• When Oil Boomtowns Go Bust

    Fracking and other new technologies resulting in a lot of towns becoming suddenly wealthy, but as oil and gas prices fell, those industries suddenly dried up.

  • Life Inside an American Mining Boomtown on the Brink of Decline

    J. J. Anselmi's new book focuses on the Rock Springs's crushing provincialism, severe drug problem, and plague of suicides.

  • Surf Gangs

    To find the Amazon surf gangs and their incredible music you have to go to Belem, in the state of Para, several days up the river from Manaus. One surprising thing about these cities is they used to be among the richest in the world.