nurse station

Nursing homes scramble for solutions

Many nursing homes face ongoing staff shortages, a problem that predates the pandemic. In Maine, the use of contract nurses and assistants has soared since 2017.

FRONTLINE: Political coverage

From the archives: Programs produced in affiliation with FRONTLINE examined campaign spending, Trump’s trade wars and an ongoing housing crisis that a federal program has yet to fix.

FRONTLINE: Health coverage

From the archives: Health coverage includes probes into hospitals; the use of antibiotics on farms; the rise in infections that antibiotics can’t stop.

FRONTLINE: Environmental programs

From the archives: A recent PBS FRONTLINE program produced in collaboration with NPR and IRW examined the ballooning plastic waste worldwide and what industry experts knew from the outset what was and wasn’t possible to recycle.

Protesters with fists raised

An endless cycle of outrage and reform

For decades, police misconduct and the use of controversial tactics have fueled cycles of outrage that have been followed by commissions, studies and orders or promises to reform that often fade as time passes and scrutiny wanes.

Ambulance in front of hospital

The Healthcare Divide

FRONTLINE, NPR and IRW examine the market forces and uneven government support that are deepening the healthcare divide, with profits at some hospitals booming, while many safety nets struggle to stay afloat.

desk at home

The home-schooling bump

Documents from local school districts and state departments of education show that historic numbers of K-12 students across the D.C. region switched from attending their local public schools to home-school for the 2020-2021 academic year as the pandemic raged.

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Unequal paths for engineers

Black engineers face an unequal playing field. IRW spent months asking lawmakers, engineers and government agencies to explain why there’s no national standard for the licensure of engineers with four-year engineering technology degrees. The collective answers ranged from institutional racism to protecting the status quo to concerns over educational qualifications.

The Ohio statehouse in Columbus viewed from a park across the street

A piecemeal repeal

Utilities, fossil fuel interests and nuclear plants are still reaping advantages over clean energy in Ohio, despite a repeal of the law at the heart of an alleged $60 million corruption scandal.