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Sacrifice Zones: Communities in the Path of Industrial Pollution

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In an exciting partnership with Spotify and Gimlet Media’s “How to Save a Planet” podcast, climate reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis walks us through the groundbreaking investigation by ProPublica that revealed more than 1,000 hot spots of cancer-causing industrial air pollution across the U.S.

Speakers include:

Maya Miller, engagement reporter, ProPublica
Al Shaw, deputy editor, news applications, ProPublica
John Beard Jr., founder and CEO, Port Arthur Community Action Network

The Billionaire Playbook

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For the past year, ProPublica’s reporting for “The Secret IRS Files” has shined a light on the growing wealth gap, inequities in the tax system and billionaires’ playbook for dodging taxes. Using a vast trove of never-before-seen IRS data, we explained how Elon Musk was able to pay zero dollars in federal income tax in a recent year, how Peter Thiel amassed $5 billion in a Roth IRA and why billionaires can pay far lower tax rates than average Americans.

A new tax proposal released by President Joe Biden takes direct aim at billionaires. The administration’s plan would introduce a 20% tax on increases in wealth for households worth more than $100 million. Biden’s budget proposal signals a paradigm shift since it would change what gets counted as income.

At this event, discussed how the federal tax system is broken (and who broke it), explained why the federal tax code is key to reducing wealth inequality and various reform ideas like Biden’s recent billionaire tax proposal.

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The View From Here: Minnesota Media After the National Spotlight

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In partnership with Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Minnesota’s media outlets continue to innovate, with an eye on providing news that empowers the local community and champions underrepresented voices. How do legacy news organizations and hyperlocal publications collaborate? What are the opportunities and hurdles that come with striving to do local news well in a resource-strapped environment?

ProPublica convened a group of dynamic media leaders in Minnesota, moderated by reporter Jessica Lussenhop, for a conversation about representation, resources and what it means to create trusted and meaningful media.

Our speakers include:
Harry Colbert, managing editor, MinnPost
Suki Dardarian, senior managing editor and vice president, Star Tribune
Sarah Glover, managing editor, Minnesota Public Radio
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim, publisher and CEO, Sahan Journal
Tracey Williams-Dillard, CEO and publisher, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup

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Last year, Louisiana state officials opened a high-security lockup for teenagers. These teenagers, some of whom had serious mental illness, were kept in solitary confinement round-the-clock and shackled when they were allowed to leave their cells. They did not receive court-ordered counseling, nor any education, in violation of state and federal law.

A ProPublica investigation, co-reported with The Marshall Project and NBC News, reveals deplorable conditions Louisiana teenagers endured at a secret, high-security facility known as the Acadiana Center for Youth at St. Martinville. In this event, we discussed the factors that led to the creation of this facility, examined whether St. Martinville is part of a larger pattern in Louisiana’s history and the juvenile justice system nationally, and explored potential pathways to reform.

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How One Country Sought to Combat the Harm of Burning Sugar Cane

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Join ProPublica video journalist Nadia Sussman and Seattle Times reporter Lulu Ramadan as we discuss the controversial practice of cane burning in Florida and why Brazil, the world’s largest producer of sugar cane, has mostly stopped the burns.

Speakers include:
Dr. Christopher Holmes, Associate professor of meteorology at Florida State University
Antonio L L Queiroz, technical adviser in the presidency of State of S√£o Paulo environmental agency (CETESTB)
Dr. Helena Ribeiro, professor of environmental health at University of S√£o Paulo School of Public Health
Dr. Raffaella Rossetto, scientific researcher at Agronomic Institute of Campinas

COVID: Year Three

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As we enter Year Three of COVID-19, many are wondering how the pandemic will end. Will the virus become endemic? What will it look like to coexist with the virus, and how might that differ around the globe? How will policies evolve over time? ProPublica convened a panel of experts to answer these questions as we consider our COVID-19 future.

The Insurrection: One Year Later

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On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, ProPublica convened experts to discuss what the Jan. 6 protest-turned-invasion means for our democracy and for the 2022 election year.

Our panel included:
– Jennifer Morrell, former local election official and election audit expert
– Jocelyn Benson, Michigan secretary of state
– Kai Wright, host and managing editor of “United States of Anxiety”
– Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the program on extremism at George Washington University
– Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica editor in chief (moderator)

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Brazil Shows You Can Harvest Sugar Cane Without Polluting the Air

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Florida’s largest sugar companies say cane burning is safe and can’t be stopped without economic harm. But Brazil has successfully transitioned away from the controversial practice, and experts there say the U.S. can follow their lead.

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Affordable Housing in Reno

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Reno, Nevada, has one of the most severe affordable housing shortages in the nation. Only 326 subsidized housing units have been built in Reno during the last six years, an amount that failed to keep pace with growth. A recent ProPublica investigation revealed that Reno has no policy to deter demolition of affordable housing, nor requirements to replace lost units. Once such housing is gone, it often stays gone.

Join ProPublica reporter Anjeanette Damon as she moderates a community conversation on the future of affordable housing in Reno. In partnership with Reno Gazette Journal and Nevada Humanities, this program includes a panel of key local stakeholders gives residents an opportunity to ask panelists questions.

Speakers include:
• Christine Hess, Executive Director, Nevada Housing Coalition
• Dane C. Hillyard, Principal, Co-Founder, Greenstreet Development
• Devon T. Reese, At-Large Reno City Council member
• Lilith Baran, Program Assistant, ACLU of Nevada
• Wendy Wiglesworth, Outreach Director, Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality (RISE)

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