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April 14 & 17: from Tokyo - Montreal - London - Kampala, Uganda - Berlin - North Korea

This week, correspondent Laura Lynch takes us on the canvas -- and on the board -- for a few rounds of chessboxing. (photo/Reuters)

Berlin's anti-Nazi Cleaning Lady, scrubbing hatred from public places no matter who she offends.

Japan's widening woes.  It's the farmers' turn to scramble from the shadow of the nuclear plant.

They call it chessboxing and our correspondent is ringside as a merry cult of combatants battle for self-control on the canvas and the board.

With cholera wracking Haiti, a Canadian author warns it's poised to become the quintessential disease of our time.

In South Korea they're called "citizen journalists." North Korea calls them spies, but they're sourcing new stories from the most secretive country on earth. 

And, if you're looking for the Gadhafi mosque, it's over on Gadhafi Road. But what's it doing in Uganda? 

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Shoppers and farmers at a makeshift market in central Tokyo. Photo/Louis Templado

The View from Tokyo: in the shadow of Fukushima

Craig Dale brings us this view from Japan, where fallout from that crippled nuclear plant now overshadows food and farmers. 


Listen to Craig's View From Here




Haitians with relatives being treated for cholera wait outside a hospital.  Photo/Reuters

"The quintessential disease of our time"

When cholera resurfaced in Haiti last December, it was the first outbreak in a hundred years.   

As many as 5,000 people have died so far, and a report in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests it may claim 6,000 more.

The infection took many by surprise. And it will again. In fact, it may become "the quintessential twenty-first century disease," according to Myron Echenberg. 

He's Professor Emeritus of History at McGill University in Montreal, and author of the new book, Africa In The Time of Cholera: a History of Pandemics From 1817 To The Present, published by Cambridge University Press.

Listen to our interview with Prof. Echenberg


Knight to left hook  

The late chess legend Bobby Fischer once said, "Chess is war over the board."  All these years later some are taking him literally.

There's a new pastime with a following on both sides of the Atlantic that combines the mental demands of chess, with the physical demands of boxing. 

They call it chessboxing.  Wacky, perhaps, But the intriguing part is the way it re-trains the brain into what the American behavior therapist Andrea Kuszewski calls "emotion regulation." 

Emotional decisions can be poor decisions, she says, so learning to switch from one activity to another helps control them.

Since Kuszewski works with kids, she's excited about that idea because learning emotional control might say, reduce bullying in schools. 

Maybe not by chessboxing, she says.  But imagine; kickball-math! 

That's the theory. The CBC's Laura Lynch headed for a makeshift gym to hear it practiced.

  Hear Laura's dispatch now

As the late Grandmaster Bobby Fischer used to say, "Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can't separate body from mind."  Bobby still rules.


One of the many Gadhafi-themed posters available on the streets of Kampala.  Photo/Dennis Porter

The View from Uganda: Gadhafi rules

Muammar Gadhafi's got a fan club. But why's it so far from home?


Dennis's View From Here




A fence along the North Korean border near Dandong, China. Photo/AP

North Korea's digital underground

North Korea is intensifying its crackdown on free speech. As of this month, anybody caught calling someone outside the country goes to jail, and their family goes into exile.

And some already have, according to the Daily NK, a website based in Seoul, South Korea.

It's one of several new media organisations trying to crack the information barricade Kim Jong Il has erected around his repressive regime.

Turns out getting information in and out of the north is quite a cloak-and-dagger process, as journalist Robert S. Boynton writes in this month's edition of The Atlantic magazine.

  Listen to our talk with Robert now

Robert S. Boynton is a Professor with the Literary Reportage concentration, at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, at New York University.


Irmela Mensah-Schramm paints over pro-Nazi graffiti in Berlin's Schoeneweide district. Photo/ Markus Schreiber/AP

Scrubbing the hate away

It's been more than sixty years since the end of the Second World War and still you see Nazi stickers and graffiti in the streets of Germany.

It's the leavings of a hateful underground that idealises the evils of Hitler's Third Reich.  

But one very driven woman is on a mission to wipe it out, using paint, and publicity, no matter who she offends. And she's offended a few.

Dispatches contributor Saroja Coelho makes the rounds with a modern-day vigilante, as she puts her trophies on display.    

  Hear Saroja's dispatch here

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally, technical producers Greg Fleet and Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick Macinnes-Rae.

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