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April 1 & 4: from Port-au-Prince - Dublin - Busia - Rome

Haiti three months on. Time to rebuild. Our correspondent says the locals want a new kind of country to emerge from the rubble.

How Ireland's Celtic Tiger got to be one sick cat. A new book predicts the Irish economy will be a zombie for years to come.

Conflict poems, from troubled countries that have become a Canadian poet's muse.

In Kenya, they've re-invented the wheel, fabricating an innovative tricycle that delivers a lifeline to the disabled.

And soccer night at St.Agnes-Outside-The-Walls: a mother-daughter story of pure Italian sport.

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Haiti hopes again

In the wreckage of Haiti, some see opportunity.

And they're trying to get others to see it too, three months after the earthquake that killed tens of thousands, and left many more homeless.

They have the sense that that this is a chance to rebuild in a way that breaks with a past that left the country unable to develop or even feed itself.

Of course it comes with fears, too. Fears of too much money, and too much noise, as we hear from CBC Correspondent Connie Watson in Haiti's rubble-strewn streets.

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Your letters

Here's a note we received from listener Valli Scheuring, who heard last week's documentary about overfishing in the Bahamas.

My husband and I returned yesterday on our boat from 3 months in the Bahamas. One of our biggest disappointments was the lack of sealife we so had looked forward to seeing. It was unbelievable.Same as bird life.

Yes, some of it may be due to overfishing by locals to please the tourists, however, your interviewer forgot to mention the thousands (of) big sportsfisher yachts coming from Florida etcetera, for fishing tournaments to the Bahamas, and fish abundantly whatever is left there.

We have only been offered fish once by local fishermen, and have not seen fish sold locally. If you saw these huge sportfishing yachts coming over with 6 to 8 men on board, you will know where the fish goes, with super electronic fishfinders etc.It is not the single local diver who does it.

Who killed the Celtic Tiger?

When Ireland's finances collapsed in 2007, it "made Icarus look boringly stable," to quote the Irish journalist .

Banks fell. Homes sit abandoned. Hotels stand empty.

Flying too close to the sun has brought the economy of the so-called Celtic Tiger to a virtual standstill.

And a country of just four-million people is left with a debt they'll never pay off. The crisis has rocked the country's very sense of self.

And the finger points to property developers, bankers and a culture of corruption fostered by bad governance.

And with the first green shoots of recovery beginning to appear in other recession-wracked countries, Ireland has no delusions it'll happen there anytime soon.

Fintan O'Toole documents the cause and effect in his a new book, Ship Of Fools - How Stupidity And Corruption Sank The Celtic Tiger.

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Fintan O'Toole is a journalist with The Irish Times newspaper, and author of Ship Of Fools, published by Public Affairs.

Hand-pedaling out of poverty

The first time Rick ever saw one was in central Africa. A man pedalling this decrepit oversized tricycle. A mish-mash of unrelated spokes and spot welds.

And he was pedalling with his hands, because his feet had withered away. 

The hand-powered trike was a brilliant idea. It offers mobility, and, with a box tacked on the back, a way to earn money instead of begging in the street. 

Well, a good idea's a good idea. So in Kenya, making hand-powered trikes has become a business. And a livelihood for the riders, as we heard last season from Canadian journalist Emily Wong, on the factory floor.

Emily's documentary...

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A kick, and a prayer

To Rome now, and "Dispatches" contributor Megan Williams with the story of a noise that surprised her, in a very nice way.

In this guest essay, she recalled a moment of coincidence that tied the past to the present on the soccer pitch.

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A poet's dispatches

Now at first blush, a recovering war zone may not sound like a great source of inspiration. But it works for Patrick Woodcock.

He's an earnest young Canadian poet who seems to thrive in places most of us only hear about on the news, like Bosnia, Colombia and Russia.

But he is something of a restless seeker who's produced seven books of poetry so far. The latest is called Always Die Before Your Mother.

Last season he found a new inspiration living in Irbil, Iraq. To explain why post-war places have become his muse, Patrick Woodcock joined Rick in studio during a brief home visit to Ontario.

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Always Die Before Your Mother is published by ECW Press.

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally. With  technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.

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