Billions of dollars have been spent trying to restore the Florida Everglades. But there are concerns that those efforts are not working. Special correspondent Duarte Geraldino reports for our weekly report on the Leading Edge of science.
As I walked the hills of Forsyth County, Georgia, my eyes fixated on the ground, I imagined the fright two teenagers would have felt being led to their death more than a century ago. I was there to get a deeper understanding of how one small corner of America is trying to heal nearly a century after banishing almost all of its African-American residents.
In 1912, news of a violent sexual assault enraged the residents of Georgia’s Forsyth County and led to a lynching and the execution of two African American teens, as well as a campaign of terror to drive out the entire black community. Duarte Geraldino talks with Patrick Phillips, author of “Blood at the Root,” about healing from a history of racial cleansing
American Workers Choked By Non-Compete Contracts
Nearly 40 percent of Americans have signed a non-compete agreement. But do employees always know what they’ve signed and what it means for future employment prospects?
Foster Parents Reportedly Told They Could Lose Their Children Because Of A Non-Compete Contract
There’s a growing movement to restrict, or even ban employee non-compete agreements. Nearly 40 percent of all American workers have, at some point, signed such contracts, which critics say do something decidedly un-American: stifle competition. The NewsHour reveals that even lampshade makers and licensed foster care parents are asked to sign them. Special correspondent Duarte Geraldino reports.
San Francisco Housing Crisis
The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is a whopping $3,590. With diminishing housing options and soaring rents, the city also has one of the higher homelessness rates in the nation.
Duarte Geraldino traveled to San Francisco, where he met housing advocate Gary McCoy. McCoy, who was homeless in San Francisco for years, is now running for a seat on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.
In Ordered Out, we follow the Caro family. Both father and son are being ordered out of the United States. Ramon Caro is being deported after spending nearly 30 years in prison, while his son is being deployed to the Middle East to defend a country that has banished his father.
Duarte Geraldino went to Santo Domingo and spoke to a young businesswoman who refuses to straighten her hair and is making money helping other women go natural.
“The Value Of My Black Life”
A growing number of voices say the U.S. legal system doesn’t value everyone’s life equally, especially the lives of people of color and low-income citizens. Duarte Geraldino introduces us to the youngest person in U.S. history to be sentenced to death. He was exonerated but still, insists American courts consider lives like his worthless. He was never compensated for the injustice.
Inherited Utility Debt?
In some states prices for rent, gas and electricity have risen faster than incomes. To make ends meet, some parents are passing energy debt onto their children. Think about that for a moment: Parents are transferring the debt to their children. Such a move should not even be possible. In theory, the American legal system is designed to prevent people from being born into debt and yet, as Duarte Geraldino reports, some people are slipping through the cracks because of a strange mix of evolving utility markets, an antiquated social security system and identity theft.
Recording The Cops: Fighting Back in Ferguson
In November 2014, a federal judge entered a consent order prohibiting Ferguson officers from interfering with individuals’ rights to lawfully and peacefully record public police activities, but despite that, both residents and the Department of Justice says police are still trying to stop citizens from collecting video evidence.
Operation Green Card: Broken Immigration System is hurting U.S. Military
You’ve heard it said before: The United States immigration system is broken; more than 11million undocumented immigrants are currently living in the USA; the wait-time to become a citizen — from application to naturalization — can sometimes take ten years or more. Now one former high-ranking army officer is joining a growing number of critics who say the immigration backlog and red tape is compromising the U.S. military, and as Duarte Geraldino reports, putting Americans at home and abroad in danger.
Undocumented Business Owners
By some estimates, hundreds of thousands of American small businesses are owned by undocumented immigrants. Tamara Jimenez and her family are one example. She and her mother came to the United States 11 years ago from Nicaragua, when Tamara was 15 years old. After years of working odd and insecure jobs, they decided to open a bakery in North Philadelphia.