Amidst the confusion and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have sought out a long-trusted lifeline: the local newspaper. Though the value of local journalism is more apparent now than ever, newspapers are not thriving. They're collapsing. For many communities, this means fewer local stories and job losses. But new research suggests there's another consequence that's harder to spot — one that comes with a hefty price tag for residents. This week on Hidden Brain, we return to a 2018 episode that's acutely relevant today and ask, who bears the cost when nobody wants to pay?
Laura Frank, nationally known investigative reporter and executive director of Colorado-based I-News, will be our guest today. She'll talk about I-News' most recent investigation, which probed where e-waste -- recycled computers and the like -- really wind up, and how public records and public information figured into that investigation. Laura is a friend and former colleague of mine from The Tennessean, and I know you will enjoy hearing her talk.
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