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Transgender Comedian Thrives on Laughter to Beat Fear, Abuse

When transgender comedian Sarah Franken takes to the stage armed with an act full of quirky, satirical and often controversial characters, she first allows herself a moment of vulnerability.

Having transistioned earlier in 2015, Sarah often uses stand up comedy as a way to communicate with the audience what it is really like to be transgender, with strangers coming up to you and revealing their darkest secrets because they think you are "different" to feeling afraid that you could face unjust physical abuse on the subway for her appearance. "When I learned to make fun of it (being forced to be hyper-masculine as a child) it gave me power over it." Feeling at times put upon to produce solely trans material for comedy shows, Sarah feels more compelled to just do her regular comedic material, but just as "Sarah." Feeling confident in her newly found life as Sarah, she looks forward to many more comedic performances, simply by being herself.


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One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

Women's Work

Women from all over the world are trailblazing through gender barriers in difficult and often dangerous environments. They are defying cultural norms and finding ways to pursue their dreams and change their future. The women featured in this episode are giving a new meaning to the term “women’s work.”

Colombia’s Ghosts of War

The 52-year Colombian civil war is not ending without leaving deep scars. As rebels hand over weapons, an entire generation of Colombians are emerging from the conflict to rebuild their nation. While some are struggling more than others, many citizens are rolling up their sleeves to clear out the ghosts of war.

Life In Refugee Camps

More than a political buzzword, refugees are real people with real fears driving their decisions, and they take great risks to protect their families. A glimpse into the lives of immigrants living in refugee camps reveals their hunger for human rights and an opportunity to start over.

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