Pétanque Rolls Out of France

The popularity of the French sport pétanque is catching fire around the world with clubs in more than 86 countries, a new Swedish Internet television channel, and large tournaments popping up in countries like Russia, Taiwan and Italy.

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Dessert: Photo of the Day

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Having a Boule with Pétanque

"Peh-what?" I inquired. The metal balls lying on the crisp green grass reminded me of an outdoor game that I used to play as a child, bocce ball.

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No Bones About It

My first doctor's visit in Perpignan, and my first experience with a physician outside the United States, was an eye-opening adventure. There was no receptionist, appointment, nurse or insurance, and certainly no forms to fill out.

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Southern Belle in Traffic Hell

In the American South where I live, the residents drive haphazardly, so I thought I knew something about distracted drivers.

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About Kristin O'Brien

Kristin is a rising senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Telecommunication and Film. She has interned with various television stations such as WLWT in Cincinnati, Ohio, and WVUA in Tuscaloosa, Ala. After graduation she hopes to attend graduate school and to pursue a career in broadcast news.

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About the Program

Fifteen college students came from North America to Perpignan, France, in June 2011 to produce these videos and stories. To find out more, read a welcome letter from program director Rachele Kanigel, meet the program faculty and explore the 2010 website.