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The View from Here: December 2010 Archives

Dispatches, our soundtrack edition: we sing you the world!

As a holiday special, Dispatches raided the program vaults for the music, songs and sounds collected from around the world for our shows. 

Tunes created from honking horns?  Got 'em!

What's happening in Sheng and Marjinal music?  Check! 

Songs favoured by randy taxi drivers about fornicating wildlife?  You know we got that one!   

And there's a lot more.  We've also got the stories behind them from the correspondents, contributors and even the listeners who brought them to us.  

They're all in our three-part holiday special called Soundtracks of Dispatches 

(A two-part edition of this Soundtrack Edition will be broadcast 5-6:00 pm on January 3 on CBC Radio One.)

Part 1 features sounds and stories from Rick's field archives, the afore-mentioned "wild" life song, a touching tsunami dispatch from a listener, a tribute to a Colombian music legend, a Czech hymn to beer hops, an African witchdoctor with a taste for Barry White, and Austrian monks chantin' and rockin' like it's 999!

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Part 2 features the CBC's Neil Macdonald stuck in a nazi time warp, a hopping recording from a presidential contender in Haiti, a Tina tune turned Icelandic anthem, Egyptian  jazz stylings on the rango, songs for peace from residents of Congo, a citizen's dispatch on Rumours of Glory, and our own Margaret Evans from the streets of grieving Spain. 

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Part 3 features the most requested song in the history of Dispatches!  Hint, it's at the end.  Along with it, music from the waves of the Adriatic and the taxi cars of Ghana.  We hit the streets of Havana with Cuba's punk pundit of politics, and go to the bridges of Jakarta where street kids have their own punk poets laureate.  Then it's songs you might not understand but will love in Africaans and sheng.   Enjoy!

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 Sorry, we can't podcast the Soundtracks edition due to copyright regulations.  

The soundtrack of a randy taxi driver

CBC correspondent Connie Watson expected certain dangers when she got into a taxi to ride into the heart of the war in Kosovo.  But, she wasn't counting on explicit advances of a musical nature from her rogue of a driver.  After hearing her tale you may never think of the Discovery Channel in quite the same way again!

Connie recounts the story for our special Sountracks of Dispatches program.

Listen to it now for a sample what's in the show.

Soundtracks of Dispatches airs on December 28th, right after the 7-am World Report in most time zones.

Join us for this trip around the world with the music from Dispatches, and the stories behind it, from our correspondents, contributors and listeners!

The show will be repeated January 3rd, in most time zones after the news at 5-pm.

Vigo, Spain...the flag from here flies on the sun

Rick's visited a lot of small burgs in his reportorial travels; this one, though, has an astronomical claim to fame now.   

Winter rain was drenching Spain's north coast, so I ducked into a tiny cafe in the port of Vigo, which hadn't seen the sun for days, little realizing someone there would someday own it.   The sun, that is.

I sat down rubbing my hands together when an elderly man at the next table looked over, then handed me a dish of these delicious razor clams right off his table.

Now, Vigo has superb seafood, and plainly sets a high bar on hospitality. But it has other claims to fame besides being Europe's largest fishing port.

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Jacmel and Sabonette, Haiti...overtaken by the ladies here, and the little guy

David Common has been with the CBC team in Haiti. He sends two views, from high up on a mountainside.

Overtaken on a mountain pass           Takeovers for the little guy

Kampuchea...the mysteries of the Foxy Lady here

Foxy Lady is the story of nine western sailors, one Canadian, on the yacht Foxy Lady -- captured off Cambodia in 1978. All aboard were eventually killed by the Khmer Rouge. The author is long-time Dispatches contributor Dave Kattenburg, who lives in Winnipeg. 

He read several passages for Dispatches from the pages of Foxy Lady: Truth, Memory & The Death Of Western Yachtsmen In Democratic Kampuchea  

  Dave's first visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Looking for signs, at a later visit   (click below for more of his account, and link)

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Rikileaks...dishing the diplomatic dirt here

Correspondents know about diplomats and indiscretions, as Dispatches Rick MacInnes-Rae reveals in Rikileaks  -- tales from his experience in war zones, no-booze places and areas that might have been guarded with a bit more privacy.

Wikileaks is dishing dirt all over the international stage these days, revealing governments behaving in most undiplomatic ways.

But it comes as no surprise to them.  It shouldn't surprise the rest of us either.

I recall the first indiscreet western diplomat I ever met was in the Middle East, back when the Gulf War was brewing. 

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