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November 30th, 2011
08:36 PM ET

Explain it to me: The Iraq Pullout

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq started in the Spring of 2003.  As of this writing some 13,000 American fighters are in the country, down from a one-time high of 170,000.  The deadline for all of those troops to withdraw from Iraq is a little more than a month away, on December 31st.  Convoys of soldiers have already started to ship out.  But as Michael Holmes explains, the pullout has been a long and complicated process.

November 28th, 2011
10:40 PM ET

Mars Rover Launch

On Saturday, a NASA rocket carrying a rover dubbed "Curiosity" started its eight-and-a-half-month journey to Mars.

            The rover is scheduled to land on August 6, 2012.

            Once it arrives, the rover will collect rocks and soil to see if there are signs of life on the Red Planet.

            Our John Zarrella was at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch and sent us this BackStory.


Filed under: backstory • journalists • Science and Technology • Space shuttle • U.S.
November 24th, 2011
09:39 PM ET

The Sydney Opera House: "Revealed"

The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of late modern architecture, and an iconic feature of Australia's culture.  Now, pretty much any tourist - and most Sydney-siders - will tell you the great white shells of the structure are meant to reflect the sails of the ships cruising through the city's harbor.  But there's actually much more to that story, as “revealed” to us by Bridie Barry.

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Filed under: backstory • The Revealer
November 23rd, 2011
05:45 PM ET

The Revealer Game: Clue #3

It is one of the most stunning examples of modern architecture in the world.  Reporter Bridie Barry asked a few people what they thought the design was based on.  Based on their answers, can you guess which super famous structure we’ll be featuring this week on The Revealer?

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November 23rd, 2011
04:12 PM ET

The Revealer Game: Clue #2

The architect behind the famous building that we’re featuring on this week’s Revealer used a fascinating concept to explain his design. It’s called the ‘spherical solution’ and is illustrated here. Can you guess the name of the building – and the architect?  Submit your guess in the comments section.  We'll announce the name of the first person to get it right on Thursday's episode of BackStory!



Filed under: The Revealer • Uncategorized
November 21st, 2011
09:33 PM ET

Return to Libya

Three months after the fall of Tripoli, life inLibya's capital is slowly returning to normal.  Businesses have reopened, and traffic jams are replacing the huge crowds in what is now known as Martyr's Square.   Producer Jomana Karadsheh spent many long days and nights covering Libya's revolution.    She returned to the country recently, and sent us a BackStory documenting some of what’s changed.

BackStory fans know Jomana from her many on-air appearances; but she became even more familiar this summer, when she and Matthew Chance spent days trapped inside the Rixos Hotel.  You can revisit those pieces here:

Tweeting from the Rixos – Matthew Chance's Tweets and live shots tell the story from inside the Rixos

Leaving the Rixos – Matthew, Jomana and the other journalists get out of the hotel

After the Rixos – The team reunites with the rest of the CNN crew, and goes on the air to talk about their experiences

November 21st, 2011
08:40 PM ET

The Revealer Game: Clue #1

Okay, guys, we're trying to make the clues a little more challenging!  So here's my challenge to YOU:  give us your best guess WITHOUT using the internet to search for clues!  Come on, that's not the spirit of the game!  Watch as reporter Bridie Barry offers up the first clue as to the topic of this week's episode of BackStory's signature series, "The Revealer."   Then enter your guess in the comments section.  On Thursday's show, we'll read the name of the first person to get it right!

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Filed under: backstory • The Revealer
November 18th, 2011
06:52 PM ET
November 18th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Peru: Allegations of Forced Sterilizations on Women

Imagine being sterilized against your will by the state. Human rights groups say that’s exactly what happened to more than 2,000 women in Peru under the government of President Alberto Fujimori. They say the government launched the campaign to reduce poverty by lowering the birth rate. The actual number of forced sterilizations could be much higher.
We wanted to learn more about the alleged victims of this program and how it was carried out. So we called on Alejandra Cardenas, legal adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York. You can watch Fionnuala Sweeney’s interview above.

Here, Rafael Romo reports from Peru and speaks with a women involved:

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Filed under: backstory • Interviews • journalists • Latin America
November 16th, 2011
05:28 PM ET
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