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Crossing Heaven’s Border: Introduction

(July 1, 2009) North Korean defectors take a life-threatening journey, traveling thousands of miles through China, Laos and Thailand, in the hope of settling as free citizens in South Korea. Intrepid South Korean journalists risk their own lives to capture the action and emotion.

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Eyes of the Storm: Introduction

(August 19, 2009) Eyes of the Storm tells the struggles of several orphaned children left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. A Burmese team shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta's media blackout to provide a rare window into one of the world's most secretive countries.

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Field Trip to the DMZ: Introduction

As North Korea’s relations with its neighbors grow ever more strained, FOCAL POINT visits the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

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Pakistan at the Polls: Introduction

In the half a century since the country’s founding, changes in Pakistan’s leadership have been marked by assignations, plane crashes, military coups -- and the occasional democratic election.

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China Prep: Introduction

(August 12, 2008) "China Prep" follows five Chinese students through their final high-pressure year at an elite high school in Sichuan Province, where a class of 1,800 teenagers are competing for 59 spots in China’s top two universities.

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Burning Season: Introduction

(July 22, 2008) "Burning Season" kindles both sides of the climate divide in Indonesia and explores whether capitalism can step in where altruism has so far failed to succeed.

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The People’s Court: Introduction

(July 3, 2007) Poised to surpass the United States as the largest economy in the world, yet facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of society.

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A Woman Among Warlords: Introduction

(September 11, 2007) Since Afghanistan emerged from under Taliban rule in late 2001, women's rights have made great strides on paper. But the reality on the ground is a mixed picture.

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1-800-INDIA: Introduction

(September 13, 2005) In India, outsourcing has sparked an economic boom, and those working in the industry are making new lives that balance traditional Indian family values with Western-style social and economic mores. But in India, as in the United States, the long-term impact of outsourcing is still unclear.

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