The Heist

News & Politics Podcasts

Season 2 of The Heist explores the racial wealth gap in America, how banks have contributed to this disparity, and one woman’s quest to narrow it in her hometown. From The Center for Public Integrity and Transmitter Media, the second season of The Heist kicks off Feb. 22, 2022. Our award-winning first season of The Heist explored the story of a huge political swindle, how it happened, and how power worked in a Donald Trump presidency. Reporters spent months behind the scenes: we get to know a big Republican donor, a senator who caves to political pressure, and the enigmatic Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, who led the charge for these laws.

Location:

United States

Description:

Season 2 of The Heist explores the racial wealth gap in America, how banks have contributed to this disparity, and one woman’s quest to narrow it in her hometown. From The Center for Public Integrity and Transmitter Media, the second season of The Heist kicks off Feb. 22, 2022. Our award-winning first season of The Heist explored the story of a huge political swindle, how it happened, and how power worked in a Donald Trump presidency. Reporters spent months behind the scenes: we get to know a big Republican donor, a senator who caves to political pressure, and the enigmatic Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, who led the charge for these laws.

Language:

English


Episodes

Carrying the load

3/22/2022
ReShonda finds a potential home for her bank and a kindred spirit. And she faces new challenges.

Duration:00:23:56

The wealth-gap machine

3/15/2022
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.

Duration:00:27:48

Shifting goalposts

3/7/2022
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.

Duration:00:23:49

Popcorn Heaven

3/1/2022
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.

Duration:00:33:15

How Do You Catch Up?

2/22/2022
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...

Duration:00:30:42

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

2/2/2022
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.

Duration:00:02:21

The Virus

10/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:31:34

Better Off?

10/8/2020
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.

Duration:00:30:54

Buyer's Remorse

10/1/2020
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.

Duration:00:42:49

Mnuchin’s World

9/24/2020
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.

Duration:00:35:38

The Dallas Piggy Bank

9/17/2020
In 2017, rich Republican donors demanded a legislative victory, and this is how they got it. We meet one big donor from Dallas who goes on the record to explain how money and power work in Trump’s America. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how political pressure led to the 2017 tax bill, a huge giveaway to the wealthy.

Duration:00:30:49

Welcome to The Heist

9/1/2020
Welcome to the Heist: How did massive amounts of government money end up in the pockets of corporations and rich Americans during Trump’s presidency? We go inside the system to find out. Episodes drop weekly starting September 17, 2020.

Duration:00:03:44