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Ear to the Ground

A series of personal audio letters from abroad. Journalists from around the globe talk about the people they’ve met and the events they’ve witnessed. Whether it’s a report from war-ravaged Aleppo in Syria or a dispatch on the rising popularity of NFL football in Mexico, each Ear To The Ground tells us something about lives lived right there, right now.




Putting a leash on Santiago's massive stray dog population

Putting a leash on Santiago's massive stray dog population
In Chile's capital city, dogs are everywhere. They root through garbage. The lay about on downtown sidewalks like they own them. They're even outside the presidential palace. Half a million of them. "It's a huge number," says Sofia Varela.

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Money and Loathing in Lilongwe

A dispatch from the heart of the Old Town market by Tiferanji Malithano.

Money and Loathing in Lilongwe
Malawi - like much of the rest of Africa - is awash in Chinese cash these days. But the arrival of Chinese business owners in the capital is putting the squeeze on local competitors. A tale of two merchants from freelance journalist Tiferanji Malithano.

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Liberia's War Dead

Journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh visits the site of one of the Liberian civil wars worst massacres.

Liberia's War Dead

Twenty years ago, militia fighters gunned down and hacked to death hundreds of refugees at Carter Camp. Today, the site of the massacre is a quiet, empty field. But nearby Jonathan Paye-Layleh meets people who remember killings, including one man who just barely escaped.

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A Church With No God

A personal account of worshipping at an atheist church by freelance journalist Emma Wallis.

A Church With No God

Is God a necessary part of going to church? A growing movement of atheist worshippers thinks not. Emma Wallis gives it a try - with some curious results involving Bonnie Tyler.

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The Double Duvet Debate

A first-person dispatch from Bonn by British journalist Emma Wallis.

The Double Duvet Debate

Emma Wallis doesn't understand Germans' one-couple one-bed two-duvets rule. She wants one big double duvet. Her German husband wants two singles. Find out who wins the war of the blankets.

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Eviction City

Freelance journalist Lindsay Mackenzie documents a growing protest movement in Spain.

Eviction City

People in and around Barcelona who have been evicted by the banks have begun reclaiming their empty homes. Lindsay Mackenzie introduces us to one family who is illegally occupying their old apartment and praying they won't be caught and thrown out onto the streets.

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Tuning Out

A sideways perspective on the Israeli election by freelance reporter Irris Mackler.

Tuning Out

More than thirty parties ran in this year's election in Israel and every one of them got screen time on national television. Too bad hardly anyone watches anymore, says Irris Mackler. They might learn something about the state of their country's democracy.

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Caught In The Syrian Crossfire

An on-the-ground portrait of life under siege in Syria by CBC producer David McDougall.

Caught In The Syrian Crossfire
It's the rebels and the government forces that are doing the fighting in Aleppo. But often it's the civilians who are doing the dying. A rare glimpse into the alleyways, hospitals and morgues where those caught between two sides of a war struggle to survive.

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Gringo Football

A personal dispatch from Mexico City by CBC producer Diane Eros.

Gringo Football

Soccer rules in Mexico. But on a return visit to the capital, Diane Eros discovers that the other kind of football - NHL football - is gaining plenty of new fans.

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The Turkish Schism

A snapshot of daily life in Istanbul by freelance journalist Dorian Jones.

The Turkish Schism
Some Turkish parents took their children to class this fall only to discover that their secular schools had been converted to Islamic ones over the summer holiday - a move that highlights the country's deep divide over the place of religion.

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The Cartoon Mountie

A report from the American campaign trail by CBC’s Jennifer Westaway.

The Cartoon Mountie
An animated Mountie becomes a straw man in an American election ad attacking "socialized" medicine and the Democratic candidates who love it - just one of a deluge of local TV ads targeting over-spun voters in Denver.

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