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Shaul Schwarz: "Narco Cultura"

Ciudad Juarez, just across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, is a city so rife with drug cartel violence that investigators at crime scenes wear masks to hide their identity. A new documentary called "Narco Cultura" follows an investigator who continues his work despite the fact that three of his colleagues were murdered in a matter of months. The film also explores the phenomenon of "narcocorridos," a wildly popular Mexican style of music celebrating the violence and wealth of the narco lifestyle. We speak with director Shaul Schwarz about his experience as a photojournalist and filmmaker in Mexico.

Narco Cultura, In Photos

All images permission of and credit Shaul Schwarz.

Narco Cultura, In Music

"Narco Cultura" Official Trailer

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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