Dropping Science: Can rapping about science help minority students in the classroom? A Columbia University professor thinks so and has put together a New York City-wide science rap battle to test his theory. Video by Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard and Ben de la Cruz.

Dropping Science: Can rapping about science help minority students in the classroom? A Columbia University professor thinks so and has put together a New York City-wide science rap battle to test his theory. Video by Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard and Ben de la Cruz.


A Lasting Toll: Misha Friedman worked as an aid worker before he turned his hobby into a career taking photos of the people he met in the tuberculosis wards. Photography by Misha Friedman. Video interview by Ben de la Cruz / NPR.

A Lasting Toll: Misha Friedman worked as an aid worker before he turned his hobby into a career taking photos of the people he met in the tuberculosis wards. Photography by Misha Friedman. Video interview by Ben de la Cruz / NPR.


A View from the Ground: The Battle Against Drug-Resistant Malaria on the Thai-Myanmar Border: Video by Ben de la Cruz and Jason Beaubien / NPR. Map by Adam Cole and Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR.

A View from the Ground: The Battle Against Drug-Resistant Malaria on the Thai-Myanmar Border: Video by Ben de la Cruz and Jason Beaubien / NPR. Map by Adam Cole and Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR.


Herbs and Empires: A brief, animated history of malaria drugs. Produced by Adam Cole. Map data by Michaeleen Doucleff. Senior Producer was Ben de la Cruz / NPR

Herbs and Empires: A brief, animated history of malaria drugs. Produced by Adam Cole. Map data by Michaeleen Doucleff. Senior Producer was Ben de la Cruz / NPR


At Burmese Dissident’s Cafe, A Taste of Politics and Salad: A gallery of photographs from the Thai-Burma border for The Salt, NPR’s food blog. Images by Ben de la Cruz, Radio story by Jason Beaubien

At Burmese Dissident’s Cafe, A Taste of Politics and Salad: A gallery of photographs from the Thai-Burma border for The Salt, NPR’s food blog. Images by Ben de la Cruz, Radio story by Jason Beaubien


Human-Powered Helicopter: A documentary video about the a group of engineers who are chasing the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for developing the first person-powered helicopter. Produced by NPR’s Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard and Ben de la Cruz. Radio story by Adam Cole.

Human-Powered Helicopter: A documentary video about the a group of engineers who are chasing the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for developing the first person-powered helicopter. Produced by NPR’s Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard and Ben de la Cruz. Radio story by Adam Cole.


The Big Downside to Nigerian Gold Rush: NPR’s David Gilkey and Jason Beaubien traveled to northern Nigeria where the process of illegal gold mining provides a living for many but also sickens thousands of children. Produced by Ben de la Cruz

The Big Downside to Nigerian Gold Rush: NPR’s David Gilkey and Jason Beaubien traveled to northern Nigeria where the process of illegal gold mining provides a living for many but also sickens thousands of children. Produced by Ben de la Cruz


Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest is a five-part NPR series that examines how the Smokey the Bear effect has inadvertently caused today’s devastating megafires. Photographs by David Gilkey. Video produced by Ben de la Cruz, John Poole, Christopher Joyce and Vikki Valentine. On our series page you’ll also find fire forecast app, which is updated daily.

Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest is a five-part NPR series that examines how the Smokey the Bear effect has inadvertently caused today’s devastating megafires. Photographs by David Gilkey. Video produced by Ben de la Cruz, John Poole, Christopher Joyce and Vikki Valentine. On our series page you’ll also find fire forecast app, which is updated daily.


My first video for NPR’s The Picture Show features photographer David Binder, who began documenting stories about AIDS in the late 1980s and became well known for humanizing the epidemic for various publications, include Life magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

My first video for NPR’s The Picture Show features photographer David Binder, who began documenting stories about AIDS in the late 1980s and became well known for humanizing the epidemic for various publications, include Life magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer


Dance of Life: A look at the beauty of movement through ordinary and extraordinary people. The first installment focuses on cooks in the kitchen of CityZen in SW Washington. Timelapse photography and video by Ben de la Cruz and Alexandra Garcia. Interviews by Ben de la Cruz. Interactive design and development Grace Koerber and Kat Downs. Text by Sarah Kaufman.

Dance of Life: A look at the beauty of movement through ordinary and extraordinary people. The first installment focuses on cooks in the kitchen of CityZen in SW Washington. Timelapse photography and video by Ben de la Cruz and Alexandra Garcia. Interviews by Ben de la Cruz. Interactive design and development Grace Koerber and Kat Downs. Text by Sarah Kaufman.