The State We're In, 27 October 2012. Past and present members of TSWI join Jonathan to talk about their favourite all-time interviews and how they capture something essential about the show’s spirit.
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Tita Begashaw loves to laugh.
In fact, she teaches people how to laugh till their sides ache.
She tells how she discovered the magic of laughter, and teaches skeptical host Jonathan Groubert how to join in the fun!
TSWI editor Greg Kelly explains why he picked "Laughing Matters" as his favorite piece.
Taher Moslimany and Rita Isaac are both Palestinian, and madly in love.
But he lives in Israel and she lives in Gaza.
They’ve seen each other only once in their whole relationship - and that’s when Taher crawled through illegal tunnels leading into Gaza to attend their wedding.
Producer Diana Steenbergen tells Jonathan why the love story of Taher and Rita touched her heart.
Martha Rivera Alanis isn’t exactly the kind of person who’d seek fame on YouTube.
She’s a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Monterrey, Mexico. Earlier this year, gunfire from drug gangs came dangerously close to her class full of five and six-year-olds.
She tells Jonathan how she sang to her students to keep them calm – and how a video of the incident was seen by millions around the world.
Former producer Belinda Lopez, now in Sydney, Australia, joins us to talk about her pick, "A Teacher’s Song".
As the world continues to watch Libya’s painful rebirth, one man may be watching more closely than most: Ashraf El-Hojouj.
He was part of the "Benghazi Six": six foreign medical workers accused in 1998 of infecting 400 babies with HIV.
He tells Jonathan how he was arrested, tortured and detained for nine excruciating years.
TSWI host Jonathan Groubert says his pick, "Libya and Lies", represents all the "tough" stories we did that were sometimes hard to listen to, but needed telling – and listening to.
Samuel Maoz is the director of the celebrated film "Lebanon" which dramatizes his first 24 hours as an Israeli tank gunner in Israel’s 1982 war in Lebanon.
He tells Jonathan about the moral minefields he encountered when life and death were just a trigger pull away.
Former producer Anik See says our interview with Samuel Maoz ("A Tank’s Eye View") about his film depicting Israel’s war in Lebanon is exactly the kind of unusual view of controversial subjects our show excelled at.
For almost 50 years, Don Ritchie lived across the street from Australia’s most notorious suicide spot, known locally as 'The Gap', near Sydney.
From his bedroom window, Don could see people as they’re considering jumping. So he’d walk over to them and gently ask them if they’d like a cup of tea back at his home.
Before he passed away in May of this year, Don saved at least 160 lives.
Producer Mignon Aylen tells Jonathan why “Australian Angel” Don Ritchie is her most memorable story.
Otto Baxter is in his early 20s and has Down's Syndrome. He also wants to have sex.
But that’s not so easy in a culture which marginalizes people with disabilities.
He and his mother, Lucy, talk openly about Otto’s dream of having a love life.
One of our original producers, Chris Chambers recounts why the story of Otto and Lucy still moves him to this day.
Two soldiers, one Iraqi and one Iranian, meet on the battlefield.
The Iranian saves the Iraqi’s life, risking his own in the process. That was 1982.
Nearly 20 years later, and on the other side of the world, sheer coincidence brings the two men together again in a life-saving drama.
Jonathan narrates and plays clips from The State We're In's most popular piece ever - "Two Enemies, One Heart".