The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) brings its signature journalism to public television this fall with Reveal, a four-part series presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting and being fed by NETA to PBS affiliates on October 1, 2014.
Reveal is a first-of-its-kind television show that brings viewers deep into investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. Beginning with a lead documentary and closing with shorter, high-impact stories, each hour-long episode digs into crucial and often underreported issues: from “Her War,” which explores why women veterans make up the fastest growing segment of the nation’s homeless population to “State of Surveillance,” a look at new technologies that are revolutionizing policing and alarming those who fear that privacy and civil liberties will be eroded.
Hidden stories, uncovered; that’s what Reveal is all about.
Here are just a few of the key stories investigated in this groundbreaking series:
“ALONE: Teens in Solitary Confinement”
Placing jailed teens in solitary confinement has become standard practice in U.S. prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities. Reveal investigates this practice, taking viewers to New York City’s Rikers Island, where teens can spend months in “the box,” and a juvenile detention center in Santa Cruz, California, where solitary is used sparingly.
“TO KILL A SPARROW”
This is the story of Sohelia Rahimolla, a young woman in Afghanistan who escaped a forced marriage with the help of the man she loved. When her father found them, he had her arrested. Then he threatened to kill her. Filmed inside Afghan prisons and a network of “safe houses” this documentary gives viewers an intimate look at Soheila’s struggle to live and love freely, a struggle faced by thousands of women in that war-torn nation.
“BROKEN CITY POETS”
A coming-of-age documentary about four teens growing up in Stockton, California, a bankrupt, crime-ridden city. With the help of some journalists, the high school students explore what happened to Stockton and what it means for their futures. “Broken City Poets” follows the teens preparing for—and competing in—a slam poetry contest about their troubled town.
“GENERATION Z: Child Soldiers of the Zetas”
The Zetas, the notoriously violent drug cartel, are enlisting new recruits for the drug wars: children. This documentary takes viewers to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, where cartel members are grooming teen assassins.
Reveal is a production of The Center for Investigative Reporting and is presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Reveal will be available for PBS affiliates on October 1, 2014.