Is Peru's new road headed in the right direction? From September 8 to 11, NPR's All Things Considered will examine the ramifications of Peru's monumental infrastructure project, the Interoceanic Highway, in a four-part series called "The Amazon Road."
Nearly completed, South America's Interoceanic Highway will connect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the continent, opening up a direct trade route for Brazilian products headed for China. The government of Peru claims the road will bring business and development to its ports and once-remote communities.
NPR's upcoming coverage will focus on the controversy surrounding the highway as well as other regional issues including illegal alluvial gold mines, illegal logging, and sustainable Brazil nut farming.