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Featuring first-person stories from around the world about how we treat each other. The State We're In is a weekly radio program from Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

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  • Jonathan Groubert

    The program is hosted by Brooklyn native, Jonathan Groubert, whom Ira Glass described as “one of the best radio interviewers I have ever heard”.

Latest Stories from The State We're In

Last updated: Friday, October 26 2012 01:48 PM

The State We're In - The Last Show: Our Favorites!

Friday, October 26 2012 12:59 PM

Past and present members of TSWI join Jonathan to talk about their favourite all-time interviews and how they capture something essential about the show's spirit.

Because I Had To

Thursday, October 18 2012 03:30 PM

A man from a prominent Shia family in Iraq converts to Christianity and is nearly killed. A man in China fakes health documents to save his wife's life. And a Hollywood producer survives a car crash and is now making movies again.

The State We're In - The Ex Files

Friday, October 12 2012 02:35 PM

The “Ex” Files. A former London banker spills the beans, and bile, on investment banks. An ex-ballerina in Italy on starving herself to get roles. A former security guard in California recounts the threats he got from colleagues. And a former neo-Nazi on joining, and then leaving, the far right in Germany.

The State We're In - The Ex Files

Friday, October 12 2012 02:03 PM

The “Ex” Files. A former London banker spills the beans, and bile, on investment banks. An ex-ballerina in Italy on starving herself to get roles. A former security guard in California recounts the threats he got from colleagues. And a former neo-Nazi on joining, and then leaving, the far right in Germany.

The State We're In - Overtime!

Friday, October 05 2012 10:41 AM

A man in North Carolina spends 13 years on death row but was innocent. A woman with cancer learns to laugh at herself. And a photographer in Germany takes photos of dead people to get over his fear of dying.

The State We're In - Out of the Ordinary

Friday, September 28 2012 01:04 PM

A woman escapes the Taliban and constraints of her own family to become a fashion model. A boy escapes Kabul and now creates landmine detectors. And a romance writer who doesn't care what the world thinks of her, and her 400 million books.

The State We're In - The Naked Truth

Friday, September 21 2012 01:07 PM

A man felt like a failure until he met with a sex coach. A sex coach explains her career choice. And a legendary sexologist argues that we’re still getting sex all wrong, even today.

The State We're In - Keeping Up Appearances

Friday, September 14 2012 11:08 AM

A Canadian writer on the frustrations and humour of going blind. A Brazilian plastic surgeon on what she will, and won't, do to help her patients. An Indian inventor who nearly lost his marriage when he tried to create affordable sanitary napkins. And an Australian doctor-in-training whose bedside manner is a constant challenge: he has Asperger Syndrome.

The State We're In - I'm Outta Here!

Friday, September 07 2012 02:08 PM

A propaganda poet from North Korea sees Kim Jong-il wearing elevator shoes then flees the country. A musician celebrates his Congolese roots. And a writer from Afghanistan who risked his life to liberalize his country now drives a cab in Canada.

The State We're In - Breaking the Rules

Friday, August 31 2012 10:54 AM

A Dutch woman nearly becomes an unwitting terrorist bomber. A budding lawyer in Toronto gets picked up by the police for a crime he never committed. A Ugandan ex-officer throws eggs at his president to make a point. And an Irish journalist recounts being incarcerated, wrongly, for internet fraud. A victim of identity theft, she struggles to clear her name.

The State We're In - Skin Deep

Friday, August 24 2012 12:04 PM

A man who tests how true your 'true love' really is, a young man with Down's Syndrome searching for love, the Italian founder of 'The Ugly Club', a woman in London and her 'toy boys', and a gay man in the Netherlands on the meaning of Bruckner and latex underwear.

The State We're In - Taking a Stand

Friday, August 17 2012 10:20 AM

You see a tense situation developing. It looks bad, but you're not sure. When do you take a stand? Today's guests all have their own stories about taking a stand: from Nigeria, the US, Russia, Palestine and Kenya.

The State We're In - To the Rescue

Friday, August 10 2012 09:10 AM

An Australian man whose blood donations have saved over two million babies, a woman who helped make the joyful reunion of former child soldiers and their families possible and a gang member in London turns his life around after a photographer takes pictures of him.

The State We're In - The Hard Road

Wednesday, August 01 2012 09:21 AM

A Rwandan mother flees the 1994 genocide on foot, with her infant son in tow. An Australian girl riding a panicked horse heading for the highway sings a song to it and saves her life. A Polish neo-Nazi skinhead in Poland discovers his Jewish roots and turns to a rabbi for guidance and friendship.

The State We're In - Olympic Special

Friday, July 27 2012 12:56 PM

Featuring Brother Colm O'Connell, the mild missionary monk in Kenya who is one of the most successful track coaches of all time. We meet an Afghan female boxer with Olympic dreams. Our show's editor explains how he came to understand the meaning of victory and a runner from Western Sahara forced to compete by the Moroccan government recounts a moment of rebellion.

The State We're In - Aint No Mountain

Friday, July 20 2012 09:57 AM

A Tunisian escapes prison and runs 35 kilometres to be with his wife who's about to give birth. A young Dutch woman reveals how she became a prostitute – and then a recruiter – for so-called "Loverboys". And a mother of a "Loverboy" victim relives her fight to get her daughter back.

The State We're In - Who Do You Think You Are?

Monday, July 16 2012 12:31 PM

A Korean woman raised in the US finds out she isn't who she thought she was. An adopted man in the UK decides never to find out who his biological father is. And a man in Palestine discovers that he may have been switched at birth with another baby.

The State We're In - Belonging

Friday, July 06 2012 02:15 PM

How an immigration official stopped detainees from killing themselves. How an Indian woman is now thriving after an acid attack damaged her face. And how a gay Palestinian man has finally found his real home.

The State We're In - What's Mine is Mine

Friday, June 29 2012 02:46 PM

An elderly Belgian woman says she wants to stay in her village even though she's pretty well the only person left. A woman gets her bike stolen in Amsterdam and goes out on a police sting to get it back. A bookseller in Jerusalem has discussions between Palestinians and Israelis but authorities want him out. A small farmer in Paraguay takes on big agro and his country's president. And a man in Warsaw gets his neighbourhood to clean itself up.

The State We're In - School's Out

Wednesday, June 20 2012 11:00 AM

A teacher in the UK turns around a problem class, only to get fired. A teacher in Mexico sings songs to keep her class calm during a shooting. And a South African journalist believes that her ancestors may be calling her to become a sangoma, or traditional healer. But it's a calling she’d rather not heed.

The State We're In - The Last Word

Friday, June 15 2012 02:08 PM

A journalist from Sri Lanka keeps telling the truth to power the way her assassinated husband did. A man in Eastern Uganda tells traditional stories to undo colonialist history. And a librarian from Jakarta helps children in disaster areas by telling them folk tales.

The State We're In - Mightier than the Sword

Friday, June 08 2012 01:26 PM

An Iranian rapper, who came out as a lesbian and then had to make a dramatic exit from the country. A Filipino filmmaker tells the story of a man whose life was destroyed, and later saved, by the media. And we meet a former Afghan governor who uses the power of poetry to bring peace to warring factions.

The State We're In - Remembrance

Friday, June 01 2012 03:42 PM

A Belgian artist from a family of Nazi collaborators turns his wartime memories into paintings. A Sudanese journalist believes that telling stories about past conflict is a lifeline. And a Somalian archaeologist unearths truths about her country's past, and her own.

The State We're In - Two Enemies, One Heart

Friday, May 25 2012 01:25 PM

Two soldiers, one Iraqi and one Iranian, meet on the battlefield. The Iranian saves the Iraqi's life, risking his own in the process. That was 1982. Nearly 20 years later, and on the other side of the world, sheer coincidence brings the two men together again in a life-saving drama. And a man in Amsterdam sees a WWII photograph and suddenly recalls how close he was to being sent to a concentration camp.

The State We're In - One More Time

Friday, May 18 2012 06:39 AM

A rags-to-riches entrepreneur in Mogadishu gets kidnapped by Al Shabaab, but makes both his escape and fortune. A Chilean man confronts the man who tortured him, while an American writer recalls the truth about a family story. We end with a repeat of our interview with Don Ritchie, who passed away this week in Sydney, Australia after helping stop approximately 160 people from ending their lives.

The State We're In - It's All in the Mind

Friday, May 11 2012 02:21 PM

A woman's personality changes after a parachuting accident, a businessman wakes up a new man after a stroke, and the two meet and fall in love. What life is like as 'The Human Google'. And an author explains how brain research can’t explain away free will.

The State We're In - Building a Better You

Friday, May 04 2012 11:56 AM

We meet a researcher who believes death may be conquered in his lifetime. A British DJ recounts the excruciating aversion therapy he went to "cure" him of homosexuality. A Dutch photographer discovers "the world’s most beautiful people". And a former student reweaves the tangled web of lies he told to pass his college internship.

The State We're In - World Press Freedom Day

Friday, April 27 2012 02:16 PM

A Swedish filmmaker on facing down a multinational corporation which wanted to silence him, a Libyan journalist who was tortured for telling the truth, and two Ghanaian women who have a lot of fun talking about sex on their blog.

The State We're In - Street Warriors

Friday, April 20 2012 01:31 PM

A man in Belarus fights for gay rights and loves it. A woman in Barcelona takes on pickpocket gangs and wins. A woman in Zimbabwe buys a van to start a business but it gets stolen. And a scientist in New York State uses evolutionary science to improve life in his town.

The State We're In - Pranks!

Friday, April 13 2012 01:08 PM

A Belgian comedy troupe pranks the country's biggest telecommunications company with the reputation for the worst customer service. A Nicaraguan woman plays a witch on local radio to name and shame men into treating their wives properly. An American writer discovers her name and image were being used to promote a porn site that thousands were flocking to. And an anti-mafia journalist names names on his TV station in Sicily and gets away with it... so far.

The State We're In - It AIn't Over

Friday, April 06 2012 01:00 PM

It Ain't Over. A 101 year old man on leaving his infant daughter on a neighbour's doorstep during the Warsaw Uprising. And how an Ethiopian migrant worker escaped her brutal employer in Lebanon.

The State We're In - Taking the Reins

Friday, March 30 2012 12:52 PM

William Browder on the outrageous theft of his investment fund by Russian authorities and the virtual assassination of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. A woman suffering from cancer discovers she has no health insurance and takes to lying to get what she needs. And a Kuwaiti man, repulsed by western stereotypes and Muslim fanatics, makes superheroes based on Allah's attributes. He tells Jonathan how it became a spectacular success that made him enemies.

The State We're In - The Real Me

Friday, March 23 2012 01:39 PM

A 13-year-old street hawker in Kabul dreams of becoming a pilot. A Kurdish woman struggles with breast cancer and her culture's punitive view of it. And a man in Denver talks about his 20 year struggle to beat sex addiction.

The State We're In - Deal With It

Tuesday, March 20 2012 03:04 PM

A documentary filmmaker from Congo helps convict a warlord of war crimes, a young woman from Baghdad fights for a new Iraq on the basketball court, a woman in Cairo copes with sexual harassment on the street, in cars, even on horseback and a faithful couple suspects each other of cheating.

The State We're In - By the Book

Friday, March 09 2012 03:49 PM

A woman in Berlin makes it her life's work to scrape off neo-Nazi graffiti, even if it puts her in danger, a long-haired leftie loses his locks and enters high finance, a journalist in Sri Lanka is rattled after his documentary screens publicly, and a librarian from Iran is trying to start a revolution through books.

The State We're In - Sounds Like Home

Friday, March 02 2012 03:36 PM

An Aboriginal soprano decides to write an opera for her people - and discovers her own family history. A composer travels to Cyprus and Palestine to unite broken communities with music, and one of TSWI’s producers rediscovers her Spanish roots - a little too late.

The State We're In - For the Record

Friday, February 24 2012 12:55 PM

A former US serviceman on founding America's first black platoon of paratroopers. A journalist from Ghana on why he went undercover to expose wrongdoings. And a Senegalese hip-hop artist on returning to her home village to break the taboos about female genital mutilation.

The State We're In - It's Not Me - It's You!

Friday, February 17 2012 04:17 PM

A British comedienne with cerebral palsy on the laughable attitudes about what’s 'normal'. An American woman on teaming up with African American mothers to shut down an abusive juvenile prison. An inventor in India who was called "psycho" for trying to invent sanity napkins poor women can afford. And an openly gay Nigerian woman living in Europe on her decision not to tell her parents about the birth of a baby daughter.

The State We're In - Valentine's Special 2012

Friday, February 10 2012 04:11 PM

How a Palestinian Romeo crept through illegal tunnels to be with his Juliet in Gaza. Why an American sociologist thinks that monogamy virtually guarantees cheating. What happened when a woman in Toronto answered an ad for female escorts. And how a man annoyed a woman so much on a flight... she married him.

The State We're In - The Fight of Your Life

Friday, February 03 2012 02:40 PM

A young woman in Kabul boxes to change her life and her country. A philosopher believes virtue can be taught in the boxing ring. And a Kenyan women who was attacked while running for election is determined to run again.

The State We're In - Freedom's Road

Friday, January 27 2012 03:13 PM

The first Western media interview of Imad Ghalioun, the Syrian politician who defected recently, a Wikileaks pioneer and politician from Iceland who helped make public the 'collateral murder' video, and a former East German cyclist who defected just before he went to the Olympics.

The State We're In - Border Crossings

Friday, January 20 2012 03:27 PM

A man from a poor village in Kenya gets an unexpected hand from Sweden to study at Harvard. A Bulgarian orphan on the verge of dying finds a loving home with South African parents. A Nigerian man betrays his parents to start a new life in the UK. And an Afghan refugee in the Netherlands lives in legal limbo.

The State We're In - The Call of Duty

Friday, January 13 2012 04:02 PM

After almost 70 years, a former Dutch resistance fighter admits she assassinated the wrong man. A Canadian woman tries to help the homeless and learns a life-altering lesson about herself. A South African photographer tries to create beauty in the face of the violence she and other gay women face. And an ex-Mafia princess explains why she took over the family business, and her recent struggle to go straight.

The State We're In - Family Ties

Friday, January 06 2012 01:51 PM

Steve Lickteig thought he was the adopted son of Kansas farmers, only to discover a shocking truth that everyone in town knew, except him. Jerry Winkler was a homeless man in Amsterdam when he discovered that his late father was a millionaire. And an Australian composer turns grief into a soaring requiem after the tragic loss of his son.

The State We're In - Producers' Picks 2011

Friday, December 30 2011 03:32 PM

Producers Belinda, Diana and Mignon pick their favourite stories of the year, featuring Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey, a man pretending to be his dead-lover's son at a funeral, the creator of amazing Strandbeesten (or Beach Beasts) and a man who chases down the Ponzi schemer who cheated him.

The State We're In - Don't Shoot the Messenger

Friday, December 23 2011 01:06 PM

A man frustrated in his search for spiritual answers decides to become a guru. His message, don't fall for fake gurus - become your own. An African American who lives in Holland wonders if the Dutch holiday tradition of Zwarte Piet is not only zany good fun, but also deeply racist. And a man in Afghanistan believes poetry not only gives us wisdom and beauty, but hope - and he should know. He turned to poetry when his son got kidnapped.

The State We're In - Still Here

Friday, December 16 2011 03:04 PM

As Libya continues to go through an uncertain rebirth, two people are watching with heightened interest: a Palestinian doctor and a Bulgarian nurse. Both were part of the "Benghazi Six" – foreign medical workers accused of infecting 400 babies with HIV. They speak together for the first time about their ordeal, liberation, and dreams. Also: an American man rediscovers the sister his parents had institutionalized decades earlier, and rekindles the joyful, playful rapport he had with her as a boy.

The State We're In - Betrayal

Friday, December 09 2011 02:50 PM

A Norwegian filmmaker on joining anarchists in their fight against neo-Nazism, and the betrayal she regrets to this day. A Dutch decorator and his comic odyssey in becoming part-owner of one of the most expensive soccer clubs in the world. And a 97 year old veteran on the Warsaw Uprising who was jailed by the country he put his life on the line for.

The State We're In - The Breaking Point

Friday, December 02 2011 03:39 PM

An Iranian doctor and writer on why he fled his beloved homeland, an ex-border patrol agent in America on why he is now an immigration activist, a non-violent follower of Ghandi whose ashram was bulldozed by Indian authorities and a failed actress in Brazil on how taking a walk changed her life.

The State We're In - Tough Guys

Friday, November 25 2011 03:29 PM

A "snatchback" detective who returns children to their parents in other countries. A mountaineer who was left for dead on Mount Everest, but lived to tell the tale. Georges Laraque, the ex-pro hockey "enforcer" who’s now a Green Party vegan. And a man named Bill whose sex drive was the bane of his existence... until he castrated himself.

The State We're In - A Second Chance

Friday, November 18 2011 03:07 PM

A woman discovers the magical powers of laughter after the tragic death of her brother. A Russian playwright puts corrupt officials on trial in her play. A Nigerian pastor and imam on their journey from religious hatred to brotherhood and a woman in the US who was estranged from her mother for decades - and then reunites with her.

The State We're In - Faking It

Friday, November 11 2011 03:28 PM

A small lie lands a promising politician in prison. A Dutch artist on the joys of forging works by great painters. A Nigerian man on how he scams women into love relationships just to swindle their money. And a woman who cannot remember peoples' faces confesses how she fakes remembering past meetings.

The State We're In - The Extra Mile

Friday, November 04 2011 03:22 PM

A British woman recounts being rescued by a Nazi U-Boat commander - the man responsible for torpedoing the ship she was on. A Dutch woman tracks down the father she never knew and finds him living on the streets in Australia. And a long-distance runner from Western Sahara competes for a nation that isn't yet recognized.

The State We're In - The Path of Most Resistance

Friday, October 28 2011 12:49 PM

A New Orleans cop tries to clean up a dirty police force from the inside. A Peruvian priest leads farmers in their protest against a multinational mining corporation - and wins. A budding lawyer in Toronto gets picked up by the police for a crime he never committed. And a man in Nevada helps out a stranger lying in the middle of the road and years later nearly inherits 150 million dollars.

The State We're In - Above and Beyond

Friday, October 21 2011 03:30 PM

The Wall Street overseer who got fired for investigating insider trading, the Kenyan man who got blinded in the US Embassy attack and later climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and an Australian man whose blood donations have saved over two million babies.

The State We're In - Great Escapes

Friday, October 14 2011 01:17 PM

A Tunisian escapes prison and runs 35 kilometres to be with his wife giving birth. A Cambodian cartoonist escapes two deadly regimes, and now has making political cartoons read by thousands back home. And an Iranian woman escapes from a forced marriage and oppressive theocracy and finds new life as a comedian in Sweden.

The State We're In - Making it Right

Friday, October 07 2011 01:18 PM

This week, a woman who helped make the joyful reunion of former child soldiers and their families possible. A university professor recalls nearly becoming the teacher he hated and a woman from Honduras who risked everything to save her husband from government brutality.

The State We're In - Identity Crisis

Friday, September 30 2011 03:29 PM

A Dutch woman nearly becomes an unwitting terrorist bomber. A former bullfighter one how the bulls he killed still haunt his dreams while a British philosopher talks about why he became a bullfighter. And an Irish journalist recounts being incarcerated, wrongly, for internet fraud. A victim of identity theft, she struggles to clear her name.

The State We're In - Loverboys

Friday, September 23 2011 03:10 PM

A woman in Mumbai on what beauty really means after her husband throws acid in her face. A young Dutch woman reveals how she became a prostitute - and then a recruiter - for so-called 'Loverboys'. And the mother of a 'Loverboy' victim explains how she’s fighting back.

The State We're In - Us and Them

Friday, September 16 2011 12:51 PM

Anthony Shaffer was an American spy whose last mission was in Afghanistan. The military didn't want him to go public with his story of institutional bloat and incompetence, but he did, in a heavily-censored book. Abdul Salam Zaeef was one of the founders of the Taliban. He was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for four years, yet still believes in its cause. Anthony Shaffer returns to tell us how he interrogates prisoners, without resorting to torture.

The State We're In - Two Enemies, One Heart

Saturday, September 10 2011 08:22 AM

Two Enemies, One Heart. An Iranian saves an Iraqi soldier, risking his own in the process. That was 1982. Nearly 20 years later, and on the other side of the world, the two men meet again in another life-saving drama.

The State We're In- Tough Lessons

Friday, September 02 2011 03:24 PM

Tough Lessons. A teacher in the UK turns around a problem class, only to get fired. A Burmese student activist gets out of a death sentence. A teacher in Mexico sings songs to keep her class calm during a shooting. And a Kenyan woman recounts having to tell her best friend in high school that she... stinks.

The State We're In - Decisions

Friday, August 26 2011 03:23 PM

A Rwandan mother flees the 1994 genocide on foot, with her infant son in tow. An Australian girl riding a panicked horse heading for the highway sings a song to it and saves her life. A woman in Louisiana once convicted of a so-called "crime against nature" becomes a horticulturalist, and a rickshaw driver in India explains how he became a local hero.

The State We're In - Happy anyway

Friday, August 19 2011 09:35 AM

Jonathan Overfeld lost all memory of himself and didn't even recognise his life-partner. After playing a piano piece by Bach, his past came back to him and it was horrifying. A TSWI producer talks about his unforgettable meeting with 'Queen of Romance' Barbara Cartland. Plus, there's an inside look at Bounce music, a scene populated by 'Sissy Rappers'.

The State We're In - Souvenirs of war

Friday, August 12 2011 09:29 AM

A British bomb disposal officer talks about nearly losing his life and his government's refusal to recognize his PTSD. An American journalist investigates an attempt by the Dutch government to return the preserved head of a tribal chief back to his descendants in Ghana. And we meet a Dutch woman who has adopted the grave, and maybe the soul, of an American soldier who she has never met.

The State We're In - Transformations

Saturday, August 06 2011 01:31 PM

This week on TSWI...Transformations. This week the incredible life story of the philosopher who used to be a bank robber. An Indian Dalit, or untouchable, talks about how she went from abused, low caste child-bride to head of a multi-million dollar corporation. Two women, each from warring tribes in Kenya, tell tales of the great risks they took to help those in need, even those from the other side. A transsexual Australian soccer star switches to the women's league and causes a massive controversy, but scores a huge political victory.

The State We're In - Kidnapped (2011)

Friday, July 29 2011 02:07 PM

Unlikely Reunions: after a British man was taken hostage in Colombia, he becomes friends with one of his captors, surprising everyone including himself and we meet a Norwegian filmmaker who embedded himself with the Taliban to put (he says) a human face on them. Finally, some of your letters!

The State We're In - Trapped

Friday, July 22 2011 03:01 PM

An Indian seaman on being held hostage off the coast of Somalia for 238 days. An Englishman lives the high life for a few years before spending the next two years in what may be the worst jail in America. And a disabled man in Australia on the challenges of having a fulfilling sex life as a disabled person.

The State We’re In – The power of stories

Friday, July 15 2011 03:31 PM

The Power of Stories, featuring a brain researcher, a UN Rapporteur on Torture, a portrait photographer for the New Yorker and the Egyptian blogger, “Sandmonkey”.

The State We're In - Behind enemy lines

Friday, July 08 2011 03:13 PM

We talk to an ex-FBI agent and a journalist from Ghana who have gone undercover to expose wrongdoings. And a South African journalist believes that her ancestors may be calling her to become a sangoma, or traditional healer. But it's a calling she’d rather not heed.

The State We're In - The chosen ones

Friday, July 01 2011 02:33 PM

A Palestinian man discovers that his family may have taken the wrong baby - him - from the hospital. A British woman talks about her surprising and beautiful reunions with her birth mother and "birth son". A transgender man, a 'hijra', recounts the split from his adoptive mother, also a 'hijra', when he announced he wanted to live life as a male. And a Ghanaian-Dutch woman, who was adopted, talks to an Australian woman forced to give up her child for adoption.

The State We're In - A matter of life and death

Friday, June 24 2011 02:58 PM

A British scientist explains how we can be "cured" of death. A palliative caregiver explains how confronting death can make us more joyful. A clergyman conducts a funeral that nearly gets him killed and a sculptor wants his creations to outlive him.

The State We're In - Unmasked!

Friday, June 17 2011 02:46 PM

A Belgian comedy troupe pranks the country’s biggest telecommunications company with a reputation for the worst customer service. A Nicaraguan woman plays a witch on local radio to name and shame men into treating their wives properly. A 'human lie detector' explains how he uncovers the truth from people trying to hide it. And political pundit Craig Crawford talks about why politicians lie.

The State We're In - Bad therapy

Thursday, June 09 2011 02:21 PM

Child 'witches' are being horribly abused in southern Nigeria. Women in northern Ghana accused of being witches find refuge in special camps and one man recounts the excruciating aversion therapy he went through as part of a psychiatrist’s attempt to cure him of his homosexuality.

The State We're In - Be a man

Tuesday, June 07 2011 10:12 AM

Men grappling with what it means to be a man, including the story of the father of a murdered teenager who counselled his son's friends against seeking revenge. The son of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl talks about getting out from his father's shadow. And a man who found making the coffin for his distant father, an odd gesture of love.

The State We're In - Image busting

Friday, May 27 2011 02:44 PM

A Kuwaiti man is repulsed by western stereotypes and Muslim fanatics, so he made a comic book series based on Allah’s attributes - which has become a spectacular success - and made him enemies. A Cambodian singer explains how performing old rock 'n' roll songs helps keep her culture alive. And an African American photographer talks about challenging racial assumptions through his retrospective on 'white people'.

The State We're In - Call me an optimist!

Friday, May 20 2011 10:55 AM

An Australian recounts how he’s prevented 160 suicides by offering tea. A US airman's wife explains why she’s still looking for him, thirty-five years after his plane was downed in Laos. A young widow gets the one thing she wanted when her Air Force husband crashed: his wedding ring. Producer Anik See wants to return a wallet she found, no matter how fate tries to stop her. And an Indonesian who survived the extermination of his village by Dutch colonial forces explains why he still wants compensation, 70 years on.

The State We're In - Not In My Backyard

Friday, May 13 2011 03:10 PM

A Palestinian villager leads a peaceful protest against Israeli tanks and wins. A Ugandan ex-officer throws eggs at his president to make a point. And a Somali bride lays down her law to both her parents and husband. The trial of John Demjanjuk, possibly the last Holocaust trial, has concluded with a guilty verdict. A victim tells us if he feels justice has, or even can be done.

The State We're In - A Way Out.

Wednesday, May 04 2011 12:33 PM

Today we feature stories about one person, maybe a stranger or even an old enemy, helping - and sometimes saving - another person. A gang member in London turns his life around after a photojournalist takes pictures of him. A Kenyan man finally meets the Swedish benefactor whose help allowed him to graduate from Harvard Law School. A woman in South Africa finds peace after meeting the man who orchestrated his daughter's assassination. And a homeless man rescues a woman drowning herself in the Thames.

The State We're In - A cure for sex offenders?

Friday, April 29 2011 11:43 AM

We ask if there's a cure for sex offenders. Jesse White tells us about how his assault on an underage girl landed him in jail, and how he feels the chemical treatment he received has turned his life around. We also speak with the doctor who treated Jesse. And just in time for World Press Freedom day, the man known as the father of undercover journalism in Europe talks about a life in character.

The State We're In - Confronting history

Friday, April 22 2011 02:56 PM

A British man finds out his grandfather was not only a card-carrying Nazi, but a dedicated member of the SS. After a young neo-Nazi skinhead in Poland discovers his Jewish roots, he turns to a rabbi for guidance. And an Egyptian man who fled Egypt is now considering moving back to be with his son after living apart for 8 years.

The State We're In - Notes of change

Friday, April 15 2011 02:47 PM

How an exiled reggae artist from Ivory Coast has been protesting the dictatorship of Lauren Gbagbo through music, how an Australian composer turned grief into a requiem after the tragic loss of his son and how a Senegalese hip-hop artist returns to her home village to break the taboos about female genital mutilation... and succeeds.

The State We're In - Seeking Justice

Friday, April 08 2011 03:13 PM

William Browder on the outrageous theft of his investment fund by Russian authorities and their virtual assassination of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. Mo Shaoping tells us what it's like to be a human rights lawyer in China, of all places. And finally: an office bully gets his come-uppance through a crafty use of the vice-president's chair and decaf coffee.

The mob and I - The State We're In

Thursday, March 31 2011 04:37 PM

How an anti-mafia journalist names mob names on his TV station in the heart of Mafia country, and gets away with it... so far. How land once owned by the mob are now used to make wine. And an ex-Mafia princess explains her struggle to go straight.

The State We're In - New chapters

Friday, March 25 2011 01:08 PM

A man fought jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan until he realised how extremists had hijacked the term. Now he's fighting a war of ideas against the radical view of jihad. A Swedish man loses his family in the tsunami of 2004. But he was joyfully shocked by finding a new wife and starting a new family. A woman in Australia is traumatised by a mass murder, losing her musical abilities. But she regains them after she takes up... shooting lessons.

FYI

Friday, March 18 2011 04:25 PM

Sometimes getting information out there becomes a life's work. An Indonesian man explains how helping out tsunami survivors turned into a fight for gay rights. A Pakistani doctor recounts the funny and sometimes poignant tale behind getting a sex education book published in Pakistan. And a Pashtun-Pakistani journalist recounts how he was nearly assassinated.

Fighting the system

Friday, March 11 2011 04:05 PM

People who've taken on giant opponents: Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission, international criminal courts, the Turkish government, corporations... and won.

Who am I?

Friday, March 04 2011 03:52 PM

Who are we? One American writer knew exactly who she was, but didn't know who was using her name and her image to promote a porn site that thousands were flocking to. A single mother-of-four in South Africa discovers photography to recreate herself. And a philosopher-theologian speculates that robots could maybe do have souls.

STEPPING IN

Friday, February 25 2011 03:35 PM

This week on TSWI... You see a tense situation developing. It looks bad, but you’re not sure. Do you step in or mind your own business? Today’s guests all have their own stories about stepping in, from Nigeria, the US, Sri Lanka.

Let it go

Friday, February 18 2011 04:29 PM

Imagine the biggest loss you could ever face, loved ones killed, your life savings stolen. Now imagine forgiving those who hurt you so badly. That's what today's guests have in common in this surprising, uplifting episode.

It's complicated

Friday, February 11 2011 03:46 PM

This week on TSWI... It's complicated: a young British man poses as his lover's long-lost son to keep the affair a secret; a Canadian woman stages a public fight with her boyfriend as a way of protesting Valentine's Day, Parsi singles try speed dating to shore up their ever-shrinking numbers and a Dutch photographer puts an ad in newspapers around the world for the world’s most beautiful people to come forward.

Neighbourhood watch

Friday, February 04 2011 03:53 PM

In Cairo, Juarez and Poland: people who have had enough will do whatever it takes to change things for the better, even if it means risking their lives.

Secrets and lies

Friday, January 28 2011 01:08 PM

Steve Lickteig thought he was the adopted son of Kansas farmers, only to discover a shocking truth that everyone in the town but Steve knew. Jerry Winkler was a homeless man in Amsterdam when he discovered his father was a millionaire. Former student Emad tells us about the extraordinary tangled web of lies he told to pass his college internship. And Ugandan journalist Joseph Elunya explains why surviving a bizarre series of close calls, convinced him he's one of the world's luckiest men.

Us and them

Monday, January 24 2011 12:01 PM

Anthony Shaffer was an American spy whose last mission was in Afghanistan. The military didn’t want him to go public with his story of institutional bloat and incompetence, but he did, in a heavily-censored book. Abdul Zaeef was one of the founders of the Taliban. He was imprisoned in Guantanamo for four years, yet still believes in its cause. Plus journalist Hermione Gee visits the "kinder", "gentler" Guantanámo Bay detentions facility.

The right fight

Friday, January 14 2011 02:23 PM

Reverend Thomas Butts in Alabama used the pulpit to fight for racial justice, even when it meant death threats. Listener Sonny Hereford IV talks to his dad about their fight to desegregate Alabama. Georges Laraque on becoming a pro ice hockey "enforcer" and now a vegan with the Green Party of Canada. And we tell the tale of two Karen women who run a covert information network inside Myanmar.

Bloody but unbowed

Friday, January 07 2011 12:39 PM

People who don't give up. A mother in Algeria keeps looking for her son the government 'disappeared'. A swimmer in Sweden loses both legs and an arm in an accident and is now ranked fifth in the world. A woman in Zimbabwe loses her life savings in a swindle, but is still unshakeable in her faith. And an Iranian filmmaker discovers the resilience of underground music in Tehran.

Producers Picks Year in Review 2010

Thursday, December 30 2010 01:42 PM

This week on TSWI...producers picks of their favourite stories from 2010 including “Dancing Auschwitz” “Barry Gibbs’s Wrongful Conviction” “Sarajevo Remembered” “Stealing Coffins in Kenya” and “The Man Who Disappears People”.

Christmas special

Thursday, December 23 2010 03:14 PM

Jonathan Groubert goes with his family to Bosnia for a brandy-soaked holiday ritual that proves to be as poignant as it was fun. An African American living in the Netherlands tries to come to terms with the Dutch holiday tradition of “Zwarte Piet” or Black Peter. And a New Orleans policeman recalls how he helped reduce crime by 90 percent in some troubled neighbourhoods.

The art of smuggling

Friday, December 17 2010 11:07 AM

A US Marine Reservist explains why he's willing to risk his life combating the illicit trade in ancient artworks. While an expert in ancient art believes that smuggling antiquities out of corrupt countries is both necessary and moral.

Unlikely reunions

Friday, December 10 2010 03:32 PM

Sfter a British man was taken hostage in Colombia, he becomes friends with one of his captors, surprising everyone including himself. An auto-rickshaw driver in Bangalore, India returns lost jewelery to rich passengers and saves a woman from being assaulted: all in a day's work. And the reunion of a mother in Uruguay with her son... after 26 years.

Spilling secrets

Friday, December 03 2010 03:37 PM

An Indonesian man survives the extermination of his village by Dutch forces and why he's not vengeful, Dutch soldiers talk about their participation in the massacres and a man blows the whistle on Swiss banks and their shady dealings with Holocaust victims, and pays a huge price for it.

The kindness of strangers

Friday, November 26 2010 03:59 PM

An Australian man recounts how he's saved 160 people from committing suicide by offering them a cup of tea. An Egyptian-American woman moved to Cairo to be closer to her cultural roots, but constant sexual harassment forces her to leave; a Canadian woman turns in a lost wallet but then enters comedy of errors, leaving her suspected of being the thief. And a listener tries to make the case that bullfighting can be ethically ok.

Stealing children

Friday, November 19 2010 04:35 PM

A father hatches a plan for his son to escape from Japan after his ex-wife took him there illegally. A detective specializing in snatchbacks tells how he returns children to their custodial parents from other countries. And a young black woman raised by a white family in the Netherlands talks about meeting her birth mother in Ghana for the first time.

Talk to Me

Tuesday, November 16 2010 11:19 AM

A man with Asperger's Syndrome talks about not talking for much of his adolescence. A Northern Irish woman is shocked by what she reads in the diary she wrote nearly 40 years ago. And why perfect strangers in London are sharing intimacies about their lives with each other in public.

War Mementos

Friday, November 05 2010 04:01 PM

This week on TSWI: War Mementos. Why a Dutch woman adopted the grave of an American soldier and has visited the man's family in the US, even though she never met him. How a young widow eventually got the one thing she wanted when her Air Force husband crashed: his wedding ring. Why two former US servicemen ripped up their uniforms to turn them into paper. And a Korean woman reunites with her sister in North Korea, only to realize that reunification of the two countries isn't worth it.

Beasts of Burden

Friday, October 29 2010 12:33 PM

Beasts of Burden: a former bullfighter now staunch animal rights activist tells us about his revelation. We meet the world’s only serving MP whose constituency is not human and we hear about human ants, great masses of Chinese white collar workers looking for jobs.

The right to press freedom

Friday, October 22 2010 08:46 AM

This week on The State Were In... a Darfuri journalist tells us why reporting from Holland makes him a better local journalist in Darfur. How China uses lunch to control journalists. And a Colombian journalist reports on the drug wars there, despite death threats. We also meet Ismael Khatib, a Palestinian father who, when his son was shot by Israeli soldiers, donated his son's organs to Israeli children. We close with two dads: Aad and Ron Disssel de Boo who take in children no one else wants.

For the Record

Friday, October 15 2010 01:56 PM

This week on TSWI... for the record. Yi Okseon, now in her 80s, is still waiting for the Japanese government to accept full responsibility for forcing her and at least 200,000 other women into sexual slavery during WWII. A former Imperial soldier admits that he used “comfort stations” during WWII. A Japanese historian talks about his struggle to set the record straight in Japan. And Swedish statistician Dr. Hans Rosling challenges your mind-set to match his data-set.

Stuck

Friday, October 08 2010 02:48 PM

What do you do when you find yourself stuck? We talk to a woman who was stalked by her former partner for 15 years, unable to lay down roots anywhere and sick of moving around. Now, finally, she's able to breathe a little more easily. A Cambodian cartoonist escapes two deadly regimes, and now has making political cartoons read by thousands back home. And an Italian lawyer talks about why he let his professional judgement take a back seat while defending a child molester.

Cheating Death

Friday, October 01 2010 03:25 PM

This week on TSWI - A bomb disposal officer, a tsunami survivor and a mountaineer talk about the prospect of nearly losing their lives, and what life means to them now.

Keeping the Faith(s)

Thursday, September 23 2010 12:58 PM

This week we look at novel ways to navigate the currents of tension between Islam and Christianity. Former Catholic priest turned Imam Idris Tawfiq tells us why he hates to proselytise, while a Lebanese evangelical describes it as a way of life. Comedy writer Ariane Sherine explains how one article she wrote sparked public anti-religious advertisements all over the world. We learn of Nigeria’s Chrislam, a blend of Christianity and Islam and Professor Brandon Robshaw returns to the show to answer listeners’ questions about the day a student in a Burqa walked into class.

Back to School

Friday, September 17 2010 02:45 PM

(20100918) This week on TSWI - Back to School: a woman in Rio de Janeiro educates street children, despite death threats from police. Former child actor Paul Peterson's fight for the rights of child performers. Maestro Luis Szaran on why it's worth teaching kids in the slums to play the classics… and The Laugh That Wouldn't Die.

The State We're In (20100911) Fighting For A Future Afghanistan

Friday, September 10 2010 01:16 PM

Fighting For A Future: Afghanistan.We speak with one woman who ran for political office in Kandahar and was targeted for assassination four times by the Taliban; a Norwegian filmmaker who embedded himself with the Taliban to put (he says) a human face on them; an Afghan poet who used a state occasion to insult President Karzai and his corrupt government.

The State We're In (100904) RELEASED!

Friday, September 03 2010 03:21 PM

PODCAST RUNDOWN: RELEASED: a man wrongfully imprisoned wins a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the police. Another man admits he deserved his incarceration for dealing XTC, but didn't deserve the treatment he endured in America's

The State We're In (20100828) New Orleans Stories

Friday, August 27 2010 03:13 PM

PODCAST RUNDOWN: This week on TSWI: New Orleans stories: a former rogue cop tells all, a Katrina Hurricane love story, an inside look at Bounce music, a scene populated by

The State We're In (20100821) THE RESILIENCE OF MOTHERS

Friday, August 20 2010 02:30 PM

This week on TSWI... The Resilience of Mothers: A mother continues to campaign for her son 'disappeared' by the Algerian government. Debbie Brewer tells Jonathan what it has taken to finally turn her life around and come off crystal meth. Annette and her daughter Ayanna discover that through illness, violence and escaping to another country that some bonds can't be broken and listener Gayle Fleming gets to discuss her story during the Civil rights era with Alabama pastor Thomas Lane Butts.

The State We're In (20100814) Enlisting God

Thursday, August 12 2010 02:33 PM

This week on TSWI... Enlisting God: military rabbis have been directing Israeli soldiers to see combat as a matter of faith. A former soldier explains why he’s repulsed by what he calls “holy war”. A Palestinian doctor’s belief in God helps him forgive the loss he endured when three of his daughters were killed by Israeli tank fire. And Samuel Maoz, director of the film “Lebanon” talks about his time as a tank gunner in the 1982 war, and the morality of kill-or-be-killed situations.

The State We're In (20100814) Enlisting God

Wednesday, August 11 2010 04:53 PM

This week on TSWI. Enlisting God: military rabbis have been directing Israeli soldiers to see combat as a matter of faith. A former soldier explains why he’s repulsed by what he calls “holy war”. A Palestinian doctor’s belief in God helps him forgive the loss he endured when three of his daughters were killed by Israeli tank fire. And Samuel Maoz, director of the film “Lebanon” talks about his time as a tank gunner in the 1982 war, and the morality of kill-or-be-killed situations.

The State We're In (20100807) Being Gay in Africa Special

Thursday, August 05 2010 10:53 AM

TSWI presents a special edition of the program looking at what it is like to be gay throughout Africa with voices from Namibia, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa.

The State We're In (20100731) BRIDGING DIVIDES

Thursday, July 29 2010 05:49 PM

This week on TSWI... Bridging the Divide. The Reverend Thomas Butts explains his role in helping desegregate Alabama beginning in the 1950s -- and how he nearly lost his job and life doing so. We also talk to a couple whose relationship during and after their divorce was better than when they were married. And two young women, one Palestinian and one Israeli, recount how they became best friends, despite their own preconceptions and anger.

The State We're In (20100724) Getting Off the Warpath

Friday, July 23 2010 03:55 PM

This week on TSWI: Sudanese child soldiers who put down their guns and create a new life for themselves. And a woman in Australia gets over the trauma of living through a massacre by learning how to shoot. Plus: deaf and blind kids in Beirut create and perform their own theatre pieces.

The State We're In (20100717) A Note of Resistance

Friday, July 16 2010 03:22 PM

This week on TSWI… A Note of Resistance: how musicians in Tibet, Iran, Sudan keep hope alive that the weight of history can be thrown off and a new era of freedom may yet be born.

The State We're In (20100710) The will to win

Friday, July 09 2010 02:28 PM

This week on TSWI… A swimmer in Sweden loses his legs and one arm in a train accident but is now ranked in the top five swimmers in the world. A soccer fan in Mogadishu lost two friends to the Islamist militia, Al Shabab, killed them for watching the World Cup. He still watches sports, but now as an act of political defiance. South African dancer Mamela Nyamza explains why courting controversy is a good thing, while a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer defends the idea of arguing unwinnable cases.

The State We're In

Friday, July 09 2010 02:26 PM

This week on TSWI… A swimmer in Sweden loses his legs and one arm in a train accident but is now ranked in the top five swimmers in the world. A soccer fan in Mogadishu lost two friends to the Islamist militia, Al Shabab, killed them for watching the World Cup. He still watches sports, but now as an act of political defiance. South African dancer Mamela Nyamza explains why courting controversy is a good thing, while a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer defends the idea of arguing unwinnable cases.

The State We're In (20100703) Spy vs. Spy

Friday, July 02 2010 11:07 AM

This week, The State We're In Against the backdrop of the US identifying a group of Russian spies operating in America, we talk to two spies, one from the former Soviet Union, the other from the UK. They talk about their experiences working on opposite sides of the Cold War.

The State We're In (20100626) Last Respects

Friday, June 25 2010 02:14 PM

This week on TSWI… All over the world, 6,500 times an hour, someone somewhere dies. This episode confronts the final frontier in a light-hearted way: from cremating a 500lb man to the latest in funeral bling.

The State We're In (20100619) Bhopal Survivors: Then and Now

Friday, June 18 2010 12:39 PM

PODCAST RUNDOWN: This week on TSWI... as outrage continues to simmer in India over the Bhopal case, we hear from survivors of the 1984 disaster - and from the second generation of survivors who grew up in the city's toxic wake.

The State We're In (20100612) The Beautiful Game

Friday, June 11 2010 05:14 PM

This week on TSWI... against the backdrop of the World Cup, we present stories of how the game has changed people's lives: a transsexual in Australia starts playing with women and causes a huge controversy, but scores a huge political victory; and a former professional talks about the moment when the opposing goalkeeper collapsed and he chose to help him rather than score. And one man explains why the beautiful game is so beautiful… off the field.

The State We're In (20100605) Crossing the Border

Friday, June 04 2010 03:44 PM

This week on TSWI. Crossing Borders. The promises and perils of crossing the Mexican and American borders to work in the US. What it's like to cross from a Palestinian checkpoint into Israel to work. And how child labour can actually be a good thing.

The State We're In (20100529) North Korea: Police State, Prison State

Friday, May 28 2010 01:28 PM

This week on TSWI... North Korea: Police State, Prison State. The world's attention has once again refocused on North Korea over allegations that it sank a South Korean ship. Its actions on the world stage are mirrored by the harshness of its secret prison camps: the rogue nation has 154,000 political prisoners in six camps across the country, and its human rights record is atrocious. We speak to a former prisoner, and to a former prison guard about what they went through. And we remember the Gwangju massacre. Ahn Sung-ryea was a nurse supervisor at a hospital in Gwangju, and tells Jonathan why she will never forget the day fighting broke out.

The State We're In (20100522) Gone Missing

Friday, May 21 2010 03:23 PM

This week on TSWI... we present stories of the disappeared. Carol Hrdlicka explains why, thirty-five years after her husband’s plane was downed in Vietnam, she’s still looking for him. Veteran journalist Sydney Schanberg (whose story inspired The Killing Fields) says he has proof the US government is hiding the truth about POW/MIAs. We also meet a detective who can make you disappear from society. And documentary maker David Bond explains why he tried to erase himself.

The State We're In (20100515) Flirtation, Love, Romance and Polyamory

Wednesday, May 12 2010 04:16 PM

This week on TSWI...Flirtation, Love, Romance and Polyamory. We speak with a polyamorous couple, a wedding musician shares her observations, older Chinese couples married under Mao renew their visual vows, we meet a women who teaches the art of seduction and a TSWI producer talks about his unforgettable meeting with Queen of Romance Barbara Cartland.

The State We're In (20100508) Babah’s Day in Court, Right to Sex (or Not Have Sex)

Thursday, May 06 2010 12:17 PM

This week on TSWI...a second chance to hear our Gabriel Award winning piece Babah's Day in Court in which a man from Sierra Leone finally goes to the Charles Taylor trial in The Hague to confront the man whose very voice still makes him shake with fear and outrage. Plus the right to sex featuring the tempting tale of 63 year old vixen Wendy Salisbury and the real life Lysistrata perpetrated by Kenya's women. And 21-year-old Nathan Royle from Adelaide, Australia explains he came to realize he was 'asexual'. Finally, a professor of philosophy tells us what he did when, the day he was giving a lesson on the meaning of tolerance, a student walked in shrouded from head to toe in a Burqa.

The State We're In (20100501) World Press Freedom Day Special

Thursday, April 29 2010 02:57 PM

This week on TSWI...is a special honouring World Press Freedom Day. Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men talks activist stunts, two exiled Middle Eastern writers explain why exile isn't as free as you'd think and an ex Jihadist regrets his interview with a Christian broadcaster. And the man known as the father of European undercover journalism talks about a life in character.

The State We're In (20100424) A Cure for Sex Offenders?

Friday, April 23 2010 09:57 AM

This week on TSWI...we ask if there's a cure for sex offenders. Jesse White tells us about how his assault on an underage girl landed him in jail, and how he feels the chemical treatment he received has turned his life around. We also speak with the doctor who treated Jesse. Finally we talk to Bill - not a sex offender - but someone who felt his sex drive was the bane of his existence...until he castrated himself.

The State We're In (20100417)

Friday, April 16 2010 03:56 PM

This week on TSWI... A Russian judge gets fired for telling the truth, and fights back. How an Ethiopian migrant worker escaped her brutal employer in Lebanon. Why women commit suicide in high numbers in rural China. And the tough choice between love or family for a young Indonesian woman.

The State We're In (20100416) The Man With No Memory

Friday, April 09 2010 03:24 PM

This week on TSWI... Jonathan Overfeld lost all memory of himself, and didn't even recognize his life-partner. After playing a piano piece by Bach, his past came back to him, and it was horrifying. Also: rugby versus the Church in Ireland. And what a Ghandian believer in non-violence does when his ashram is bulldozed by government troops. And taking the bus in Warsaw is hard enough at rush hour, but it gets even harder when elderly women scream at you to give up your seat for them.

The State We're In (20100403) Faith and Persecution

Friday, April 02 2010 03:09 PM

This week on TSWI... Rob Fransman attends the trial of an accused Nazi war criminal who worked at the camp where his parents were murdered - even though he believes justice is impossible.

The State We're In (20100327) Bad Therapy

Friday, March 26 2010 11:48 AM

This week on TSWI: bad therapy. Child witches are being horribly abused in southern Nigeria. Women in northern Ghana accused of being witches find refuge in special camps. One man recounts the excruciating aversion therapy he went through as part of a psychiatrist's attempt to cure him of his homosexuality. And a therapist talks about the occupational hazards of treating other therapists.

The State We're In (20100320) The Art of Smuggling

Friday, March 19 2010 04:46 PM

This week on TSWI... the art of smuggling: an expert in ancient art believes that smuggling antiquities is a moral thing. And a US Marine Reservist risks his life combating the illicit trade in ancient artworks.

The State We're In (20100313)

Tuesday, March 16 2010 02:06 PM

This week on TSWI... The Culture of Addiction. In London, a rabbi who runs an addiction centre helps Muslims create their own centres. Two problem drinkers, one Irish and one Russian, explain why their cultures are so steeped in alcohol. And an Afghan journalist presents an audio diary about the loss of his best friend to free market medical practices.

The State We're In

Friday, March 12 2010 04:38 PM

THE STATE WE'RE IN RUNDOWN DATE: 13 March 2010 PRODUCTION #: 1013201 HOST: Jonathan Groubert SHOW TITLE: Cultures of Addiction PROGAM TAGS: Addiction, substance abuse, Palestine, Israel, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, beer, alcoholism, Moscow, jihad, London, terrorism, Afghanistan, Kabul, free market, medical incompetence SEGMENT A: (12:30) RABBI'S RESCUE: Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin runs an addiction centre outside of London, England. Just after the July 2005 bombings, a young Muslim man knocked on his door. He needed help he couldn't get in his own community. Rabbi Sufrin welcomed him and eventually helped the local Muslims start their own addiction centres. TEASER B: Jonathan tells us what's coming up in the B segment MUSIC BED (1:30) SEGMENT B: 18:30 THIS WEEK'S THEME IS Cultures of Addiction WASTED: Brian O'Connell grew up with excessive drinking all around him in Ireland. He became a problem drinker himself and had to fight two battles to become sober: the first against the bottle, the second against the drinking culture of Ireland. He's written a book about what he went through called

The State We're In (20100306)

Friday, March 05 2010 04:29 PM

This week on TSWI... Land Rights and Rituals. We look at how we treat the land, featuring a persecuted environmental activist in Turkmenistan, impoverished poachers in Uganda and a Mohawk hunter whose life changed while hunting moose.

The State We're In (20100227)

Friday, February 26 2010 04:04 PM

This week on TSWI... kidnapping. Yi Okseon was forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army. She’s still waiting for an official apology. In Colombia, Annie Correal’s father was kidnapped by insurgents. A radio station helped her family to send messages to him, messages that he says kept him alive.

The State We're In (20100220)

Friday, February 19 2010 05:27 PM

This week on TSWI... Noman Benotman was a jihadist who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan. He's still a jihadist but believes that the extremists are "idiots" and immoral. He wants the term restored to its spiritual sense, and is fighting now with words instead of guns to do just that. And we revisit a controversial segment about how Aboriginal people in Australia were offended by a government-issued card which limits how they can spend their money. Many listeners, mostly in Australia, were angered by that segment. This time we speak with two Aboriginal women who support using the card.

The State We're In (20100213)

Friday, February 12 2010 03:54 PM

This week on TSWI... Love stories: how having an arranged marriage still isn't a ticket out of dating hell, and how one octogenarian in Mumbai is helping disabled people there hear wedding bells.

The State We're In (20100206)

Friday, February 05 2010 04:49 PM

PODCAST RUNDOWN: This week on TSWI... Enlisting God: military rabbis have been directing Israeli soldiers to see combat as a matter of faith. A former soldier explains why he's repulsed by what he calls 'Holy War'.

The State We're In 20100130

Friday, January 29 2010 03:47 PM

As Uganda considers strengthening it's already homophobic laws this week TSWI presents a special edition of the programme looking at what it is like to be gay throughout Africa, with voices from Namibia, Ghana, Uganda and SA.

The State We're In (20100123)

Friday, January 22 2010 03:50 PM

This week on TSWI - Growing Up Right. Stories about and from children who've conquered unimaginable odds: a woman in Rio de Janiero who educates street children, despite death threats from police. As well as adult children of sectarian extremists in Northern Ireland, and the son of a child murderer.

The State We're In (20090116)

Friday, January 15 2010 03:37 PM

The trade in illicit drugs around the world is stronger than ever. We zoom in and zoom out on the global trade in conversations with a former street dealer, a drug mule and an addict. We also speak to an expert who consults with governments around the world about what they can do to fight back.

The State We're In (20090109)

Friday, January 08 2010 04:31 PM

This week on TSWI... North Korea: Police State, Prison State. The world has reason to be nervous about the rogue nation and its nuclear program. And people within the country also have reason to be scared -- it has 154,000 political prisoners in six camps across the country, and its human rights record is atrocious. We speak to a former prisoner, and to a former prison guard about what they went through.

The State We're In

Wednesday, December 30 2009 01:35 PM

A fresh start is nearly impossible wherever there's a history of violence. But today's special new year's program shows that people around the world can make new beginnings with old enemies. Stories include: a Palestinian and Israeli teenager who overcame their fears to become best friends; a Muslim and a Hindu filmmaker whose relationship was tested and strengthened while working in conflict-torn Kashmir; a man in Zimbabwe who now preaches against the intertribal violence he once took part in. We also feature an essay from Sri Lanka about overcoming caste divisions, and another from a survivor of Sarajevo with her reflections on the war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic.

The State We're In

Thursday, December 24 2009 02:34 PM

This week on TSWI... we let our producers' pick their favourite stories for this year's show on the theme of giving gifts. Gifts like the song a boss in Texas got after chewing out her wayward, and then repentant, employees and after Rwandan singer Jean Paul Samputu discovered his best friend murdered his whole family in the genocide there, he gave him the gift of forgiveness.

The State We're In (20091219)

Friday, December 18 2009 04:04 PM

This week on TSWI... With Uganda considering extremely repressive laws against gay people, we talk to one man who fled the country and discovered later that authorities beat his brother to death trying to find out where he'd gone. We also talk to a prominent pastor who believes that being gay is a lifestyle choice and that they are not welcome in today's Uganda.

The State We're In (20091212)

Friday, December 11 2009 03:28 PM

The right to be left alone: we speak with a woman from County Mayo, Ireland, who was willing to die in order to prevent Shell from building a natural gas plant near where she lives. We also speak to another woman, whose ex-partner has been stalking her for the last fifteen years and how she manages to live day-to-day.

The State We're In (20091205)

Friday, December 04 2009 03:37 PM

This week on TSWI... Bhopal, twenty-five years later. We hear from survivors of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in history, which claimed as many as 8,000 lives. We also hear from the second generation of survivors -- and victims -- who grew up in the toxic wake of the catastrophe, and who still call Bhopal home.

The State We're In (20091128)

Friday, November 27 2009 01:45 PM

This week, we offer something different on the idea of giving thanks. We celebrate the 20 years since the end of the Cold War by interviewing the men who say they are responsible for keeping the world safe, namely spies.

The State We're In (20091121)

Friday, November 20 2009 03:21 PM

This week on TSWI, Dirty Wars, with stories of ex-warriors for Islam in Somalia, after 2 decades an Uruguayan mother finds her son after the dirty war there, and a new film in Argentina exposes the terrible treatment of soldiers during the war in the Falklands.

The State We're In (20091114)

Friday, November 13 2009 03:42 PM

This week on TSWI... we ask both a unionizer and a union buster if there's a right to form a union. We hear the tragic tale of the extrajudicial killing in Mozambique that changed the legal system and we go to Postville, Iowa where an immigration raid nearly destroyed the whole town.

The State We're In (20091107)

Friday, November 06 2009 10:32 AM

Veterans' Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day: from Iraq War vets making paper from their uniforms, to a KGB general to a Mau Mau rebel in Kenya, we speak with veterans from around the world about how their experience of war has marked them.

The State We're In (20091031)

Monday, November 02 2009 02:46 PM

This week on TSWI... Afghanistan's runoff election is in a shambles. And so we speak to Mir Mahdavi. He was editor of a newspaper in Kabul and was accused of insulting Islam and nearly executed -- with President Karzai's approval. We also look at the right to a dignified old age: American retirees moving to Mexico, Japanese villages populated by the elderly and the fragile position of widows in India.

The State We're In (20091031)

Friday, October 30 2009 04:18 PM

This week on TSWI... with a run-off election looming in Afghanistan, we speak to Mir Mahdavi. He was editor of a newspaper in Kabul and was accused of insulting Islam and nearly executed -- with President Karzai's approval. We also look at the right to a dignified old age: American retirees moving to Mexico, Japanese villages populated by the elderly and the fragile position of widows in India.

The State We're In (20091024)

Friday, October 23 2009 02:52 PM

This week on TSWI, we ask if there's a right to a big corporate bonus. Is there a right to smile? We meet a woman who can't. A Palestinian woman recounts the repercussions of a smile at an Israeli checkpoint. And we meet a French priest who is almost single-handedly uncovering the events of the Holocaust in Ukraine.

The State We're In (20091017)

Friday, October 16 2009 12:27 PM

This week on TSWI we look at how we treat 'the other' after 'the other' has tried to kill us. We discuss the right to be in uniform and out of the closet, and we speak to Malian musician Salif Keita about albinism.

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Friday, October 16 2009 12:16 PM

This week on TSWI we look at how we treat 'the other' after 'the other' has tried to kill us. The right to be in uniform and out of the closet, and we speak Malian musician Salif Keita about being albninism.

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Monday, October 12 2009 07:03 AM

This week on TSWI, we commemorate Columbus Day with a look at the rights of indigenous people around the world, with stories from Australia, the US, Bolivia and a report on how native Hawaiians feel about 50 years of being an American state.

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Friday, October 02 2009 12:59 PM

We return to the thorny question: do we have a right to assisted suicide? And from gender selection to abortion, we look at the right to design our children. That's in this week's The State We're In.

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Friday, September 25 2009 08:05 AM

This week on TSWI... we look at how people treat each other in bad economic times with stories from Argentina and Russia. Plus is there a right to get married and NOT to get married. A former Catholic priest tells us why marriage was worth being defrocked and an English woman explains how she escaped from an arranged marriage. Plus Bluegrass banjo legend Eddie Adcock plays for us with a hand kept free of tremors by electrodes in his brain.

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Friday, September 18 2009 02:18 PM

We talk to a documentary maker whose film on child soldiers in the Congo is being used as evidence in the first trial at the International Criminal Court. We ask how we treat each other on line and the creation of 10 blogging commandments. And we consider whether rules for airplane security are overly strict or simply necessary.

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Friday, September 11 2009 01:07 PM

This week on TSWI, we look at how the swine flu is affecting how people treat each. Plus we ask if there's a right to complain and hear from Israeli singer and songwriter Aviv Geffen, who was standing next to Yizhak Rabin when he was assassinated.

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Friday, September 04 2009 03:49 PM

This week on TSWI, a Labor Day special on the right to a good boss. With stories from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Italy and South Korea. From the worst to the best, to having no boss at all.

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Friday, August 28 2009 02:34 PM

This week on The State Were In... a former St. Petersburg cop, now journalist, tells us just how dangerous the Russian police have become. And we speak with a victim of Russian police brutality who is trying to take his attackers to court. We ask if there's a right to silence with stories from the U.S. Britain and India. In our occasional series on dilemmas, a professor of philosophy tells us what he did when, the day he was giving a lesson on the meaning of tolerance, a student walked in shrouded from head to toe in a Burqa. And 21-year-old Nathan Royle from Adelaide, Australia explains he came to realize he was 'asexual'.

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Friday, August 21 2009 01:46 PM

This week on The State Were In…an American primary care doctor tells us how insurance companies chased her out of the business. Is there a right to a childhood? A Zimbabwean orphan tells us about how she became head of her household when she was 12 and former child actor and Mouseketeer Paul Peterson expounds on his fight for the rights of child performers. And we meet Azim Khamisa who’s only son had been killed by a 14 year old gang initiate. Azim dedicated the rest of his life to teaching forgiveness and trying to rescue children like his son’s killer from gang violence.

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Friday, August 14 2009 02:02 PM

With Charles Taylor facing charges in The Hague of war crimes committed in Sierra Leone, we talk to a man who lived through the horrors of that war - and makes a journey to The Hague to see the man whose very voice still makes him shake with fear and outrage.

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Friday, August 07 2009 12:30 PM

This week on The State Were In...we look at how film and TV can help bring war victims together. Just in time for summer, we ask if there's a right to be…naked! And can you be Muslim and gay? We investigate.

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Friday, July 31 2009 01:27 PM

This week, a special edition of The State We're In: the right to bike around the world. We compare life in the bike lane in two cities: San Francisco and Amsterdam. We also hear from a man for whom having a bike is a matter of life and death -- he's a bicycle ambulance driver for his village in Uganda. And we talk to a committed cyclist in Manhattan who lost twenty bikes to thieves and reached a point where he became an unwitting bike thief himself.

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Friday, July 24 2009 01:14 PM

Hosted by Jonathan Groubert, the programme explores global events by talking to people directly affected. The focus is on human rights in the broadest sense of the term.

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Friday, July 17 2009 03:00 PM

This week on The State Were In... a former Somali pirate tells us why he took to the seas. We ask if there's a right to make yourself beautiful with a report on cheap plastic surgery in Brazil and an 'ugly club' in Italy. And we hear of a little known minority in Sri Lanka called the Kaffirs.

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Friday, July 10 2009 03:09 PM

This week on The State Were In...we speak with the organiser of non-profit casino and ask if there's a right to gamble. Plus, is there a right to proselytise? A Southern Baptist from Lebanon does it every chance he gets. But a former Catholic priest turned Muslim says it's better to speak and live as an example. And we meet Ariane Sherine who sparked a movement that placed anti-religious advertisements all over the world.

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Friday, July 03 2009 02:32 PM

This week on The State We're In, we look at independence. The Kurds are the world's largest ethnic group without a homeland. Should their fight for independence go on? We meet the Prince of an independent nation located on a platform off the coast of England, and we hear the story of a young woman escaping slavery.

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Friday, June 26 2009 01:01 PM

This week on The State Were In... we speak with Ilham, an Iranian woman who talks about the role women have played in the protests. We look at prisoners' education in California, a Bolivian prison that lets women raise their kids and British ex-con Peter Woolf talks about his life of crime and how a meeting with one of his victims changed both their lives forever.

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Friday, June 19 2009 03:53 PM

A former leader of the student protests in Serbia advises Iranian protesters that they must not fight with the police, if they want to win. We ask if fair trade really is fair with stories from Ghana and Kenya. An Indian domestic worker talks about her fight for fair pay, and a writer from Sarajevo tells us about food and fairness under siege.

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Friday, June 12 2009 01:50 PM

This week on The State Were In... a tale of press freedom victory and defeat as we speak with a Somali journalist who was shot just doing his job and a Lithuanian journalist speaks of his role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Plus we debate about the right to be fat and an insurance detective talks about tailing and exposing the cheats.

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Friday, June 05 2009 02:39 PM

THE STATE WE'RE IN DATE: 6 June 2009 PRODUCTION #: 1011785 HOST: Jonathan Groubert SEGMENT A: Persecution of China's rights lawyers PROGAM TAG: (:29) DEFENDING THE DEFENDERS: On June 1, the Chinese government refused to renew the licenses of lawyers it sees as hostile to its interests. Lawyer Mo Shaoping has defended many so-called 'sensitive' cases, including many lawyers who fight for civil or human rights. He tells Jonathan about the risks and struggles in his work. PERSECUTION OF LAWYERS: Nicholas Bequelin of Human Rights Watch talks with Jonathan about the restrictions now being put on lawyers who take on cases critical of the Chinese government. TEASER B: Jonathan tells us what's coming up in the B segment MUSIC BED (1:30) SEGMENT B: 18:30 THIS WEEK'S THEME IS

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Friday, May 29 2009 03:23 PM

This week on The State Were In...Jonathan talks about the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa with an Ogoni rights activist. We look at the Right to Read with stories from Canada, Turkey and India. And, how Beijing is trying to erase the memory of Tiananmen Square through house demolitions.

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Friday, May 22 2009 02:30 PM

This week on The State Were In former Tamil Tiger Nirmala Rajasingam tells us why she's relieved but saddened at the news of the LTTE's defeat. Both a doctor and a patient explain why they think there's no right to health insurance in the U.S. We meet Ismael Khatib, a Palestinian father from the West Bank City of Jenin who, when his son was shot by Israeli soldiers, donated his son's organs to Israeli children. And Kannan Arunasalam explains why he's breaking his vow to return a statue of Ganesh to its temple in the war-ravaged north of Sri Lanka.

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Friday, May 15 2009 02:44 PM

Gay rights marches in Moscow, a gay Indian man's right to divorce, Kuhl, the ancient Islamic form of divorce and the man who helps people divorce amicably. Plus the story of a couple divorced with no hard feelings and a gay American man ponders the value of marriage.

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Friday, May 08 2009 02:11 PM

This week on The State Were In: we hear from schoolgirls in Pakistan's embattled Swat valley who just want to keep learning. And from a woman in Somaliland who beat all the odds to establish a hospital.

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Friday, May 01 2009 02:28 PM

A Press Freedom Day Special: a Darfuri journalist tells us why reporting from Holland makes him a better local journalist in Darfur. An Afghani student talks about the download that put him on death row. China is using lunch to control journalists and we meet the Colombian journalist who reports on the War on Drugs there, despite death threats. And bloggers from Israel, Syria and Iran join our panel discussion on free press in the Middle East.

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Friday, April 24 2009 02:28 PM

This week on The State Were In... Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh talks about her underage death row clients. We ask if there's a right to know the past with stories from Turkey, Italy and Cambodia. A South African woman explains why she never taught her daughter about apartheid. And Kannan Arunasalam in Sri Lanka goes on a pilgrimage with an elderly aunt to a Hindu shrine featuring a god of war.

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Friday, April 17 2009 02:32 PM

Is there a right to trade small arms? An arms dealer defends his work. Is there a right to migrate for work? We go to Mexico and China. We speak with the comedians from Allah Made Me Funny. We talk to a Cuban-American woman about the change in US law that will allow her to visit her family back in Cuba as often as she likes. And we hear the dilemma of a woman who wants to leave her dentist - but doesn't want to be considered a bigot.

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Friday, April 17 2009 02:09 PM

Is there a right to trade small arms? An arms dealer defends his work. Is there a right to migrate for work? We go to Mexico and China. We speak with the comedians from Allah Made Me Funny. We talk to a Cuban-American woman about the change in US law that will allow her to visit her family back in Cuba as often as she likes. And we hear the dilemma of a woman who wants to leave her dentist - but doesn't want to be considered a bigot.

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Friday, April 10 2009 11:34 AM

This week, we ask if there's a right to borrow money. Our theme is the right to smile: we visit a hospital for children with cleft palates, and consider the passport photo without the smile.

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Friday, April 03 2009 02:14 PM

This week on The State Were In... 15 years since the genocide in Rwanda, Tutsi musician Jean Paul Samputu came home to discover that his best friend Vincent, a Hutu, had murdered his family. After years of drinking and drug abuse Jean Paul went back to Rwanda, found Vincent and forgave him. We look at the right to stay and go and speak with Australians who decided to stay behind to save their homes during last February's devastating forest fires. And we report on how the Israeli government is using red tape to try to drive its Arab population out of East Jerusalem.

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Friday, March 27 2009 03:55 PM

This week on The State Were In, a female Afghan MP discusses the present and future of women's rights in Afghanistan, the right to teach and learn in Zimbabwe, China and Germany and philosophers debate whether animals have any rights at all.

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Friday, March 20 2009 03:13 PM

This week on The State Were In, the right to bonuses in the sullied world of high finance. And the right to legal and diplomatic representation.

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Friday, March 13 2009 03:42 PM

This week on The State Were In: how we treat each other in the midst of an economic meltdown with stories from Iceland and Russia. And the right to music, even in war zones. Stories from Afghanistan, Paraguay (not at war) and Kosovo. Plus bluegrass legend Eddie Adcock talks about why he put electrodes in his head to stop a hand tremor.

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Saturday, March 07 2009 09:44 AM

This week on the programme, a special looking at the plight and hopes of Zimbabweans. A long-time opposition politician tells us about his first handshake with his old enemy, Robert Mugabe. We meet a group of women who explain the struggle to keep a home running, and an Anglican priest reflects on the spiritual struggle facing his people.

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Friday, March 06 2009 03:48 PM

This week on The State Were In, a special looking at the plight and hopes of Zimbabweans. A long-time opposition politician tells us about his first handshake with his old enemy, Robert Mugabe. We meet a group of women who explain the struggle to keep a home running, and an Anglican priest reflects on the spiritual struggle facing his people.

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Friday, February 27 2009 03:26 PM

In the wake of banks collapsing in Antigua and Venezuela, we consider the right to withdraw your cash. The right to marry, or not. We hear from a British woman who escaped forced marriage, a polygamous husband in Kenya, a man who left to priesthood to marry the woman he loved and Jasvinder Sanghera tells us why she ran from a forced marriage. Finally, we look at the rise of hate crimes in Moscow and commentator Daisy Mohr remarks on Tehran's jolly new murals.

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Friday, February 20 2009 03:36 PM

This week on The State Were In... A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer disappears. We talk to a fellow lawyer about human rights work in China. In many parts of the world people don't have the right to drugs they need to survive. Employers are spying on their employees. We find out why.

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Friday, February 13 2009 02:51 PM

This week in The State Were In, as unemployment grows around the world, we look at the right to work locally versus the right to migrate for jobs. Our theme this week is the right to escape your past. And we ask whether we should have the right to send objects into orbit and leave them there.

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Friday, February 06 2009 04:07 PM

This week on The State Were In, we talk to a documentary maker whose film on child soldiers in Congo. We also discuss the right to own pets, and we consider whether rules for airplane security are overly strict or simply necessary.

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Friday, January 30 2009 03:38 PM

This week on The State Were In an aspiring Somali pirate tells us why he feels he has the right to hijack ships. People in Zimbabwe and Argentina explain why they should have a right to objective television coverage. And we look at mental health in Gaza.

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Friday, January 23 2009 03:15 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at new regulations in the US regarding the rights of conscience for health care workers, the right to refuse, and the dangers of defending rights in Russia.

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Friday, January 16 2009 03:54 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the right to access for the disabled, architecture and human rights, a prison in Australia designed on the basis of human rights, and language and politics in Sri Lanka.

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Friday, January 09 2009 04:16 PM

Divided families in the programme this week. We look at the right to free movement for Cubans, meet a family divided between Gaza and the West Bank, and meet a mother who was sentenced to three years in prison, while her children were left to fend for themselves.

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Wednesday, December 31 2008 09:11 AM

In this special edition of The State Were In, we speak to human rights defenders from across the globe, including Uzbekistan, Burma, Congo, Brazil and Iran. And we present a portrait of the British lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith.

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Tuesday, December 23 2008 01:00 PM

This week on The State Were In... another chance to hear some of the best pieces of 2008, including The Right to Silence, The Right to Sex and one of our favourite interviews, featuring Geert van Kesteren, author of Baghdad Calling, a book that depicts life in wartime Iraq through cell phone pictures.

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Friday, December 19 2008 02:10 PM

We ask if there is a right to a functioning government, with a look at the total collapse of government services in Zimbabwe. Then, the right to reproduce: we hear from a woman who was forced to have an abortion in China. And we discuss the protection of children with two South African women who run a home for abused young people.

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Friday, December 12 2008 03:29 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the rights of the body in respect to organ donation. Then we ask if there is a right to wear whatever you want, with a Kenyan MP fighting to wear traditional clothes in Parliament. And, the right to be warm for survivors of the Sichuan earthquake in China.

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Friday, December 05 2008 02:52 PM

This week we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We talk with musician Angelique Kidjo about how she uses music to spread the importance of human rights. And we look at the intersection of technology and human rights.

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Friday, November 28 2008 02:16 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the crisis in the Gaza Strip, the poor state of education in the Arab world, a university student trapped in Gaza, Koranic schools in Nigeria, and a group of moms in Chicago who completely spruced up their neighbourhood school.

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Friday, November 21 2008 04:41 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at efforts to combat violence against women. Then, how we treat each other online. Sometimes people are nicer through the internet, other times meaner, and sometimes they just lie. Then, we look at discrimination against the Roma in Italy.

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Friday, November 14 2008 04:59 PM

We look at the right to die with 'dignity' with a Dutch nurse who has assisted numerous suicides, and a campaigner who is opposed to the practice. Then, we look at how walls and fences influence how we treat each other. We hear about a Palestinian village surrounded by a wall, meet Texans who don't want a border fence with Mexico, and learn how Greenland has a prison system without walls. And we take a look at the prejudice facing lesbians in Malaysia.

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Friday, November 07 2008 02:27 PM

We look at how the United States has treated different parts of the world - and what President Elect Barak Obama will have to change - from Kenya, Iran and the Netherlands. Then, the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military. And we mark Remembrance Day of World War I.

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Friday, October 31 2008 05:01 PM

This week: the right to affordable food and who's responsible to provide it. We look at the right to healthy food. And caste in India: we meet an inter-caste couple fighting discrimination.

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Friday, October 24 2008 04:05 PM

This week, we look at education for women in Afghanistan. Then, we continue with a look at the Afghan culture lost in decades of conflict. We meet a group of women in Western Sahara who prize their education, and meet an Iranian student who sued the government over discrimination in university admissions.

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Friday, October 17 2008 10:40 AM

This week in The State Were In: civil disobedience. We hear about women in Iran using the hijab as a social protest. Then, we look at whether we are losing our right to use civil disobedience as a form of protest, and we hear from grandson of Gandhi. And a look at the American ex-convicts who have lost the right to vote.

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Friday, October 10 2008 02:40 PM

This week on The State Were In, we mark Colombus Day by looking at the rights of indigenous peoples. We hear about the struggle of the people of the Chagos Islands to return home, the rights of Mohawk women, the Maoris, Inuits, and Berbers.

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Friday, October 03 2008 02:30 PM

This week on The State Were In... we meet an American who can't sell his house or get a loan and speak with the Kenyan organization giving loans to the elderly. Do we have a right to explore space? We hear about the dangers of space trash, meet the first woman space tourist and talk to the Association for Autonomous Astronauts, who offer uplifting instructions on building DJ powered spacecraft.

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Friday, October 03 2008 02:28 PM

This week on The State Were In... we meet an American who can't sell his house or get a loan and speak with the Kenyan organization giving loans to the elderly. Do we have a right to explore space? We hear about the dangers of space trash, meet the first woman space tourist and talk to the Association for Autonomous Astronauts, who offer uplifting instructions on building DJ powered spacecraft.

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Friday, September 26 2008 01:41 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the right to obtain information from the authorities, the right to sleep and sleep-related problems, and the difficulties of being gay and African.

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Thursday, September 18 2008 11:59 AM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the role of technology in promoting human rights. First, Facebook and blogs in the Middle East. Then, a site that counts the murdered in a Brazilian state, radio for justice in DRC, and a collection of mobile phone images of violence in Iraq.

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Friday, September 12 2008 02:21 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the right to a comfortable retirement, the right to a toilet, transgender toilets in Thailand, and a Sri Lankan puts a dot on her forehead and faces problems at checkpoints.

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Friday, September 05 2008 02:03 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the right to unionise, the right to be fat, being fat in Africa, and a mock-up of Guantánamo outside the Republic Convention.

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Friday, August 29 2008 01:09 PM

Three years ago Massood Janjua left for work and never returned. We hear about one of the thousands of people who disappeared in Pakistan. And as North America enjoys a Labour Day holiday we look at labour rights from Cambodian factory workers to Dutch sex workers.

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Friday, August 22 2008 02:33 PM

This week on The State Were In, we ask if everyone has a right to clean drinking water. This weeks theme is the right to the medical treatment of your choice, be it conventional or alternative. And we talk to a Dutch man fighting for the right to grow his own marijuana for medical use.

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Friday, August 15 2008 03:13 PM

In this edition of The State Were In, we look at the right to a level playing field in sports, the rights of visual artists to express themselves, and the right to wear what you want in Washington DC and Kenya.

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Friday, August 08 2008 12:55 PM

In this edition of TSWI, we examine the impact of the Olympic Games on trash recyclers in Beijing, the human rights legacy of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the right to compete, and we mark the tenth anniversary of the US embassy bombings in Africa.

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Friday, August 01 2008 01:13 PM

In this edition of TSWI, we focus on education, looking at the right to schooling in times of war. We also examine what should be taught in school and how, and finally we hear about the consequences for a Yemeni woman of being denied an education

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Friday, July 25 2008 10:56 AM

In this edition of TSWI, we look at a report that claims, in some cases, former child soldiers do better than one would expect when they return to their homes. Then, a look at the rights of veterans when it comes to treatment for mental health disorders. We end with a look at the Pieds Noirs, French colonists to Algeria, who are returning to their former homes.

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Friday, July 18 2008 02:52 PM

This week, we look at the place of flying in modern society, and what to do as prices skyrocket. Then, the right to a holiday: why some of us get more time off than others, how families with sick kids get a break, and why visiting tourists to Latvia may want to behave themselves. And, 25 years after Black July in Sri Lanka, we hear the story of one man who reaches across divides to protect his friends

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Friday, July 11 2008 02:26 PM

This week on The State Were In... we ask if there is a right to affordable fuel. Then, a look at language rights, and we finish with a visit to Beijing as the Chinese learn to queue up properly ahead of the Olympics.

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Friday, July 04 2008 02:39 PM

This week we look at the rights of stateless inmates at Guantanamo Bay. Our theme this week is the right to a name, with stories from Nicargua, China, Australia and the Dominican Republic. And finally we feature three stories about bicycles and the way we treat each other.

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Friday, June 27 2008 03:42 PM

This week on The State Were In... we look at how African American victims of crime in Newark have so little faith in law enforcement and so great a fear of retribution, that they have simply stopped reporting crimes. We look at the right to clean air with Dutch environmental scientists, a denizen of Bangkok tells us that polluted air is a class thing and a Dutch SUV owner explains why he feels he has the right to pollute the air if he can afford it. Finally, journalist Pieternel Gruppen tells Jonathan how radio is now being used to convince former to come out of the bush and home to their communities.

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Friday, June 20 2008 04:35 PM

This week on The State Were In... we look at the violence and hopes ahead of Zimbabwes presidential election. Also, an investigation into the right to banking around the world. Then, we hear about a controversial plan to stop the violence in one Washington, D.C. neighbourhood.

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Friday, June 13 2008 03:43 PM

We investigate how children are treated after the Sichuan quake. We look at the right to fight with fighter/philosopher Sam Sheridan, a scientist proves aggression feels good and our essayist recalls his first street fight. Plus Indian Gujjars fight for the right to reduce their caste, a Tuskegee Airman reminisces and we look at how cattle rustling in East Africa has turned deadly.

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Friday, June 06 2008 03:08 PM

A look at the right to food for cyclone survivors in Myanmar, then a look at the right to nudity. Is public nakedness really a problem? And, returning home, we hear from two Liberian refugees considering repatriating, followed by the story of a woman struggling to return to Beirut when civil war erupts.

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Friday, May 30 2008 02:37 PM

This week we ask “Who defends the defenders?” of human rights and speak with the head of Policy of Amnesty International. We look at “THE RIGHT TO BE MUSLIM AND GAY” with stories from Egypt, Turkey and even a gay Imam in Cape Town. We meet Malalai Joya who has been called Afghanistan’s bravest woman. And we hear about the rise in attacks against Turkey’s Christian community.

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Friday, May 23 2008 02:53 PM

Corporate philanthropy, three stories of the right to sex, kiva.org, an organisation that gives loans that change lives, and disappearances in Sri Lanka.

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Friday, May 16 2008 02:39 PM

We ask if the Myanmar government has the right to refuse aid, we hear three stories about the right to read, and we hear two stories about international crime.

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Friday, May 09 2008 02:53 PM

This week on The State Were In, Israel turns 60, three stories on the theme of girl power, and youth gangs in Washington, DC and El Salvador.

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Friday, May 02 2008 03:15 PM

This week on The State Were In, we mark World Press Freedom Day, we look at the legacy of World War II sixty-three years after the liberation of Europe, and we hear two perspectives on female suicide bombers.

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Friday, April 25 2008 02:18 PM

We hear how film is changing lives - film for freedom, film for reconciliation, and film to heal the wounds of war. We also hear three stories about homeland - caught between homes, a home away from home, and losing a home.

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Friday, April 18 2008 04:18 PM

This week on The State Were In, a look at the right to compete or boycott the Olympics, along with the mood in China in the wake of the torch protests. Plus, we consider the rights of victims of terrorist attacks, a look at food scarcity in Venezuela, and how Sri Lankans have learned to like fighting.

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Friday, April 11 2008 05:47 PM

This week on The State Were In... food prices around the world are skyrocketing; the right to silence; Palestinian high school production of Romeo and Juliet

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Friday, April 04 2008 03:36 PM

This week in TSWI, we look at the causes behind the recent violence in Cameroon in which up to 100 people have been killed. Changing the System from Within has interviews with a stock trader who quit his job to start an online resource for ethical investing, Bolivian sweat shop workers in Argentina fight for their rights and Irish kids are taught how to ask for healthier school food. Plus we speak with a man whose computer program can accurately predict hot spots around the world and, 40 years after his assassination, the former PR advisor of Martin Luther King talks about how his ideas have affected today's politics.

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Friday, March 28 2008 06:02 PM

This week on The State Were In... Dutch politician Geert Wilders finally releases his anti-Islam film "Fitna"; we'll look the right to free speech in the Netherlands and find out why Moslem communities are under much more pressure in Europe than they are in North America. We'll also hear about the relationship between culture and conflict, day to day life in Zimbabwe as people there choose a government, and the rights of prostitutes in Bolivia.

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Friday, March 21 2008 05:43 PM

The Dalai Lama says that cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet. Does the term exist in International Law and what does it mean from a moral perspective. We ask a legal expert and a Tibetan refugee. Surveillance is our theme this week including a look at a man who decided to spy on himself and we have a peep at the One World Film Festival that has been taking place in Prague.

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Friday, March 14 2008 03:16 PM

We ask Baghdadis what their city is like, 5 years on from the American led invasion of Iraq. We go off the beaten path literally and figuratively. Host Jonathan Groubert recounts a lonely time in Bosnia, Penny Bergen recounts life in the Australian outback. German marine biologist Birgit Obermueller discusses her life in Antarctica and spiritualist Miek Pot talks about her 12 year vow of silence in a nunnery. Finally, we ask an American civil rights lawyer what should happen with the prisoners in Guantanamo who could be free, but have no place to go

The State Were In (20080308)

Friday, March 07 2008 04:50 PM

The usual stunning array of human rights themed tales from around the world. This week the show focuses on the right to land, and how the struggle for ownership affects the poor and powerless, be they in Russia, South Africa or India.

The State Were In (20080301)

Friday, February 29 2008 03:52 PM

This week, we look at the conflict in Darfur, which started 5 years ago this week. We ask if one man\'s trash truly is another man\'s treasure with Catadores who live off Brazil\'s garbage and an Indian man who makes films from thrown away trailer reels. And form French colonists, Pied Noir, return to Algeria for the first time in half a century.

The State Were In (20080223)

Friday, February 22 2008 05:42 PM

War correspondent reports on situation in Baghdad; Television and breaking taboos in Holland, Georgia and the Middle East; Kosovo and the right to national independence; the rights of sperm donors

The State Were In (20080216)

Friday, February 15 2008 04:40 PM

As Kenya calms, we speak with a woman who\'s been taking in refugees. We look at the right to health care, infant euthanasia, and mental health in Northern Ireland. A war correspondent explains why he\'s glad to be back in Baghdad, we report on the doco Standard Operating Procedure and we visit the Dutch Divorce Fair.

The State Were In (20080209)

Friday, February 08 2008 06:14 PM

This week on The State Were In, the debate over new video evidence in the Natalee Holloway case, how we make amends, dissidents and refugees in China, and Sri Lanka\'s state of Emergency.

The State Were In (20080202)

Friday, February 01 2008 03:47 PM

This week on The State Were In, we hear the latest from the Gaza Strip, explore the right to sport in Africa and get down with Iraq\'s most well known heavy metal band, Acrassicauda.

The State Were In (20080126)

Friday, January 25 2008 04:16 PM

The State Were In (20080119)

Friday, January 18 2008 05:02 PM

This week on The State Were In police corruption in South Africa and corruption around the world, Buddhist monks helping HIV sufferers in Thailand and the Chinese love of beauty and beauty competitions.

The State Were In (20080112)

Friday, January 11 2008 04:06 PM

This week on The State Were In we hear from troubled Kenya, find out how international businesses can practise ethically, we get the latest from Sri Lanka amid raised security concerns and hear how minefields are being adopted in Mozambique.

The State Were In (20080105)

Friday, January 04 2008 01:03 PM

This week on The State Were In, the United Nations-backed tribunal for Cambodia prepares to bring the last surviving Khmer Rouge leaders to justice, two stories of discovering the unknown side of people considered close, and the top issues for 2008 from a round table of leading human rights experts.

The State Were In (20071229)

Monday, December 24 2007 12:24 PM

This week on The State We`re In: a Bosnian Christmas carol; Beauty - how our perceptions of it inform our treatment of others; and the story of Vincent Cochotel, a humanitarian worker who was kidnapped in Chechnya, and lived to tell us the tale.

The State Were In (20071222)

Friday, December 21 2007 05:06 PM

This week on The State Were In we look at labour conditions in China, how living by the book affects the way people treat each other, we hear from a French priest documenting the holocaust in Ukraine and talk to this year\'s winner of the International Children\'s Peace Prize.

The State Were In (20071215)

Friday, December 14 2007 03:55 PM

This week on The State Were in, we look at the war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, discover how journalists get their stories around the world, investigate the freedom of expression online and find out about the legacy of the war in Liberia.

The State Were In (20071208)

Friday, December 07 2007 05:32 PM

We take a look at cluster bombs. If they cause so much damaged to civilians, why are countries so slow to ban the ban. This week, the theme is The Ethics of Every day Living, with ethicist Peter Singer. We have reports on stealing electricity in India, and the 10 commandments of driving from the Vatican. And we have a round up of the top human rights news of the week

The State Were In (20071201)

Friday, November 30 2007 05:45 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the right to religious freedom in Egypt, the taboo of AIDS, a personal story of life as a human commodity, and the legacy of the war in Vietnam.

The State Were In

Friday, November 23 2007 06:05 PM

This week on The State Were In, the debate over biofuels, three stories of consumption - and overconsumption, a champion hot dog eater, and a journey from Argentina to Alaska.

The State Were In (20071117)

Friday, November 16 2007 06:02 PM

This week on The State Were In, a personal story of violence in Mogadishu, three stories of impunity, the second part in our Legacy of War series, and finally, drama in an Italian prison.

The State Were In (20071110)

Monday, November 12 2007 10:26 AM

This week on The State Were In we talk about torture, prison, and deportation as well as how size affects the way we treat each other - tall, short, thin, fat, when does size matter?

The State Were In (20071103)

Friday, November 02 2007 04:02 PM

This week on The State Were In... we look at Zoe\'s Ark and international adoption, the right to happiness - and unhappiness, and evangelising on the streets of Belfast. We\'ll also hear the last piece in our series on Zimbabwe and how we treat each other in space.

The State Were In (20071027)

Friday, October 26 2007 05:32 PM

We ask Mo Ibrahim about his prize for good governance in Africa; how we treat each other in the virtual world; we look at multiplayer games, speak with a psychologist and ask a Belorussian blogger how cyberspace has encouraged a free press in his land. Finally we ask what North Koreas know about the outside world, meet a Burmese artist and present the 2nd in our series on essays from Zimbabwe.

The State Were In (20071020)

Friday, October 19 2007 04:51 PM

This week on The State Were In... we hear different sides of the debate over Blackwater, three stories of star crossed lovers, mothers on a hunger strike to demand a new school for their kids in Chicago and an essay on the terrible economic situation in Zimbabwe symbolized by the luxury of eating one egg.

The State Were In (20071013)

Friday, October 12 2007 05:17 PM

This week on The State We\'re In: Two past and present Nobel Peace Prize winners, counting democracy, stories of mental health from around the world, a bomb disposal technician in Basra, and fallout on Bikini Atoll.

The State Were In (20071006)

Friday, October 05 2007 04:39 PM

This week on The State Were In, we hear about the situation of women in Afghanistan, various views on the theme fidelity, about street children in Kiev, and about interpreters in South Africa.

The State Were In (20070929)

Friday, September 28 2007 06:28 PM

This week on The State Were In, we look at the situation in Myanmar, we ask what education should be about, and we look at the story of 400 missing women in a Mexican border town. We wrap up with a story of a 3-year journey in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan.

The State Were In (20070922)

Tuesday, September 25 2007 07:48 AM

This week on The State We\'re In, we start in The Congo where we look at the use of rape as a weapon. From there we go to Zimbabwe for the first of three stories on the theme of The Right to a Roof.

The State Were In (20070915)

Tuesday, September 25 2007 07:47 AM

The State We`re In: the story of a Dutch woman who joined the Colombian FARC; Leaving the Faith: people who gave up on a religion, a battle, or a career; the fight against

The State Were In (20070908)

Friday, September 07 2007 05:07 PM

This week on The State Were In: The British pull out of Basra - what this means to locals and soldiers; Lying: why we do it and what happens when we do; and the story of Vincent Cochotel, a humanitarian worker who was kidnapped in Chechnya… and lived to tell us the tale.

The State Were In (20070901)

Saturday, September 01 2007 10:28 AM

Hosted by Jonathan Groubert, the programme explores global events by talking to people directly affected. The focus is on human rights in the broadest sense of the term.

The State Were In (20070825)

Tuesday, August 28 2007 10:21 AM

UGANDA: Peace or Justice? HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS THIS WEEK\'S THEME IS: Elderly

The State Were In (20070818)

Tuesday, August 28 2007 10:16 AM

PARTITION: Pakistan has been celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of partition - the separation from India. HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS THIS WEEK\'S THEME IS: plastic surgery

The State We\'re In (10 Aug 2007)

Friday, August 10 2007 04:59 PM

The Role of Women in Sierra Leones Election Interview with Palestinian Doctor Released from Libyan Prison Human Rights News The theme of Surveillance with artist Hasan Elahi, former Stasi prisoner Vera Lengsfeld, and Director of Sound Intelligence Senegalese migrating to the Canary Islands

The State We\'re In (3 Aug 2007)

Friday, August 03 2007 03:40 PM

Khmer Rouge Trial British Troops Leave Northern Ireland Human Rights News Dr. Ruut Veenhoven on Happiness GDH - Gross Domestic Happiness in Bhutan The Right to be Unhappy Laszlo Foldenyi on Happiness and Melancholy Art & Politics

The State Were In (27 July 2007)

Friday, July 27 2007 03:22 PM

JONATHAN SPEAKS WITH IRAQI REFUGEE MAY IRAQI CHRISTIAN REFUGEES: Dorian Jones tells Jonathan about his tour of Istanbul\'s Iraqi-Christian refugee community. HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS HOTTENTOT VENUS UGLY STEP SISTER: MISS ABILITY: IRISH KILLER & THE MEDIA THE MANHATTAN PROJECT BECOMES AN OPERA

The State We\'re In (21 July 2007)

Friday, July 20 2007 04:11 PM

Turkey Election - Should Women Fear a Religious Government? Kurdish Hopes in Turkish Elections Disability and Staring Essay on Staring Varieties of Staring Ramba Zamba - Theatre of the Disabled Granting Permission to Stare Dutch \'Police Action\' in Indonesia

The State We\'re In (13 July 2007)

Monday, July 16 2007 09:43 AM

THE STATE WE\'RE IN DATE: July 14, 2007 HOST: Jonathan Groubert ZIMBABWE INFLATION COMMENTARY ANTI TERRORISM SONG IN PAKISTAN HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS PERSONAL ESSAY ON HOMELAND KOREAN HOMELAND BURIAL IN CALIFORNIA DIEGO GARCIA ENVIRONMENT AND HOMELAND IN THE NETHERLANDS WAR REMEMBRANCE OF THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE

The State Were In

Friday, July 06 2007 06:02 PM

THE STATE WE\'RE IN DATE: July 6, 2007 HOST: Jonathan Groubert (groo-BEHR) BURMA RED CROSS: BURMA PHIL THORNTON: HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS: THIS WEEK\'S THEME IS

The State We\'re In (30 June 2007)

Tuesday, July 03 2007 01:55 PM

THE STATE WE\'RE IN DATE: June 29, 2007 HOST: Jonathan Groubert (groo-BEHR) CLUSTER BOMBS: I FAILED STATES COMMENTARY: HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS: DUTCH CALVINISTS: BA\'HAI IN SLOVAKIA: CONFUCIANISM 1: CONFUCIANISM 2: BERNADINE DOHRN: RIGHT TO WEAR PAJAMAS:

The State Were In (20070630 09:07:00 - 09:59:00 UTC)

Saturday, June 30 2007 10:24 AM

Hosted by Jonathan Groubert, the programme explores global events by talking to people directly affected. The focus is on human rights in the broadest sense of the term.