POVEGLIA: SUFFERING IN ISLAND FORM

Back to Earth, Venice, Death

Less than two miles from Venice is Poveglia, an island associated exclusively with madness, horror, and restless souls.

Grassroots Bridges

Transport, Superheroes, Back to Earth

Yeah, grass. In the vertiginous mountain town of Huinchiri, Peru, residents use it to build the most amazing works of civil engineering in the world.

THE DULLEST TRIBE

Back to Earth

The Baining tribe of Papua New Guinea frown upon play, gossip, fun and sex. As a result, they have had a hard time keeping anthropologists interested.

THE BEDU EDUCATION: ESSENTIALS FOR DESERT WAYFARERS

Back to Earth, The Road, Ecology

Welcome to the smallest desert in the world. The Negev.

SHADOW ECONOMY: MUD MINDER

Back to Earth

The mud minders at Indonesia's ooziest volcano will catch you if you feel faint.

Suicidal Astronauts

Transport, Back to Earth, Star City

“One minute, an astronaut was waving at smiling children driving by in their parents’ cars. The next, he was jumping off a bridge.”