I did not know that there were no roads connecting Central and South America. Previously, but it was over 10 years ago...
Current TV previously & previously, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
Before there was the Panama Canal, an American explorer went on one of the most ill-fated expeditions ever to one of the most dangerous places on the planet -- the darien gap. What do you do when you want to write a book about that journey? You go there, of course.
Crossing the Darien Gap. The Pan-American Highway is not quite Pan-American. There are 200 miles of untamed jungle, where Panama meets Colombia, called the "Darien Gap". Today, persistent kidnappings and cartel activity make it unsafe to cross by either foot or off-road vehicle. But it's been done a few times. Here is one such tale, a blog from the mid-seventies. [more inside]