September 20, 2011 Los Angeles city officials have opened once-polluted and often-ridiculed Los Angeles River to kayaks and canoes. NPR's Mandalit del Barco rode on it with a group of 10-year-olds and a City Council member — where they discovered herons, carp and 32 discarded shopping carts.
September 8, 2011 Two Boy Scouts eagerly await the opening of the more than 10,000-acre new camp planned in West Virginia. The camp is expected to be completed and open by July 2013.
July 10, 2011 The number of migrants from Central America and Mexico who are trying to cross illegally into the United States has dropped dramatically over the last few years, in part because the trip has become incredibly dangerous. NPR's Jason Beaubien recently traveled along much of the migrant trail in Mexico.
July 8, 2011 NPR's Jason Beaubien has traveled from Central America through Mexico in recent weeks, following a route that many migrants take trying to reach the U.S. He reflects on the increasingly dangerous journey and the dreams that continue to propel migrants northward.
May 9, 2011 NPR's John Burnett recently picked up hitchhiker Dereck "Chip" Williams, 23, in West Texas. Williams, who was on his way to British Columbia with a backpack and a new fiddle, says it's good for a hitchhiker to smile: "You don't want to be a bucket of misery on the side of the road."
May 4, 2011 A group of women in Saudi Arabia told NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson they feel they have the least freedom or fewest rights of any women in the world. So when the government recently reneged on a promise to grant them the ability to vote in municipal elections this fall, they'd had enough.
April 10, 2011 For much of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year dictatorship, few Western tourists traveled around Libya. And now, amid the ongoing conflict between Gadhafi's forces and rebels, there are almost none. But one intrepid backpacker from Germany is defying the statistics. NPR's Eric Westervelt found him in eastern Libya this past week.