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Neighbours

You may think you're pretty similar to your neighbours. But you might be surprised by what you don't know about the people who live right next door. This week, Piya brings you stories of neighbours who have great differences, despite their close proximity to one another.
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You may think you're pretty similar to your neighbours. But you might be surprised by what you don't know about the people who live right next door. This week, Piya brings you stories of neighbours who have great differences, despite their close proximity to one another.

Here are the stories from this week's episode:

Why so few people on Six Nations reserve have clean running water, while all their neighbours do

Six Nations of the Grand River is a First Nation about a half-hour drive from Hamilton, Ontario. Most people living there don't have household access to clean water... even though communities surrounding it do. Piya visits long-time resident and researcher Dawn Martin-Hill to talk about the reasons for and profound effects of that disparity... and what she's doing to try to change it.

Meet the LGBT activist who moved in across from the Westboro Baptist Church

Five years ago, Aaron Jackson Googled the Westboro Baptist Church and saw a 'for sale' sign on the house across the street. He thought it would be funny to buy it, and paint it the colour of the pride flag as a symbol to the Kansas church, which is known for its anti-gay protests. Piya speaks with Aaron about how the lark became more than that, and what relations are like between these unlikely neighbours.

On Canusa Street, you need a passport to visit your neighbours

A yellow line runs down the middle of Rue Canusa. But in this community, it separates a lot more than traffic. That's because this yellow line is the border between Stanstead, Quebec and Beebe Plain, Vermont. Residents tell us about the oddities of living on the border of Canada and the United States... and how the neighbourhood has changed over the past half-century.

What three years of Airbnb living taught this traveler about the nature of neighbours

Kevin Lynch moved from Chicago to Hong Kong for work a handful of years ago and got an apartment with his wife and daughter. But frequent business trips to Shanghai found Kevin staying at 136 different Airbnbs in 18 districts and on nine different islands. He tells Piya what such fleeting brushes with locals taught him about the nature of neighbours.