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January 31st, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Behind the Scenes in Davos

The World Economic Forum in Davos wrapped on Sunday.. and the Eurozone debt crisis dominated much of this year's meeting. This was a big deal... with some 2600 participants from as many as 100 countries including CEOs and heads-of-state. With so many notables there from business and government, there was a lot for the media to cover. CNN's Poppy Harlow takes us on a tour behind the scenes.

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Breast Implant Health Scare
January 27th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Breast Implant Health Scare

The founder of a French company that makes breast implants linked to a health scare was charged Friday with involuntary injury. Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Protheses, or PIP, has been released but is under judicial control, meaning he cannot leave France.  He has not been charged with the more serious offense of involuntary manslaughter.

PIP implants have sparked health scares in Europe and South America. A French attorney representing women with implants welcomed the arrest, but said it could have come sooner. The company has been under investigation since 2011.

Atika Shubert and her producer Saskya went around Southern France to investigate what is going on with PIP and how this all could've happened.

We also spoke to Dr. Grant Stevens, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, who talks about the problems he's had with PIP breast implants and how to keep yourself safe.

Filed under: backstory • Europe • France • Interviews • Latin America • U.S. • Uncategorized
January 26th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Journey inside Japan's nuclear exclusion zone

It's a grim reminder of Japan's tragedy. Signs warning people to "Keep Out," "Don't Enter," and to avoid the 20 kilometer exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

78,000 people lived there. Now, they're all gone after they were forced to leave because of dangerous radiation coming from the crippled nuclear plant.

Radiation levels have gradually decreased since the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011, but they're still too high for any prolonged human exposure.

CNN's Kyung Lah shows us what precautions people have to take before going into the exclusion zone.

For more, keep up with Back|Story on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BackStory

Filed under: asia • backstory • environment • Japan • journalists
A Rare Look Inside Syria
January 24th, 2012
09:29 PM ET

A Rare Look Inside Syria

Since the violence began in Syria, CNN and other media outlets have been working at a disadvantage.  The Syrian government has imposed severe restrictions on foreign journalists, allowing few of them to enter the country to report.  That means we've been unable to see for ourselves what has been happening.

But recently, Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson was allowed to enter the country, following Arab League monitors on their fact-finding mission.  In this report, Nic gives us a rare look at how tensions inside the country are making it hard for Syrians to live... and shows us the challenges of capturing what is really happening in Syria.

We spoke with Nic Robertson from London, after he returned from Syria, to get him to go into more detail about what it was like to report under such taxing conditions inside of Syria.

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Talking about Oil: The U.S., Iran and the tension over the Strait of Hormuz
January 23rd, 2012
10:08 PM ET

Talking about Oil: The U.S., Iran and the tension over the Strait of Hormuz

Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz have been effective in the past.

On the word of E.U. sanctions, Crude oil prices rose and worldwide demand for gasoline isn't declining anytime soon.

Ali Velshi spoke with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Spencer Ackerman who writes for the Danger Room blog on

Here are the two parts of that chat below:

Related post: CNN's Tim Lister explains why the Strait of Hormuz is so strategically important and why tensions are rising there.

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Filed under: backstory • Iran • politics • U.S.
January 20th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

The Revealer: 3-D Violin

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January 19th, 2012
08:28 PM ET

Iraqi Journalists battle for Freedom of Speech

For more on stories like this keep in touch with Back|Story on Facebook and Twitter @BackStory

and you can follow Jomana Karadsheh in Baghdad on Twitter @JomanaCNN

Filed under: Arab World • backstory • Iraq • journalists
January 18th, 2012
08:19 PM ET

The Revealer: Clue 3

In this clip above, it may appear to be a regular violin that the woman is playing.  But as we said in clue number one, sometimes looks can be deceiving. Can you guess how the instrument was made?

We will reveal its origins in this week’s episode of The Revealer, Thursday on Back|Story. Share your guess in the comments section below, and we'll give on-air credit to the first person to guess correctly.

Keep in touch with Back|Story on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BackStory.

note: in the video above, Laura Powell of England’s South West Music School is playing this unique violin.

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January 18th, 2012
05:19 PM ET

Telling the story of Haiti: After the Earthquake

American filmmaker Jon Bougher was in Haiti when a powerful earthquake struck the island nation two years ago. At the time, he was making a film with Roman Safiullin about two activists and their work in Port-au-Prince. You can watch a clip from “Bound by Haiti”, seen above. The earthquake affected Jon deeply and he’s now training young filmmakers to make short documentaries about life in Haiti since the disaster. You can watch Isha Sesay’s interview with Jon about the project below. And this isn’t the first time Jon has been on Back|Story. He appeared on the show last year to talk about another powerful documentary he co-produced called “Unnoticed: Children of Kabul”.

To stay updated on stories like this, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @BackStory

Filed under: backstory • Haiti • Interviews • journalists • Latin America • Science and Technology
The Revealer: Clue 2
January 17th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

The Revealer: Clue 2

A new type of manufacturing technology can create exact replicas of three dimensional objects. In this image, you can see Nick Glass peering into a machine in Devon, England. Can you guess what kind of machine it is and how it operates? Guess in the comments section below and be sure to catch the full story in the next segment of The Revealer on Back|Story, Thursday.

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