The Teeth Makers of Kandahar

Haji Muhammad Sultan owns a business in the center of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, dedicated to handcrafting high-quality dentures. Founded by his grandfather 80 years ago, the shop was a place that Sultan came as a child to learn the family craft; he became a military doctor during the U.S.-led occupation and made teeth for Afghan soldiers and war victims. Now, Sultan runs the shop with four of his sons. For Al Jazeera

After gaining experience treating soldiers, Sultan returned home and continued to work with patients disfigured by the war. “There was a boy, who was only 14, and he came to me with his mother asking for my help. A suicide bomb had blown his teeth out of his jaw,” says Sultan. “They didn’t have the money to pay for the work, but I made him a new set of teeth anyway. A set to be proud of.”

To this day, Sultan continues to run the business, although he is now joined by four of his seven sons. They say they would choose no other profession than that of their father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Published: Sep 18, 2022
Length: 8 minutes (2,214 words)

A Relationship of Mutual Exploitation

An interesting look at how Hollywood interacts with the Pentagon, and what kind of Hollywood projects get Pentagon approval.

Published: Jul 29, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,551 words)

Vigilanteville

James McGibney—a former marine and founder of website BullyVille—aims to stop the worst of the worst on the internet, but critics say he’s the real bully.

Published: Oct 7, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

For Hire: Dedicated Young Man With Down Syndrome

A father on his disabled son’s job search:

What is Jamie capable of doing for a living? Our first checklist filled us with despair: factory work, nope; food service, nope (not fast enough); hotel maid service, nope; machine and auto repair, nope. (Though Jamie expressed interest in auto repair — not a moment of astonishing self-awareness.) With one agency, Jamie had two CBWAs followed by detailed five-page write-ups: one doing setup for conferences and meetings (tables, chairs, A/V), the other doing shelving at a supermarket. Neither went well. He had trouble stacking chairs, dealing with the duct tape for the A/V setup, and attaching skirts to tables. At the supermarket he had trouble with the U-boat, the device that carts dozens of boxes out into the aisles — and besides, they were only hiring graveyard shift.

Published: May 25, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,549 words)