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Garbage Dreams

by Mai Iskander

The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.

Global Voices, Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection

Give Us the Money

by Bosse Lindquist

Give Us the Money explores how celebrity is changing the world of humanitarian aid.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Why Poverty?

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The Great Invisible

by Margaret Brown

Crew members, families, fishermen, and others still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide gripping first-hand accounts of their experience in a disaster that had tragic repercussions up and down the Gulf Coast and beyond.

Independent Lens

Upcoming broadcasts 

Hand Changes

by Gregory Gilbert

An investigation of the cyclic social, economic and political changes influencing farm labor on Virginia's eastern shore for 400 years.

I.O.U.S.A.

by Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley

One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

Indian Country Diaries

by Frank Blythe

This two-part series goes inside modern Native American communities in both urban and reservation settings, revealing a diverse people working to revitalize their culture.

Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale

by Nima Sarvestani and Malla Grapengiesser

Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale follows young Iranians through the organ trade process, in the only country in the world where kidney trading is legal.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

Iron Ladies of Liberia

by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher, and Jonathan Stack

Go behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia.

Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

The Island President

by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, and Richard Berge

The impassioned president of the Maldives struggles to save his vulnerable island nation from the tragic effects of the looming climate apocalypse.

Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

King Corn

by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, and Ian Cheney

Two recent college graduates plant a single acre of the nation's most powerful crop--corn--and set out to follow it on its journey from a seed to the dinner plate.

Independent Lens

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