Document is a narrative-driven reporting project committed to long-form, enterprise and investigative journalism. Document projects will be primarily reported by the Document team in NHPR’s newsroom, helmed by Jason Moon, host of the hit NHPR podcast Bear Brook, and Lauren Chooljian, co-host of NHPR’s award-winning Stranglehold podcast.
Document underscores NHPR’s commitment to delving deeper in our journalism and uncovering stories that matter.
Season Three: Death Resulting
Two friends share drugs. One overdoses and dies. The other survives. Is that murder?
Amid the deadliest drug crisis in history, America is often answering “yes” to that question. Prosecutors are increasingly treating overdose deaths as homicides, locking up drug dealers who sell fentanyl to people living with addiction — people who are often addicted themselves. Some see justice and accountability in convictions under so-called “death resulting” laws. Some see a new and widening front in America’s failed War on Drugs.
In Death Resulting, we hone in on one of these homicide cases and meet a young man facing a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence in federal prison for his friend’s death. Along the way we examine the forces that shape that case — from a cycle of generational trauma and addiction to the racist origins and current impacts of these prosecutions.
So...an accident — or a homicide? Our answer could shape how we address the deadliest overdose crisis in American history.
Document Season 3, Death Resulting, debuts Dec. 8, 2021 - listen to the trailer & subscribe now.
Season One: The List
America is taking a hard look at policing right now. Many wonder: can we trust the cops? In states across the country, the answer to that question is already out there -- on secret lists kept by government lawyers.
The List looks at one state’s decades of secrecy around police misconduct and asks: why do these lists exist? How have they changed the way we think about police? And if they were finally made public, would they solve our policing problems?
Season Two: Supervision
Most criminal justice stories start with a crime; or the courts; or even prison. Supervision is a podcast about what happens next. It's the story of a parolee who thinks he’s getting freedom, a reporter looking to tell his story, and how they both got far more than they bargained for.
If you listened to Supervision in the past, take another look. This version contains new reporting and revelations that have surfaced since its release.
In The List, we talked about secret lists of police officers who engaged in misconduct that could potentially be used to undermine their testimony in a trial. We focused largely on the story of New Hampshire’s version of this kind of list, what’s known around here as the Laurie List. And we asked: what would happen if the list was finally made public? But it was a question we didn’t get to answer because – well, the Laurie List was still secret. Until now.
NHPR is rereleasing its podcast, Supervision, with new reporting and a new episode. Because this kind of re-release is uncommon, we want to lay out what…
Document: NHPR Newsroom Launches New Long-Form Journalism UnitBeginning this October, NHPR listeners and readers can expect to find more enterprise and investigative journalism spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and…
In her more than 30 years as a reporter in New Hampshire, Nancy West has earned a reputation: Blunt. Curmudgeonly. Unyielding.At press conferences, West…