American West

Yellow sign on beach warning people to stay out of water because of pollutants, in Tijuana River Valley

Pollution from Tijuana River contaminates marine border areas

Pollution and trash carried from the Tijuana River to the Pacific Ocean have long plagued swimmers and surfers on both sides of the US-Mexico border. A recent court settlement is bringing hope for cooperation.

Pollution from Tijuana River contaminates marine border areas
Kalman Aron began sketching when he was 3 years old. He's now 93, and says if he didn't still paint and draw every day he would "die of boredom."

For over 90 years, this Holocaust survivor's art has kept him alive

For over 90 years, this Holocaust survivor's art has kept him alive
The Princeton College Eclipse Party, 1878

A solar eclipse rallied Americans around science. Could it again?

A solar eclipse rallied Americans around science. Could it again?
The Hi Jolly Monument in Quartzsite, Arizona.

One of America's first Syrian immigrants helped conquer the West — with camels

One of America's first Syrian immigrants helped conquer the West — with camels
Louis Marinelli is head of the Yes California independence campaign, but he doesn't live in California. His home is in Russia.

The leader of the California independence movement lives in Russia

The leader of the California independence movement lives in Russia
Family

This Syrian refugee family was split apart by new US travel rules

Gasem al-Hamad and his family live in California, safe from the war in Syria. But now Hamad's brother is stuck in Jordan because of President Donald Trump's suspension of the US Syrian refugee program. It's unknown when the family may be reunited.

This Syrian refugee family was split apart by new US travel rules
Man with beaten face on pavement, black and white still

Justin Chon seeks to fill a hole in the history of the Los Angeles riots

The feature film “Gook” takes place on the first day of the riots, which Korean Americans refer to as Saigu — Korean for April 29. It premieres this week at Sundance.

Justin Chon seeks to fill a hole in the history of the Los Angeles riots
School

How one school is helping students cope with post-election fears

After their school was tagged with anti-immigrant graffiti, teachers at an elementary school in California asked students to put pen to paper.

How one school is helping students cope with post-election fears
Islamic Center

In Los Angeles, anxieties about Trump trigger solidarity — and organization

"We are getting blessings from places we didn’t even anticipate,” says one imam in Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, anxieties about Trump trigger solidarity — and organization
A student speaking in front of a board of post-it notes, with two other students standing nearby

Rocked by suicides, Palo Alto high schools want to make mental health care as normal as eating breakfast

In February, the CDC was called in to investigate Palo Alto's suicide crisis. Now, high schools have opened new wellness centers to try to help teens better cope.

Rocked by suicides, Palo Alto high schools want to make mental health care as normal as eating breakfast
An unfinished painting of a woman

How art can help us better understand the fastest growing group of undocumented immigrants

For this organization in San Francisco, it’s about reform, breaking stereotypes and building community. And painting.

How art can help us better understand the fastest growing group of undocumented immigrants
People sitting at a bar with a screen showing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton above

Texas is now a swing state, but here's why these voters are sticking with Trump

Members of the Hidalgo County Young Republicans know they’re in the minority in the Rio Grande Valley — but they think Donald Trump will be better for them on immigration and other issues.

Texas is now a swing state, but here's why these voters are sticking with Trump
Woman holding up anti-Trump sign to to other women

What it looks like to become a US citizen in a contentious election year

There’s a long backlog of people who want to become citizens in order to vote in the November election. And the battle is on to get them registered by deadlines that are quickly approaching.

What it looks like to become a US citizen in a contentious election year
Front of Adelanto detention center with GEO Group sign

California's governor vetoed a bill that would stop privately run migrant detention. What now?

Some 100,000 people passed through the state’s four immigrant detention centers last year. The Dignity Not Detention bill will have to wait for the federal government to decide if it wants private companies detaining people.

California's governor vetoed a bill that would stop privately run migrant detention. What now?