundreds of thousands to tiny Crossville, TN. Then the government stepped in.

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On the Spring 2017 Pop-Up Tour, I shared the

    story of one woman I met during my foray into America's militia movement.

World's Largest



How to Test

a Country

What it took to develop America's first COVID-19 tests – and why it took so long.

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the Media After

How do victims of
high-profile crimes deal with the media?


George Washington Carver

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   Dr. Lisa Cook found a
hole in a major economic 

theory. It took 10 years for

 her colleagues to listen. 

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Two boys convinced a town
they were raised in the woods, completely away from civilization. None of it was true.

Named one of the best podcasts of 2022 by The Atlantic, Vulture, The Economist, The Ambies.

Wild Boys

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The Mask Mover

  One state's frantic scramble to get masks during the pandemic – shutting down the state's payment system, and taking a $3.5 million check on a roadtrip.

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Angel Sanchez (L) and Desmond Meade (R), Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Who Gets to

Vote in Florida?

The effort to restore voting rights to almost 1.5 million people in Florida – and what happened when that became less about voting, and more about money.

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Karen Duffin

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