The Mekong: A River And A Region Transformed On a 3,000-mile journey from the river’s source on the Tibetan plateau to its mouth at the South China Sea, NPR’s Michael Sullivan and photographer Christopher Brown examine the turbulent history and uncertain future along the Mekong.
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The Mekong: A River And A Region Transformed

NPR examines the turbulent history and uncertain future along the Mekong River.
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The sun sets over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos' ancient royal capital. Christopher Brown for NPR hide caption

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A novice Buddhist monk stands in a doorway at a monastery in eastern Shan state. Nearly everyone in this military-ruled country is Buddhist. Christopher Brown for NPR hide caption

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Mekong Flows Along Troubled Myanmar's East

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Tibetan prayer flags hang from a bridge crossing the Mekong River at sunrise. The river is known in Tibetan as the Dzachu, or "river of rocks," and in Chinese as the Lancang Jiang, or "turbulent river." Christopher Brown for NPR hide caption

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