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Crossing Continents Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
The presenters

Esther Armah

Esther Armah

"To truly understand the political, you must engage with the personal and emotional. Crossing Continents gets that.

"It gets to the gut of seemingly irrelevant policy and lights it up, makes it sing, dance or cry."


George Arney

George Arney

"The best moments come like a revelation - when I catch a glimpse in a smile, or a mother cradling her child - of the human eternities that unite us all."






Meriel Beattie

Meriel Beattie
"The really great thing about reporting for Crossing Continents is that you spend a lot of time sitting chatting in people's kitchens, finding out how political change has affected day-to-day living.

"You come away with a far deeper understanding of the human impact of an issue than if you just talked to politicians."


Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith
"Crossing Continents is Beyond Radio: It is all five senses.

"We look behind every tree and turn over every stone to expose those individual, human stories in all their horror or glory."




Christopher Gunness

Chris Gunness
"To be blown away: that is what international journalism is for me.

"I want to astonish people, perhaps even to shock; and challenge their views about the world.

"And if they can be entertained and informed, fab."



Julian Pettifer

Julian Pettifer
"Since it is 40 years since I started working in (what is now called) World Current Affairs, I did not expect the job to have too many surprises left for me. I was wrong.

"Crossing Continents has sent me to places I have never been before, to follow up some most unusual stories.

"Crossing Continents does not follow the news. It makes the news. And that keeps me young."


Mariusa Reyes

Mariusa Reyes

"On my first assignment for Crossing Continents, I had one huge challenge in mind: to get an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.

"I watched him from a distance, caught his eye, followed his every move and literally shouted my question through.

"The man did not slip away, and the scoop made our day".

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