NPR’s Juarez: A City on the Edge is one of the most unsettling radio features I’ve recently listened to.


Divided by the Rio Grande into El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, it tells the story of the largest border community on the planet. Embodying the collision between industrial might and third-world-poverty, its 2.5 million people are witness to shocking levels of violence and crime. Women disappear, men get tortured, courageous state attorneys get killed. Worst of all, this kind of disregard for human life has become normal.

Writers, lawyers, gang members and grieving families share their testimonials in this 45-minute special. Don’t miss it.