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Past Episodes: December 2009 Archives

December 31 & January 2: from Jakarta - Washington D.C. - Diego Garcia - London

Marjinal rock is on a roll among the poor of Indonesia. Hear how music and politics spilled into the streets of Jakarta this year.

The big lie that crushed a small people. How the British and the Americans conspired to drive a people from their island paradise.

Iraqi arts. Turns out they're alive and well -- in exile.

And, the mystery of the world's oldest computer. It pre-dates current models by, oohh, about two-thousand years. Wherever did they plug it in?

An encore edition of the best from our past year.

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December 24 & 27: from Shanghai - Touba

How to exploit Africa in just a few easy steps. A Canadian journalist exposes the simple rules of a cynical game.

China versus the churches. Christianity offends the Communist Party, but the churches strike back.

Relics of the saints. The author of a new book explores why the bones of the dead have such power over faith and conflict.

And ecstatic pandemonium. Take a Sufi pilgrimage with the devout of Senegal to the holy city of Touba.

An encore edition of the best from our past year's programs

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December 17 & 20: from Lake Victoria - Washington - Iloilo City - Tianjin - Ulingan Bay - Perquin


Climate change comes to a tiny African island. Chaos ensues.

Meanwhile in China, the world's biggest polluter is forced to get greener, and Canadians are there to help reap the rewards.

Massacre in the Philippines. Human security in retreat as politics fuel a clan war.

In Papua New Guinea, they've got it all. Beaches. Resources. So why are its citizens so screwed?

Notes about the new way of settling differences in El Salvador. A lot less bloody than the old way.

And, did you hear about the new nuclear hotline to deal with tension in the Himalayas? No? We've got the top ten stories you missed this year.

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December 10 & 13: from South Waziristan, Pakistan - London - Copenhagen - Tokyo - Kingston, Jamaica

The view from a dangerous frontier. High stakes and airstrikes as Pakistan tries to crush the Taliban advance.

The words no crime reporter in Tokyo ever wants to hear from the Yakuza: write the story and you die. We'll find out what happened to him next.

Yaks and thugs and 160 flat tires: the cyclist who pedalled halfway round the world to take on his own fears.

And, summoning the dead to protect the living.

It's an old tradition that disturbs some of Jamaica's Christian community. So why is the country promoting it?

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December 3 & 6: from Cairo - Gobi Desert, Mongolia - Quetta, Pakistan - Baghdad

The fossil thieves of the Gobi Desert. Who's poaching pre-history and stealing Mongolia's past?

A Canadian's account of running with NATO's drug-dealing allies in Afghanistan, where the bad guys are also the good guys.

A quest for relevance in the land of the Pharoahs. Why some Egyptians prefer the past to the present.

And, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Good Soldiers. From Iraq, an American memoir of the war that went sideways.

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