Laura Sullivan

Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling
The oil and plastic industry, which makes plastic pellets, says it has programs in place to prevent any spills. But NPR and FRONTLINE found top officials have known about the problem for decades, even as they successfully fended off regulation that might have kept them in check.
December 22, 2020
Trump Stokes Fear in the Suburbs, but Few Low-Income Families Ever Make It There
In an effort to appeal to suburban voters, President Trump has promised to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhoods. But in the 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was passed, families with low incomes have not flooded the suburbs.
October 28, 2020
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plastic wars
Plastic Wars
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.
March 31, 2020
Inside The White House's Bitter Fight Over China
President Trump escalated the trade fight with China this week, saying he will steeply increase tariffs on Chinese products this Friday.
May 7, 2019
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Trump's Trade War
Trump's Trade War
The inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade.
May 7, 2019
Chinese Hacking Steals Billions; U.S. Businesses Turn A Blind Eye
Technology theft and other unfair business practices originating from China are costing the American economy more than $57 billion a year, White House officials believe, and they expect that figure to grow.
April 12, 2019
FEMA Report Acknowledges Failures in Puerto Rico Disaster Response
FEMA acknowledged for the first time it failed to properly prepare for last year’s hurricane season.
July 13, 2018
How FEMA Failed To Help Victims Of Hurricanes in Puerto Rico Recover
NPR's Laura Sullivan reports on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flawed response to Hurricane Maria, and reveals how the agency's shortcomings stymied Puerto Rico's recovery. The story is part of an investigation by FRONTLINE and NPR into the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
May 1, 2018
How Puerto Rico's Debt Created A Perfect Storm Before The Storm
For years, the nation's largest banks made millions off Puerto Rican debt as the island approached financial ruin. Then, with its infrastructure crumbling, a Category 4 hurricane barreled in.
May 1, 2018
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U.S. and Puerto Rico flags hang on a damaged church after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Carolina
Blackout in Puerto Rico
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
May 1, 2018
The Housing Fix
Millions of Americans can’t afford rent and only a quarter of those who need government help get it. What happens to everybody else?
October 12, 2017
Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
In Dallas and other tight rental markets, Section 8 voucher holders can't find the homes they need, while developers face resistance from wealthier neighborhoods when trying to build new housing.
May 10, 2017