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Saturday, March 20, 1999 Published at 13:21 GMT

Archive: Series Four

In its fourth series, Crossing Continents has truly circled the world in search of the stories which matter to people. Our reporters have found unexpected tales, and extraordinary people, in countries from Nicaragua to Indonesia. And this series, we've added exclusive pages available only to our Web audience.

The RealAudio files of our programmes, and extended reports from this series - as well as those from series 2 and 3 - are still available via this site. Please do browse around, and visit us again.

Chicago ( 29 April 1999)

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Olenka Frenkiel reports on why Chicago is trying to bring down its murder toll by clearing illegal guns from its streets; how its sports-mad citizens are coping with life after Michael Jordan's retirement; and the city's thriving culture of improvised comedy.

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  • Feature: City Hall vs. the gun lobby in Chicago

      Gujarat ( 15 April 1999)

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      Rosie Goldsmith reports from northwestern India on the grimy trade of the world's largest shipbreaking yard; how Gandhianism is faring today in the state where the Mahatma was born; and why government efforts to wean people away from keeping their wealth in gold may be in vain.

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    • Feature: Where the ships go to die

      Nicaragua (18 March 1999)

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      Isabel Hilton reports from one of the Americas' poorest nations, now facing up to an epidemic of violence against women as well as the wreckage of Hurricane Mitch; unpicks the country's mixed feelings about the USA; and finds out why poetry is a national passion.

    • Full audio and programme details
    • Feature: the sins of the fathers

    Indonesia (4 March 1999)

  • Web Exclusive: interviews with Abdurrahman Wahid and Amien Rais

    Iran (25 February 1999)

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