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South America

FARC Drops Its Weapons, But Colombia’s Deadly Conflict Goes On

Despite the peace deal, new waves of deadly violence are hitting many areas of Colombia, especially those once under FARC-rebel control. And it's targeting the very people—activists and social leaders—for whom the peace deal was supposed to make life safer.

High in the Polluted Andes

Peru is the world's second largest zinc, silver, and copper producer and accounts for a whopping 11.2% of zinc output. But with lax regulation, a decade-long pollution crisis remains unsolved.

Tras la Violencia

Los esfuerzos de paz en Colombia han puesto fin a 50 años de intenso conflicto. Ahora, científicos estudian a quienes fueron combatientes y víctimas, al tiempo que ambos intentan sanar.

Colombia: After the Violence

Peace efforts in Colombia have ended 50 years of intense conflict. Now, scientists are studying former fighters and victims as they attempt to heal.

Body Hunters

The mothers of Mexico's missing learn forensic investigative techniques to try to uncover what happened to their children and identify bodies found in mass graves. 

May 01, 2018

Rehabilitating Colombian Militants

Sara Reardon, Adam Levy, Greg Kendall-Ball

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia is trying to reintegrate thousands of rebels and paramilitary fighters into society. Scientific evidence suggests this will be challenging at the least.

April 06, 2018

Native American Youth: Health and Sports

Viridiana Vidales Coyt

Native youth are nine times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than their non-Hispanic white peers, according to an NIH study . Community organizations in New Mexico would like to change that.

March 22, 2018

Building Peace in Colombia: A Double-edged Sword

Bruno Federico, Nadja Drost

Colombia’s 2016 peace deal put an end to 52 years of armed conflict and saw over 7,000 guerrillas lay down arms. But the road to build peace is long and strewn with obstacles.

March 05, 2018

In Hot Water: God, Oil, and Peru’s Boiling River

Natalie Hutchison

In the sleepy Peruvian rainforest hides an aquatic anomaly, protected by a shaman and for centuries thought only a legend. Explore how native cosmology is helping protect it from climate change.

January 12, 2018

Bolivian Youth: In Harm's Way

Tracey Eaton

Bolivia can be a rough place for children, especially the most vulnerable. Bolivian President Evo Morales takes pride in protecting youth, but critics question whether he has done enough.

December 14, 2017

Venezuela’s New Gold Rush

Bram Ebus, Stefano Wrobleski, Gustavo Faleiros

For many people, gold fires the imagination, but can it resolve a crisis? Venezuela finds itself in distress and is going all-in on gold mining—an industry tainted by conflict.

October 25, 2017

Colombia's Hot Moment

Lisa Palmer

Much is riding on the race to identify and distribute the biological diversity of areas occupied by civil war that the government of Colombia will be receiving as part of the peace deal.

October 13, 2017

What Is Left for Venezuelans?

Lila Franco

Venezuela is facing its biggest crisis yet: a high inflation rate, shortage of food and medicine, and abuse of power by authorities. And that's only part of the picture.

Meet the Journalist: Nsikan Akpan

The placebo effect influences all types of healing, from acupuncture to laying of hands to the doctor's office. Science producer for PBS NewsHour Nsikan Akpan journeyed from Mexico to Maryland to learn how it works.

Meet the Journalist: Ricardo Martínez

Grantee Ricardo Martínez spent two weeks at 4,300 meters near Cerro de Pasco, Peru. There, almost 100,000 people have to endure heavy metal pollution every day as it leeches into a 936km2 watershed—and many kids are dying.

Meet the Journalist: Ewen MacAskill

Ewen MacAskill visits Villa Grimaldi, a secret detention center in Chile, while uncovering the story of Roberto Kozak, a diplomat who helped save 30,000 prisoners after the 1973 military coup.

10 Lesson Plans to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, we've compiled our top ten lesson plans that feature reporting on how communities around the world are responding to diverse environmental issues.

The Country a U.S. Corporation Left Behind

Students explore the impacts of the century-long relationship between Alcoa, an American corporation, and Suriname. They then debate the terms of Alcoa's exit from the country.

Interview Skills for English Language Learners

This lesson helps students decode and connect with images from a reporting project about migration. The students then interview each other, and go on to interview community members about immigration.

Okur: Thinking Like a Journalist

This lesson introduces students to Paul Salopek's Out of Eden walk and asks students to write a journalistic "milestone" describing their surroundings.

Migration and Refugees Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans for middle school teachers, high school teachers and college professors introduce reporting connected to migration and the experiences of refugees.

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