Mike's Recent Stories
World May 09Take a 360 degree stroll through a ‘Trash Mountain’
The Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi, India stretches across some 70 acres of land. The area has been dubbed “Trash Mountain” because it holds 10 million tons of garbage now piled higher than the city’s skyline. Workers can earn about…
Nation Feb 03Ask him anything: This Muslim Marine wants to bust myths about his faith
Mansoor Shams believes that one-on-one dialogue with other Americans about his faith is crucial to combating Islamophobia.
Arts Aug 22For Hayes Carll, it’s ‘all for the sake of the song’
Hayes Carll has come a long way since his days of playing for brawling shrimpers in Texas. His latest album, "Lovers and Leavers," uses the loss of love (a recent divorce) and love for his son as motivation for lyrics that are…
Nation Jun 28Inside Minnesota’s sex offender facility, where no one has ever been released
The PBS NewsHour was recently granted rare access to Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program in the rural town of Moose Lake, MN. It is one of two state-run facilities that house more than 700 sex offenders. They’re all being held under…
Sep 17Testing the limits of saltwater intrusion
Sep 16Shifts in Climate Shifting Sea Turtles
Education Jul 27Using telegrams and love letters to teach World War II
They found love letters, pictures, death-notice telegrams, and even insurance settlement claims that have survived for decades. Cpl. Henry Bernard Van Hyfte with his father in Minnesota before World War II. The discoveries are a result of a months-long…
World Apr 29The last men who fought in the Vietnam War remember the fall of Saigon
By April 29, 1975, the fall of Saigon was imminent and only a few dozen U.S. troops remained – down from more than half a million in 1969.
Arts Apr 15Rhiannon Giddens performs ‘Julie,’ a song inspired by a slave’s story
Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the first to admit she's big into history, and in particular the history of the South and the Civil War.
Nation Mar 17Photo essay: Life inside a juvenile detention center for girls
For the past eight years, photographer Richard Ross has been documenting juvenile detention centers across the country. He has visited more than 200 facilities in 34 states and been given rare access to interview and photograph more than 1,000…