Crime and Justice

  • Cox reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and documentary film producer Marco Williams converged at San Francisco State University in May to talk to students and visitors and answer questions about their respective projects. Jaspin read an excerpt from his new book Buried in the Bitter Waters and Williams screened his award-winning documentary Banished.

  • This radio documentary on the lingering effects of the racial expulsion that took place in Corbin, Kentucky, was produced by John Biewen of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • From the 1860s to the 1920s, dozens of towns and counties across America violently expelled their entire African American communities. Many of these remain all-white today. Banished, directed by Marco Williams, tells the story of three of these counties -- of the Black descendants who return to learn their shocking history, and the white residents who struggle with their hidden past.

  • After news surfaced that big-name professional athletes were abusing performance-enhancing drugs, the two San Francisco Chronicle journalists who broke the story found themselves forced to walk the delicate line between the power of the law and freedom of the press. At issue: whether or not they would be sent to jail for refusing to reveal confidential sources.

  • In the mountains of Peru, a smokestack towers over a bustling city of one-room tin houses, where women carry babies on their backs and hang laundry to dry in the wind.

  • "Policing the Force," produced by CIR associates Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen, begins airing Friday, October 13 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

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  • Reporting from Nepal, Jordan and Iraq, the Chicago Tribune's Cam Simpson uncovers a vast human trafficking network.

  • The Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new policy requiring "all federal courts to use conflict-checking computer software to identify cases in which judges may have a financial conflict of interest and should disqualify themselves." This was prompted by "recent reports" that "several judges may have participated in matters in which they had a financial interest," according to a memo sent to all federal judges in August.

  • AIR, the new weekly series chronicling groundbreaking journalistic investigations, is produced by Thirteen/WNET in New York in association with CIR. "An Inside Job" begins airing Friday, September 15 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

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