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After A Pirate Negotiation, A Personal Connection

Our last story explored the business plan of Somali piracy.  Per Gullestrup ransomed his ship, his crew was released and headed home. The pirates, in the Gulf of Aden, headed off.  But the story didn’t end there.  Listen here.

Behind The Business Plan Of Pirates Inc.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has become an international problem — and an international business. Navy SEALS rescued an American merchant captain earlier this month after Somali pirates raided the Maersk Alabama as it was making its way around the Horn of Africa to deliver aid.
But the issues of criminality and the potential for [...]

Coats, Ships and Pita Bread

People talk about “the global economy,” but many connections are hard to see.  What’s the connects clothes shopping in England to a shipping company in Copenhagen to a bakery in Egypt?  Listen here.

How 6 Parts Nearly Delayed World’s Biggest Airliner

In a global economy, an airplane’s production can be threatened by events thousands of miles away. Here’s how six pieces of metal nearly cost engineer Ben Hempstead half a million dollars and held up the largest passenger plane in history.  Listen here.

Washington State’s Aging Ferries

Millions ride the the Washington state ferry system each year. The largest such system in the nation is aging and running into problems — and trying to stay afloat. Listen here.