Sand is a crucial material for making concrete, asphalt, and glass — the building blocks of our cities. The worldwide construction boom is causing widespread environmental damage.
Journalists Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie discuss their project in the HuffingtonPost Highline, “The 21st Century Gold Rush: How the refugee crisis is changing the world economy."
In this half-hour feature for The New Yorker Radio Hour, Ben Taub traces a war crimes investigation into atrocities committed by the Syrian government.
WNYC's Jack D'Isidoro and T.J. Raphael report on Nuclear Winter after grantee Kit R. Roane releases a Retro Report documentary for The New York Times on the topic.
There is a rising Kurdish movement in Syria, which professes a commitment to gender equality, minority rights, and an equal distribution of wealth and property.
Much of what we’ve seen of the Islamic State comes filtered through its own well-oiled media machine. NPR talks with Sebastian Meyer about the images the Islamic State wants the public to see.
Science writer Erik Vance discusses the dismal future of the global fishery on WNYC Radio.