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Berlin's graffiti-art underbelly

This is no ordinary romp through Berlin. A transplanted Californian called Summer Banks, a stand-up comic by night and city tour guide by day, leads curious and slightly adventuresome tourists on a search for the finer examples of graffiti art and alternative living in the squats of the trendy and, in some ways, still-divided German capital.

Summer's stand-up routine is called "Comedy Gone Wild" and she's making them laugh every third Saturday at the Comedy Club Kookaburra. After a five-minute introduction there is little doubt that her tour will also be pretty wild. Her show's brochure says the comedy will be "uncensored." Ditto her tour commentary.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

Lenin's Tomb in Moscow's Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh
A visit to Lenin's Tomb in smoky Moscow is a trip into the paradox of Russia's past and its present.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

A bride and groom walk through Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh

Wild fires still raged around Moscow in mid-August and the smoke clouds above Red Square hung heavily over the brown marble block that sits below the ominous red walls of the Kremlin. This is the final resting place of the leader of the October revolution, the event that changed the world in 1917. Here lies Vladimir Ilyich Lenin looking as fresh as a daisy.

Lenin died in 1924 but his body has been kept intact ever since and on display in the polished Red Square crypt. The guide books tell us that his brain has been sliced into thousands of pieces and is preserved for scientific purposes. Was it perhaps to decode and bottle the revolutionary spirit? The rest of him is kept from deteriorating by various treatments and is, in effect, mummified.

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My Taglit-Birthright Israel experience: 'Outing' myself on a kibbutz

Earlier this month, activist Rachel Marcuse spent 10 days in Israel as part of the Taglit-Birthright program -- a fully sponsored trip for young North American Jews to learn more about the country. She went to bear witness and ask questions about the Israeli state's treatment of Palestinians, and to learn about other complex issues in Israel today. After the program, she spent another 10 days elsewhere in Israel and the West Bank of Palestine talking to Israeli Jews, Arab Israelis, international activists, and Palestinians. This is the second of a seven-part series on what she found.

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Matilda and the literary lights of the Round Table

The legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Photo: chrisjohnbeckett/flickr

I curled my body around some blue-jean-covered legs as the human attached to them started to read a copy of The New York Times pulled from the antique rack in the cramped lobby of the most famous literary landmark in Manhattan, The Algonquin Hotel. A momentary purr slipped out as I cosied up to watch the morning hubbub begin. It was a few weeks before my historic home would celebrate its 107th birthday.

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The Swan Song

The Traveler: Graham Hughes' journey around the world

February 26, 2014
| Graham Hughes, the first person to visit every country without using a plane, discusses his journey around the world.
Length: 27:28 minutes (25.16 MB)
Living On Purpose

# 215 - Meet tradition keeper Dalva Lamminmäki

January 17, 2014
| Dalva Lamminmäki has visited Canada from Finland in this last year, finding a growing network of people interested in traditions that she speaks about, and... trees.
Length: 13:49 minutes (12.66 MB)
January 17, 2014 |
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Go Global Expo, Toronto

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 11:00am - Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 5:00pm

Location

Sheraton Centre, Toronto
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 4.5216" N, 79° 23' 3.7248" W

Are you interested in working, volunteering, studying or living overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the 2013 Go Global Expo (www.letsgoglobal.ca).

Taking place September 21 – 22 at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto, this FREE event will showcase:

Sexism at the border: A personal account

What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?

It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.

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