Reveal: Deadly Waters

The U.S. Navy spends billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships, but how safe are the shipyards where that work is done? Reporter Jennifer Gollan and producer Stan Alcorn investigate how safety has been allowed to ebb at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. Their story takes an in-depth look at a tugboat explosion at VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding company in Mississippi.

President Trump has called for an increase in the size of the Navy fleet; from around 300 ships to at least 350. What will that increase mean for shipbuilders, and will taxpayers be getting their money’s worth? Reporter Sukey Lewis explores one of the newest warships in the Navy’s fleet and whether it’s living up to expectations.

And finally, we head to the Pacific Ocean, where a man whose job it was to make sure fishing boats play by the rules vanished mysteriously at sea. Fisheries observers monitor the fish that boats haul in from the ocean to help prevent overfishing. This sometimes puts them at odds with the crew, and in recent years, there’s been an increase in reports of abuse and harassment of observers. Our story is from Reveal’s Tom Knudson.

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Reveal is a weekly radio program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. For more, check out our website and subscribe to our podcast.




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