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Serbia [electronic resource]: Awaking From a Nightmare

Since the fall of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia has been at the center of much conflict and loss. War has been common in the Balkan region for the better part of the last twenty years. In this episode we travel from the Macedonian capital of Skopje onto Serbia along Belgrade to the Croatian border. On the journey we hear from Serbians on why the war started, and why it took so long to stop it. Passengers give voice to their great pain as Belgrade, once capitol of Yugoslavia has been degraded to the capital of tiny Serbia, and the loss of the countries heart in Kosovo. We learn what Serbs think about the wars, and their reflections on the future.
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2012
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South Africa [electronic resource]: The Great Change

The legendary Shosholoza train runs between Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and once had segregated carriages. On this journey we meet the first black train conductor in South Africa, as he now works on a train where blacks can enter the dinning car and eat with whites. We also meet two sisters who grew up in one of the former homelands or ghettos that housed the black population, and where black South Africans needed special permits to travel to the white areas. Now the sisters provide an example to other young people that they can study wherever they want, without restrictions.
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2012
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Sri Lanka [electronic resource]: An Island With a Smile

Sri Lanka is known as the "nation of smiling people," and on the journey from Galle to the town of Trincomalee, we see those smiles in abundance. Until recently, this train ride would have been impossible due to one of the longest and most relentless civil wars in history. While the war claimed over one-hundred thousand lives and displaced millions more, no one seems to know why the war was fought. All anyone knows is that the future in Sri Lanka is now full of hope for a peaceful society.
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2012
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Syria [electronic resource]: Towards a Better Future

The journey from Turkey to Amman in Jordan takes travelers through Syria. For nearly sixty years, Syrian leaders have lamented Nakhba - or, the catastrophe: the birth of Israel - by taking part in three wars against them. The Syrian people have lived with a deeply rooted stereotype of their enemy and need avenge the three humiliating losses, provided to them by the political propaganda machine of the Assad regime. There is a surprisingly friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the train, despite the fact that there are seventeen secret services and criticism or resistance of Assad can mean years in jail or death. While some talk of lives in other countries, most travelers seem hungry for peace.
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2012
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Tanzania [electronic resource]: Never Give Up

On the train from Victoria Lake to the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, we witness the unshakable belief that exists in the country that education and hard work are the secrets to success. Flavia comes from a small village but was motivated by a teacher to study hard and now she sells expensive homes to wealthy foreigners and the local elite. Joshua has lost his job and now sells bananas to make money, but he has big dreams for his two young sons. No matter how poor he is, Joshua will ensue they receive education, so that they might one day become the president and prime minister of the country.
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2012
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Thailand [electronic resource]: On the Move

In Thailand, the city calls as people leave their villages, and sometimes their children, carrying hope for a better life. In this episode travelers tell their stories as they ride on the dense railway network that connects the country with Bangkok, the destination for millions of newcomers. A Buddhist monk speaks of those that travel as having wings, while non-travelers have tails.
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2012
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Turkey [electronic resource]: Living in Two Worlds

Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In spite of this, Europe still refuses to accept them as a full partner, and after years of appeasement, continues to demand changes to both the economy and the society of the Turks. On the ride from Istanbul to Kars in the extreme eastern part of Turkey, travelers discuss the founder of modern Turkey, Ataturk, and his mythical status in the country, as well as the future identity of the country and acceptance by its allies.
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2012
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Turkey [electronic resource]: My Dear Brother

For centuries a crossroad between East and West, Turkey is now struggling with modernizing the country. Some see it as further aligning itself with the West, while others want to go back to the old Islamic rules. In this episode, we travel from the border with Syria to Ankara, Istanbul, and Kapikule on the border with Greece. Along the way, travelers demonstrate the typical warmth of the Turks, but they also talk with frustration of their wish to join the EU, entering Europe with or without the veil, and how to deal with minority populations. Part of the series In 80 Trains Around the World .
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2012
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USA Part 1 [electronic resource]: Going West

The Lake Shore Limited train travels daily between New York City and Chicago, along some of the country's prettiest shorelines. Following the famous Native American Highway, the passengers are from all over the world. All of them came to America in search of the American Dream.
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2012
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USA Part 2 [electronic resource]: Empire Builder

Amtrak's Empire Builder runs daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest and is the perfect way to experience the rugged splendor of the American West. This is the route taken by thousands of migrants and early pioneers to the U.S. west coast and to a new life. Leaving Chicago we start with the magnificent views of the Mississippi, then on to the plains of North Dakota, through the Rocky Mountains to Spokane, and finally to the coastal city of Seattle.
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2012
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Vietnam [electronic resource]: Forgive But Never Forget

The Reunification Express travels from Hanoi to Saigon in Vietnam. Although scarred by decades of war, everybody seems to be looking to the future without hatred and full of forgiveness. In this episode, passengers discuss coping with war and how the Asian Buddhist spirit of no grudges allows them to move past the hate. The train travels along the magnificent shorelines from North to South Vietnam, ending in Saigon with a bus tour to a former battlefield where tourists can shoot a machine gun for a dollar - witness how the Vietnamese have turned war into a tourist attraction.
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2012
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Zambia [electronic resource]: We Are All Orphans

One in five adults in Zambia suffers from HIV or AIDS, and as we see in this episode most people in the country have been directly impacted by the disease. On the way to Lusaka, we meet two young orphan women studying to make a better life for themselves, and for their entire country. One carries the virus and tries to raise a child who is not infected, who is convinced she will one day be a doctor and help others with the disease. The other studies economics at the University of Lusaka and believes she will be the first woman president in Africa. Even the horror they have witnessed in their young lives can't stop them from dreaming big.
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2012
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Albania [electronic resource]: Of God Forsaken

Albania was recently voted one of the top ten countries to visit, which is an incredible accomplishment, considering the country spent a good portion of the last century ruled by a communist dictator. Travel outside the country was not allowed and the outside world was painted as an enemy to the state. In spite of this, the rail system was built and promoted by the communist regime. Today, more than half of Albania's population is under the age of twenty and these young people crave contact with the outside world. On the train from Vlore to Shkodra, Albanian passengers invite the world to come and get to know them.
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2012
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Algeria [electronic resource]: Country of Single Fares

Between 1991 and 2004 more than one-hundred thousand Algerians were killed in fighting between local forces and Islamic fundamentalists. During that period, train 1001, making the seven-hour run from Algiers to Oran, was hit by terrorist bomb attacks twenty-five times, killing dozens of people. The ride was so dangerous that passengers only booked one-way fares since return trips were never guaranteed. In this episode we meet the people of Algeria, and hear the story of how radical groups were able to get a stranglehold on such a well-educated population for more than a decade. We hear the frustrations of the train conductor during that period, and the horrific experiences young girls remember. Never more, they say and invite guests to see how their country has changed.
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2012
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Argentina [electronic resource]: Power of Memory

Argentina, the country of tango, optimism, and beautiful landscapes, is also scarred by years of dictatorship by a military junta. On board a train from Buenos Aires to Bariloche in the Andes, we hear from young Argentineans who themselves were not victims of the junta, but they know the history from horror stories of their parents. Pamela's Spanish father fled to Argentina to escape Franco's dictatorship, and fell in love with a young Agentinian woman. Both eventually were forced into exile. Pamela now feels that she is a child of fear and love, two emotions that characterize her relationship with her parents. Jorge is happy to have survived the dictatorship. The pain will always remain, but the hope and the will that change is possible, eventually overcomes everything.
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2012
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Australia [electronic resource]: Globally Acceptable

Australia is second only to Israel in the number of migrants in the country with twenty-five percent of the population originating in other counties. On the train ride from Melbourne to Sydney we get to know Anna. Her father chose her name to make it easier for her to move between cultures all over the world. Settling in Australia after the 1989 Beijing riots, returning to China is not an option for Anna's parents, but she still has that option - among many others. Anna represents the new style of migrant in Australia.
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2012
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Bangladesh [electronic resource]: Country of Poets

Traveling from Chittagong to the Indian border town of Benapole, viewers will explore colorful Bangladesh. One of the poorest and most densely-populated countries in the world, Bangladesh is a country overwhelmed by social and political struggles. But one thing that connects the citizens of this country is the ability to appreciate songs and poems that tell the story of these romantic people, as seen in the works of Rabindranath Tagore - one of the greatest writers in the world. On board, there are honest stories about struggle and aspirations for the future.
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2012
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Bosnia [electronic resource]: We Are the Future

As the Republic of Yugoslavia fell apart in 1992, a rise in Serbian nationalism led to a three-year long territorial war with more than three-hundred thousand killed or wounded. Horrific cases of genocide and ethnic cleansing caused millions to flee the country. Before all rail traffic came to a halt, drivers would assess the safety of every station to see if they could make it through. Now that the war has come to an end, the Sarajevo Express between Zagreb and Sarajevo is running again. Only now it has separate railway cars, one for Serbs, one for Bosnians, and one for Croats, in order to limit contact between the groups. In this episode we hear from train passengers about their dreams after the long nightmare of war.
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2012
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Cambodia [electronic resource]: The Laughing Monk

This journey begins with a prediction of the future by a laughing monk, and ends at the Thai border after traveling through Cambodia. On the train, travelers ride in hammocks or on the roof of the train carriages and share their life stories. Behind the smiles are the scars of the recent past when one-quarter of Cambodians were killed, and the country was completely closed off from the world during the Pol Pot regime. Train riders discuss the art of daily survival and the difficult task of coming to terms with the past.
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2012
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Chile Welcomes You [electronic resource]

Even today, Chile is impacted by the seventeen-year rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet which ended in 1990. During his reign of terror, thousands - including host and director, Robert Hof - were imprisoned; some were also tortured and killed. Traveling by train from Santiago de Chile via Chillan to Temuco, young Chileans speak about their love for Chile. A never give up culture reflected in songs like Gracias a la Vida , or Thanks to Life, and the poems of Pablo Neruda about a hard life in a beautiful landscape.
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2012