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On this week's show: The Ukrainian law student who works by day and joins pro-Europe protests by night, Syrian refugees on air in Turkey and a veteran German aid worker training a new generation in Afghanistan. Also, climate change becomes a family battle.

Produced by: Nancy Isenson, Samantha Early, Neil King, Florian Bohn and Jürgen Kuhn.

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Office worker by day, protester by night

Born and raised in Ukraine, graduate law student Serhiy Yaroshenko, 22, is determined to see his country embrace Europe. Since Ukraine's government ditched an association deal with the European Union, his days have revolved around studying, working, and spending hours protesting in Kyiv's Independence Square, known as the Maidan.

Interview: Neil King and Samantha Early

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Syrian radio has vision for democracy

Cut off from their homeland of Syria, a group of journalists who fled to Turkey have set up an online radio station called Sout Raya, or Sound of the Flag. They aim to keep their fellow Syrians informed about the country's ongoing civil war and bring hope to Syrians across the world.

Report: Natalie Carney, Istanbul, Turkey

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Building skills in Afghanistan

Veteran German aid worker Alfred Horn was made an honorary citizen in Afghanistan in 2012. Through his work setting up training and vocational courses for Afghan men and women, he hopes to empower them to rebuild their conflict-ridden country.

Interview: Neil King and Samantha Early

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Climate change's personal impact

A family living in New Zealand had hoped to set an international precedent by being the first to be granted refugee status due to climate change. Rising tides threaten their Pacific island homeland of Kiribati. But with their refugee application denied, hopes for a better life are sinking.

Report: Vanessa O'Brien, Auckland, New Zealand

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Chile's indigenous activist

Aggression by authorities and a lack of work led many of Chile's indigenous Mapuche people to leave their ancestral homelands and head towards the country's capital, Santiago. Rights activist Mauricio Llaitul is working to promote education for his people in the city.

Report: Eilís O’Neill, Santiago, Chile

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From diagnosis to liberation

December 15 marks four decades since the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. The change affected attitudes towards gay and bisexual men around the world. It was a victory for men like Charles Silverstein, who went from patient to leading psychologist.

Report: Ashley Byrne

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