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S1 E7: Rooftop Rebels

Rooftop Rebels

Airin and her friends are rooftoppers in Hong Kong. They refuse to play by the rules and sneak to the top of the city’s soaring skyscrapers. But their high-rise antics are not just for thrills.

Two years after the pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" was cleared from the streets, many young people are in a state of despair.

They are anxious about their futures — from unaffordable housing and wealth inequality to the growing influence of Mainland China.

Airin believes their defiant stunts can inspire others to stand up against powerful elites. Will they mobilize Hong Kongers to fight for change, or just land themselves in a lot of trouble?

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No country epitomises the consequences of this battle more so than the Philippines.

And no individual personifies the struggle against it more so than Maria Ressa.

Maria is the editor of Rappler, a digital news outlet that flourished under Facebook, and she now says is being crushed by it as the government uses it to shut down its critics.

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Far away from Venezuela's capital Caracas lies a coastal town struggling to feed itself. Cradled in the Gulf of Paria, the town survives on fishing, but almost everything else is smuggled to its shores from neighboring Trinidad.

With no end in sight to the country's political and economic crises under President Nicolas Maduro, Jhan Lopez is growing more desperate by the day. 

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