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The Power of the Pope: Steven D'Souza and the papal conclave, 2013

Steven D’Souza was there as thousands cheered, white smoke bellowed and a new pope was chosen.

From Tragedy to Champion: Chantal Petitclerc and the 2008 Paralympics

From a childhood accident to a Paralympic champion, and one of Canada’s most decorated athletes.

The earthquake and the aftermath: David Gutnick, Haiti, 2010

The earthquake in Haiti killed thousands of people, turned buildings to rubble and made David Gutnick question the role of a journalist.
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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee: Mark Lee and Muhammad Ali, 1987

The champ. The great one. Mark Lee’s Back Story on his exclusive interview with Muhammad Ali.
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Connie Walker and the first­hand legacy of residential schools

Connie Walker has reported extensively on Canada’s residential schools, but she’s also seen the effects on her family firsthand.
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Extra: Peter Mansbridge Inside the Tunnels at Vimy Ridge

Peter Mansbridge takes you inside the tunnels at Vimy Ridge.
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Walking Across a Continent: Nahlah Ayed and The Refugee Crisis, 2015

Nahlah Ayed is on the front lines of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

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The boy on the beach: Gillian Findlay, 2015

The photo seen around the world, and the family left mourning. From Istanbul, Gillian Findlay’s Back Story “The boy on the beach”.
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Keith Boag: Tear Gas and "The Talk". Ferguson 2014

Keith Boag is there as tempers flare and tear gas flies in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
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Secrets in Sport: Mark Tewksbury and the 1992 Olympics

Mark Tewksbury on gold medals and gay athletes.
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From hero to zero in 9.79 seconds: Scott Russell and the 1988 Seoul Olympics

Scott Russell’s Back Story on the Ben Johnson doping scandal and the dirtiest race in history.
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Escape from Egypt: Mohamed Fahmy, 2013

After spending more than 400 days in an Egyptian prison, this is Mohamed Fahmy's Back Story.
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Airstrikes, bank robbers and a gold toilet: David Common and the Iraq Invasion, 2003

As coalition troops marched into Iraq, and Saddam Hussein fell from power, the CBC’s David Common was there.
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Benazir Bhutto: Over the decades. Carol Off, 1986

In 1986, Carol Off sold most of her belongings to buy a plane ticket to Pakistan with the hope of interviewing future Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A hijacking, an uprising and a reunion decades later, this is Carol’s Back Story.
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The rise and fall of Stephen Harper: Susan Lunn and the Federal Election, 2015

From his first mandate as Prime Minister to his party’s devastating loss in the last federal election, Susan Lunn gives you an inside look at the rise and fall of Stephen Harper.
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Back to Zero: Curt Petrovich, Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines 2013

It was two years ago that Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of people in the Philippines, but it still haunts the CBC’s Curt Petrovich today.
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A Town Forever Changed: Stephen Puddicombe in Lac Mégantic 2013

What’s it like to report from one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history? Raw emotion and stories that never made it to air. Stephen Puddicombe’s Back Story from Lac Mégantic.
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A sea of oil: Paul Hunter and the BP oil spill, 2010

The BP oil spill is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The CBC’s Paul Hunter was there when black tar balls started dotting white sandy beaches. He returned five years later and shares what he saw.

The Stolen Game: Karina LeBlanc, soccer and the 2012 Olympics

Heartbreak, a questionable call and what some call a stolen game. Canada’s longest serving female soccer player takes you back to the field and the London 2012 Olympics.

Adrienne Arsenault: Cremations and Car Batteries. Nepal 2015

Adrienne Arsenault travels to Nepal in the wake of the worst earthquake that country has seen in more than 80 years.
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Extra: A Loss of Innocence - Louise Elliott and The Ottawa Shooting 2014.

Last year’s shooting on Parliament Hill shook Ottawa, and the entire country. The CBC's Louise Elliott was one of the first reporters on the scene. One year later, this is her Back Story.