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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)

  • 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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  • DLO 08 May 13: Connection & Separation

    Wed, 8 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan connects with a man in Cairo as a gunfight rages outside, a French woman nervously awaiting a meeting with her estranged father and a Brazilian man mystified at the disappearance of an online lover. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 27 Jun 12: War & Peace

    Wed, 27 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan connects with a Beirut man shot by a sniper during the Lebanese civil war, a woman whose father was imprisoned during the Cuban revolution and a young man in California jailed for domestic violence. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • DLO 20 Jun 12: Hopes and Dreams

    Wed, 20 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan connects with Bryan, whose relationship with his Russian girlfriend has been conducted entirely through Google Translate, and Bill, who stood in a phone box, holding a gun to his head as he came out as gay to his wife. Alan also catches up with Amir, who in the last series was trying to leave Iran, and finds out why he was so keen to go. Producer: Sarah Bowen

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