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Alan Dein discovers the real life stories behind online profiles via Facebook and Skype. Alan locks himself away for a week to talk to people on the internet. He starts with nothing, just an online profile which says 'talk to me'. The results are intriguing, funny and often very moving

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Going It Alone

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers. This week he speaks to people who, through choice or circumstance, are going it alone.

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  • DLO 24 Sep 14: Identity

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan hears stories of people grappling with issues of identity. A disabled woman from the Ukraine talks about ethnic tensions as crisis grips her country and a young woman in Moscow discusses the difficulties of being gay and mixed race in Russia. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 17 Sep 14: Enduring Love

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan discovers moving stories of couples under pressure. He speaks with Hank and Norma in Arkansas, USA as they deal with Norma's breast cancer. Alan also tracks the fortunes of a young couple split between Italy and Slovakia. Plus a veteran of the first Gulf War. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 09 Nov 2013: Egypt - Silence and Waiting

    Sat, 9 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Via Facebook and Skype Alan Dein connects to the lives of strangers across the globe to hear their stories. The tumultuous events of the Arab spring have reached an uncertain conclusion in Egypt. Now, with Friday night curfew drawing close, Alan hears a diversity of experience. From Shady who has found a new life in the revolutionary protests of January 25th 2011, a sleeper awoken from his days as a football fanatic, waiting for the next seismic event to Rasa who defies the curfew to maintain her sanity. Elsewhere in Alexandria a newly qualified doctor, Doaa, reflects on the passing of her father and her new responsibilities. Producer: Mark Burman

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  • DLO 02 Nov 13: Leaving Home

    Sat, 2 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan speaks to people living and working away from home. A nurse in Germany awaits the arrival of battle-injured troops, a disabled Romanian longs for the arrival of the family's first car, and an Icelander asks Alan if he should put a rose on his girlfriend's grave. Producer: Sarah Bowen

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  • DLO 26 Oct 13: Found in Translation

    Sat, 26 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan hears the story of Bryan from the US and Anna from Russia who met online - using Google Translate. Neither speak each other's language. Anna decides to move to the US with her children - will things work out? Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 19 Oct 13: Escape

    Sat, 19 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan speaks to people looking for escape. He hears from a female human rights activist in Saudi Arabia trying to flee the country after hearing her life is in danger - and a Marilyn Manson fan yearning to leave Russia. Alan also speaks to a Japanese man about his dashed hopes of a career singing love songs and a Ugandan hoping for a happy ending to his romance with a woman in Finland. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 29 May 13: The Power of Belief

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan hears the epic story of a Peruvian man who believes that a Canadian visa will persuade his Belarusian ex-wife to come back to him, an American woman tells of her relationship with a Muslim which raised eyebrows in the Midwest and a Canadian man talks about talking to the spirit of his late father. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 22 May 13: A Tale from the Bush

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan hears a moving story of widowhood from 60 year old Jennie in the Australian Bush. The line is so bad that Alan decides to send her a digital recorder. A bittersweet and intensely personal story emerges which touches on the Vietnam War and the catastrophic Darwin Cyclone. She also uses the recorder to capture some of the abundant bird life in her remote and rural part of Queensland. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 15 May 13: Healing

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan hears from a woman who pursues new love when her husband's infidelity begins just days after their wedding, a Ghanaian healer who tries to cure a woman through prayer over the phone, and a barrister who struggles to regain his speech after being stabbed and beaten in Anguilla. Producer: Sarah Bowen

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