June 21 & 24: the last Dispatches
From our correspondents around the world...
The crew at Dispatches preparing the final show: (from left: Alan Guettel, Rick MacInnes-Rae, Nima Shams, Steve McNally, Alison Masemann, and Dawna Dingwall).
It's our last program but we're going out with boats, baboons, and a bang.
We'll touch on some of the stories we've brought you over the years, some of the places we've been, and some of the strange and sublime people we put into your radio.
Along the way, we'll hear some of the moments that stopped us in our tracks. And hear some untold stories from our our correspondents.
We saved the best for last.
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Seaweed farmer Uledi tends her crop in tidal pools on Zanzibar island in Tanzania. Alison Dempster reported from the seaweed farms of Zanzibar on a past episode of Dispatches. (Photo REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)
Over the years we'd been striving to bring you the world, and in the words of poet Seamus Heaney, from "the frontier of writing."
And at the beginning, in the morning of this program, we set out to sit you on the shoulder of stories, large and small, often early in the day when their world begins.
Journalist Bill Gillespie in Chechnya. (Photo: CBC)
It was a story that moved Dispatches listeners like no other.
CBC Correspondent Derek Stoffel (right) talks with a group of Syrian refugees living at a camp at the Turkey/Syria border. (Photo: CBC)
The plight of those caught in the crossfire of global conflicts like Afghanistan has been a constant theme in our programming.
Time and again, our correspondents documented the ways insecurity and economics drive people from their homes, a story as old as war itself.
Correspondent Jennifer Westaway (Photo: CBC)
Much more palatable was a night out overseas recounted by CBC Correspondent Jennifer Westaway.
Ivar Loene's 5-year-old grandson Henrik's favourite food is smalahove, as he tells visiting students. (Photo: Nachammai Raman)
Looking back, it's surprising how many of our stories turned on food. Though some dining out on this program suffered less tasteful results. Can you say bug nuggets?
Journalist Jared Ferrie
In this business, you have to be careful what you wish for, as Jared Ferrie learned running down a drug story for us in the west African state of Guinea-Bissau.
Left to right, journalists Connie Watson, Anthony Germain, and Margeret Evans (left to right, top to bottom).
Rick asked what stories they won't forget.
Journalist Laura Lynch (Photo: CBC)
Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen talked to Rick in 2010 about his bizarre encounter with a leopard seal in the waters of the Antarctic. The deadly predator seemed to think Paul needed to be fed. (Photo: Paul Nicklen)
But as host of Dispatches, Rick always got to ask them, often of people in pretty remarkable circumstances.
One of our stories was set on a boat, on the waters of the marshes of Southern Iraq. Here, yung Iraqi girls smile as they stand by marshes near Basra. (Photo: REUTERS/Aladin Abdel Naby)
If faith can transport us, as Rhoda Metcalfe discovered, so can a great story. And a lot of ours were actually set on transportation.
On trains, planes and automobiles, reminding us travel is not always about the destination. Sometimes the voyage is its own reward.
Sometimes everyday transportation is much more than just that. Just listen to the CBC's Bruce Edwards. He once had a car that ended up revealing to him that things are not always as they appear.
Wildebeests cross the Mara river during a migration in the Masaai Mara game reserve, southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Reporter Anjali Nayar spent the evening with the Masai and included it in her piece about the migration. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
That brings us to the end of the day for Dispatches and into evening, when things are put away and retired. Even then, life does goes on, as we've heard over the years.
Andrew Princz (l), Joe Bageant (middle), and former CBC correspondent David McLauchlin (r), all contributors to Dispatches.
Their series is here:
A colourful, original voice who appeared on Dispatches was the American writer Joe Bageant. He died of cancer in March 2011.
The Virginian gave his gruff take on the world a few times on this program and your email let us know you liked it.
A few years ago, he did us a piece from "Kibby's Cool Spot," a bar in Hopkin's Village, Belize -- then sent it from a laptop in the local surf shop.
Joe Bageant didn't seem to stand much on ceremony, especially in the early days of the U.S. election year of 2008.And the post-election follow-up
Joe Bageant's latest book is being issued posthumously. It's called, with typcial reserve, Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir. It's published by Scribe. He was 64.
Andrew, at Machu Picchu.
Andrew Princz, a longtime contributor to Dispatches, died of a heart attack in Quito, Ecuador on June 24.
He was 40, and at the peak of a career as, what he called, a cultural navigator.
Based in Montreal, Andrew toured the world to help others create their own adventures, and along the way filled a website with colourful stories and pictures of some of the most amazing spots on the planet.
More info about Andrew, his work and his memorial are on his facebook page.
So is Andrew's biography
Andrew on Dispatches:
Andrew visited the breweries of The Czech Republic back before it was a popular tourist trek. He found tradition (exemplified in a splendid performance of The Hymn Of The Hops), a growing post-Communist micro-brewing industry -- and a battle between that new republic and the North American beer barons of who stole the name Budweiser.
Andrew went to Peru to trace the origins of thousands of artifacts from Machu Picchu that are still in the vaults of Yale University. He climbed to the this ancient Inca city and heard the demands -- from right up to the president of Peru -- for their return to their home country for the 100th anniversary of their "discovery."
Just this past May, we aired Andrew's adventures in a headhunters' longhouse in Borneo
Then they asked for two more. Then they stopped asking, and Dispatches kept going, for nearly five-hundred more.
Early on, I asked our contributors to write like drunken poets. To experiment. To leave in the stuff conventional news leaves out. The personal stuff.
When we got it right, a colleague says it reminded her of beat poet Jack Kerouac when he wrote;
"the only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk,
mad to be saved,
desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles,
exploding like spiders across the stars."
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann, and Steve McNally, Rick MacInnes-Rae, with thanks to Michael Finlay and Thomas Rose. Our technical producers are Victor Johnston, Tim Lorimer and Nima Shams. The Senior producer is Alan Guettel.
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