The Urban Frontier: Karachi
June 6, 2008 Musician Salman Ahmad was born in Pakistan but grew up in suburban America listening to bands like Van Halen. When his family returned to Pakistan so he could study to be a doctor, Ahmad took along his guitar. His music shocked Pakistan, and Pakistan shocked him.
June 4, 2008 As big-money developers flock to Karachi, Amber Alibhai is one of the few people to openly question the development. In a city where millions of people live in poverty and clean water is often scarce, the activist asks, who needs golf courses? Alibhai's work has provoked threats against her and her family.
June 3, 2008 The mayor of Karachi, Pakistan, is a player in a brutal political game: the fight for control of one of the world's most crowded cities. Syed Mustafa Kamal says he wants to reshape his sprawling, dirty city. He must overcome a legacy of bad government — and violence.
June 3, 2008 Karachi is one of the most-populous cities in the world, growing and changing at a breakneck pace. Two of its leading citizens — the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's niece and a colorful newspaper columnist — offer their views of the dynamic Pakistani city.
June 2, 2008 A Karachi ambulance driver named Mohammed Nader is emblematic of the changing face of Pakistani cities. Nader came to Karachi from a rural village, got married and found a job, like many of the world's population that migrates to urban areas. But political and ethnic conflicts still threatened his life.
June 2, 2008 By the end of this year, half the world's population will live in cities, according to the U.N., and the proportion will only increase. Morning Edition begins an occasional examination of the world's cities with a series of profiles from Karachi, Pakistan's economic powerhouse.