8.18.15: The Free Republic of Liberland & Point and Shoot

Aug 18, 2015

Earlier this year, an aspiring Czech politician traveled to a piece of disputed land wedged between Serbia and Croatia , stuck a flag in the earth and declared it a new country. Today we explore one man’s dream to create a libertarian utopia on 3-square miles of mosquito-infested marshland. Plus, the story of a lost thrill-seeker from Baltimore who crossed the Middle-East by motorcycle, joined the Libyan revolution, and captured it all on film. Plus, a tale of Cold War corn diplomacy. 

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Liberland

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer and contributor to New York Times Magazine – where he recently profiled Liberland, a piece of undesirable land wedged between Serbia and Croatia, and its charismatic founder.  

The Gray Zone

Another border dispute between Maine and Canada has been brewing – and this time they’re not fighting over land, they’re fighting over water.  Producer Kayla Hoke has the story.

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Point and Shoot

Marshall Curry is the two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker behind Point and Shoot, the story of a Baltimore man who picked up and joined the Libyan revolution – and filmed himself doing it. Point and Shoot is making its television debut on POV

Cold War Corn Diplomacy

In 1959, set against the background of the Cold War, a new form of diplomacy - and a friendship - blossomed between two very unlikely people - Roswell Garst, an Iowan farmer and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. BackStory producer Andrew Parsons brought us the story. 

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