Senator Dale Bumpers calls it, "probably the most outrageous practice still going on in this country." He is referring to a federal law passed in 1872 that allows mining companies to extract billions of dollars in public minerals virtually for free.
This investigation uncovers charges that a chain of for-profit mental hospitals used unscrupulous marketing techniques to 'recruit' patients. The hospitals then held patients hostage to maximize payments from a US Defense Department health plan. The story revealed further evidence of abuse: inadequate staffing, use of unlicensed personnel, and inappropriate treatment.
Phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride (PPA), a substance found in over-the-counter weight loss products, cold medicines and sinus remedies, has long been associated with adverse reactions ranging from severe headaches to fatal strokes.
This one-hour documentary examines the secret history of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver. When 23 ordinary Colorado citizens went public with what they had learned about accidents and waste management at the plant, all hell broke loose.
Problem cars, plant closures and a legacy of arrogance: is what's good for GM good for America? This investigation explores Detroit's influence on capitol hill and its lasting effects on the environment.
CIR provided reporting assistance and production support for this one-hour documentary that focuses on the national debate over 'jobs vs. the environment' and the anti-environmental movement that this conflict has unleashed.
This documentary investigates into the dumping of U.S. military toxic waste at the Subic Bay and Clark air bases in the Philippines. This report reveals that the U.S. had refused to accept responsibility for tons of military and industrial waste it left behind after the bases were closed.
In 1992, a year when the presidential campaigns cost $400 million, CIR investigates the behind-the-scenes money givers who finance the presidential campaigns and the access and influence they gain with the candidates. Correspondent Robert Krulwich follows the largest contributors to the Bush and Clinton campaigns and traces the impact money has on American politics.
"The Politics of Power" examines the story of our nation's failed energy policy. Correspondent Nick Kotz investigates the role the Bush administration and key congressional committees played in creating a national energy policy that remains guided by special interests, calls for the controversial revival of nuclear power, and leaves America increasingly dependent on foreign oil supplies.
One of the most important jobs of the Professional Liabilities Section of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), the federal agency responsible for overseeing the S&L bailout, is to recover some of the hundreds of billions of dollars from the officers and directors of thrifts who acted fraudulently or negligently.