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June 17 & 20: from Los Angeles - Kabul - Sochi, Russia - Port-au-Prince - Jerusalem

The long, luminous lives of Miss Ware and Miss Williams, who've spent decades teaching kids the way out of poverty.

Most press clubs are more about single malts than multiple dangers. We'll hear why Afghanistan's is so different.

Olympic security; Canada spent millions on the last winter games. We've got insights into what the next winter games could be like, with a war zone on the border.

From the wreckage of Haiti, a correspondent's-eye view from a pocket of undamaged optimism amid the ruins.

And Jews fighting Jews in the streets of Jerusalem.

LA's Fairy Godmothers

This week, in our first encore edition of the summer, you'll hear some of the best work from CBC correspondents, starting in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Watts.

It's a story of two grand old ladies, and the very good thing they do.

The back story is simple.

In the 1960s, parents in this poor, black area realized if local kids were to succeed, they would need help.

Help to understand the world around them. Financial help to get them through college.

They started by sponsoring six kids, paying them just 35 bucks a month because nobody made much money. But they made a difference.

Today, most of those parents have passed on. Only Miss Emily and Miss Margaret remain.

And correspondent Jennifer Westaway listened to them talk the talk, and walk the walk.

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The Kandahar Press Club

The first Afghan Press Club is now in the works, though it's really about survival.

Eight years of renewed fighting have given rise to a homegrown news media.

But it faces dangers foreign correspondents rarely do.

So Afghan journalists need something to embolden, and perhaps even protect themselves.

The CBC's Derek Stoffel tells the story of those behind the Kandahar Press Club.

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Russia's Olympics: War Games?

Our look back at some of the memorable stories of CBC correspondents returns us to the Olympics.

The Vancouver Winter Games came off without a major security hitch last February, but the next games are close to some regions where the host nation has had lot of enemies

In 2014 they're in the scenic Russian resort of Sochi, fronting on the Black Sea with the Caucuses Mountains rising up in the distance.

And deadly conflicts have a way of flaring up just over those dark peaks.

The CBC's Security Correspondent, Bill Gillespie, has been there, and seen that.  In this week's guest essay, he notes Russia is already factoring it into its security plans.

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Jew vs. Jew in the Holy Land

Now, in the time of the Intifadah, we'd drive past Palestinian settlements near Jerusalem with an Arab headscarf hanging out the window, hoping they wouldn't mistake us for Jewish settlers and stone the car.

But if we found ourselves accidentally driving through a neighbourhood of the ultra-orthodox in Jerusalem on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, they might stone you too.  No driving allowed on Shabbat.

Jerusalem's ultra-religious are facing some pushback these days. Not just from Arabs, but from other Jews, as we hear from CBC Correspondent Margaret Evans.

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The Broken Streets of Haiti

This year's deadly earthquake in Haiti brought back some memories for Rick.

"In Haiti, I met the poorest woman in the world.

She squatted under the only tree in a field of ankle-breaking stones, just outside the capital.

Wearing only a threadbare robe, she seemed a figure of Biblical destitution.  And for reasons I didn't fully understand at the time,  I was ashamed.

My beefy interpreter, a Haitian himself, regarded her with lofty contempt. He'd bullied his way out of poverty, and viewed empathy as a weakness that might land him back in it.

That woman gave me an image of Haiti I cannot shake. All I gave her was the little money I had in my pockets.

To see a human being exist like that, made me feel less of one. And after last January's earthquake, there are suddenly many more like her."

The CBC's Stephen Puddicombe has his own memories of the country after many assignments there. He returned just days after the disaster, to see the changes in a site he's seen so often.

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Searching for Souls in Haiti

The crisis in Haiti has been answered by many nations and NGOs.

Including faith-based organizations.

Evangelical groups have been active in the country for years. But their quest for converts runs counter to Haiti's homegrown voodoo culture, sometimes, with tense results.

The earthquake turned that up a notch, CBC Correspondent Connie Watson found, in the streets of the capital.

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This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally. With technical producers Victor Johnston and Mark Thibideau, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.

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