May 10, 2012 | 9:40Dispatches Will Syria descend into civil war? - May 10/12 Audio
Dispatches Will Syria descend into civil war? - May 10/12 May 10, 2012 | 9:40Reporter Laura Lynch is in Syria, where the ongoing conflict between armed opposition factions and the Syrian government has produced a a country full of rabbitholes, all of them full. Outside of the capital Damascus, gunfire's replacing artillery fire in cities like Homs as the nature of the conflict starts to shift.
Nov 3, 2011 | 0:19Dispatches The BBC's Roland Buerk on the Japanese politician's new drink - Nov.03/11 Audio
Dispatches The BBC's Roland Buerk on the Japanese politician's new drink - Nov.03/11 Nov 3, 2011 | 0:19This week in Japan, a politician drank a glass of water drawn from a puddle on the floor of the crippled Fukashima nuclear plant. And meanwhile, he reports, they're planting flowers around the plant for the visit of journalists next week. Never mind that the reactors are still unstable and their water's boiling at a bazillion degrees.
Jan 26, 2012 | 10:31Dispatches Red Cross: "Text messages saving lives in Haiti" - Jan. 26, 2012 Audio
Dispatches Red Cross: "Text messages saving lives in Haiti" - Jan. 26, 2012 Jan 26, 2012 | 10:312 years after the earthquake, Haiti remains a disaster-in-progress. But the earthquake has led to succesful new tech applications such as TERA -- the Trilogy Emergency Relief Application -- developed by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Sharon Reader of the IFRC spoke with Rick about it.
Sep 15, 2011 | 14:06Dispatches Author Andrew Rice on Plumpy'nut: The magical paste that saves the starving Audio
Dispatches Author Andrew Rice on Plumpy'nut: The magical paste that saves the starving Sep 15, 2011 | 14:06Plumpy'nut has been likened to the penicillin of our generation. It can pull starving children back from death's doorstep. It's being used to help victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa. But, there isn't enough of it and that has to do with money, and those who hold its patent. Author Andrew Rice wrote on the battle for the magical paste.
Apr 5, 2012 | 10:44Dispatches Istanbul's Carnival revival with Meghan MacIver - Apr. 5/2012 Audio
Dispatches Istanbul's Carnival revival with Meghan MacIver - Apr. 5/2012 Apr 5, 2012 | 10:44Meghan MacIver takes us inside the revival of Carnival, originally a Christian religious festival, in the mostly Muslim city of Istanbul Turkey. The Greeks used to celebrate Carnival there, until relations between Greeks and Turks deteriorated and the festival was shut down in the 1940s. Now some people from both communities are trying to revive it...and bring about cultural understanding in a city where that is sometimes lacking.