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Rare Earth

From: Benjamen Walker
Length: 29:59

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An investigation into the stuff that makes anything digital actually possible: rare earth minerals. Host Benjamen Walker uncovers the dark story behind them, in a gonzo journey to the Chinese mines where 95% of the world's rare earth minerals come from.

Rare_earth_small An investigation into the stuff that makes anything digital actually possible: rare earth minerals. Host Benjamen Walker uncovers the dark story behind them in a gonzo journey to the Chinese mines where 95% of the world's rare earth minerals come from.
Besides experts like  
Dr. Alexander H. King. Director, Ames Laboratory; Dr. Karl " Mr. Rare Earth" Gschneidner and the BBC's Paul Mason, Ben encounters shady characters, enviromental messes, and the Chinese underworld. This program is part of the PRX Global Story Project made possible by the Open Society Foundations.

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An investigation into the stuff that makes anything digital actually possible: rare earth minerals. Host Benjamen Walker uncovers the dark story behind them in a gonzo journey to the Chinese mines where 95% of the world's rare earth minerals come from.
Besides experts like  
Dr. Alexander H. King. Director, Ames Laboratory; Dr. Karl " Mr. Rare Earth" Gschneidner and the BBC's Paul Mason, Ben encounters shady characters, enviromental messes, and the Chinese underworld. This program is part of the PRX Global Story Project made possible by the Open Society Foundations.