When Captain Randy Lucero set out to sea at the helm of a huge cargo ship, he thought the journey would be difficult. But it's the destination that proved to be hell on earth.
A year ago a super typhoon tore through the Philippines. It was the strongest storm to make landfall in recorded history. More than 6,000 people died and 4.1 million were displaced. One of the hardest hit places was the city of Tacloban. Reporter Aurora Almendral went back to Tacloban to see how the city is recovering.
The Philippines has one the highest birth rates in Asia. That may start to change because the government recently won a long battle with Catholic Church over birth control. Now the government will fund free contraception and sex education. It could make a huge difference for millions of people in the Philippines. Aurora Almendral recently spoke with one woman in Manila about what it may mean for her family.
An American and his dog help bring closure to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, PRI's The World and BBC World Service
It's a horrifying thought, but nearly four months after Typhoon Haiyan hit in the Philippines the bodies of the dead are still turning up nearly every day. It's hard to imagine what that's like but one thing is for sure, it makes it really hard for people to put the storm behind them. Reporter Aurora Almendral joins them on a search.
Now for a story about a man who some call the disaster garbage man. But he prefers waste management specialist. After a major natural disaster Tim Walsh is on the scene. He's with United Nations Development Program and he has seen it all — from the tsunami in Indonesia to the typhoon in the Philippines. What he tries to do in these devastated areas is to create jobs out of the rubble. Aurora Almendral reports from the Philippines.
In the foggy hills of the northern Philippines, committed and courageous harvesters reach into the unlikeliest of places to produce some of the world's most coveted coffee.
Maggi: The local seasoning from everywhere, BBC/PRI's The World
When it comes to home cooking, immigrants from countries as far-flung as Nigeria, the Philippines and Poland share a common ingredient. They all share a condiment called Maggi seasoning and they all think it belongs to them. Aurora Almendral reports on the worldwide appeal of Maggi.
This simple story shows what it means for survivors to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan, BBC/PRI's The World
It's been painfully slow to arrive but aid is now flowing into the Philippines city of Tacloban. It's one of the areas that was flattened by Typhoon Haiyan. Debris is finally getting picked up and the bodies that are lying on the sides of the road are being collected and buried. And so people there are starting the rebuilding process. Aurora Almendral reports.
On a recent Sunday in the provincial city of Cabuyao, in the middle of an old arena painted turquoise and surrounded by ascending rows of wooden benches, rubbed smooth from years of use, are two men, each cradling a rooster.
Immigrant farmworkers, the hidden part of New York's local food movement, Morning Edition, WNYC News
The green markets of our region have helped to create a local food movement that excites, delights and allows for endless culinary explorations in home kitchens and restaurants. While the virtues of local versus organic are regularly parsed, the people who plant, grow and pick New York's vegetables are often not mentioned. Reporter Aurora Almendral has the story.