Investigations Read the latest from NPR's investigative team. If you have solid tips or documents on stories we should probe, please send them to us.

Investigations

Rioters take to the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. An NPR analysis found more Capitol riot defendants may have ties to the Oath Keepers, a far-right group, than was previously known. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Capitol riot suspects had more ties to Oath Keepers than previously known

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1054024084/1054428170" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A man using a wheelchair hands his ID to an officer at a security screening checkpoint at Orlando International Airport in 2020. Paul Henness/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Paul Henness/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Despite calls to improve, air travel is still a nightmare for many with disabilities

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1049814332/1054175449" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A demonstrator wears a badge for the extremist group the Oath Keepers on a protective vest during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the day before the Capitol siege. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Active-duty police in major U.S. cities appear on purported Oath Keepers rosters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1052098059/1052651068" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Prior to his arrest on charges stemming from the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Alan Hostetter led protests against lockdown policies related to COVID-19 and pro-Trump "Stop The Steal" rallies in California. In a recent video posted to the platform BitChute, he said he will represent himself at trial, while wearing a hat saying "COVID IS A SCAM." Screenshot via BitChute hide caption

toggle caption
Screenshot via BitChute

Why some alleged Capitol rioters are acting as their own attorneys

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1048528723/1049546407" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Police stand in a line outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A Capitol Police officer is accused of telling a Jan. 6 suspect to hide evidence

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1046445304/1046519852" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

John Pierce has taken on more defendants related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection than any other lawyer. "I believe it's around 18," he told NPR in a recent interview, adding, "Don't hold me to it." Nam Y. Huh/Pool/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Nam Y. Huh/Pool/AP

John Pierce Represents More Capitol Riot Defendants Than Anyone. Should He?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1034907410/1035224906" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Afghan evacuees sit on a bus at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany, on Aug. 26. Ramstein Air Base, the largest U.S. Air Force base in Europe, has hosted thousands of Afghans. Armando Babani/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Armando Babani/AFP via Getty Images

What It's Like Inside The U.S. Processing Center Welcoming Thousands Of Afghans

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1034794347/1034794861" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The National Rifle Association's annual meeting featuring thousands of supporters listening to high-profile speakers fueled its influence. But for the past two years, the crowds had to stay home. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The NRA Cancels Its Annual Meeting Again, Underscoring The Group's Uncertain Future

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1033748392/1033910867" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Medics transport a man with COVID-19 symptoms to a hospital in Austin, Texas. More than 3 million people in the state have had COVID-19, but just 81,000 are listed in a central data set at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
John Moore/Getty Images

Millions Of People Are Missing From CDC COVID Data As States Fail To Report Cases

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1032885251/1033374491" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

When investigators discovered the hack on Microsoft Exchange servers in January, they thought it was about stealing emails. Now they believe China vacuumed up reams of information in a bid to develop better artificial intelligence, or AI. Matt Chinworth for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Matt Chinworth for NPR

China's Microsoft Hack May Have Had A Bigger Purpose Than Just Spying

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1013501080/1031412236" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marines transport a detainee in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Nearly 800 detainees have passed through the prison since it opened that year. Today, 39 men are still being held there. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

The Taliban's Rise Is Complicating Biden's Efforts To Close Guantánamo's Prison

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1030177682/1030267336" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Taliban fighters mobilize to control a crowd during a rally for Afghanistan's independence day in Kabul on Aug. 19. The Taliban seized control of the city this week, effectively capturing the country in a matter of weeks. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Afghan Army Collapsed In Days. Here Are The Reasons Why

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1029451594/1029822347" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An information board shows people who are wanted by law enforcement on suspicion of assaulting federal officers at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. Yegor Aleyev/Tass via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Yegor Aleyev/Tass via Getty Images

The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1028527768/1029004733" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Cruz Urias Beltran collapsed because of heat-related illness while working in a cornfield near Grand Island, Neb., in 2018. He is one of at least 384 workers who died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S. in the last decade, according to an investigation by Columbia Journalism Investigations and NPR. Walker Pickering for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Walker Pickering for NPR

Heat is killing workers in the U.S. — and there are no federal rules to protect them

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1026154042/1028368106" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, has faced calls for his resignation over ties to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal. The Human Rights Campaign has launched an internal investigation. David has denied all wrongdoing. Kevin Wolf/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin Wolf/AP

In February 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was praised by the president of the Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David. David previously served as a legal adviser to Cuomo. Now, critics on the political left and right are calling for both men to resign. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Cuomo Scandal Entangles Leader Of Influential LGBTQ Advocacy Group

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1025454941/1025551770" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

NPR spoke to more than a dozen current and former employees of One Medical. They say the high-end medical company has fundamentally changed its focus, with increasing revenue and reducing costs taking center stage. DrAfter123/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
DrAfter123/Getty Images

One Medical Employees Say Concierge Care Provider Is Putting Profits Over Patients

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1016561613/1025248705" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Trump supporters breach security and storm inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The woman in blue with her fist raised was later identified as Suzanne Ianni. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department Is Struggling To Bring Capitol Riot Cases To Trial: Here's Why

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1013500073/1021373132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A U.S. military guard tower stands on the perimeter of the detainee camp on September 16, 2010, in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. There are now 39 detainees remaining after the prisoner transfer on July 19, 2021. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
John Moore/Getty Images

Biden Administration Transfers First Detainee Out Of Guantánamo

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1017883509/1018025491" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Police stand guard Thursday outside the residence of the late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince after his assassination last week. Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to make sure foster youth who receive Social Security benefits have access to those checks. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, co-sponsor of the motion, said the new directive is a "game changer." Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group via Getty Images