The Heist
Carrying the load

Carrying the load

March 22, 2022

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

The wealth-gap machine

The wealth-gap machine

March 15, 2022

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.

Shifting goalposts

Shifting goalposts

March 7, 2022

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.

Popcorn Heaven

Popcorn Heaven

March 1, 2022

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.

How Do You Catch Up?

How Do You Catch Up?

February 22, 2022

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. 

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

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

February 2, 2022

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.

The Virus

The Virus

October 15, 2020

Our final episode of the season. The coronavirus has hit, and America is experiencing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Congress and the Trump administration rush to roll out the Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP was supposed to help small businesses and their workers. But with the system rigged to favor the rich, things quickly go wrong.

Better Off?

Better Off?

October 8, 2020

What did companies do with their huge tax break? The Trump administration made grand promises about the 2017 tax law — that corporations would invest the windfall in their workers, boosting the entire economy. So, are we better off? We look at the case of American Airlines, which is now furloughing thousands of workers in the middle of the pandemic.

Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse

October 1, 2020

Republicans say they hate debt. So why did they push for a tax bill that would add almost two trillion dollars to the country’s tab? Only one Republican senator broke ranks - until he didn’t. This episode tells the story of the flip-flops, backroom deals and magical thinking that led to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Mnuchin’s World

Mnuchin’s World

September 24, 2020

Who is Steven Mnuchin? He somehow manages to fly under the radar, but as Treasury Secretary he has tremendous power. How did a man with no record of public service and the nickname “the “Foreclosure King” become the guy in charge of America’s money? The answer? This is how power works in Trump’s America.

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