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Past Episodes: June 2011 Archives

June 30 & July 3: from Israel - Colombia - Berlin - Democratic Republic of Congo - Agra, India

U.S. President Richard Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (with Henry Kissinger) agreed in 1969 that Israel would adopt a policy of "ambiguity" about whether it had nukes. (Photo/Nixon Library) 

Israel has nukes, but says little about them, says a controversial Israeli author, here to reveal what his government won't.  

The story of Kidnap Radio in Colombia, where so many people are held hostage, there's a program just for their families, and our correspondent's father was one of them. 

A cultural quandry in Germany, where life threatens to limitate art in an East Berlin landmark.   

Then, the best-laid plans can't prevent our our correspondent getting his seat pinched on an Indian passenger train. 

And, the message in the music of the Congo's Clever Boys.


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June 23 & 26: from Port-au-Prince, Haiti - El Paso, Texas - the Balkans - Dublin, Ireland - Oakland, California

Mike Landry helps carry a former patient to her home. But is it her new "prison"? Photo/Fiona Stephenson

A doctor's lament for the injured of Haiti's earthquake; "By saving them, did we condemn them to suffer?" 

How did the U.S. war on terror miss the man who tried to kill Castro. Just clumsy? Or just convenient?

Why hundreds of sham marriages are taking place in Ireland and there's nothing police can do about it.

How an American school menu got "nuggetized" and Oakland, California became a "food desert."

And the old Discovery Channel come-on.  

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June 16 & 19: from Gudvangen, Norway - India - Dakar, Senegal - the Balkans - Guca, Serbia

Enok Alfson (facing camera) and Hordtur Bardtal locked in a shoulder grip in the Norwegian sport of Glima. Photo/Nacha Raman.

The angry mission of Sampat Pal, confronting a culture that abuses women in India.

In Senegal, they say you gotta "eat the chilis before you get the honey."  And female cabbies eat a lot of chilis.

A small matter of the missing: a new book documents the quest to identify the Balkans' war dead with DNA.

Then, the sweet sound of celebration and a sour note of nationalism as brass bands gather in Serbia. 

And, going berserk with the new Vikings of Norway.

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June 9 & 12: from Cairo - Venezuela - Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Jerusalem - India

Germaine Villeceant Excellente stands in front of her house, which she says was burned by peasants in a dispute over land rights. Photo/Connie Watson

In India, a midnight wedding, a five-year-old bride. Why child marriage persists.

Egypt's unfinished revolution. How six months have soured the public mood. 

In Venezuela, the state takeover of private land provides some surprises.

Jerusalem's reach: our departing Middle East correspondent reflects on the never-ending story.

Your land or your life: the murderous row over property rights in Haiti.

And, the gecko effect. Our little program triggers weird science.

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June 2 & 5: from Lima, Peru - Den Bosch, The Netherlands - Syria - Rondonia, Brazil - Lombardy, Italy

Peruvians pick a new president this week.  One critic says the "choice is between cancer or AIDS".  Photo/AP

Cyber-space is the new East-West war zone. So why is Canada arming both sides?

Peru voters choose between two devils they know.

In Brazil, a dedicated team must find the last survivor of a remote Indian tribe before his enemies do.

Why are Italian soccer players getting Lou Gherig's Disease?  And why is it so hard to find out?

And, should you think of insects as land shrimp, would it be easier to eat them?  The case for consuming bugs.

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