National Public Radio's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Washington Post reporter Terrance McCoy who found out how low-income communities in Maryland, suffering from lead poisoning, got substantial settlements from landlords. However, many tenants then lost most of that money from these settlements to businesses that offered them upfront cash. McCoy is a recent winner of the George Polk Wars in Journalism.

McCoy’s investigation began when looking into the life of Freddie Gray, a man who died in custody of the Baltimore Police Department last year. Gray and his family lived in housing that contained lots of lead paint and all of the family members ended up having significant brain damage as a result.

The story Freddie Gray is, in many ways, the story of Baltimore. He's an archetypal figure in the fact that he was born into a lead-painted tenement. And as he was growing up, he had a series of difficulties, whether that was in school or run-ins with the law. He was in special education. And after that, his family sued for the brain damage that he and his siblings had as a result of that lead paint. They were given a large amount of money.

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