June 14 & June 17: updating from South Africa - Haiti - Mexico - Afghanistan - Democratic Republic of Congo
From our correspondents around the world...
South African musician Larry Joe performs with his friend and producer Aron Turest-Swartz, in the Netherlands. (courtesy: Cool Fresh Int.)
A story of toothsome tourism. Why some Americans are going south for their dental care.
Then, the peace after Jody's War. We catch up with the Canadian sniper who lost his feet in Afghanistan, but found hope at home.
The Conflicted Samaritan: A Canadian physiotherapist questions his time helping injured Haitians when no one's improving the conditions they'll live in.
And the rise of narco-rap. Mexico's drug culture infiltrates another musical genre.
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It's our second-to-last programme before we we leave you next week, as a consequence of budget cuts here at the CBC.
South African musician Larry Joe, as he leaves Douglas prison in December 2010.
Larry Joe's songs of redemption
He was a troubled convict hoping for a music career when he met a restless music producer unsatisfied with his own.
Aron Turest-Swartz was a co-founder of the popular South African group Freshly Ground. And when he heard Larry sing, he dropped what he was doing and turned the jail cell into a recording studio.
When we last heard from them, Larry was about to be released and so was his first album. And we wanted to know where their story has gone since then.
Larry Joe joined us from Cape Town in South Africa and his producer and friend, Aron Turest-Swartz, was in studio with Rick.
An American man receives dental care at a clinic in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Thousands of Americans are heading to Mexican border cities for cheap dental treatment. (Photo: Reuters/Tomas Bravo)
Seems that's the case for some Americans, facing expensive dental work.
In California, CBC Correspondent Jennifer Westaway followed one on his way to try something new, south of the border
Donkeys roam the stables at Montebaducco Farm, in Italy, where they're kept for their precious milk, which is far less allergenic than cow's milk. (Photo: Emma Wallis)
The measure of a dispatch: the "Who Knew?" factor
It's something we like in a yarn. Discover something new. Maybe a little wingy.
A lot of them grabbed our attention over the years; we were pretty sure they would grab yours.
Like a refugee theme park. A bank for cheese. Donkey milk. Who knew?
Blessed are the cheesemakers! But who knew back in 2009 when we first aired that story that many of those giant wheels would be destroyed in earthquakes this year?
It plunged the industry into crisis. Authentic Parmesan must be aged IN the region. But cheesemakers are now asking for an exemption so they can move intact wheels somewhere else. Meanwhile, some do buy fragments of broken ones. They call it, "Solidarity Cheese." Who knew?
Master Corporal Jody Mitic prepares for the Achilles 5k run in support St.John's Rehab Hospital in Toronto on Sunday, March 15, 2009. Mitic lost both his legs in January 2007 after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan. (Photo: CP/Chris Young)
A soldier's story
A week later and a world away, Rick sat by his bedside in sterile mask and gown, interviewing him as he awaited surgery.
The room was dark, his regiment banner on one wall. Against another, a buddy from his unit loomed protectively, as if to ensure no disrespect came to the heavily-medicated man in the bed, telling his story for the very first time.
Jody gave a powerful and moving account, and a jury at the New York Festivals radio competition thought so too, awarding Dispatches a silver medal for storytelling.
But his story since then, is no less remarkable. And we wanted you to hear it firsthand. Jody Mitic joined us from Ottawa.
Master Corporal Jody Mitic now lives in Ottawa and will soon be retiring from the military. So if you're looking to hire a military consultant, a radio announcer or an inspirational speaker, he's your guy.
You can hear Rick's original full-length Dispatches story of Jody Mitic here
Irmela Mensah-Schramm (left), the woman trying to clean up Berlin's Nazi graffiti, and Sam Childers (right), the Machine Gun Preacher.
Dispatches over the years: Characters we've met
You do that for a dozen years, you meet some real characters.
Maybe you remember some of them?
Mike Landry helps carry a former patient to her home. But is it her new "prison"? (Photo/Fiona Stephenson)
The Conflicted Samaritan
It was important, samaritan work. Yet Landry was conflicted by the idea of helping the poor get better, knowing the conditions they'd live in never would.
So we asked him what giving voice to his quandary on this program has led Mike Landry to do.
Musician and activist Samite Mulondo uses music to work with former child soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (photo courtesy samite.com)
Musician Samite Mulondo knows something about searching for meaning in conflict. A few years ago we had him on describing how how he uses song to rehabilitate damaged child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We called him "The Mender of Lost Hearts."
They're hijacking the tradition of the "white corrido," story songs begun in the early 1900s, celebrating heroes of the Mexican Revolution.
But a new generation is hearing about the Narco life through the prism of rap. Hector Diaz, age 24, has written several. The drug trade has claimed many of his friends, so rapping about it he says, is risky.
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