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Iraq as the War Ends
December 15th, 2011
09:38 PM ET

Iraq as the War Ends

CNN's Michael Holmes gives us a look, through his camera lens, at some of what he has been working on while in Iraq. The U.S. says it will end the war in Iraq by the end of 2011.

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December 7th, 2011
06:35 AM ET

Comparing the Good and the Bad: Living in the Favela Rocinha

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports from Rio de Janeiro on a recent "pacification" of the favela Rocinha.

For their participation in these reports, Paul Sneed and the Back|Story team would like to thank religious leader Pai Almir who lives in the favela Rocinha. Also a big thank you to Viviana Rodrigues who is a teacher in Rocinha and co-founder of A big thank you, as well, to Sergi Navarro-Rivero, a Harvard PhD student who is working in Rio de Janeiro and filmed the Rocinha resident interviews for this segment; and finally, thank you to Marcos Burgos, an American community activist and CUNY PhD student living in Rocinha who helped with logistics. Thank you to everyone for coming together to make this segment happen.

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Filed under: backstory • Gangs • Interviews • journalists • Latin America
December 5th, 2011
11:41 PM ET

Rebuilding the place where Mickey Mouse was born

A huge thank you to Cydney Millstein, an Architectural Historian in Kansas City Missouri and to Butch Rigbey, Chair of Thank You Walt Disney for their participation in telling this story. Also to Dan Viets of Kansas City. Their passion for history is appreciated. 

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Filed under: Animation • backstory • Entertainment • History • U.S.
December 4th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

A Piece of Entertainment History, Nearly Lost and Forgotten

This is the site of Walt Disney's first animation studio. To commemorate his birthday, Monday on Back|Story, we will take you there and talk to people who are working to revive this site and preserve history.

Probably the most iconic character in animation history, Mickey Mouse, was created in this old and neglected building in Kansas City, Missouri. It actually used to look much worse, we'll show you those images and many others.  So be sure to watch the show Monday, December 5th.


"Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention of a mouse."
-Walt Disney

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Filed under: Animation • backstory • Entertainment • U.S.
Taken October 1st 2011 near Sirte, Libya
October 7th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Through a CNN Producer's Lens: The Battle of Sirte, Libya

CNN Producer Mohammed Tawfeeq took these 22 pictures while he was embedded with anti-Gadhafi fighters as they went into the besieged city of Sirte, Libya. Mohammed, CNN Photographer Charles Miller and Phil Black worked to document the story of the fighters, but also that of the citizens of Sirte who fled the city in droves, piling into cars leaving as fast as they could.

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Pimps, underage prostitutes and a twisted California dream
August 12th, 2011
07:44 PM ET

Pimps, underage prostitutes and a twisted California dream

There are many faces of human trafficking.

There are the victims...

The traffickers...

And those who try to break up the connection between them - the investigators.

In the U.S. state of California, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force's main mission is to fight forced prostitution. It's a problem that has spread all over the world.

Read more about their mission here.

As part of CNN's ongoing look at the problem of modern-day slavery, the CNN Freedom Project went undercover with the Task Force, to see how the team is fighting the flow of human trafficking in their area.  The team was there as the squad made "sting-style" arrests on pimps and prostitutes, and learned why police consider the prostitutes to be the victims of these crimes.

"Police in Orange County, California, discover alleged sex traffickers can be found pretty much anywhere"

"Officers in California scour online dating ads looking for possible human trafficking victims, and then arrange a date"

"Officers in California continue their sting and as CNN's Martin Savidge reports they're not looking for prostitutes"

"Police officers in Anaheim, California, conduct an undercover sting aimed directly at underage prostitution"

"California undercover cops try to catch the men who they say are forcing women to sell themselves"

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August 10th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Behind the scenes: NYSE trading floor

CNN's Alison Kosik shows you the back hallways of the New York Stock Exchange in this Back|Story look at our coverage of the market action this week.

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Sheep farming in Argentina
August 5th, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Sheep farming in Argentina

Sheep grazing has become an important part of the effort to protect the environment in the Patagonia area of southern Argentina. CNN's Brian Byrnes recently traveled to the wind-swept landscape of Monte Dinero to visit an Irish-Argentinian sheep farmer and his family.

You can see Brian's report on how the sheep keep these area of Argentina from turning into a desert HERE.

Read Brian's blog about the trip HERE.

Also, be sure to check out his Back|Story where he gives you a little slice of life on the farm around the bottom of South America HERE.

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Filed under: backstory • environment • journalists • Latin America
August 1st, 2011
03:30 AM ET

The language of Christianity

Christianity is a like a language with different dialects and over time some common terms and phrases have lost their essential meaning. Kirby Ferguson takes a closer look at the language of Christianity in the video, while John Blake provides further context in CNN's Belief Blog.

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Philippe Cousteau on his scientific mission in the Arctic
July 15th, 2011
07:11 PM ET

Talking environment in the Arctic with Philippe Cousteau

CNN is launching a "Going Green" special event hosted by Environmentalist and CNN Special Correspondent Philippe Cousteau. It's called "Extreme Science" and it will take you to the Arctic on a journey with a group of scientists who live to study climate change.

You can see our chat with Philippe on some of the more behind the scenes moments of his time there with a CNN team living and working alongside the scientists in that harsh environment. It will be a major part of our show today.

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