• Since its invention in the late 19th century, pastila has remained a popular Russian sweet.  The most famous brand, Belyovsky Pastila, was even served to European royalty.  It and its cousin zephyr are still made in the small medieval town of Belyov. Glen and Oskar visit the factory to learn how to make these appetising apple confections… and have a sneaky taste while no one’s looking. 

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  • Since its founding in 1948, the State of Israel has witnessed many wars and almost daily tension with Palestinians. Numerous rocket and terrorist attacks have made the word ‘security’ almost holy for Israelis. This security is usually achieved through military force, but some Israeli activists think only reconciliation with the Palestinians will bring a lasting peace. They are ready to fight for their cause regardless of the vitriolic reactions their fellow citizens.

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  • Much of El Salvador is gripped by gang violence. Turf is divvied up between two warring gangs. Children as young as eight are recruited. Many see no choice in life but to join and take up a life of crime.  But some ex-gang members and youth find refuge with a volunteer ambulance corps called the ‘Rescue Commandos’. To save lives, these dauntless paramedics brave neighbourhoods where even the police won’t go. 

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  • When Anna was stricken by cancer about 55 years ago, she used dance to help heal herself. Since then, she has taught others to do the same. She has also used her healing-through-dance concept to take on more global issues, such as racism and world peace. Dance helped Anna better understand the oneness of the body and nature, making her a fierce advocate for the environment. She still teaches to this day.

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  • On July 18, 2016, the release of the McLaren Report on alleged Russian sports doping rang out like a canon shot aimed directly at Russia, blowing the Olympic dreams the country’s athletes to bits. Targeting an entire country was unusual, so why Russia? Testimonies from former world-class athletes and hacked information from the opaque World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) show the answer may lie more in politics than the urine jar.

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