June 2010 Archives

June 24 & 27: from Selaya, India - Kandahar - San Giuseppe Jaco, Italy - Antarctica - Shanghai - Rhotak, India

The new prisoners of piracy. Monsoon season is the only safe haven for small-boat sailors on the Indian Ocean.

underwater.jpgPaul Nicklen's polar obsession. He wanted to save the leopard seal's Arctic environment. Then it took his head in its jaws.

Afghan interpreters are being offered a fast-track into Canada. So why the skepticism about Ottawa's intentions?

Pizzo and the murdering Pig. Reporting on the Sicilian Mafia has chilling moments for our correspondent.

And, China wants more folks to drink from the double-happiness cup, because world's most populous nation needs more people.

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Assam, India...childbirth can be deadly here

Freelance journalist Hanna Ingber Win's photos, from the tea gardens of Assam, India. Assam has India's highest maternal mortality rate. Hanna went there to interview families who'd lost their mothers, and health care workers who try to help pregnant mothers get the medical help they need.

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June 17 & 20: from Los Angeles - Kabul - Sochi, Russia - Port-au-Prince - Jerusalem

The long, luminous lives of Miss Ware and Miss Williams, who've spent decades teaching kids the way out of poverty.

Most press clubs are more about single malts than multiple dangers. We'll hear why Afghanistan's is so different.

Olympic security; Canada spent millions on the last winter games. We've got insights into what the next winter games could be like, with a war zone on the border.

From the wreckage of Haiti, a correspondent's-eye view from a pocket of undamaged optimism amid the ruins.

And Jews fighting Jews in the streets of Jerusalem.

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Listener dispatches....on the Middle East

After our piece on the fledgling Palestinian film industry, we got a rocket from Monica Schubert in Regina.

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June 10 & 13: from Johannesburg - Zwedru - Assam - Mumbai - New Orleans

Even hot dogs are special in the Latin Quarter. (Photo/Maureen Brosnahan)

Footy fans descend on South Africa -- as it renames the roads. Maps are out-of-date, and white folks' noses are out-of-joint.

Death by childbirth. Canada's quest to improve maternal health care in a world where pregnant women are rushed to hosital in handcarts.

From New Orleans, battered shrimp and other stories of survival by seafood.

And the U.S. in Afghanistan. Why body counts take a backseat to doing deals with the enemy.

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I'm a stranger here myself

Will Everett's dispatch about becoming an unexpected guest at somebody else's dinner in India last week caught the attention of Peter Ottis in Ottawa.

It reminded (me) so much of my own experiences in Africa and the Middle East. Linguistic and cultural barriers all too often led to experiences like his... I often found myself in the middle of seemingly-endless meetings, or blindly following a city guide, completely confused at just what exactly I had gotten into. Thankfully, these experiences often lead to great stories that one can laugh about years later. Thanks for a great show.

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June 3 & 6: from Reykjavik - Nairobi - East Jerusalem - Miami - Philadelphia

(Photo/Nathan L. Collett)

They call themselves the "bestest of the best" and they just got themselves elected in Iceland. Why did a party promoting polar bears get so many votes?

Tribal violence is not entirely over in Kenya, and already they've made a movie about it, featuring the survivors as the actors.

Then, how music is breaching the political divide between the United States and Cuba, and causing a new divide within the Cuban community.

Plus: Nineteen years ago, a secret airlift evacuated Ethiopian Jews to Israel, but there are reasons some still don't feel at home.

And, Mohamed's Ghost. A new book that says Muslims and their mosques are fading from the American landscape.

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