Black As I Wanna Be

By Jerome Campbell

In this personal narrative, Jerome Campbell asks both his childhood friends and LA neighbors, “How black am I?”. How much do “nerdy” interests, vocabulary or dance moves help define his racial identity — compared to heritage or experiences with prejudice?

24 Hours: A Day in the Working Life

In this special report for Labor Day, twelve workers who might otherwise go unnoticed – including a stripper, deli waitress, bus driver, metal scrapper and bathroom attendant – take us inside their places of work to show us what they do, why they do it and what it takes. Produced in partnership with Homelands Productions and graduate students at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.

This piece aired on WFAE Charlotte, KGOU Oklahoma City, Northeast Public Radio, WSNC Winston-Salem, WXXI Rochester and WPRI Rensselaer.

Gorilla Warfare: Inside the Battle for the Soul of Virunga National Park

By Karen Lowe

In the first ever national park in all of Africa, a years-long battle is being waged for the soul and sustenance of the land. In this audio documentary, we visit Virunga National Park, hear the sounds of the wild and rare mountain gorillas up close, and meet the rangers who risk their lives to protect them and the people trying to usher in a new era of sustainable tourism that could benefit the local community for generations to come.

This story aired on Evolve Magazine, PRI’s Living on Earth, and KCRW’s Unfictional.

Divided Love: A Nanny’s Story

By Bryony Inge

Eva, like hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, fled her homeland during its violent civil war in the 1980s. She left two young daughters behind. For more than 20 years, she has worked as a nanny, caring for Los Angeles children while pining for her own.

  • Eva blows bubbles with Pearl, the girl she cares for, at their home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
  • Eva and Pearl play with her dollhouse.
  • Eva laughs with two of her daughters.
  • Eva, her husband, and the children they raised together in Los Angeles.

As adventurer and cultural explorer, Bryony has always been fascinated by the people and customs from faraway lands. She grew up in the UK and has lived in Ecuador, France and Beijing. Bryony is currently studying radio and Public Diplomacy at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she’s been discovering the power of radio to connect people and places through sound.

Is Goat Hockey Halal?

By Rachel Louise Snyder

If you’re tired of the same old sports like golf, soccer and basketball, then consider isbuzkashi. Don’t know what that is? Think polo with a dead goat.

In Afghanistan, A Woman’s Nose Can Be Her Destiny

By Greg Warner

Marriage prospects can balance on a lot of things: Money, status, geography.  But for some women in Afghanistan, Greg Warner learned, the shape of her nose can determine whether she makes it to the altar.

This production aired as part of our “Love is Complicated” series, part of the Global Story Project with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

So, a Mullah Walks into a Bazaar

By Greg Warner

You don’t hear much about humor in Afghanistan. But Zach knew from his travels that Afghans can be funny. So, he set out to publish the first Afghan joke book. Greg and Zak introduce us to the lighter side of Afghan culture.

The Wire

By David Weinberg

For three years, unbeknownst to his friends and colleagues, David Weinberg wore a wire all day, every day. This is his testimonial.

How Do You Sabrage in France?

By Rachel Louise Snyder

According to eighteenth-century custom, champagne is best opened with the tip of a sword. Some in France still practice sabrage. It’s considerably less daunting than it used to be, though — their forefathers popped bottles on horseback.