Bruce Wallace is a producer at Gimlet Media. He has reported for PRI’s The World, Radio Diaries, All Things Considered, Marketplace Morning Report, The New York Times Magazine, Al Jazeera America, and The Washington Post.
He was born in Baltimore and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and cat.
A "Made in Bangladesh" tag on clothing typically also means "made by women," because they make up 80 percent of the country's garment-factory workforce. Many of them send the money they earn back to villages in the countryside.
In recent years, horrible disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of garment workers dead or injured. Since then, both international clothing labels and the Bangladeshi government have promised reforms. But some of the workers have also responded by joining unions. And female workers are taking more of a leadership role in that struggle.
"My background is a little different from many in the room,” says Amna Farroqi, the new leader at J Street U, the collegiate arm of the liberal pro-Israel group. Ah, but there are critics.
Afro-Brazilian group Letieres Leite and Orchestra Rumpilezz are on their first tour of the US, connecting the African-infused music of the Brazilian state of Bahia with American jazz.
One year after a burst of violent attacks, Digital Harbor High launched a program to bring Latino and African-American students together.
When protests broke out in Baltimore, some immigrants there saw connections — how their relationships with police are similar to the relationships between cops and African Americans.
A lot of the news crews have left Baltimore, but the city is still recovering. One Korean American shopkeeper thanks her customers for rallying by her side. "I will love my neighbors...forever," she says.
Bruce Wallace grew up in Baltimore. But it wasn't until he was an adult that he ventured to Freddie Gray's neighborhood, to volunteer at a family shelter. "I can't overemphasize how close, geographically, these two Baltimores are.''
In New York City, home to one of the largest Nepalese communities in the US, crowds gathered after the earthquake in Nepal to pray, gather donations and hope for good news from relatives still unaccounted for.
More than 1,000 garment workers died when the Rana Factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed two years ago. Today, the survivors and their families are still haunted by the "smell of death" at the site — and the prejudices they face after making it through the tragedy.