Jackie Northam

Jackie Northam appears in the following:

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Launched in August, the Maersk McKinney Moller is the first of a new class of megaships. It's 20 stories high and a quarter-mile long. NPR's Jackie Northam hopped on board in Poland.


After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New container ships stack their cargo 10 stories high. They're so wide they won't fit through the Panama Canal until it's widened. Companies say this is what they need to survive in the 21st century.


Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Liquor companies like to make drinkers think that their favorite spirits always have been and always will be attached to a very particular place — Kentucky bourbon, Irish whiskey, Russia vodka.

But like many other industries, the liquor business has gone global and a small number of players increasingly dominate ...


Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On a quiet fall morning in the Delaware countryside, a lone sustained whistle pierces the air. Within moments, a train sweeps around a broad curve, its two heavy locomotives hauling dozens of white, cylindrical rail cars, loaded with 70,000 barrels of crude oil.

It's a scene playing out with growing ...


If It's Not Legal, Can A Strike On Syria Be Justified?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As the Obama administration argues for a military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical attack that it says killed more than 1,400 Syrians, analysts say the case for a strike lacks a legal framework.

President Obama said Friday that the decision to act is part of a U.S. ...


French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.

"It is used ...


EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms

Monday, July 08, 2013

U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement aimed at generating billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators must overcome barriers created by cultural and philosophical differences over sectors like agriculture. In Europe, the cultivation of genetically modified crops is banned, while in the U.S., ...


Can This Dominican Factory Pay Good Wages And Make A Profit?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Aracelis Upia Montero bounds through the front door of her wood and cinderblock house, calling out for her children. The bubbly 41-year-old Montero — whom everyone calls Kuki — proudly shows guests around her cramped single-story home in Villa Altagracia in the Dominican Republic.

Montero points out her new living ...


The Global Afterlife Of Your Donated Clothes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On a bright and warm Saturday morning, there's a steady flow of people dropping off donations at Martha's Table, a charity in downtown Washington, D.C. A mountain of plastic and paper bags stuffed with used dresses, scarves, skirts and footwear expands in one corner of the room. Volunteers sort and ...


Port Of Baltimore Seeks Boost From Panama Canal Expansion

Monday, May 06, 2013

There is constant motion around four new supersized, Chinese-made cranes as they unload cargo from a ship at the Port of Baltimore's freshly constructed Seagirt Marine Terminal.

Control cabs whir across the cranes' broad steel beams, and thick cables spin from giant wheels. Containers packed with consumer goods — TVs, ...


Britain's Iron Lady, Former Prime Minister Thatcher, Dies

Monday, April 08, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke. She was 87. Despite many accomplishments during her 11 years in office, she was a divisive figure, and there is still much bitterness surrounding the woman who was dubbed the Iron Lady.

Thatcher's long journey to becoming one ...


Google's Eric Schmidt Heads To Another Isolated Asian Nation

Friday, March 22, 2013

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, who went to North Korea in January, is making a short visit Friday to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Why is the senior executive of a U.S. technology powerhouse visiting some of the poorest and least wired countries in Asia?

Schmidt will be the ...


In Pakistan Shooting, Malala's Friends Also Bear Scars

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Taliban attack on young Malala Yousafzai had a profound effect on her hometown, Mingora, in Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley. For the other girls with Malala that day, the scars are both emotional and physical.


Moammar Gadhafi Ruled Libya With An Iron Fist

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moammar Gadhafi was a young army officer when he first seized power in a September 1969 coup. During his rule of more than four decades, he was an unpredictable, often brutal leader ...