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Between Life and Death

Reports from writers and journalists around the world, featuring stories from the USA, Italy, Iraq, Micronesia and Canada.

Storytelling and writing. In this edition Gabriel Gatehouse is in Sicily, an island which suffered waves of emigration in the 20th century. Today it's having to get used to being a centre of immigration with the arrival of thousands of mainly African migrants keen on a new life in Europe; Orla Guerin's in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The jihadists of Islamic State are only 70-miles away now, but residents of the Iraqi capital seem more concerned about the renewed wave of sectarian killings than they are about the advance of IS; Mark Stratton's in Micronesia. Some of the islands there, with their immaculate beaches and swaying palms, seem like paradise. Yet people, particularly young people, are leaving. Why? Peter Day looks back at the frenzied casino which was the trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade. With computers now having taken over much of the business, its doors will soon close for the final time. And Tom Holland's in a town in Canada which boasts a replica of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus and where there are plans to fill a ravine with dinosaurs.

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