San Franciscans share their stories of freedom, but is the city's spirit under threat?
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The lives of Sri Lanka's women, documented through their stories of war, tsunami and loss
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The man who grew up in a Foundling Hospital for illegitimate and abandoned children
The Dutch sperm donor who has sex with women to help them conceive
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Ex-paramilitary preaching peace, Japan's paid friends, and the first gay First Lady.
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