News Promo: June 2011 Archives

Guca, Serbia: brass bands and nationalism

Trubaci blast their horns while onlookers take it all in, in Guca, Serbia (photo/Lisa Hale)

The View from Here:  Guca, Serbia

Brass bands and the Balkans have a long history -- and Guca, Serbia hosts a global gathering of horn players every summer. Pre-competition performances are already underway at this year's Guca Madness 

Canadian journalist Lisa Hale was there last year and found good times and good beer were top of the agenda -- though some folks were keen to hijack it when it came time to strike up the band.

 Lisa's View from Guca       The June 16 Dispatches program page    


Nothing but mammals 

CBC correspondent, Connie Watson had a dodgy musical voyage of discovery herself, in the Balkans. After hearing her tale you may never think of the Discovery Channel in quite the same way again.

 Connie recounts the story to Rick    The June 23 Dispatches program page


Haiti's disabled: can it be cruel to be kind?

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

When the earthquake ravaged Haiti, the world tried to help.  But it remains a country of damaged homes, and damaged people. 

That's been troubling Mike Landry.

He answered Haiti's call, treating victims with spinal cord injuries. 

He's a Canadian physiotherapist, a professor at the University of Toronto.  And a frontline kind of guy with 15 years' experience in global rescue missions.

It's been his life's work. You'd think he'd be happy.  Instead, he's wracked with guilt and doubts.

Landry returned to Haiti, to see how the people he treated are doing. And to deal with the nagging questions his inner voice is asking.

He lets Dispatches evesdrop on that voice, as he searches for answers amid Haiti's fragments and the faces of those he cares for.

 Listen to Mike's dispatch

The June 24 Dispatches program and podcast 

Mike Landry is a physical therapist, a professor at the University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Toronto Rehab Institute. His experience with emergency missions include Bosnia, Kosovo, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Haiti.

After we first aired his story, he found himself in the midst of a growing debate. Many told him the same problems confront Canadians who can't get the rehabilitation care they need. So he's now working on a documentary film grappling with the issues raised by forgotten survivors with broken bodies. 

What do you think? Is Mike being too hard on himself or right to question the way we respond to a global crisis? We'd like your thoughts. Email dispatches@cbc.ca.

A Space Shuttle, a premier, and an ocean

Space shuttle Atlantis (Photo/AP)

Well down at the Kennedy Space Centre right now, they're prepping for the final flight of the shuttle program. 

It's due to go up July 8 for the very last time. 

NASA's vision for economic, re-useable transportation delivering people and payloads -- and perhaps space's secrets itself -- is a casualty of earthbound budget cuts after more than 40 years.

But when Atlantis does go up, Rick already knows a particular song will run through his head with the same painful intensity as the roar of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters.

 Rick's essay


Jerusalem...covering the never-ending story

The CBC's Middle East correspondent, Margaret Evans.

One of the voices you regularly hear on this program is the CBC's Middle East correspondent Margaret Evans, about to be posted back to London after almost eight tumultuous years based in Jerusalem.

But we couldn't let her go without asking her thoughts about covering one of the most dramatic yet intractable conflicts on earth.

 Listen to Margaret's essay

Find out more about the rest of this week's program

Law catches up to El Salvador military men

The 1989 killings were planned by some of El Salvador's top military leaders, says Spain, which is now pursuing them in the courts.   Photo/Luis Romero-AP

Atrocity in El Salvador: Rick MacInnes-Rae remembers, and so does a Spanish court

"The law can be maddening and slow. But on balance, it's been a good week for the law."

 Rick's essay

Find out more about the June 2 episode of Dispatches

Hainan Island, China...surfer girl catches waves here

Darci Liu, China's Surfer Girl, on Hainan Island (photo/Danielle Nerman)

Dispatches is always banging on about the changes emerging from the superheated economy of China. But sometimes even we're surprised at the form it takes.

Surfing for example. Who knew?

It isn't exactly "everybody's learning how."  But there's at least one standout on the breakers.

Canadian journalist Danielle Nerman tracks down China's Surfer Girl