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July 13th, 2011
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Embedded with U.S. Troops in Afghanistan: Capturing moments

CNN Producer Tommy Evans and Nick Paton Walsh were embedded with U.S. Troops at combat outposts in Afghanistan during moments of rest, and moments of extreme stress and fighting against the troop's opposition.

In the blink of an an eye, or the snap of a camera shutter, things can change. Tommy captured many moments during these times, which show as best as a picture can, what life is like in a mountainous war zone such as Afghanistan. Back|Story really feels the power and emotion that a still picture can capture and we know you do too.

So that is why we called Tommy while he was in Afghanistan and asked him to talk to us about these images; talk to us about what they meant, and the stories behind them as the journalist who took them.

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July 5th, 2011
03:25 AM ET

Embedded with U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

A team, along with journalist Nick Paton Walsh, embedded with U.S. troops at Combat Outpost Pirtle – King in Afghanistan. You'll see what day to day life is like for these soldiers fighting a war, but you'll also see what it's like to face the ultimate adrenaline rush as they encounter deadly gunfire.

While the CNN team was there covering fighting from the side of the troops, they came perilously close to bullets raining down upon their camp.

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July 1st, 2011
09:31 PM ET

UK’s Prince William and Duchess Catherine in Ottawa on Canada Day

Thousands of people greeted the newlyweds during their visit to Ottawa on the second day of their first official overseas trip. CNN Producer Brian Vitagliano and Royal Correspondent Max Foster sent in this piece on preparations for the big event.  

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June 30th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

To be, or not to be...the question is: Is this Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is, arguably, the most well-known name in literature. With such a legendary reputation, it's hard to believe there are disputes among scholars about which painted portrait of him is his real likeness.

There are many copies of his face stippled onto canvas, but though they may be labeled as photos of the man, they all have differences.   Nick Glass speaks to Shakespearean experts who are still unsure about what William Shakespeare looked like.

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April 29th, 2011
02:38 AM ET

A Cabbie's Tour of London

London brings to mind many iconic images:  Big Ben, double-decker buses, the London Eye, and the British Museum.  The list goes on, but what about those famous black cabs?  When you visit London, you have to get around, and these are a respected and classic part of London's history you can't miss.

With the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton just hours away, London has been getting a lot of attention from around the world. We thought you would want to see this historic point in time through a Londoner's eyes.

Back|Story had London cabbie Justin Sneddon take us on a tour of his city.  Justin works through the night, taking people around town.  So, as most of London slept, we got an insider's glimpse of the famous city, including some places many people never get to see.

You can follow London cabbie Justin Sneddon on Twitter @stormcab and find him online at

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