The Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Reveal presents original work from CIR's team along with various partners: stations, producers, web sites, journalism centers and reporters from around the world. 

Founded in 1977 as the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization, The Center for Investigative Reporting has developed a reputation for being among the most innovative, credible and relevant media organizations in the country. It is the longest running independent investigative organization in the country with an unblemished track record. The editors are tops in their field with extensive investigative experience. Reveal finds out what’s going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view. The program is subject to legal review before broadcast and is strict on editing and excerpting.

Reveal is carried on over 450 stations across the country and in the top 10 markets.

Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX

Executive Producer
Kevin Sullivan

Feed schedule via Exchange
Thursday with the air window opening on Saturday

Al Letson

59:00 with two floating 1:00 breaks

Number of programs
Ongoing, weekly 

Program Website

Listener Line

Broadcast Rights
he program is designed to be broadcast at any time, multiple times within the 6 days after its release. If the editors determine that a show or segment needs to be updated we will produce an updated episode and alert stations how to get that program. To insure accuracy, the Reveal episodes cannot be aired out of order or held and aired at a later date. Stations cannot excerpt or edit any part of Reveal without permission of PRX and CIR. For more information, contact your Station Services representative.

Additional subscription and program Information can be found on the Exchange.

Program Highlights

  • “Reveal” is carried on 527 stations and is available in 98.1% of the US, demonstrating the show’s ability to engage and hold the attention of listeners across the country. 

  • In Fall 2020, “Reveal” had even more weekly listeners than Fall 2019, which fortifies their position as critical listening, important for processing the urgency of the changing world we live in.

  • Reveal” has more than one million weekly listeners.

  • “Reveal” is carried in all ten Top 10 DMA markets


Production Team


Soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has garnered Al Letson national recognition and devoted fans. In 2008 Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). Every episode SOTRU examined America through the lens of community. The program aired on more than 300 NPR stations, receiving critical acclaim, and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award (2014), three consecutive National Edward R. Murrow Awards (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2015 SOTRU ended production and Letson joined the Center for Investigative Reporting to help launch and host public radio's first hour-long investigative journalism show, Reveal. Reveal’s first pilot, The VA’s Opiate Overload, won a Peabody Award (2013). Since that time Reveal has gained a large audience and is heard on over 400 public radio stations and over 1 million downloads a month. In 2016 Letson launched his own podcast, showcasing a little bit of errthang. Errthang is just that, everything: storytelling, radio drama, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Letson is basically taking all the things that are floating in his head and turning it into a mixtape of delight for listeners.

A true renaissance man, Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet where he established himself as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam community, being a featured on venues such as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and CBS’s 2004 Final Four PreGame. Drawing on his background as a performance poet, Letson seamlessly weaves spoken word into the fabric of his theatre work. Several of his plays produced on stages across the country. His solo performance Summer in Sanctuary opened at the Abingdon Theatre company off-Broadway in the summer of 2012 and ran for nine months at the Marsh in San Francisco.

A self-described comic nerd, in 2017 Letson was picked by DC Comics to join the DC Comics Writer’s Workshop. The workshop trains writers to work for DC Comics, writing iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. While it may seem like his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is, a storyteller for the new millennium.



Last updated 7/22/2021

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