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James West spent six months investigating allegations of animal mistreatment and potential violations of federal and state laws on Animal Planet’s hit show Call of the Wildman. As a result:
- The Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care launched a formal investigation.
- The US Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are looking into the claims.
- The Sierra Club launched an online petition, and another petition has garnered over 60,000 signatures.
- The show was abruptly canceled in Canada.
Just one of "24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America" that accompanied Josh Harkinson’s investigation into the negative environmental effects of illegal pot farming.
- Andy Kroll (above) appeared on Moyers & Company to discuss dark money and the upcoming midterm elections.
- Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd—three Americans held hostage in Iran for two years—appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and CBS’s Sunday Morning to discuss their book, A Sliver of Light—from which our March/April 2014 cover story was adapted.
- Mariah Blake made the rounds on radio and TV to discuss her plastics investigation, including: NPR’s On Point With Tom Ashbrook, Democracy Now!, KERA’s Think, KQED Forum, KQED The California Report, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, and PRI’s Living On Earth.
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