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Summary: Alan Dein discovers the real life stories behind online profiles via Facebook and Skype. Alan locks himself away for a week to talk to people on the internet. He starts with nothing, just an online profile which says 'talk to me'. The results are intriguing, funny and often very moving

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 DLO: Going It Alone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:48

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers. This week he speaks to people who, through choice or circumstance, are going it alone.

 DLO 24 Sep 14: Identity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:48

Alan hears stories of people grappling with issues of identity. A disabled woman from the Ukraine talks about ethnic tensions as crisis grips her country and a young woman in Moscow discusses the difficulties of being gay and mixed race in Russia. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 17 Sep 14: Enduring Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:45

Alan discovers moving stories of couples under pressure. He speaks with Hank and Norma in Arkansas, USA as they deal with Norma's breast cancer. Alan also tracks the fortunes of a young couple split between Italy and Slovakia. Plus a veteran of the first Gulf War. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 09 Nov 2013: Egypt - Silence and Waiting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:49

Via Facebook and Skype Alan Dein connects to the lives of strangers across the globe to hear their stories. The tumultuous events of the Arab spring have reached an uncertain conclusion in Egypt. Now, with Friday night curfew drawing close, Alan hears a diversity of experience. From Shady who has found a new life in the revolutionary protests of January 25th 2011, a sleeper awoken from his days as a football fanatic, waiting for the next seismic event to Rasa who defies the curfew to maintain her sanity. Elsewhere in Alexandria a newly qualified doctor, Doaa, reflects on the passing of her father and her new responsibilities. Producer: Mark Burman

 DLO 02 Nov 13: Leaving Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:53

Alan speaks to people living and working away from home. A nurse in Germany awaits the arrival of battle-injured troops, a disabled Romanian longs for the arrival of the family's first car, and an Icelander asks Alan if he should put a rose on his girlfriend's grave. Producer: Sarah Bowen

 DLO 26 Oct 13: Found in Translation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:51

Alan hears the story of Bryan from the US and Anna from Russia who met online - using Google Translate. Neither speak each other's language. Anna decides to move to the US with her children - will things work out? Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 19 Oct 13: Escape | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:44

Alan speaks to people looking for escape. He hears from a female human rights activist in Saudi Arabia trying to flee the country after hearing her life is in danger - and a Marilyn Manson fan yearning to leave Russia. Alan also speaks to a Japanese man about his dashed hopes of a career singing love songs and a Ugandan hoping for a happy ending to his romance with a woman in Finland. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 29 May 13: The Power of Belief | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:38

Alan hears the epic story of a Peruvian man who believes that a Canadian visa will persuade his Belarusian ex-wife to come back to him, an American woman tells of her relationship with a Muslim which raised eyebrows in the Midwest and a Canadian man talks about talking to the spirit of his late father. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 22 May 13: A Tale from the Bush | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:39

Alan hears a moving story of widowhood from 60 year old Jennie in the Australian Bush. The line is so bad that Alan decides to send her a digital recorder. A bittersweet and intensely personal story emerges which touches on the Vietnam War and the catastrophic Darwin Cyclone. She also uses the recorder to capture some of the abundant bird life in her remote and rural part of Queensland. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 15 May 13: Healing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:54

Alan hears from a woman who pursues new love when her husband's infidelity begins just days after their wedding, a Ghanaian healer who tries to cure a woman through prayer over the phone, and a barrister who struggles to regain his speech after being stabbed and beaten in Anguilla. Producer: Sarah Bowen

 DLO 08 May 13: Connection & Separation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:50

Alan connects with a man in Cairo as a gunfight rages outside, a French woman nervously awaiting a meeting with her estranged father and a Brazilian man mystified at the disappearance of an online lover. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 27 Jun 12: War & Peace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:25

Alan connects with a Beirut man shot by a sniper during the Lebanese civil war, a woman whose father was imprisoned during the Cuban revolution and a young man in California jailed for domestic violence. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 20 Jun 12: Hopes and Dreams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:31

Alan connects with Bryan, whose relationship with his Russian girlfriend has been conducted entirely through Google Translate, and Bill, who stood in a phone box, holding a gun to his head as he came out as gay to his wife. Alan also catches up with Amir, who in the last series was trying to leave Iran, and finds out why he was so keen to go. Producer: Sarah Bowen

 DLO 13 Jun 12: Outsiders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:27

Alan Dein discovers more real life dramas behind online profiles - via Facebook and Skype. This time, he meets a range of outsiders including a 66 year old widow in rural Texas and an 18 year old who makes a living playing online poker. He also catches up with Jennifer in Nova Scotia who featured in the last series. Producer: Laurence Grissell

 DLO 09 Jan 12: Freedom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:22

Alan Dein attempts to cross the world on a series of late night excursions via Facebook and Skype - discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles. In this edition, Alan's among those dreaming of freedom, talking to a man car-jacked in Caracas and an Iranian who's determined to flee the country. Producer: Laurence Grissell


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