Illegal trade in art objects is a multi-billion dollar business, with valuable sculptures and friezes often traveling the same routes as narcotics, illegal weapons, and banned nuclear material.
Ancient Buddhist objects from Pakistan and Afghanistan are among the hottest items, and intelligence experts worry that the trade may be helping fund the Taliban. We speak with journalist Shahan Mufti who investigated the business in Pakistan and wrote about it for Harper’s Magazine, where he is a contributor.
Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young as co-host of Here & Now in its new 2-hour format, from WBUR and NPR.
Elena Dorfman recently returned from a six-month trip taking portraits of Syrian refugees. She was particularly struck by the young adults she met.5 Comments | more »
Members of MGMT were just college kids when they wrote some of the songs that shot them to fame. Their next album had a very different sound, and they continue that evolution with their latest record.3 Comments | more »