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    Syrian Exile Radio Broadcasts Hope and Forgiveness

    Good morning, Syria. From Istanbul, low-budget Radio Alwan takes calls from inside the shattered land and relies on imperiled journalists on the ground in Aleppo and elsewhere to deliver the news. Racked with guilt about escaping, the Turkey-based staff has tried to deliver hope and diversion, and the station is branching out into comedy, dramas and magazine programs. But writers for a soap opera featuring a man brainwashed by ISIS struggle with the choice between a realistic denouement or one in which the Syrian protagonists live happily ever after.

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