If you’ve been following Reveal this year (and we hope so since you’re reading this post), then you know we launched a monthly national public radio show in January. “Reveal” has aired on over 300 public radio stations around the country, and the podcast has been downloaded close to 3 million times.
Now, as we look to 2016, we’re going even bigger. We’re taking “Reveal” weekly starting in January, bringing more great investigative reporting – from The Center for Investigative Reporting and partner newsrooms – to the airwaves. Already, even as a monthly show, we’ve had impact. Our stories have led to a crackdown on for-profit colleges preying on veterans, drawn government focus to the lack of safety standards for domestic oil field workers and highlighted the battle over water – not just in drought-plagued California, but around the world. (You should listen to how Saudi Arabia is using land in the Arizona desert to solve its own water problems.)
That’s why we’re launching a Kickstarter to help us bring more investigative reporting to public radio. We’re working on stories with The Texas Tribune, KQED in the San Francisco Bay Area, WAMU in Washington, WNYC in New York, The Center for Public Integrity, FRONTLINE and The Seattle Times – just to name a few. Your support is critical to build the team that will bring these and other stories to light.
We have some pretty fantastic gifts lined up by our multitalented staff – everything from dinner with Daniel Ellsberg and our executive director to talk about the Pentagon Papers to a handmade Bluetooth-enabled Reveal radio, music playlists created by our reporters, coffee brewing lessons, consulting on your podcast or documentary project, and much more.
We hope you’ll take a moment to support our Kickstarter. Investigative reporting is expensive, but we bring you these vital stories for free. Your support will help us continue telling stories that change lives in the years to come.