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Bomb Hunters in Laos

November 6, 2009

The world economic crisis caused a steep drop in the price of metal but that hasn’t stopped a strange and extremely dangerous enterprise in the jungles of Laos. Every day kids and adults trek into the forest looking for scrap metal they can sell for cash. They find fine gauge steel – bombs — or pieces of them — left over from the Vietnam War. Many of these bombs never exploded. Mary Stucky reports from Laos on this deadly business.

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Crossing East

November 4, 2009

Mary Stucky is proud to have been a contributing producer to this Peabody award-winning documentary series about the history of Asian-American immigration to the United States.

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What’s Cooking? Dosas

May 2, 2009

Dosas are a a sort of thin crepe wrapped around a filling — often potatoes — as popular in India as pancakes here. Savory. Crispy. Eaten all day long. Making the perfect dosa starts days before it’s eaten.

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The Profile of a Ragpicker in India

May 1, 2009

Throughout the world it’s sometimes surprising to find people still doing jobs that disappeared in wealthy countries centuries ago. One example: rag pickers. Men, women and even children who pick through trash, looking for items of value.

Today there are still millions of rag pickers in India. Only the lowest caste people do what is obviously an unpleasant and demeaning job. But Mary Stucky met a rag picker in Ambala Cantt, a city north of Delhi, who does this job with dignity and hopes to give his children a better future.

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A Walnut Grove Welcome

June 1, 2007

Walnut Grove, Minnesota was the real life setting for the TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” But its population and business community was eroding until Hmong refugees from Laos showed up. They received such a friendly reception in Walnut Grove others followed. Now Hmong refugees make up a third of the town’s population. And Walnut Grove is prospering and growing.

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One Thousand Tibetans

May 14, 1993

Followers of the Dalai Lama start a new life where it’s just as cold as Tibet…but a lot flatter. Minnesota meets an ancient culture in this documentary by Round Earth Productions’ Mary Losure.

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