A cost-cutting decision to switch municipal water sources leads to a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Prelude: The discovery and response to the lead contamination of Washington, D.C. drinking water.
A chemical technician risks her life to expose corporate misdeeds at a nuclear facility in Oklahoma. Prelude: Energy mogul Robert S. Kerr becomes the "uncrowned king of the Senate".
Two Luzerne County judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers. Prelude: Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal.
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster. Prelude: James Denney, a Missouri farmer, makes a deal for a local chemical company to bury its waste on his property.
Reverend Jim Bakker's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire. Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed.
An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted decades, accounting for over 20,000 deaths and half a million injured. Prelude: A cloud of gas sweeps over the Chemical Valley region in West Virginia.
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap. Prelude: A California janitor's case against the owners of a phone booth is labeled as a "frivolous" lawsuit by President Ronald Reagan.
A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the lives of more than 2 million women around the world. Prelude: A pill scare sweeps the nation as a result of the Nelson Pill Hearings.
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Prelude: The Lapland New Forest Christmas Festival delivers an underwhelming experience.
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Prelude: Baby milk tainted with an industrial chemical leads to over 300,000 illnesses and 6 deaths in China.