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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


Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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