November 10 & 13, 2011: from Les Cayes, Haiti - Detroit, Michigan - Rome - San Diego
Firefighters work to put out a warehouse fire in Detroit on October 30th, 2011, one they've labelled "suspicious." (Photo/Martine August)
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The rare fungus, yarchagumba, is so coveted as an aphrodesiac it can sell for as much as $50,000 per pound (Photo/Getty)
The USS Makin Island is the hybrid "Prius" of aircraft carriers. It saved $2-million in fuel on its first mission. Photo/US Navy
A mean, green fighting machine
In the United States, the push for energy conservation isn't just a civilian concern.
In fact the mighty American military is way out front, keen to go green, on land and sea, because it cuts costs -- and casualties -- as we first heard from CBC correspondent David Common last May, off the California coastline.
The arena rock spectacular Ben Hur Live features real animals, a few ancient languages, a lot of skimpy outfits, and a few anachronisms as it arrives in Rome. (Photo/Getty Images Europe)
Ben Hur? More like Ben Hurt
When Ben Hur was made back in 1959 -- it was box office gold. Good thing, because it was also the most expensive film ever made.
And extravagant? 15,000 extras for the chariot scene alone.
But it did huge box office, and saved the studio. And 52 years later, Ben Hur's chariots have arrived in Rome, but this time, as a theatrical spectacle.
And how's that working out? Dispatches contributor Megan Williams has a view from the audience.
Next week: Running for change in Afghanistan
With Canada and its NATO allies winding down their military role in Afghanistan, Afghans are going to have to take their future into their own hands.
And journalist Laura Lynch will tell us about one woman who's trying. Despite several assassination attempts and the contempt of some in its male-dominated society, Fawzia Koofi is running for President.
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally. With technical producers Greg fleet and Victor Johnston, Senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.
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