12 episodes

Season 2 of The Heist explores the racial wealth gap in America, how banks have contributed to this disparity, and one woman’s quest to narrow it in her hometown. From the Center for Public Integrity and Transmitter Media, the second season of The Heist kicks off Feb. 22, 2022. Text GAP with each episode to get photos video, stories and more right your phone.

Our award-winning first season of The Heist explored the story of a huge political swindle, how it happened, and how power worked in a Donald Trump presidency. Reporters spent months behind the scenes: we get to know a big Republican donor, a senator who caves to political pressure, and the enigmatic Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, who led the charge for these laws.

The Heist Center for Public Integrity

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    • 4.3 • 19 Ratings

Season 2 of The Heist explores the racial wealth gap in America, how banks have contributed to this disparity, and one woman’s quest to narrow it in her hometown. From the Center for Public Integrity and Transmitter Media, the second season of The Heist kicks off Feb. 22, 2022. Text GAP with each episode to get photos video, stories and more right your phone.

Our award-winning first season of The Heist explored the story of a huge political swindle, how it happened, and how power worked in a Donald Trump presidency. Reporters spent months behind the scenes: we get to know a big Republican donor, a senator who caves to political pressure, and the enigmatic Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, who led the charge for these laws.

    How Do You Catch Up?

    How Do You Catch Up?

    ReShonda Young got an up-close look at the wealth gap while working at a small investment firm, just outside her hometown of Waterloo, where she was the first point of contact for clients. She helped clients get ready to talk to an advisor about their investment portfolio and retirement planning. Within the first month, she noticed something about the clients she was meeting: almost all of them were white. These clients had generational wealth that made ReShonda realize that Black families had deeply unequal access to capital. It left ReShonda thinking, “how do Black families catch up?” She started teaching her community how to manage finances but she wanted to do more. ReShonda landed on starting her own bank. Text GAP to 737-727-4321 and dig into this episode with photos, video, graphics and more right to your phone. 

    • 29 min
    Popcorn Heaven

    Popcorn Heaven

    ReShonda builds a popcorn business with a too-small loan, learning something that leaves her reeling. She joins a lawsuit that will have national ripple effects.

    • 32 min
    Shifting goalposts

    Shifting goalposts

    It's a lot harder to find investors for a new bank than people willing to open accounts there. ReShonda discovers a group that might be interested in helping fund her Bank of Jabez.

    • 25 min
    The wealth-gap machine

    The wealth-gap machine

    How did the wealth gap become so huge? And what will it take to really fix it? As ReShonda digs into an aspect of the country's discriminatory history that intersects with her life in a deeply personal way, a key wealth-gap researcher tackles those questions.

    • 30 min
    Carrying the load

    Carrying the load

    ReShonda finds a potential home for her bank and a kindred spirit. And she faces new challenges.

    • 22 min
    Introducing season 2 of The Heist from The Center for Public Integrity

    Introducing season 2 of The Heist from The Center for Public Integrity

    Season 2 of our award-winning podcast The Heist is the story of an enduring American injustice and one woman's effort to address it in her hometown.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

MikeMoya ,

Oh so sweet

Hearing Republican donor Doug Deason, who donated to Trump campaign to get ‘the right people elected’ say he was ‘disgusted’ by the John McCain Obamacare vote, was one of the sweetest things i have heard. What a piece of work this guy is......

Helly UK ,

Gripping!

Shocking story, brilliantly told. I can’t wait for the next episode.

Jonathan Stoneman ,

What’s with the music?

Fascinating story, exposed very slowly. But I really don’t understand what the string quartet adds to it. Actually - it is so distracting and irritating that I had to keep stopping and taking a break. I wanted to hear the story. I did not expect to have to listen through a string quartet concert at the same time.

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