Jul 29, 2010 | 2:37Dispatches "The Queen of Fandango" (Music) Audio
Dispatches "The Queen of Fandango" (Music) Jul 29, 2010 | 2:37The Queen Of Fandango died in January. Colombian Folksinger Etelvina Maldonado was 75.
She sang more at house parties than recording studios. She liked boleros. And rancheros. And tangos. But she excelled at the music of Colombia's Caribbean coast known as bullerengue.
And when Etelvina Maldonado sang it, she owned it.
Jul 29, 2010 | 13:28Dispatches "Bimba Italiana" Audio
Dispatches "Bimba Italiana" Jul 29, 2010 | 13:28On the TV, there's a woman hanging from a hook, her backside posed to look like one of the hams on other hooks around her. In Italy that's entertainment, apparently.
Our Rome contributor, Megan Williams, asks why Italians won't put up with degradation of women in public, but it's
okay on TV.
Aug 5, 2010 | 7:57Dispatches "Send us your pesos" (February 2010 Encore) Audio
Dispatches "Send us your pesos" (February 2010 Encore) Aug 5, 2010 | 7:57The global recession is playing a cruel trick on people in El Salvador. Time was they relied on cash remittances from family members working in the U.S. But Dispatches contributor Dominique-Jarry shore found this year, they're being asked to send money to their unemployed relatives in places like California.
Aug 5, 2010 | 14:28Dispatches "Healing Dogon country" (Documentary) Audio
Dispatches "Healing Dogon country" (Documentary) Aug 5, 2010 | 14:28Eleven years ago, during the ice storm, one of the poorest countries in the world -- Mali -- came to Canada's aid. Payback maybe, because years earlier Canadians had helped after a bad flood in Mali. All these years later, Dispatches contributor Alexa Dvorson went trekking among the Dogon people of Mali's remote Bandiagara escarpment, and found the wheel has turned again.
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 | 12:12Dispatches "The perils of progress" (January 2010 Documentary encore) Audio
Dispatches "The perils of progress" (January 2010 Documentary encore) Aug 19, 2010 | 12:12The global benefits of the Amazon rainforest are well known. It creates much of the world's oxygen. It houses a vast array of rare wildlife. It supports vegetation full of medical secrets we've yet to unlock.
But the ongoing threats to its survival are also well-documented; the slash-and-burn development, and how it contributes to global warming. CBC Correspondent Connie Watson took a trip down the Amazon River to get a first-hand look at the perils of progress.
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.