Pop Goes the Cork Controversy

In France, where wine is an everyday commodity and major export, the debate between natural cork users and synthetic or screw cap users over which is the best way to seal a bottle can get heated.

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La Ferme du BioSillon: Sights and Sounds Video

The Sights and Sounds videos document visual and audio impressions of greater Perpignan.

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Fermenting Controversy?

When I first began researching the French cork production and marketing process, I was under the assumption that talking to wine makers, cork producers, and wine drinkers would steer me right in the middle of brewing controversy.

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Put a Cork In It

If you're reading this with the preconception that the French are wine fanatics and fiercely proud of it, you're right.

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Montpellier Carousel: Photo of the Day

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Less Is More Dans Une Petite Ville

We eat more than we need to, stress ourselves out more than is healthy, and generally rush about our lives looking out for number one, forgetting about the small (and important) stuff. Here, it's the polar opposite.

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Marika Washchyshyn

Marika is a 4th year Bachelor of Journalism student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is applying to graduate programs in journalism and hopes to pursue a career in television broadcasting when she's finished her studies. She currently writes and coordinates stories and webpages for iVillage.ca, a women's forum site. Marika is an adventurous eater, avid traveller, and sports fanatic.

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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.