John Otis
Stories By

John Otis

John Otis

Story Archive

Workers prune marijuana plants at a Clever Leaves greenhouse in Pesca, Colombia. The company employs over 450 people. Courtesy of Clever Leaves hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Clever Leaves

Colombia Is Turning Into A Major Medical Marijuana Producer

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/757292830/758055587" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Colombia Has Become A Hot Spot For Medical Marijuana Industry

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/756679292/756679293" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Colombia's FARC Rebel Group Announces Plans To Re-Arm 3 Years After Peace Deal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/755555509/755555516" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Economic Crisis Rattles Venezuelan Cattle Ranchers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/745536166/745537892" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Venezuelan soldiers and policemen who deserted to Colombia protest after being evicted from the hotel where they were staying in Cúcuta in May. More than 1,400 members of Venezuelan security forces fled the country in February and March. Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan Officers Who Fled To Colombia Are 'Adrift' As Maduro Holds Onto Power

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/742275893/746687217" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In One Venezuelan City, People Have Found Low-Cost Entertainment — In A Barbershop

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/739999702/739999703" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A cocuy drink made with pepper sauce and fruit juice on a local bar in Barquisimeto. John Otis for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
John Otis for NPR

Many Venezuelans Can No Longer Afford Beer, So They're Drinking Cheap Agave Liquor

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/738422439/739416348" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Venezuelan Leidy Navarro (left) walks with her daughter Valentina Caceres back to their home in Ureña, Venezuela, after picking her up at school in Cúcuta, Colombia, in March. Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela's Teachers And Students Skip School For Survival

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/736573450/738587033" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Venezuelan boats are moored at a port in Willemstad, Curaçao, in February. For many Venezuelans, Caribbean islands like Curaçao are escapes from their country's turmoil. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelans Take Risky Voyage To Curaçao To Flee Crisis

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/733526073/734733985" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Men, women and children line up for free lunch at a soup kitchen in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The meal consists of a bottle of milk and a few scoops of rice mixed with eggs and vegetables. John Otis for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
John Otis for NPR

'Lives Are At Risk': Venezuelan Charities Struggle Under Shortages And Intimidation

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/731648645/731795234" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

People Fleeing Venezuela Tops 4 Million, U.N. Refugee Agency Says

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/731540660/731540661" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

After Failed Coup, Maduro Moves Against Members Of Venezuelan Opposition

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/727358642/727358643" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript