A Border of Life and Death follows 62-year-old Annie Mulholland's campaign for fairer cancer care in Wales during the last months of her life. Annie has terminal ovarian cancer and left her home in Cardiff to cross the border to England to get the drug she needed. She received treatment at the Royal Marsden in London which has prolonged her life. It's where she also befriended former CEO of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Mary Burrows, who had also moved to England to access cancer treatment. Although Annie is living longer than anyone expected, she doesn't have long left and wants equal access to drugs and clinical trials for all cancer patients in Wales.
Within 20km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant - site of the 2011 nuclear disaster - is the town of Naraha. The train line that passes through the town was closed after the disaster, but was reopened in June. Although residents are not legally allowed to stay in Naraha, a variety of people come and go from the town's Tatsuta Station. The program captures these visitors - who include residents making short visits, staff at the nearby Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant, and travelers coming for their own reasons - over 3 days.
This unique set finds Dizzy Gillespie (who was nearly age 65) sharing the frontline with the great Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Backed by a fine Finnish rhythm section, Sandoval and the great trumpeter are both in good spirits playing five of Gillespie's originals including "Wheatleigh Hall" and "And Then She Stopped." Considering that it would be another decade before Sandoval was able to defect from Cuba (and finally play the music he wanted), this recording is of great historic value.