In September 2006, Thirteen/WNET in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting (Berkeley, CA) launched EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports, a series that brings national attention to such reports in a way unprecedented on American television. Each program shines a light on civic-minded journalism in an effort to promote its democratic role as a check on government, corporate, and other kinds of power. By featuring the best of investigative journalism, EXPOSÉ provides the public with a mechanism to scrutinize the institutions that are critical to the life of the country. This type of reporting arms people with information about their "tax dollars at work," their elected representatives' actions, and the activities of business and public agencies. In short, it presents the stories the public has a right to know.