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Thanks to Steven Spielberg the name of Oskar Schindler is known the world over, but this piece is about an almost forgotten contemporary of Schindler, who deserves a similar place in history.

By Nick Carey for Radio Praha

 

In the course of the tumultuous 20th century, Premysl Pitter, born in Prague in 1895, did more than perhaps anyone else to help children - Czech, German and Jewish - through some of the most horrific moments of European history. 

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The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. It has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. What's gone wrong?

by Vida Adamoli

 

Statistics provided by the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College, London, show that the US puts 700,000 more citizens behind bars than China, whose population is five times larger. It also has 1,330,000 more people in prison than crime-ridden Russia. The fact that one out of every 32 US adults is either behind bars, on probation or on parole, indicates something is seriously wrong in the 'land of the free'. 

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'How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I've gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.'

By Geraldine Royds

 

Dr Jill Bolte Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained and published brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain shutting down her left hemisphere’s neural circuitry.  

In this enthralling video made for the TED conference in February 2008, she describes how she watched as her brain functions - movement, speech, self awareness - slipped away, one by one. 

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'Every one of us can make a contribution,' says Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. 'And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution.' 

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Greg Mortenson's passions are mountain-climbing and running marathons. But since 1993 he has dedicated his life to building schools and promoting community-based literacy programs in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

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The lives of thousands of women living in poverty have been transformed by the vision of Chetna Gala Sinha. 

By Geraldine Royds

 

Kamal Jaisinh Gore, a vegetable and milk vendor, is a widow with two children. With a small loan, she was able to buy a buffalo.  No longer at the mercy of moneylenders, she is now able to save a few rupees a day.

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Cupcake Brown is a force to be reckoned with - an imposing figure of beautiful and proud womanhood.

By Clea Myers

 

The buzz is electric when she enters the forum that is hosting 'An Audience with Cupcake Brown' in East London's Bethnal Green Road.  Having to yell over the applause, she asks who has read her best-seller, A Piece of Cake, and quickly re-phrases, asking who has not, while the cheers and whoops drown her out.

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