The Edit, Episode #13: A Conversation About Corruption in the Department of the Interior

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with contributor Jimmy Tobias about his investigation into Ryan Zinke's DOI.
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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke talks to reporters on May 10th, 2017, in Kanab, Utah.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke talks to reporters on May 10th, 2017, in Kanab, Utah.

On this episode of The Edit, we spoke with Jimmy Tobias about a recent investigation he conducted into the Ryan Zinke-led Department of the Interior (DOI). Tobias used a number Freedom of Information Act requests to uncover a trove of private calendars from top DOI officials. The documents revealed a pattern of corruption within the department that puts industry interests ahead of protecting the interests of the public.

During the conversation, Tobias outlines how he obtained and parsed through the documents, why Zinke leaving the department won't necessarily change anything, and how Zinke reflects the interests and values of the Trump administration.

You can read Tobias' investigation into the calendars of DOI officials here and you can read the rest of his work as a Pacific Standard contributing writer here.

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