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By the mid-’90s, the American air traffic control system was on the verge of a nervous breakdown: broken equipment, insane overtime, and impossibly high stakes.
Every year, members of the Gold Prospectors Association of America pack up their RVs in search of adventure, friendship, and a bucketful of pay dirt.
How do you turn an Italian idyll into a trash-choked nightmare? Add tourists.
How the military, a marathoner, and the relentless march of capitalism turned protein bars into an unlikely American staple.
Agnelis L. Reese has presided over more than 200 hearings during the past five years as an immigration judge. Unique among her peers, she has rejected every single case.
The true story behind the “true story” of the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies.
For more than 40 years, Jack Frech has been taking journalists around Athens County, Ohio, showing them how people live in one of the poorest counties in the nation. Now, he says, it’s time to stop.
Most of the fish we eat die by asphyxiation. But there’s a better way, both for the fish and those who eat them.
Russell Horning came up with “the floss” when he was 12 years old and dancing around his bedroom. Now he’s trying to turn internet celebrity into something more tangible: money.
Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn reggae into a global sensation—one that would eventually reach all the way to the country their ancestors had left behind.
In the late 1970s, Chinatown restaurants started booking some unlikely dinner entertainment: the rowdy young bands of the nascent West Coast punk scene.
One British man spent his adult life devoted to his favorite star. His personal collection tells us a lot about fandom—and about the life cycles of music ephemera.
What if the best way to make more money … was to print it yourself? In this new documentary series, meet the folks who created their own currencies.
Archival footage reveals history that we’d rather forget: when Madison Square Garden played host to a Nazi rally, in 1939.
Looking Across the Border
Cristhian, 16, dreams of the safety he might find on the other side of the US–Mexico border.
All 13-year-old Amayrani wants is to be able to study, learn English—and leave the migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico.
Museum of Human History
Greem’s family takes a ride on an A.I. roller coaster.
A man attempts to outclimb his grief by summiting a mountain on a remote island. But painful feelings refuse to be left behind.
Ronald McNair, one of the first African American astronauts, was a born trailblazer. In this animated interview, McNair’s brother remembers his path to NASA.
A little girl is forced to grow up fast, but what happens when she has to choose between her family and her future?
When lonely aeronauts have a meet-cute, their budding romance hits some unexpected turbulence.
A doctor has come up with a way to knock out phobias and trauma overnight. But what if being afraid is a fundamental part of who we are?
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