Laura Thies

In the summer of 2007 I went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil participating in a course on Human Rights and Media. Over the course of 4 weeks we met with countless NGOs, as well as community leaders in different favelas across the city. Most of them worked with young people teaching them how to use the arts, especially video and photography to empower them by telling their stories to the world, and to get them off the streets.

Shaun Randol

Saturday night I had the pleasure of listening to some really excellent indie rock coming straight out of Beijing. Santos Party House's basement venue felt like a roller disco: its mirror ball and neon graphics on the walls gave the small space more depth than it actually has—a great venue to see and hear up and coming bands up close.

Alison Desir

Reggaeton music is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and Puerto Ricans in New York City are leading the charge. Alison Desir explores whether or not Reggaeton is changing the face of hip-hop, or if it is a genre unto its own. Her interviews with hip-hop label executives are telling.