Classroom Subjects

Social Studies

Tajikistan: Drugs, Guns, Water

Tajikistan is chronically unstable and corrupt—and now bracing for more chaos from Afghanistan. Its president is staking his country's future on the biggest dam in the world.

The Fight Over Chile's Marine Resources

Chile's coastal waters are among the richest in the world, but years of exploitation have exacted a toll on resources. As Congress debates a solution, fishing outfits scrap for their survival.

China's Bloody Frontier in Zambia

China's investment in Zambia holds promise: billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. But after violent conflict between Zambian miners and their Chinese supervisors, does it also pose a threat?

1,000 Days: To Save Women, Children and the World

The story of 1,000 days–the vital period from the beginning of a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday. The fate of individuals, families, nations–and the world–depends on it.

Chicago and Guatemala: Too Young to Die

“Too Young to Die” is a long-term exploration of the tragedy gun violence exacts on Chicago’s streets. Although over 100 children and young people died in 2012, their deaths are often overshadowed.

Jerusalem: Eternal City, Eternal Divide

Jerusalem, the meeting point of three major religions, is always set aside as the final item to be resolved in any discussion of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Have we waited too long?

Mali: War on Terror's Next Battleground

In northern Mali, far from Western eyes, a powerful Al Qaeda affiliate has managed to carve out what is effectively a new country. What they do with it will determine the future of the war on terror.

India: No Girls for the Boys

Due to cultural preferences for sons, 100 million girls are missing worldwide. Carl Gierstorfer looks at India, a country with a highly skewed sex ratio that threatens to destabilize its society.

Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania

Shale gas is an energy phenomenon not just in a broad swath of the United States but in places like eastern Europe, too. In both regions there is a tangled mix of hopes, hype, and concern.

Meet the Journalist: Alice Su

Why do young people from Jordan and Tunisia decide to join militant groups in Syria? Are they driven by ideological, economic, or other factors? How are governments trying to stop them?

Meet the Journalist: Justin Catanoso

Pope Francis encounters the limits of his moral authority in Latin America, where his encyclical on climate change and environmental protection is met with scorn from those who need to be influenced.

Meet the Journalist: Mathilde Dratwa

Mathilde Dratwa discusses what attracted her to Rhitu Chatterjee’s reporting on India’s school lunch program and describes the challenges of honoring nuanced reporting in short animations.

Everyday Africa Curriculum

This flexible curriculum allows any educator to use the rich concepts and resources in the "Everyday Africa" project both in and out of the classroom.

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.