Aug 5, 2010 | 9:01Dispatches "In the Shadow of the Raid" Audio
Dispatches "In the Shadow of the Raid" Aug 5, 2010 | 9:01In May 2008, immigration agents raided the Agri-processors meatpacking plant in Postville Iowa, and put nearly 400 illegal immigrants out of work. Some had worked there as much as eleven years. When journalist Greg Brosnan and his partner heard about the raid, they were researching a film on how the recession was affecting Central American villages, where the money from some of those U.S.-based workers was being sent. The finished film is called In The Shadow Of The Raid.
Aug 5, 2010 | 12:26Dispatches "Israeli tech takes off" Audio
Dispatches "Israeli tech takes off" Aug 5, 2010 | 12:26If author Dan Senor has it right, conflict is good for business. After all, Israel has what he calls "the highest density of start-up (companies) in the world." His new book, Start-Up Nation, says that's thanks to a military culture that encourages entrepreneurship and technological innovation.
Jul 22, 2010 | 10:44Dispatches "Cycling home from Siberia" (Interview) Audio
Dispatches "Cycling home from Siberia" (Interview) Jul 22, 2010 | 10:44Rob Lilwall doesn't seem like a daredevil -- not the guy you'd expect to fly to Siberia and spend the next four years bicycling back.
But he did. Slogging through snowbanks. Sharing sleeping quarters with yaks. It's all in his new book, Cycling Home from Siberia.
Aug 19, 2010 | 1:08Dispatches August 19, 2010 Next Week (Promo) Audio
Dispatches August 19, 2010 Next Week (Promo) Aug 19, 2010 | 1:08Next week on the program, Anthony Germain has a rare glimpse of how China is behaving in Africa. The People's Republic is a super-heated economy with an insatiable appetite for raw materials, and Zambia's "Copper Belt" is one of the largest in the world.
Anthony went there to hear how China's influence is affecting Zambia.
Aug 19, 2010 | 13:00Dispatches "Mohamed's Ghosts" (June 2010 Interview encore) Audio
Dispatches "Mohamed's Ghosts" (June 2010 Interview encore) Aug 19, 2010 | 13:00On a spring day six years ago, Mohamed Ghorab was the Islamic leader of a small mosque, in a hardscrabble neighbourhood of Philadelphia. Next thing he knew, he was deported. His congregants were arrested without charge. His mosque collapsed. Stephan Salisbury pieced together Mohamed's story in his new book, "Mohamed's Ghosts: an American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland." In doing so, the reporter for the the Philadelphia Inquirer found there are many others just like Mohamed across the US -- and their biggest mistake, it seems, is just being Muslim.
Aug 19, 2010 | 12:04Dispatches "The drumming and the dead" (Documentary) Audio
Dispatches "The drumming and the dead" (Documentary) Aug 19, 2010 | 12:04In the hills of Jamaica you hear it. The sound of drumming. The worshippers of the dead, dancing and talking to the spirits, in scenes as old as Africa.
It's a concept that alarms some in the country's Christian community. But the state is all for it. All for keeping the concept of Kumina alive, as British journalist Nick Davis discovered.
Aug 19, 2010 | 15:20Dispatches "Ordinary North Koreans, extraordinary stories" (Interview) Audio
Dispatches "Ordinary North Koreans, extraordinary stories" (Interview) Aug 19, 2010 | 15:20There have been times when dogs ate better than doctors in North Korea.
American journalist Barbara Demick knows that. As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, she spent seven years documenting the dangers North Korea unleashed upon the world.
The nuclear threat. The famine. The prison camps. But her latest book, which tells the stories of North Koren defectors, gives us a better sense of everday life under the regimes of Kim Il-sung and his son, Kim Jong-il. The book is called "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea."
Aug 26, 2010 | 1:33Dispatches August 26, 2010 Next Week (Promo) Audio
Dispatches August 26, 2010 Next Week (Promo) Aug 26, 2010 | 1:33In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and his political opponents have reached a kind of Cold Peace, and runaway inflation has cooled somewhat. But people still pay a high price for living there. And as Laura Lynch finds, it starts in the grocery store.
Aug 26, 2010 | 11:52Dispatches "Strength in What Remains" (Interview) Audio
Dispatches "Strength in What Remains" (Interview) Aug 26, 2010 | 11:52In the '90s, the Rwandan genocide got the headlines, but neighbouring Burundi suffered much the same fate, and had many times before.
Fleeing the violence, a young medical student named Deo made his way past assassins, to New York City. He slept in Central Park. Worked scuzzy jobs. And wrestled with the memory of the slaughter. Eventualy though, he was adopted by a series of Samaritans who saw him through medical school. That story, and Deo he ended up building his own clinic back in Burundi, told in the new book Strength In What Remains. Rick interview the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Tracy Kidder.
Aug 26, 2010 | 11:00Dispatches "Cairo culture clash" (Documentary) Audio
Dispatches "Cairo culture clash" (Documentary) Aug 26, 2010 | 11:00Once, in Cairo, Rick was politically-corrected by a taxi driver.
They were discussing Egypt's place in the Arab world. The man said: "We are not Arabs. We are Pharonic people."
It's surprising that some Egyptians still identify with long-dead Pharoahs from the pre-Islamic past. But Margaret Evans discovers that among Cairo's cultural elite there is a feeling that the long reign of the current Pharoah is reducing Egypt to a cultural afterthought.
Aug 26, 2010 | 8:08Dispatches "The Last Rango Master" Audio
Dispatches "The Last Rango Master" Aug 26, 2010 | 8:08Throughout history, music has had the power to move and incite, prompting some regimes to ban it. And on rare occasions, to ban the very instruments that play it. The British banned bagpipes nearly 300 years ago, fearing them as a Scottish weapon of war.
aND Egypt banned an instrument called the rango as recently as the 1970s, because it was associated with black magic. Only a few still exist and its music had almost died out. Until Zakaria Ibrahim discovered Hassan Bergamon: the last rango master.