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American Dreams

Duration:
29 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 December 2013

We explore the dysfunctional family history of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Also, we meet a Spanish teacher in Guatemala who doesn’t need to move to the US to live the so-called “American Dream”. He is living it in Guatemala - thanks to the internet. We hear why some Chinese students are embracing American slang, and why not everyone loves cinnamon. Plus, a case of international espionage set in an American corn field, and a rags-to-riches story set in California wine country.

(Photo: Patimat Suleimanova, aunt of Boston bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, holds a photo from the family archive 22 April , 2013. Dzhokhar (C, bottom) and Tamerlan (C, top). Credit: Reuters)

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