Host Kelly McEvers takes a story from the news and goes deep. Whether that means digging into the Trump administration's past, the stories behind police shootings caught on video, or visiting a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic, Embedded takes you where the news is happening.
On Our Watch: 20-20 Hindsight
After his son is shot and killed by a Richmond, Calif. police officer, a father looking for answers becomes a police transparency advocate. When the files about his son's death are released, they show an accountability system that seems to hang on one question: did the officer fear for their life? And in a rare interview, we hear from the officer who pulled the trigger.
On Our Watch: Conduct Unbecoming
A police officer in Los Angeles told women he'd let their cars pass inspection if they had sex with him. In the San Francisco, Bay Area, another woman says an officer used police resources to harass and stalk her. The California Highway Patrol quietly fired both men for sexual harassment, but never looked into whether their misconduct was criminal. The second episode of the NPR series On Our Watch examines the system of accountability for officers who abuse their power for sex and exposes where that system falls short.
On Our Watch: In Good Faith
In the small Northern California town of Rio Vista, a woman named Katheryn Jenks calls 911 for help. But after the police arrive, she ends up injured and inside a jail cell, facing serious charges. That same day, California Governor Jerry Brown signs a new law, State Senate Bill 1421, that opens up long hidden records of police misconduct, including files that might change the outcome of Jenks' case. This story is from the new NPR series, On Our Watch.
Capital Gazette: "We Are The Newsroom"
Part 4: In our final episode, the Capital Gazette is swept up in the troubles of the newspaper industry. Its corporate owners are making painful cuts, and a hedge fund with an ominous reputation seeks control. Staff members, who survived the 2018 shooting and kept the Capital going, wonder if the paper can last.
Capital Gazette: "I Know He Did It"
Part 3: The Capital Gazette takes on a new beat: itself. As the shooter's case works its way towards trial, the staff tries to balance coverage obligations with personal feelings.
Here is Capital photographer Paul Gillespie's stunning collection of photographs of the newspaper's staff and the families of the victims.
Capital Gazette: "It's OK That We're Alive"
Part 2: How do you try to return to normal after a mass shooting? The Capital Gazette moves into a tiny, temporary office, and staff members confront the challenges of producing a daily paper while dealing with fear and guilt.
If you think you have heard it all, just listen to the episode "The Capital" – a report right out of the everyday hell in El Salvador – and you will be rendered speechless, speechless also in cosideration of the show's host Kelly McEver's willingness to go places others would not dare to visit. "Embedded" is simply one of the most stunning programmes you can listen to these days. Glorious proof for the importance of intensive, invested, insistend journalism - and thus the absolute opposite to all those rushed news bits we are all so fed up with.