August 25 & 28: from Berlin - Mozambique - India - Chiapas, Mexico
Irmela Mensah-Schramm removes a poster with the inscription "Foreigners Out" at a street in Berlin's Rudow district. Photo/ Markus Schreiber/AP
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Irmela Mensah-Schramm paints over pro-Nazi graffiti in Berlin's Schoeneweide district. Photo/ Markus Schreiber/AP
Scrubbing the hate away
It's been more than sixty years since the end of the Second World War and still you see Nazi stickers and graffiti in the streets of Germany.
It's the leavings of a hateful underground that idealises the evils of Hitler's Third Reich.
But one very driven woman is on a mission to wipe it out, using paint, and publicity, no matter who she offends. And she's offended a few.
Dispatches contributor Saroja Coelho makes the rounds with a modern-day vigilante, as she puts her trophies on display.
The Great Indian Jugaad
A driver with his own "jugaad," the makeshift vehicle that inspired the Indian term for on-the-spot innovation (photo/Anandana Kapur)
Next, a look at the Indian spirit of on-the-spot enterprise and innovation, for good or bad.
The Indians have a word for it. They call it "jugaad." And it's all documented in a film called The Great Indian Jugaad.
As one of the characters in the film puts it, "when you say the word shortcut, you mean India." Another says, being a jugaadu, one who practises jugaad, is "very next to Einstein."
Naturally, Dispatches was intrigued by this cultural quirk. So we rang up the director, Anandana Kapur, in New Delhi.
Six years ago we told you about a clever concept that promised to supply and store clean water for needy African communities. It was called a Play Pump, and the concept was breathtakingly simple.
You attach a common schoolyard merry-go-'round to a pumping system. And when the kids climb on and spin it, it draws water from an underground well and stores it in a tank above ground. The maintenance costs are covered by selling ad space on the side of it.
In our story back then, contributor Nicola Fell spoke to
The device seemed to have a bright future.
Amy Costello of PBS Frontline also covered that story . She returned to find out that
We caught up with Amy after she returned to the United States to find out what exactly has gone wrong with all those pumps.Hear Rick's conversation with Amy
You can watch Amy's documentary "Troubled Water" and read more about the story on the PBS/Frontline website.
A long shot
For migrants trying to slip over the American border, the way north is violent and dangerous. Especially for women.
Assault and rape have become commonplace. So common in fact, many women prepare for it, by taking contraceptives before they travel.
In their desperation, they see rape as an acceptable risk, if it means escaping poverty.
Dominique Jarry-Shore brings us their story. It's a harrowing descent into the harsh reality awaiting migrants on the move.Hear Dominique's dispatch here
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall and Alison Masemann with technical producer Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae
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