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The Miracle of St Anthony's

50:16 | Feb 24th

In the late 1960s, parole officer Bob Hurley became basketball coach at St Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. In the years that followed, as the city got poorer and its streets more dangerous, Hurley’s infamously exacting coaching styl...Show More

The Lost World of the Suffragettes

50:44 | Feb 25th, 2018

In the 1970s, historian Sir Brian Harrison embarked on a huge project to record the experiences of women who had been part of the UK suffrage movement in the early part of the 20th Century. Now in the 100th anniversary year of women in Britain finall...Show More

Life After Life

48:32 | Sep 23rd, 2017

The United States is the only country to sentence children to full life terms in prison. In many states, until recently, under-18s convicted of certain crimes were automatically locked up for life without the possibility of parole. But the US Supreme...Show More

Snooker: Young, cool and Chinese

26:07 | Apr 16th

Once a game associated with the backrooms of British pubs, snooker is now a global sport, with most of its growth coming from China. Seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry presents this exploration into how snooker became so popular in Chin...Show More

Mumbai Mirror

50:29 | Apr 14th

As the 2019 Indian election campaign kicks off, BBC World Service follows journalists from the daily Mumbai Mirror newspaper to get under the skin of the stories that matter to Mumbaikers. From daily editorial meetings to exclusive investigations, th...Show More

New York City’s pirates of the air

50:42 | Apr 13th

As the workday winds down across New York, you can tune in to a clandestine world of unlicensed radio stations; a cacophonous sonic wonder of the city. As listeners begin to arrive home, dozens of secret transmitters switch on from rooftops in immigr...Show More

Order! Order!

27:27 | Apr 13th

The BBC’s parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy reviews the bizarre twists and turns of the extraordinary and chaotic past few weeks of debates and voting on Brexit in the British Parliament, from the record-breaking defeat for the government to th...Show More

Poland's Partisan Ghosts

26:35 | Apr 11th

For some in Poland the Cursed Soldiers are national heroes; for others they are murderers. A march in celebration of a group of Polish partisans fighting the Soviets has become the focus of tension in a small community in one of Europe’s oldest fores...Show More

India's forbidden love

27:27 | Apr 9th

At a time when religious extremism and honour killings have been dominating the political and social discourse, we take a look at the issues surrounding marriages between inter-faith and inter-caste couples ahead of India’s parliamentary elections. D...Show More

Will AI kill development?

50:35 | Apr 6th

Ian Goldin asks if robotisation will prevent poorer countries taking the traditional route to prosperity. Since World War Two, nation after nation has more or less followed the same growth path. As the workforce has moved away from farming, they have...Show More

Nepal Fights Foreign Paedophiles

26:52 | Apr 4th

Hunting western paedophiles is a priority for a new police unit tasked with safeguarding children in Nepal. Mired in poverty and still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2015, Nepal is increasingly being targeted by foreign paedophiles who...Show More

Will China and America go to war?

27:32 | Apr 3rd

Will the growing competition between China and the United States inevitably lead to military conflict? One leading American academic created huge attention when in 2017 when he posed the idea of what he called a "Thucydides Trap". Drawing on the wo...Show More

Not #MeToo, I'm French

27:27 | Apr 2nd

In 2016 when #MeToo spread around the world, thousands of women followed in France using the hashtag #balancetonporc (expose your pig). Some criticised the aggressive wording of the hashtag itself, others didn’t agree with the call to name perpetrato...Show More

Unrest in Ukraine’s Little Hungary

26:43 | Mar 28th

Eastern Ukraine has been under assault from Russian backed rebel forces for the past five years, but few have heard of a smaller conflict, which could be brewing in the west of the country, between Ukraine and Hungary. Some have accused the Hungarian...Show More

The Romanian Wave

26:59 | Mar 27th

Romanians are the second largest foreign nationality in the UK. Why did they come and will they stay? One politician famously once said he "would not like to live next door to Romanians." But now they work in the health service, they teach in British...Show More

Where are you going? - London

26:53 | Mar 26th

Catherine Carr talks to people on the move in London. From the American who left her young children on the other side of the Atlantic, and the Russian buying Soviet propaganda posters at a tube station, to a ‘born and bred’ Londoner who protests that...Show More


50:42 | Mar 24th

Mariko Oi has young children starting school in Singapore, where robots are increasingly being used in education, and ageing parents back in her home country Japan, where they are now assisting in elderly care. She has some understandable concerns ab...Show More

The crypto factor: the winners and losers in virtual investment

26:28 | Mar 21st

You can't take money with you when you die.... or can you? In this episode of Assignment the stranger than fiction story that's the latest cryptocurrency scandal to leave tens of thousands of people out of pocket. The news about QuadrigaCX broke almo...Show More

India and how it sees Britiain

27:35 | Mar 20th

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. In India, Neil meets Gaj Singh, the former Maharaja o...Show More

Where are you going? - Belfast

27:32 | Mar 19th

One question – Where are you going? – reveals hidden truths about the lives of strangers around the world. In this new series, with Brexit fast approaching, Catherine Carr talks to people on the move in Cardiff. Are the people she meets downcast, del...Show More

Can you murder a Robot?

50:40 | Mar 17th

A couple of years ago a cute little robot was sent out to hitchhike, to prove how well humans and robots could get on. It was an exercise in trust, and it went very wrong. Hitchbot was found decapitated, slumped next to some bins in Philadelphia. The...Show More

Abandoned in the Amazon

26:43 | Mar 14th

When a light aircraft carrying two families from local Indian tribes disappeared over the Amazon recently, relatives scoured the rainforest for weeks, until hunger and illness forced them to give up. Why did the Brazilian authorities ignore appeals f...Show More

Canada and how it sees Britain

27:43 | Mar 13th

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. In Canada, Neil hears from French-Canadian film direc...Show More

Where are you going? - Cardiff

27:42 | Mar 12th

Cardiff in early February is freezing cold but the people have a warm welcome. Catherine Carr meets strangers in the city of Cardiff to find out what people here feeling in the weeks before Brexit. What’s on their minds? At a time of such unprecedent...Show More

The Slumlords of Nairobi

50:47 | Mar 10th

In Nairobi’s slums, more than 90% of residents rent a shack from a slum landlord. These so-called slumlords have a less than shining reputation in the popular media, for exploiting the lives of the some of the poorest people in Kenya. Who are the fac...Show More

The Seducer

26:47 | Mar 7th

How did a priest of the Church of Denmark manage to sexually abuse children for a decade without being detected? Gry Hoffmann investigates the case of Dan Peschack, who is now serving a ten year prison sentence for the abuse of eight children. Thro...Show More

Nigeria and how it sees Britain

27:48 | Mar 6th

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. Neil visits Nigeria to meet Nobel Laureate for Litera...Show More

Where Are You Going? - Glasgow

27:43 | Mar 5th

With Brexit fast approaching, Catherine Carr talks to people on the move in Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and London. Are the people she meets downcast, delighted, or disinterested? At a time of political and social upheaval, we find out what is really o...Show More

We Intend to Cause Havoc

48:26 | Mar 2nd

In the wake of independence an explosive music scene gripped the southern African country of Zambia. Mixing western rock 'n' roll with traditional sounds, enterprising young musicians kick-started a raucous movement that came to be known as Zamrock. ...Show More

Empty Spain and the Caravans of Love

27:15 | Feb 28th

How does a lonely, Spanish shepherd find love when single women have left for the city? Antonio Cerrada lives north of Madrid, in the heart of what’s been nicknamed the, "Lapland of Spain" because its population density is so low. With only a handful...Show More

Egypt and how it sees Britain

27:47 | Feb 27th

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. In Egypt, Neil hears from political historian Said Sa...Show More

Hearing me

27:47 | Feb 26th

(This programme contains audio effects that may cause discomfort to people living with hearing conditions. There is a modified version of this programme, with quieter effects, on this page https://bbc.in/2TrInga) What does life sound like for someon...Show More

Malawi: Life After Death Row

26:54 | Feb 21st

Byson expected to be dead long ago. Now in his sixties, he was given a death sentence quarter of a century ago. But instead of being executed, he’s found himself back at home, looking after his elderly mother, holding down a job, and volunteering to ...Show More

As the World Sees Britain: Germany and how it sees Britain

27:02 | Feb 20th

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. In Germany, Neil talks to Wolfgang Schäuble, the pr...Show More

George Weah: The footballing president

27:01 | Feb 19th

George Weah, former World Footballer of the Year and star of AC Milan, Chelsea and Monaco, was elected president of Liberia in a landslide victory just over a year ago. Having been raised in one of Liberia’s worst slums, many saw him as a man who und...Show More

Can we fix it? The inside story of match fixing in tennis

26:55 | Feb 14th

Last month, law enforcement officials in Spain said they had broken up a major match fixing ring in tennis. The Guardia Civil said 28 players competing at the lower levels of tennis were implicated. It's alleged that a group of Armenians had bribed t...Show More

The Trumped Republicans

27:11 | Feb 13th

Republican insider Ron Christie discovers how Donald Trump's presidency is changing his party. Trump arrived in the White House offering a populist revolt in America, promising to drain what he calls "the swamp that is Washington D.C". So what does h...Show More

So where are the aliens?

27:27 | Feb 12th

Vulcans, Daleks, Martians, Grays - our culture is pervaded by alien beings from distant worlds – some benevolent…most not so much. In our galaxy alone, there should be tens of billions of planets harbouring life, but we have not heard any broadcasts ...Show More

The Ballads of Emmett Till

1:08:38 | Feb 10th

**Some listeners may find parts of this programme upsetting** Emmett Till, fourteen and black, was put on the train from Chicago by his mother Mamie in August 1955. She got his corpse back, mutilated and stinking. Emmett had been beaten, shot and dum...Show More

The Pledge

26:29 | Feb 7th

On college campuses across the United States, students die every year as a result of “hazing” - sometimes violent and dangerous rituals designed to initiate new members into a group to which they pledge loyalty. In 2011, Pam and Robert Champion Sr. ...Show More

My Brexit Dilemma

28:04 | Feb 6th

Adrian Goldberg is a BBC reporter. His father was German and came to the UK on Kindertransport just before the start of the Second World War. For Adrian, Brexit has raised a dilemma: should he get a German passport?

Sweeping the World

28:02 | Feb 5th

In Sweeping the World, award-winning poet, Imtiaz Dharker presents a reflective evocation in words, sound and music of the broom in many cultures. Whether it’s dust, spirits or the mythic power of the broom to break free and cause havoc, this program...Show More

The Politics of Mongolian Hip Hop

49:04 | Feb 2nd

MC Dizraeli hears how Mongolia’s massive hip hop scene is shaping the country’s future. He finds surprising lyrics that dispense moral advice, worry about alcoholism or praise the taste of fresh yoghurt on the Mongolian steppe. Freestyles and convers...Show More

Japan's Elderly Crime Wave

27:00 | Jan 31st

Elderly pensioners in Japan are committing petty crimes so that they can be sent to prison. One in five of all prisoners in Japan are now over 65. The number has quadrupled in the last two decades, a result it seems of rising elderly poverty and lone...Show More

Solving Alzheimer's: Living and Dying with Alzheimer's

27:41 | Jan 29th

In the Netherlands, people with dementia can legally chose euthanasia but the debate is going back and forth there. When can dementia patients consent to euthanasia? The answer it turns out - is ethically very complicated and a Dutch doctor is now be...Show More

Songs from the Depths of Hell

50:52 | Jan 27th

Aleksander Kulisiewicz spent six years in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, imprisoned soon after the Nazi invasion and their attempted destruction of Poland. In the camp he found a unique role both as a composer and living tape recorder of the world...Show More

Closing Uganda’s Orphanage

26:29 | Jan 24th

Uganda is a country that has seen massive growth in the number of ‘orphanages’ providing homes to children, despite the number of orphans there decreasing. It is believed 80% of children now living in orphanages have at least one living parent. The ...Show More

Solving Alzheimer's: The Trillion Dollar Disease

27:57 | Jan 22nd

Dementia is now a trillion-dollar disease, and with the numbers of patients doubling every 20 years, the burden will fall unevenly on developing countries where the growth rate is fastest. We travel to South Korea, the fastest ageing country in the w...Show More

The Assassination - Part Two

50:45 | Jan 20th

It is one of the world's great unsolved murders. Ten years ago, Pakistan's most prominent politician, a woman people would form human chains to protect from assassins, died in a suicide blast. The intervening years have brought allegations, arrests a...Show More

France, Algeria and the battle for truth

26:37 | Jan 17th

President Emmanuel Macron has recently done something unusual for a French President – he made a declaration recognising that torture was used by the French military during the Algerian War of Independence. He described a system that allowed people...Show More

Africa’s Drone Experiment

27:42 | Jan 16th

While the idea of retail giants like Amazon dropping parcels from the sky via drone may be a long way off, in East Africa momentum is building over the idea of drone delivery in hard to reach places. In the island of Juma near Mwanza, one of hundreds...Show More

Solving Alzheimer's: Fear and Stigma

27:49 | Jan 15th

Few of us will escape the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease. The grim pay-back from being healthy, wealthy or lucky enough to live into our late 80s and beyond is dementia. One in three - maybe even one in two of us - will then get dementia and forget al...Show More

The Assassination - Part One

50:49 | Jan 13th

Ten years ago, Benazir Bhutto, a woman people would form human chains to protect from assassins, died in a suicide blast. The intervening years have brought allegations, arrests and a UN inquiry – but not one murder conviction. It is one of the world...Show More

Balkan Border Wars - Serbia and Kosovo

27:41 | Jan 10th

Old enemies Serbia and Kosovo discuss what for some is unthinkable - an ethnic land swap. This dramatic proposal is one of those being talked about as a means of normalising relations between these former foes. Since the bloody Kosovo war ended with ...Show More

Cuban Voices

27:44 | Jan 8th

Ordinary Cubans reveal what their lives have really been like under Castro’s socialism and, more recently, its transformation into a more capitalistic economy. For some, the Cuban Revolution was the last bastion of the communist dream; for others, a ...Show More

From the Ground Up

49:33 | Jan 5th

The Central African Republic is one of the least developed countries on earth. Years of conflict have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Sexual violence is rife and extreme poverty is endemic. Yet despite this dire humanitarian situation...Show More

The Brazilian Footballer Who Never Was

26:45 | Jan 3rd

At 12, Douglas Braga arrived in Rio de Janeiro, a wide-eyed boy, ready to live out the Brazilian dream and become a professional footballer. At 18, he was signed by one of the country’s top teams - but was also starting to realise he couldn’t be true...Show More

New York's Flower Market: Things my Father Loved

27:46 | Jan 1st

New York’s historic 28th Street flower market opens early. The sidewalk is a rush of colour by 5am, packed with cheerful yellow sunflowers, frothy lime-white hydrangeas and vibrant lilies. Office workers pick their way to work round tropical plants a...Show More

This is 2018

50:43 | Dec 30th, 2018

In May 2018 the American actor and singer Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) released what has been described as “the most talked about music video in recent history”. The controversial video of This is America addresses the issues of gun violence,...Show More

Armenia: Return to a Town that Died

26:57 | Dec 27th, 2018

Thirty years on from the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, what’s happened to the devastated town of Spitak? Rescuers from all over the world came to help search for survivors – among them a team of British firefighters. Now, with reporter Tim Whewell, two...Show More

Christmas with Melania

24:22 | Dec 25th, 2018

Melania Trump is the second foreign-born First Lady and Donald Trump’s third wife; an ex-model, 24 years his junior, who once posed pregnant in a gold bikini on the steps of her husband’s jet. It was modelling – for GQ, Sports Illustrated and others ...Show More

Carols of the Times

49:37 | Dec 23rd, 2018

From the age of eight, Bob Chilcott sang with the world renowned King's College Choir in Cambridge. Every Christmas Eve the choir gather in the chapel to sing for a service that is known and loved across the globe. At 3pm a boy chorister steps forwar...Show More

DNA, Me and the Family Tree

26:42 | Dec 20th, 2018

Where do you come from? Tracing your ancestry in the USA is one of the most popular hobbies along with gardening and golf. TV is awash with advertising for the do-it-yourself genetic testing kits which have become much sought after gifts, especially ...Show More

Spy Ship: The Capture of the USS Pueblo

27:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

It was a brazen and violent attack by North Korean forces on an American ship sailing in international waters, leading to the death of one sailor and the imprisonment of the remaining 82 crewmen who were confined and tortured for 11 long months. Yet ...Show More

Congo: A River Journey

49:57 | Dec 15th, 2018

A journey in sound along the mighty Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This adventure transports you to the heart of the country on the eve of long-delayed elections. You’ll encounter busy ports, vibrant markets and rare gorillas. You’l...Show More

China's Hidden Camps

26:58 | Dec 13th, 2018

China is accused of locking up as many as a million Uighur Muslims without trial across its western region of Xinjiang. The government denies the claims, saying people willingly attend special "vocational schools" to combat "terrorism and religious e...Show More

Stories on the Rocks

27:14 | Dec 12th, 2018

Somaliland’s rich archaeological heritage was practically unknown 15 years ago. Now thanks to Dr. Sada Mire, Somali archaeologist and author, medieval Islamic towns, pre-Islamic Christian burial sites, and pre-historic cave paintings have been uncove...Show More

When You Tire of Tech

27:07 | Dec 11th, 2018

Our lives are consumed more and more by the online world whether it be for entertainment or every day activities. For some people it becomes too much – and here, musician turned broadcaster Ana Matronic meets some young people whose online use has qu...Show More

India's battle with online porn

50:16 | Dec 9th, 2018

Access to pornography though mobile phones has been sudden and widespread in India: some say way too sudden for a conservative society, and blame this for the sexual violence against women. But when legal attempts are made to ban pornography, a stro...Show More

Inside Burundi’s Killing Machine

27:00 | Dec 6th, 2018

An investigation into the 'killing machine' of one of Africa's most repressive and secretive countries. Three years ago there was widespread unrest in the East African country of Burundi when the country’s president ran for a third term. Protestors s...Show More

Vicky Phelan: The Woman who Changed Ireland

27:14 | Dec 5th, 2018

This is the story of Vicky Phelan, a mother of two from Limerick, Ireland. Vicky has cancer of the cervix and in 2017 she was given just six months to live. As she battled to save her own life, Vicky uncovered a scandal that rocked the Irish establis...Show More

Radio La Colifata

27:14 | Dec 5th, 2018

How is a radio station in an Argentinian psychiatric hospital changing the way people view mental illness? Radio La Colifata - slang for loon, or crazy person - airs from Hospital Jose Borda in Buenos Aires every Saturday afternoon. In-patients produ...Show More

A Stark Choice for Cambodia's Surrogates

26:57 | Nov 29th, 2018

In a Cambodian hospital, a group of terrified new mothers nurse tiny babies under the watch of police guards. They're surrogates, desperately poor women promised $10,000 to bear children for parents in China. But they were arrested under new anti-tra...Show More

Migrants Mean Business

27:39 | Nov 28th, 2018

Kim Tserkezie explores how migrants have used their entrepreneurial skills to become part of British communities, and finds out whether the experiences of successful businesses accrued over generations still resonate with migrants arriving today. K...Show More

The Surrogates Club

27:38 | Nov 27th, 2018

In Canada many women volunteer to give birth to a stranger's child and do not get paid in return. Under Canadian laws, gestational surrogates receive only expenses in exchange for getting pregnant and carrying a baby for nine months. But, why do they...Show More

Reporting Women

49:57 | Nov 25th, 2018

Women make up roughly 50% of the world but is the media reporting the issues that matter to them? Do women want to hear more debate around taboo subjects like abortion and domestic violence or do they want to hear more success stories about women in ...Show More

The Carnival: 50 Years in St Pauls

50:24 | Nov 24th, 2018

Narrated by Bristol’s first poet laureate Miles Chambers, from costumes to sound systems this tale looks at the history of the St Pauls Carnival, meets the family of four generations who all have a stake in it, and follows the new organisation grappl...Show More

Nigeria's Patient 'Prisoners'

27:16 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Nigerian patients held in hospital because they can’t pay their medical bills. In March 2016, a young woman went into labour. She was rushed to a local, private hospital in south-east Nigeria where she gave birth by caesarean section. But when the h...Show More

The Number One Ladies’ Landmine Agency

27:12 | Nov 21st, 2018

We follow a unique group of Sahrawi women working alongside the world’s longest minefield, the 2,700km sand wall or berm built by Morocco across the region. Baba, Minetou, Nora and the team work in temperatures exceeding 42°c (107°f), hundreds of mil...Show More

Argentina’s Feminist Tango

27:14 | Nov 20th, 2018

Argentina is on the brink of a female-led revolution, and in Buenos Aires women are fighting for an equal footing everywhere from the institutions of government to the Tango hall. Since 2015 political pressure around women’s rights has peaked, follow...Show More

The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle

50:27 | Nov 18th, 2018

What is the most traded legal item in US prisons? Instant Noodles. Celia Hatton explores the story behind instant noodles. It's a journey that starts in Japan, at the nation's instant noodle museum, and then takes her to China, still the world's numb...Show More

Everyday Americans 1: The Opioid ‘Demon’

51:35 | Nov 16th, 2018

The opioid epidemic in America is hurting all levels of society – in this three part documentary series we explore its impact, in real-time, on people in one city, Louisville, Kentucky. We work with a team of reporters on the Louisville Courier Journ...Show More

Everyday Americans 3: Opioids and the Next Generation

1:06:51 | Nov 16th, 2018

In Louisville, Kentucky, drug overdose related deaths are twice the national average. What will the impact be on the next generation? This fly-on the-wall documentary series follows the work of a team of reporters from the Louisville Courier Journal....Show More

Everyday Americans 2: Law and Order and Opioids

49:10 | Nov 16th, 2018

Exploring how the opioid epidemic in America is impacting the criminal justice system. Through reporters on the Louisville Courier Journal we meet the drug court judge who tells us about her hopes for those going through the court. We attend the drug...Show More

The Last Long Journey of the Herero

27:17 | Nov 14th, 2018

In 1904 the Herero people of South West Africa made their final stand against German Colonial troops with their backs against the slopes of Waterberg mountain in today’s Namibia. The battle marked the beginning of what has been called the first genoc...Show More

From Truman to Trump

26:54 | Nov 13th, 2018

The final interview with the veteran American politician Senator Joe Tydings, with his vivid memories of working with the Kennedy dynasty - and his unhappy relationship with Donald Trump. He recalls the protests, assassinations and political upheaval...Show More

Saudi's Crown Prince in the spotlight

26:27 | Nov 8th, 2018

Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come under intense scrutiny since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with many believing he may have been behind it. Mohammed bin Salman has condemned the act. But a secret source has told the BBC ...Show More

George Ellery Hale: Prince of the Sun

27:15 | Nov 7th, 2018

A celebration of the amazing work of the little known astronomer (the world’s first astrophysicist) George Ellery Hale. He covered the peak of Mount Wilson with a constellation of instruments for observing the sky. His first objective - to study one ...Show More

The Unknown Soldier

26:42 | Nov 6th, 2018

Moira Stuart tells the astonishing story of the idea of the Unknown Soldier - a powerful prism for national grief, a brilliant interplay between anonymity and universal recognition, an icon which spread across the globe. But even from the beginning t...Show More

The Greyhound Diaries

50:23 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Singer-songwriter Doug Levitt hears the stories of America’s struggling people as they ride across the country on long-haul coaches – and turns their tales into songs. For 12 years and 120,000 miles, he has crossed the United States by Greyhound, gui...Show More

West Africa’s Fish Famine

27:14 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Overfishing is blighting traditional livelihoods along the coast of Senegal. Fish catches are collapsing there after years of overfishing, mainly by foreign trawlers, some of whom are fishing illegally. Meanwhile, Senegal’s traditional fishermen have...Show More

The Dark Sides of American Democracy

27:03 | Oct 30th, 2018

Giles Edwards travels to North Carolina to investigate whether new voting laws and partisan district maps could swing November’s elections. Over the last two decades the controversy over voting laws has become increasingly bitter. President Trump reg...Show More

Everyday Americans: Opioids and the Next Generation

49:22 | Oct 28th, 2018

The opioid epidemic in America is hurting all levels of society. In Louisville, Kentucky, drug overdose related deaths are twice the national average. What will the impact be on the next generation? We hear of babies born addicted as a result of thei...Show More

Young, Cool and Kazakhstani

50:23 | Oct 27th, 2018

More than 25 years after independence, young Kazakhstanis are still trying to make sense of their dark history and their place in the new world order. At least half of the 18 million population of Kazakhstan is under 30 - born and raised in the post-...Show More

Serbia’s Femicide Crisis

26:28 | Oct 25th, 2018

Violence against women is a persistent problem in Serbia. The numbers aren’t clear, but in the last decade more than 330 women have been murdered by men, mostly partners or close family members. Already this year, more than twenty women have been mur...Show More

What Happened Last Night in Sweden?

27:11 | Oct 24th, 2018

In February 2017, President Trump made a speech to his supporters. He moved on to the topic of immigration and Sweden. "You look at what's happening last night in Sweden," he told the crowd at a rally in Florida. "They took in large numbers; they're ...Show More

Africa's Big Philanthropy: Home-Grown

27:15 | Oct 23rd, 2018

With the rise of a wealthy class of high net worth individuals in Africa, home-grown philanthropy is on the rise. We meet some of these rich givers to find out what motivates them. The concept of philanthropy among communities is not new here, but as...Show More

Everyday Americans: Law and Order and Opioids

50:00 | Oct 21st, 2018

The opioid epidemic in America is impacting the criminal justice system. We meet the drug court judge who tells us about her hopes for those going through the court. We attend the drug court graduation ceremony and follow the police as they search fo...Show More

Singing for Survival in Cucuta

27:04 | Oct 18th, 2018

Down but not out in a Colombian border town, four Venezuelans pin their hopes on music. Cucuta is a desperate place, overflowing with Venezuelans who are streaming across the nearby border, fleeing economic collapse. In among the desperation are glim...Show More

Africa's Big Philanthropy: Agriculture and Food Security

27:11 | Oct 16th, 2018

Around one in four people in sub-Saharan Africa is malnourished, and tackling food insecurity is a huge challenge. Alan Kasujja explores how big philanthropy is putting a lot of money into supporting agriculture to improve livelihoods. He talks to fa...Show More

Everyday Americans

50:28 | Oct 12th, 2018

The opioid epidemic in America is hurting all levels of society – in this three part documentary series we explore its impact, in real-time, on people in one city, Louisville, Kentucky. We work with a team of reporters on the Louisville Courier Journ...Show More

Paralympics – Gaming the System?

26:46 | Oct 11th, 2018

Last year, Assignment investigated whether some athletes and coaches game the Paralympic classification system in order to win medals. We heard allegations that some competitors had gone to astonishing lengths such as taping up their arms to make t...Show More

Africa's Big Philanthropy: Health

27:03 | Oct 9th, 2018

In 2016 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to invest five billion dollars in poverty reduction and health in Africa. Other big givers like the Rockefeller Foundation have spent billions on health, agriculture and livelihood programmes. Som...Show More

After Suicide

48:45 | Oct 6th, 2018

When someone takes their own life, how does it affect those left behind? Suicide claims the life of someone, somewhere in the world, approximately every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. And that rate is increasing. The devastat...Show More

Don't Shoot, I'm Disabled

27:09 | Oct 4th, 2018

Hundreds of people are killed by the police in the US each year. Much of the media attention has been on the race of victims, but there is another disturbing pattern to the deaths. A large number of those killed in interactions with police have a dis...Show More

A Life Alone

27:20 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Christopher de Bellaigue presents an exploration of loneliness – told through a conversation with one woman – his 94 year old aunt, Diana. As she follows her usual routine at her home on Vancouver Island, Diana charts her life story, recounting her a...Show More

The Children of Belsen

50:14 | Sep 30th, 2018

In April 1945 a 15-year-old Dutch Jewish girl, Hetty Werkendam, was interviewed by the BBC in the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen shortly after its liberation by the British. Mike Lanchin travels to the site of Bergen-Belsen in Germany with ...Show More

Zika Love Stories

50:10 | Sep 29th, 2018

Three years ago, doctors in the north-east of Brazil noticed a worrying new trend - a spate of babies being born with abnormally small heads, or microcephaly. The cause was traced to an outbreak of the Zika virus earlier in 2015. More than 3,000 babi...Show More

Macedonia: What’s in a Name?

29:33 | Sep 27th, 2018

The name ‘Macedonia’ is hotly disputed by two neighbouring nations. The Greek province of Macedonia and the country calling itself the Republic of Macedonia border Lake Prespa. The villagers on the lake’s shores share a language and a culture, but it...Show More

Model X

27:05 | Sep 25th, 2018

In Paris, aspiring models have to adjust to rather spartan conditions - from sharing a flat with strangers to moving around an unknown city all alone and surviving on a mere 80 euros a week. Despite their best efforts to get a job, most of the girls ...Show More

Generation Identity

26:40 | Sep 20th, 2018

Simon Cox is in Austria where the authorities have launched an unprecedented operation against a new far right youth organisation, Generation Identity. They prosecuted members of the group including its leader, Martin Sellner, for being an alleged cr...Show More

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: National International

27:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Editor David Cannadine delves into stories about some of the colourful figures who lurk in the holdings of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, from Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, alias Grey Owl, the impostor conservationist of the early 20th c...Show More

The Changing Face of Procreation: Assisted Reproduction

27:13 | Sep 18th, 2018

How humans make babies could be about to change, thanks to advances in IVF and reproductive technology. Krupa Padhy meets the new kinds of families that could become the norm, and explores how reproductive technology may soon alter the way all of us ...Show More

Iceland: What Happened Next?

50:18 | Sep 16th, 2018

Iceland is a small island nation of just 340,000 people, but at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, it was the scene of one of the biggest banking collapses in history. Ten years on the economy has recovered, thanks to the millions ...Show More

Chile - Sexual Abuse, Secrets and Lies

27:19 | Sep 13th, 2018

Dark secrets of Chile's Catholic Church - one of South America's devout congregations

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Lasting Fame

27:29 | Sep 12th, 2018

Editor David Cannadine takes us behind the scenes at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) to examine why this late Victorian institution, with thousands upon thousands of detailed and vivid entries about the great and the good, is still...Show More

The New World Of Reproduction

27:28 | Sep 11th, 2018

Krupa Padhy examines where we have got to after 40 years of IVF. In England, she visits a family made up of white British parents and their three boys, plus a ‘snow baby’: created during an IVF cycle for her Indian-American genetic parents, but adopt...Show More

Nevada’s Brothels Face the Axe

27:27 | Sep 6th, 2018

In parts of Nevada, prostitution is legal - the only such state in the US. The 'live and let live' mentality is a hangover from the gold rush days; in certain counties, brothels have been officially licensed since 1971. Today, no fewer than seven...Show More

Conflict Comedy

27:22 | Sep 4th, 2018

How has comedy helped Northern Ireland cope with conflict and move on? -- An atheist is driving in Belfast and he gets stopped by a paramilitary road block. A paramilitary walks up to the window and asks him "Catholic or Protestant?" The atheists...Show More

Uganda's Prison Farms

27:33 | Sep 3rd, 2018

'He was using prisoners like oxen for ploughing for his own gain'. An ex-convict in Uganda recalls the prison officer in charge of the prison farm he worked on. Uganda has one of the most overcrowded prison systems in Africa. It also has one of the c...Show More

Neighbourhood: The Battle for the Future of Lagos

27:18 | Aug 29th, 2018

The story of one of the most ambitious, privatised cities in West Africa, which involves dredging up millions of tons of sand to build 10 square kilometres of land off the coast of Lagos. Reporters Katie Jane Fernelius and Ishan Thakore look at Eko A...Show More

The Life and Times of Senator John McCain

26:32 | Aug 28th, 2018

Few American politicians have carved such a distinctive career as the late John McCain, the Republican Senator for Arizona. Anthony Zurcher, the BBC's North America reporter, looks back at his life, including his military service, during which he en...Show More


27:02 | Aug 28th, 2018

Over the last seven years as many as a million people in Syria lived under siege, 400,000 of them in Eastern Ghouta alone. Some were trapped for more than four years of bombardment, sniping and near starvation. The walls that stopped them fleeing als...Show More

The Benefits of Nakedness

50:31 | Aug 26th, 2018

Some people just love to be naked in public. Dr Keon West travels far and wide to speak to those who enjoy taking their clothes off to find out why they do it, and what the benefits – and disadvantages – might be. His work showed that those of us who...Show More

'Gone to Foreign' from Jamaica

27:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

When someone in Jamaica emigrates to the UK, it is said they have 'gone to foreign'. Over the past 70 years several hundred thousand Jamaicans have done this, following in the footsteps of the so-called 'Windrush generation' who first arrived in Brit...Show More

Neighbourhood: How a Garden Grows

27:22 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Lowell has seen better days. Once a bustling mill town, in the 1920s and 30s it was hit hard by broad shifts in manufacturing that rocked the northeast United States. In the decades since, an influx of immigrants from all over the world has moved in,...Show More

Leonard Bernstein and Me

27:21 | Aug 21st, 2018

Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein is perhaps the most influential American musician of all time. A champion of cultural inclusivity, he tore down musical barriers to declare the symphony hall open to all and offered the classical music world a...Show More

Not Making Babies in South Korea

26:31 | Aug 16th, 2018

Why does South Korea have the lowest fertility rate in the world? The average South Korean woman is expected to have 1.05 children in her life - exactly half the rate needed to maintain a population. That means a shrinking workforce paying less taxes...Show More

Neighbourhood: At Conscience Point

27:47 | Aug 15th, 2018

The Hamptons in the East End of Long Island, New York, is the playground of the super-rich, the epicentre of a luxury property boom, with developers scheming for any scrap of land on which to make millions. Meanwhile the original inhabitants of this ...Show More

Where are You Going? Seoul

30:39 | Aug 14th, 2018

Catherine Carr travels to the South Korean city of Seoul and invites passers-by to stop for a moment and answer one question - Where are you going? She meets a Korean-American who regrets her decision to move to Seoul – a place her parents call ‘Hell...Show More

Mo Salah: Football is Life

50:14 | Aug 12th, 2018

The Liverpool and Egypt footballer Mo Salah became a phenomenon last season; breaking records and winning almost every award going in the English Premier League. In his adopted city of Liverpool, football fans of different faith, nationality and club...Show More

Euthanasia - Aurelia's Story

27:35 | Aug 9th, 2018

In January, Aurelia Brouwers – a 29 year old Dutch woman, with a history of severe mental illness – lay down on her bed to die. She had been declared eligible for euthanasia a month earlier - Dutch law permits the ending of a life where there is, ‘un...Show More

Where are you going? Hanoi

30:36 | Aug 7th, 2018

An interrupted journey is like a portal into somebody else’s life. In this programme, Catherine Carr invites strangers to pause on their way from A to B and asks them one simple question: ‘Where Are You Going?’ In the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, Cathe...Show More

Bonus Podcast: My Indian Life Preview

03:34 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Introducing Kalki Presents: My Indian Life - our new podcast with Bollywood actor, Kalki Koechlin. This preview tells you all about it. It’s raw, it’s painful, it’s joyful. It’s real life in India in the 21st century. Episode 1 will be available from...Show More

Norway's Silent Scandal

26:46 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The conviction of a prominent expert in Norway's troubled child protection system - for downloading images of child sex abuse - has put the organisation under scrutiny once again. In April this year a child psychiatrist was convicted of downloading t...Show More

Fake Marriages for Real Homes

27:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

In Mumbai, young couples struggle to rent a flat unless they are married. Nicole and Ajit, both in their mid 20s, met in Mumbai, the city of dreams. They began dreaming of wanting to live together. But as a couple not married to each other, the housi...Show More

Where Are You Going?: Tokyo

30:07 | Jul 31st, 2018

Catherine Carr invites strangers to pause on their way from A to B and asks them one simple question: ‘Where Are You Going?’ She heads to Tokyo where she meets a professional pick up artists of Shibuya, an ageing, peace-seeking anarchist, and a coupl...Show More

Central Park Calling

50:09 | Jul 29th, 2018

Is being disagreeable a good thing? Is how we identify becoming more complex? And what is the one thing conservative Republicans are wishing President Trump would do next? They are all topics that were under discussion at this year’s OZY Fest – a sum...Show More

The Life, Death and Life of Arkady Babchenko

26:28 | Jul 27th, 2018

The resurrection of a murdered Kremlin critic in Ukraine.

Harold Evans at 90

27:12 | Jul 25th, 2018

At a time of unprecedented change and scrutiny of the media, Razia Iqbal interviews and listens again to the archive from British newspaper man Harold Evans, whose name has become a byword for serious investigative journalism. From his flat in New Yo...Show More

Crypto Rico: Blockchain for a Broken Paradise

35:49 | Jul 24th, 2018

Hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico is becoming an unlikely launchpad for a blockchain boom. Whilst many thousands of Puerto Ricans are leaving the island after the devastation of hurricane Maria, a small group of wealthy ‘crypto-preneurs’, are moving to t...Show More

Skateboarding is 60

49:41 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Sixty years ago, a man wandered into a surf shop on the beach in Southern California with a homemade wooden board with four roller-skate wheels attached. An insignificant beginning for a culture that would eventually influence communities all around ...Show More

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

49:22 | Jul 19th, 2018

The US is the home of the perfect Hollywood smile, but in one of the world’s richest countries tens of millions of people struggle to pay for a dentist. Natalia Guerrero goes on a dental voyage of discovery across America to investigate the relations...Show More

Kansas Child Politics

26:28 | Jul 19th, 2018

There’s an unlikely election campaign underway in the American state of Kansas where several teenagers have joined the race to be Governor. Kansas is the only place in the US with no lower age limit on running for the state’s top job and the youngste...Show More

The Private Cities of Honduras

27:19 | Jul 18th, 2018

Luis Fajardo examines a controversial plan to create privatised cities in the impoverished Central American country of Honduras. Nearly a decade ago a US star economist, Paul Romer, proposed “charter cities” as a model for developing countries to esc...Show More

Soft Power Seduction: China Lures Taiwan’s Youth

27:21 | Jul 17th, 2018

Young Taiwanese entrepreneurs working in a start-up hub are offered attractive sweeteners. But this isn’t in California or even Taipei, it’s on the outskirts of Shanghai. The People’s Republic of China is setting its sights on Taiwan’s youth by encou...Show More

In Every Dream Home a Heartache

50:34 | Jul 15th, 2018

Over the last twenty years or so hundreds of mansions have appeared in the Kharian region of the Punjab. Each mansion represents a successful migration to the West – some to the UK but mostly to Norway. For three or four weeks a year the mansions ar...Show More

The Thailand Cave Rescue

23:41 | Jul 13th, 2018

The miraculous rescue of the 12 boys and their young football coach, trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, has been followed around the world. It was a global operation with divers from several different counties. Its chances of success or failure w...Show More

The Mafia Under the Spotlight

26:28 | Jul 12th, 2018

It is thought to be the most powerful Mafia organisation in the world and yet few people have heard of it. The ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate has used the enormous wealth derived from its control of Cocaine smuggling to spread its tentacles far and wide...Show More

Inside the World of the Financial Dominatrix

27:19 | Jul 11th, 2018

Financial domination, or findom, is an increasingly popular sexual fetish revolving around money and power. In this internet-based world, submissives (subs) are known as cash slaves and pay pigs. The financial dominatrices (dommes) humiliate, manipul...Show More

Nye Bevan: The Man Who Made the NHS

27:17 | Jul 10th, 2018

The man who built Britain’s world famous and highly regarded National Health Service, Anuerin Bevan, often known as Nye Bevan is retold by Welsh actor Michael Sheen. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the service which granted health care free a...Show More

Back Home from ISIS

26:58 | Jul 5th, 2018

For years, the so-called Islamic State has managed to attract thousands of would-be jihadis and jihadi brides to join their caliphate. The extremist propaganda, online videos and recruiters have seen thousands of people from all over the world flock ...Show More

Winning it Big

27:08 | Jul 4th, 2018

Most people have dreamed of winning the lottery. It’s a dream that has become ever more common around the world as jackpots get bigger and lotteries more numerous. But does money really make us happy, and how much does this depend on where we live an...Show More

Only Not Lonely

27:04 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Even today the stereotype continues that only children are selfish, spoiled and lonely – it’s the so-called “only child syndrome”. But around the world one-child families are becoming more common. So why do some parents decide to have only one child?...Show More

Outsider's View of the NHS

49:52 | Jul 1st, 2018

The National Health Service is the largest and the oldest single payer healthcare system in the world. It is the largest public employer in England and Scotland with around 1.5 million staff and is constantly in the political spotlight. As it reaches...Show More

Back from the Brink

48:54 | Jun 30th, 2018

Meet the entrepreneurs facing the toughest of tests. In three vivid stories from across the globe, we hear from individuals who have created businesses and watched them fail. Now, they are picking themselves up, dusting themselves off, and starting a...Show More

Seaweed, Sex and Liberation

26:33 | Jun 28th, 2018

In a conservative corner of east Africa, thousands of women have gained more control over their lives thanks to seaweed. In a traditional island village there is a surprisingly high divorce rate and women have safeguarded their interests with earning...Show More

Money Clinic: Nairobi

27:03 | Jun 27th, 2018

Life coach and author Jennie Karina talks love and money with two couples in Nairobi, Kenya. Weddings, loans, family pressure - it’s all up for discussion in the BBC Money Clinic. It can be hard to talk about money, even with those we’re closest to. ...Show More

Money Clinic: Miami

27:22 | Jun 26th, 2018

Ruth Alexander invites couples and families into the BBC Money Clinic to discuss their relationship with money and each other with local experts in both Miami and Nairobi. Like it or not, money is at the heart of our most personal relationships. It's...Show More

Golden Passports

26:58 | Jun 21st, 2018

So-called ‘citizenship-by-investment’ – the selling of passports - is a global industry worth billions of dollars and it’s completely legal. The idea is simple – invest huge sums of money in a country you want a passport from and in return acquire re...Show More

Uganda: The Price of Marriage

27:18 | Jun 20th, 2018

In a quest to show off new-found wealth or social status, and in a race to out-do their neighbours, people are going to extremes to put on the most lavish wedding. Ugandan nuptials are now big business with big dresses, big venues and big bills. Havi...Show More

What Would You Do With $100?

27:08 | Jun 19th, 2018

What do our plans for spending $100 reveal about us and the buying power of money? Lesley Curwen travels to Washington DC where the $100 note is printed. She also meets a former drug user, a former scientist turned entrepreneur, a hospital doctor in ...Show More

What's Mine is Yours?

50:12 | Jun 17th, 2018

What does the way you handle your finances say about your relationship?

Guatemala – After the Fire

26:28 | Jun 14th, 2018

On 8th March, 2017 a fire engulfed part of the Virgen de la Asuncion children’s home on the outskirts of Guatemala City. 41 teenaged girls died. A further 15 were seriously injured, and are still recovering from burns. The President of Guatemala, Jim...Show More

Sounds of the City

27:21 | Jun 13th, 2018

Peter White, who was born without sight, tours the world, navigating primarily with his ears. Where most travellers store up visual images of the places they visit, Peter takes his tape recorder and relies on everything except eyes to guide him. Pete...Show More

The Commission

27:22 | Jun 12th, 2018

President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on 22nd November 1963. Shortly afterwards the 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, initially for the murder of a police officer. Within hours he was charged with assassinating the president. Tw...Show More

You Can Handle The Truth

50:25 | Jun 10th, 2018

Students in Uganda are the guinea pigs for a new scientific discipline – researchers are teaching them to be the first firewall against alternative facts. Academics from Uganda and Norway worked with 10,000 students in classrooms across Kampala to fi...Show More

Escaping Europe

26:47 | Jun 7th, 2018

A new smuggling route has opened up on the edge of Europe. Every week hundreds of Syrians are risking their lives to leave the continent and return home. Nawal Al-Maghafi joins refugees on the migration route to discover why so many people are choosi...Show More


27:22 | Jun 5th, 2018

In the US, the National Park Service is leading a project to bring a little hush back to the wild. Cathy FitzGerald hears more on a hike with soundscape specialist, Davyd Betchkal, in Denali National Park, Alaska – a 6,000,000 acre wilderness bisecte...Show More

The Witch Hunts of Papua New Guinea

27:03 | May 31st, 2018

In Papua New Guinea, people live in fear of persecution. They might be turned on by relatives, chased off their land by neighbours or brutally attacked by a mob. Why? They’re believed to be witches. Assignment, this week, is in the province of Chi...Show More

Is Eating Plants Wrong?

27:12 | May 30th, 2018

Plant scientists from around the world are coming up with mind-blowing findings, and claiming that plants cannot just sense, but communicate, learn and remember. In an experiment in Australia, plants appeared to learn to associate a sound with a food...Show More

Triple Score Wellington

27:12 | May 29th, 2018

In 2015 Wellington Jighere, a 34-year-old from Nigeria, became Africa’s ‘man of the moment’ when he won the World Scrabble Championship, the first ever African to do so. The youngest of 20 siblings from a rural village in Delta State, Wellington now ...Show More

The Day Hope Died: Remembering Robert Kennedy

50:28 | May 27th, 2018

Why did Bobby Kennedy leave such a lasting impression on US politics and society? Revered equally across the political spectrum today, his rise to prominence was controversial. He became Attorney General at just 35 and gained a reputation as a tough ...Show More

Zimbabwe - Where's Itai Dzamara?

26:28 | May 24th, 2018

On 9 March 2015, one of Zimbabwe's most prominent critics of the Mugabe government, Itai Dzamara, was abducted from a barber shop in broad daylight. He hasn't been seen since - and his body hasn’t been discovered. Adding to the mystery is a series of...Show More

Virtual Mothering

27:18 | May 22nd, 2018

Many Filipina women working overseas have left children behind and now watch their children grow up over a screen, but does this virtual mothering help maintain their relationship while they spend years apart? Filipina migrant workers in the UK and t...Show More

The Royal Wedding: The Story of the Day

49:55 | May 19th, 2018

Nuala McGovern brings you highlights from Windsor on the day that saw Prince Harry marry Meghan Markel. From the royal wedding build-up and anticipation to the ceremony and the celebrations beyond.

The World’s Marriage Story

50:05 | May 18th, 2018

As Britain hosts the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, The World's Marriage Story asks why so many people across the world continue to place their faith in this old-age institution. While rates are falling across Europe, in south ...Show More

Shades of Jewish in Israel

26:32 | May 17th, 2018

Israel gives all Jews the right to citizenship – but has it become less welcoming to African Jews? Since its founding in 1948, after the horrors of the Holocaust, Israel has seen itself as a safe haven for Jews from anywhere in the world to come t...Show More

The Macron Effect

27:02 | May 15th, 2018

When Emmanuel Macron followed up his victory in France’s presidential election with another win in the parliamentary elections, he looked set to carry out his promise to change France. Journalists wrote articles on how the Macron 'effect' was going t...Show More

My Mixed Up World

50:26 | May 13th, 2018

Meghan Markle, the Royal bride to be, has spoken of her confusion as a child when asked to describe her race and the impact that has endured as she entered acting - not white enough for the white roles and never black enough for the black ones. Broad...Show More

China’s World Cup Dreams

26:43 | May 10th, 2018

China’s football-loving President Xi Jinping says he wants his country to qualify for, to host and to win the football World Cup by 2050. The men’s national team has recently been defeated 6-0 by Wales, so there’s some way to go yet. But they’re spen...Show More

Magical Money

27:14 | May 9th, 2018

A new digital currency gold rush is sweeping the world but is the bubble about to burst?

The Voices of the Amazon

27:15 | May 8th, 2018

Many anthropologists and researchers have visited the indigenous peoples of the Amazon to analyse their ways of life and culture. But what would these people want to say to us? Tribal leader Takuma Kuikuro guides us through a day in the life of his v...Show More

The Invisible Man of Britain’s Far Right

26:28 | May 3rd, 2018

Simon Cox investigates the anti-immigration, anti-Muslim organisation Knights Templar International – not to be confused with the medieval Knights Templar organisation. In a recent interview its front man Jim,Dowson described KTI as a "militant Chris...Show More

What Men Think: India

50:17 | Apr 29th, 2018

In Delhi, Tim Samuels finds an Indian city where masculinity plays out against a backdrop of class, caste and a rapidly changing economy. It is also a country that is searching its soul after a serious of notorious sexual assaults against women. Swat...Show More

Western Sahara’s Champion Athlete

26:57 | Apr 26th, 2018

In the wind-swept desert of south-west Algeria, thousands of athletes prepare to run a marathon through the forgotten land of Western Sahara. The runners will pass through six refugee camps; home to over 200,000 indigenous Saharawi people living un...Show More

Imperial Echo

27:18 | Apr 25th, 2018

With the closing ceremonial of the 2018 London Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting barely over, BBC radio’s Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond excavates the Commonwealth of Nation’s 19th Century origins in the British Empire and its formal institu...Show More

The Response: China

26:43 | Apr 24th, 2018

No reporters, no studios. The Response China hears directly from the citizens of the most populous county on the planet - using the recording power of smartphones. The contributors are normal working people, students, telling stories about the world ...Show More

What Men Think: USA

50:42 | Apr 22nd, 2018

In North Carolina presenter Tim Samuel finds the contradictions and cultural clashes that are playing out across the US – with men often in the middle of the fallout. Heading through the Appalachian mountains – where traditional blue-collar jobs have...Show More

Corruption Incorporated: The Odebrecht Story

51:15 | Apr 21st, 2018

Odebrecht was one of Brazil’s premier companies – the largest construction firm in Latin America. But some of its success in securing multi-million dollar contracts across the region was built on a policy of colossal bribery. The testimony of Odebrec...Show More

The Mystery of Russia’s Lost Jihadi Brides

26:28 | Apr 19th, 2018

Thousands of young Russian Muslim men were lured to join so-called Islamic State - taking their wives and children with them. But since the "caliphate" fell last year, those families have vanished - and grandmothers back in Russia are desperate for n...Show More

Bermuda's Change of Heart

27:25 | Apr 18th, 2018

In a radical turn of events – Bermuda has become the first country in the world to repeal same-sex marriage. In May 2017, Bermudian lawyer Mark Pettingill and his client Winston Godwin won a case in the Bermuda Supreme Court for marriage equality for...Show More

Islands on the Front Line

27:13 | Apr 17th, 2018

Regina Lepping travels around her homeland – the Solomon Islands – to discover how this remote Commonwealth country in the Pacific is on the front line of climate change. Sea levels here are rising three times faster than the global average, some isl...Show More

Bonus Podcast: Death in Ice Valley

03:12 | Apr 16th, 2018

A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was release...Show More

What Men Think: Nigeria

50:35 | Apr 15th, 2018

In Lagos, the sprawling city in Nigeria, presenter Tim Samuels heads to a city that some describe as ‘the best place to be a man’; the ultimate playground for playboys. But is this only for the super-wealthy of the city? At the other end of the econo...Show More

The King and Kennedy Assassinations

50:50 | Apr 14th, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, presenter Michael Goldfarb tells the story of how they came to be murdered. He speaks with their children and close associates about how the pair’s lives and d...Show More

The Child Saver of Mosul

26:29 | Apr 12th, 2018

A one-woman whirlwind of passion and energy, Sukayna Muhammad Younes is a unique phenomenon in Iraq. A council official in the half-destroyed city of Mosul, former stronghold of so-called Islamic State, she's on a mission to find and identify the tho...Show More

Lusaka Fire and Rescue

27:32 | Apr 10th, 2018

Lusaka, capital of Zambia, has a population of 2.5 million people, and one central fire station to serve them. The city of Paris – of a similar size – has over 80. Nick Miles explores how Zambia’s firefighters try and make that work, in this city of ...Show More

The King and Kennedy Assassinations

50:50 | Apr 9th, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, presenter Michael Goldfarb tells the story of how they came to be murdered. He speaks with their children and close associates about how the pair’s lives and d...Show More

Greece's Haven Hotel

26:28 | Apr 5th, 2018

In a rundown neighbourhood in Athens there is a hotel with 4,000 people on its waiting list for rooms. But the roof leaks and the lifts are permanently out of action. None of the guests pay a penny, but everyone's supposed to help with the cooking an...Show More

Telling Tales: The Odyssey

27:22 | Apr 4th, 2018

Homer’s epic spoken poem The Odyssey was composed 3000 years ago. It is a tale of Odysseus's ten year long journey home after the battle of Troy with its countless trials and adventures along the way. And alongside the story of Odysseus we hear from ...Show More

Poking the Establishment

27:25 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Syrian police arrest a number of dead people in a cemetery. Laugh out loud, sharp intake of breath, or both? This is the sort of uncomfortable material produced by young Arab satirists. Since the Arab Spring, hopes for change have been dashed across ...Show More

Digging up the past in Catalonia

27:05 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Why is troubled Catalonia now opening up civil war mass graves? Spain has the second largest amount of mass graves in the world after Cambodia. Over 100,000 people disappeared during the 1930s civil war and the ensuing Franco dictatorship. Decades...Show More

The Great Egg Freeze

50:42 | Apr 1st, 2018

Freezing one's eggs seems the ultimate in planning a family and a career. It is now being offered as a benefit by a growing number of companies including Apple and Facebook, and some UK tech companies are discussing the option. So is this empowering ...Show More

Telling Tales: The Sultan's Son and the Rich Man's Daughter

27:24 | Mar 28th, 2018

The retelling of an ancient story from the African Islands of Zanzibar. It is a tale packed with intrigue and death defying ingenuity in which a young wife has to use her determination and magical powers to save her own life and persuade her husband ...Show More

Skiing Mount Lebanon

27:25 | Mar 27th, 2018

Karl Sharro experiences the Middle East from the unique perspective of a Lebanese ski resort, an eye in the hurricane of the surrounding conflicts. Here, different nationalities and religions escape the politics and differences to enjoy a shared pass...Show More

Sisters of the Troubles

49:44 | Mar 25th, 2018

The whole world saw the picture of Father Edward Daly waving a bloodied handkerchief as he escorted a dying teenager out of the line of fire on Bloody Sunday; many books have been written about the role of Catholic priests and Protestant clergy durin...Show More

Norway - A Community in Recovery

27:13 | Mar 22nd, 2018

In November 2017, Norwegian police published a report about sexual abuse in a remote municipality north of the Arctic Circle. It made for shocking reading. Tysfjord has a population of just 2,000 people. But after investigating for more than a year, ...Show More

The Magic of Fireflies

27:30 | Mar 20th, 2018

Fireflies lit up the evenings of Kashif Qamar’s childhood in Karachi. With his friends he’d collect ‘jugnu’ as they are called in Urdu into a large jar which then became a living lamp in the intense darkness. But the fireflies have gone – artificial ...Show More

India’s Infamous Hospital

26:28 | Mar 15th, 2018

On the night of August 10 2017, India went into mourning. 30 patients lost their lives in 24 hours when the oxygen supply to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh was suddenly cut. Images of the dead children and stories of parents trying to resuscitate their ...Show More

From the Steppes to the Stage

27:23 | Mar 14th, 2018

Internationally-acclaimed opera star Ariunbaatar Ganbaataar was born into a family of nomadic herders on the immense Mongolian steppe. In this hypnotic audio portrait, journalist Kate Molleson visits his family's ger to discover whether Mongolia's un...Show More

Stephen Hawking's Life and Thought

26:37 | Mar 14th, 2018

A look back at the life and thoughts of one of the greatest theoretical physicists of our age, Professor Stephen Hawking (Photo: British scientist Stephen Hawking attends the launch of The Leverhulme Centre 2016. Credit: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty I...Show More

Grandma, Guyana and Me

27:26 | Mar 13th, 2018

Habula Karamat is 81 years old and lives in Guyana. She has eight children – but none of them live in her home country. All eight emigrated, in search of a better life overseas. They include the mother of BBC reporter Tiffany Sweeney, who was born an...Show More

Russia’s ‘Fake’ Election

26:28 | Mar 8th, 2018

Ksenia Sobchak is young, wealthy and famous. Her father helped bring down the Soviet Union. Now she’s challenging ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. A perfect pedigree? Perhaps. But some say she’s a fake candidate, running a no...Show More

Her Story Made History: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

27:33 | Mar 7th, 2018

Lyse Doucet travels to Liberia to talk to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Remembering Rivonia

27:39 | Mar 6th, 2018

South African journalist Gavin Fischer gets exclusive access to newly available recordings from one of the most significant trials in modern political history – The Rivonia Trial. He has a personal connection. His great-uncle Bram Fischer led the def...Show More

The Swedish Ambassador's Guide to Britain

50:52 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to the UK for six years until 2016, is fascinated by the British mindset and, unusually for a diplomat, goes out to meet ordinary people in an attempt to understand it better. She travels to all four countries in the ...Show More

Sierra Leone: Blood Mining

26:28 | Mar 1st, 2018

In 2010, a UK-listed company began developing a mining concession in Sierra Leone it said could transform the economic fortunes of the local population. But instead of benefiting the most immediate communities, hundreds found their homes destroyed, t...Show More

Her Story Made History: Shukria Barakzai

27:38 | Feb 28th, 2018

Lyse Doucet meets the redoubtable Shukria Barakzai, Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway. Shukria was appointed a member of the 2003 loya jirga, a body of representatives from all over Afghanistan that was nominated to discuss and pass the new constitu...Show More

Japan: New Ways to Grow - Part Two

33:56 | Feb 27th, 2018

Could living in a home designed to deliberately demand more effort from you each day help you stay fitter and more alert in your later years? And could people living with dementia be better integrated in the community through work? Aki Maruyama Legge...Show More

Crushing Dissent in Egypt

27:02 | Feb 22nd, 2018

A well-known blogger and activist jailed for a peaceful protest, a young man imprisoned and tortured for wearing the wrong T- shirt, a young woman abducted by masked police, and now among more than a thousand people who have been forcibly disappeared...Show More

Her Story Made History: Vigdis Finnbogadottir

27:34 | Feb 21st, 2018

In 1980, the tiny country of Iceland did something no other nation had done. They elected a female head of state. BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet travels to Reykjavik to meet Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Now 87, she was president for exac...Show More

Japan: New Ways to Grow Old - Part One

30:09 | Feb 20th, 2018

Japan has the fastest ageing society in the world with more than a quarter of its population over the age of 65. It currently has 66,000 centenarians, more than any other country. Toshiko Katayose and Aki Maruyama Leggett explore some of the innovati...Show More

China's Generation Gap: Part Two

50:42 | Feb 18th, 2018

Chinese reporter Haining Liu was born into the ‘one-child generation’ in the early 1980s. She explores how these political, social and economic changes have affected the relationship between old and young in China. Haining looks at family life, marri...Show More

Cyril Ramaphosa: Son of Soweto

24:08 | Feb 17th, 2018

Becky Milligan looks back at the extraordinary life of South Africa’s new president. From humble beginnings, he became a lawyer, established the country’s most powerful trade union organisation and was a key player in negotiating the end of apartheid...Show More

Ukraine’s Stolen Billions and the Riddle of the Helipad

26:47 | Feb 15th, 2018

The Parkovy Conference and Exhibition Centre, a huge modernist structure of concrete and glass, stands boldly on the banks of the Dnieper River in central Kiev, a helipad on the roof. It hosted the official after party for last year’s Eurovision Song...Show More

Her Story Made History: Madeha al-Ajroush

27:39 | Feb 14th, 2018

Lyse Doucet travels to Saudi Arabia to meet Madeha al-Ajroush, who battled for 30 years to get women the right to drive. It is a battle she has now won, as women in the kingdom will legally be allowed to drive later this year. As a Saudi woman, she s...Show More

Digital Migration

28:06 | Feb 13th, 2018

Goodpath was once an agricultural village but is now home to 61 massive factories and 40,000 migrant workers who came from rural China to better their lives. The migrants work very long hours in poor conditions and then spend the rest of their time i...Show More

China's Generation Gap: Beijing

51:11 | Feb 11th, 2018

Chinese reporter Haining Liu travels to Beijing and finds out what it was like for people who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and how those who lived under strict communism relate to their children who have had much more material, individualis...Show More

Madness of War

26:28 | Feb 9th, 2018

In a small cold courtyard in Herat in Afghanistan, two former enemies sit chained together. One is a former warlord, the other a Taliban fighter. Both men are dangerous. Both men are suffering from severe psychiatric conditions. The courtyard is wher...Show More

Her Story Made History: Monica McWilliams

27:34 | Feb 7th, 2018

Monica McWilliams was one of only two local women who were at the table during negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet visits Belfast to hear her story.

Three Pillars of Trump: Healthcare Reform

27:43 | Feb 6th, 2018

Donald Trump campaigned on numerous issues, but when it came time for action in the early days of his administration, healthcare reform was his top legislative priority. “Repealing and replacing” the Democrats’ Obamacare system has proven harder than...Show More

Escape from Croatia’s Asylums

27:05 | Feb 1st, 2018

Unlike many other nations of Europe, thousands of people with mental illness still live in asylums in Croatia. But not in Osijek… In this small city in the far east, dozens of people have moved from mental institutions into regular apartments in the ...Show More

Moving Pictures: The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Joos van Craesbeeck

27:36 | Jan 31st, 2018

Explore the dark, demonic landscape of a 17th Century Flemish masterpiece - The Temptation of Saint Anthony - by Joos van Craesbeeck (Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe). A giant screaming head dominates the painting; from its mouth pour tiny devils and...Show More

Three Pillars of Trump: The State Department

27:27 | Jan 30th, 2018

What is happening to American diplomacy? It is the job of the State Department to explain to the world what America stands for, and manage the nuts and bolts of its international relations. But President Trump is uninterested in the diplomatic arts; ...Show More

The End Zone

50:40 | Jan 28th, 2018

Concussion is taking much of the sheen off America’s behemoth national sport and leading to many parents forbidding their children from taking it up. Bill Littlefield asks whether this multi-billion dollar business can survive if so many players turn...Show More

Oprah – Global Icon

24:10 | Jan 27th, 2018

Following her barn-storming speech about sexual harassment at the Golden Globe awards earlier this month, Mark Coles charts the rise of talk show host, philanthropist, media proprietor and actress Oprah Winfrey. With calls urging Winfrey to run for P...Show More

Paralympic Sport – Fair Play?

26:28 | Jan 25th, 2018

At its heart is the classification system designed to ensure people of equal impairment compete against each other. The International Paralympic Committee has warned that some athletes are exaggerating their disability - known as intentional misrepre...Show More

Moving Pictures: Men of the Docks

27:20 | Jan 24th, 2018

Cathy FitzGerald takes us to the Brooklyn docks in New York on an icy day in 1912. That is the setting for George Bellow’s Men of the Docks, an extraordinary masterpiece from the collection of The National Gallery, London. The picture shows longshore...Show More

Three Pillars of Trump:US Defence

27:29 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Donald Trump came to office insisting he would end America’s mismanaged wars and invest in defence. In an unusual breach with past practice he chose a general to head up the Pentagon. But how far has defence policy changed in Trump’s first year? Is h...Show More

Trump: A Year in Tweets

49:51 | Jan 21st, 2018

In January it will be 12 months of tweets from Donald Trump since his inauguration last January – a year of tweeting dangerously for his opponents, and potentially for himself. The president has posted about stopping North Korea’s ‘Rocket Man’ leader...Show More

Degrees of Deception

26:28 | Jan 18th, 2018

An investigation into one of the world’s biggest degree mills, a Pakistani company, that has sold over 200,000 bogus qualifications. IT company Axact has created hundreds of websites purporting to be online universities offering a range of academic ...Show More

Moving Pictures: Ann West's Patchwork

27:36 | Jan 17th, 2018

Cathy FitzGerald invites you to discover new details in old masterpieces, using your phone, tablet or computer. In episode one, stroll along the highstreet of a market town in Regency England – as imagined in a one-of-a-kind patchwork bedcover, held ...Show More

The End of Innocence in Venezuela

27:35 | Jan 16th, 2018

Through the chilling testimonies of two ex-gang members and one school teacher, Margarita Rodriguez of the BBC World Service explores how criminal gangs in Venezuela use children and teenagers as young as 10 years old to fight their wars. Some kids a...Show More

Pandemic: The Story of the 1918 Flu

50:40 | Jan 14th, 2018

Professor John Oxford, one of the world’s leading virologists, looks at how the 1918-19 flu pandemic affected every corner of the world. Over 50 million people died in the three outbreaks which hit in 1918 and 1919. It is one of the most devastating ...Show More

Celebrating Life at 117

27:06 | Jan 13th, 2018

This is an affectionate portrait of Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange - a woman who celebrated her 117th birthday last year. Her story, and that of her family, is told by Elizabeth's own great granddaughter Priscilla Ng'ethe. The joy of family life is captu...Show More

Ukraine's Frontline Bakery

26:28 | Jan 11th, 2018

Lucy Ash meets the staff and customers of a bakery which is the one bright spot in war-torn east Ukraine. The war there between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has dropped out of the headlines and there seems to be little political will ...Show More

The Hackers of Siberia

27:24 | Jan 9th, 2018

Since the time of the Tsars intellectuals were banished to the vast inhospitable lands of Siberia. And so was created an astonishing pool of creativity and talent. Generations of such people have been perfecting their skills here ever since. These d...Show More

Black and Proud in Brazil

27:40 | Jan 4th, 2018

How black Brazilians are asserting their rights thanks to a controversial education law

Sarah Marquis, Explorer

27:17 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In a classic Aboriginal walkabout, Swiss explorer Sarah Marquis fished, foraged and gathered food from the wild. She discusses her Australian odyssey with Steve Backshall – himself a world-class adventurer. In 2015, Sarah spent three months walki...Show More

Taming the Pilcamayo

27:56 | Dec 28th, 2017

A journey up the 'suicidal' Pilcomayo river that separates Paraguay from Argentina... The Pilcomayo is the life-force of one of Latin America's most arid regions. But it is also one of the most heavily silted rivers of the world. As it courses down f...Show More

Leo Houlding, Rock Climber

27:39 | Dec 26th, 2017

Leo Houlding is one of the most famous rock-climbers in the world. He tells adventurer Steve Backshall about the most bizarre and unforgettable experience of his life. In 2012, Leo travelled to a remote corner of Venezuela to make an attempt on t...Show More

Mugabe's Last Days

28:13 | Dec 25th, 2017

An extraordinary ten days as Robert Mugabe stepped down after four decades as president. When it comes to holding onto power few can match the record of the Zimbabwean politician. He famously said, “I’ll leave the presidency when God calls me.” In th...Show More

Your Life in a Cup of Coffee

27:26 | Dec 24th, 2017

An exploration of the mysterious, fragrant world of fortune-telling with Turkish coffee grounds, a practice popular across the Middle East. The BBC's Nooshin Khavarzamin discovers the history, culture, Sufism and the mystic world of coffee fortune t...Show More

Russia's Exit Dilemma

51:15 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Stay or go? That's the choice facing Russia’s brightest and best. As the first generation born under Putin approaches voting age, many of Russia's young people are voting with their feet. Lucy Ash meets émigrés, exiles and staunch remainers in London...Show More

Thirty-Three Ways to Dispel a Chinese Mistress

26:49 | Dec 22nd, 2017

There are 33 ways to dispel a mistress according to one of China's top love detectives. An unusual new industry has taken hold in some of the country's top cities. It is called "mistress-dispelling", and it involves hired operatives doing what it tak...Show More

Rite of Passage

27:42 | Dec 20th, 2017

No institution defines Israel, inside and out, like the formidable Israeli defence force (IDF). Robert Nicholson explores how military service helps shape Israeli society, and the role the army has to play in Israel’s future. Unlike most modern armie...Show More

Tanya Streeter: Free-Diver

27:37 | Dec 19th, 2017

Tanya Streeter made a remarkable dive – on just one breath of air – to the unimaginable depth of 160 metres. This was a dive that nearly went very badly wrong. As Tanya tells Steve Backshall – himself a world-class adventurer – she blacked-out second...Show More

Who Killed the Circus?

50:30 | Dec 17th, 2017

It began in 1871 as P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome. It survived the Depression and two world wars as well as rival entertainment such as film, television and radio. But, in January this year, the world’s most ...Show More

Art for the Millions

50:41 | Dec 16th, 2017

In the middle of the greatest crisis it had faced since the Civil War, the American government looked to the arts to both help lift the national spirit and spread the message of the New Deal. That collectively the people could renew American democrac...Show More

Daphne and the Two Maltas

26:24 | Dec 14th, 2017

A brutal killing and a divided island. Tim Whewell asks what the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia reveals about Malta.

Afghanistan Calling

27:36 | Dec 13th, 2017

Dr Arian fled the war in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and travelled to London. He won a place at Cambridge University and studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor. Just two years from becoming a consultant in radiology, he chose to take a career brea...Show More

Make America Great Again

27:28 | Dec 12th, 2017

For many within the US the word America means one thing - the United States of America. But President Trump’s use of it as a campaign tool sparked anger to the south of the US border. For those from Mexico to Chile “America” is the continent and they...Show More

The Odyssey of General Anders' Army

58:54 | Dec 10th, 2017

By the summer of 1940, a quarter of a million Polish prisoners of war had already been sent to Soviet prison camps. More than a million civilians deemed undesirable by Stalin were packed aboard cattle trucks to the far east of the Soviet Union. Many ...Show More

Return to China

27:06 | Dec 7th, 2017

For years China’s one-child policy meant that many pregnancies were terminated, some people did break the law and had second children, we hear Kati’s story.

Neurolaw and Order

28:08 | Dec 6th, 2017

The latest findings in neuroscience are increasingly affecting the justice system in America. Owen Jones, professor of law and biology at Vanderbilt University, explores where neurolaw is making its mark and where the discipline is heading. One si...Show More

The Face of China

28:13 | Dec 5th, 2017

Xinyuan Wang looks at the evolving magazine scene in China. With traditional news stands disappearing, what future is there for the many publications in the Chinese market? Xinyuan also looks at what political content is permitted in magazines, and w...Show More

The CIA's Secret War in Laos

1:01:18 | Dec 2nd, 2017

Radio producer Peter Lang-Stanton thought his father was a paper-pushing bureaucrat in the State Department. Then one day, his father revealed his double- life as a spy. Much of his father’s past was a lie; he never fought in the Vietnam War, as he s...Show More

Symphony of the Stones

49:30 | Dec 2nd, 2017

Ancient history was not silent, so why is our study of it? The oldest-known musical instruments – bone flutes found in southern Germany – date back a little over 40,000 years. But how long humans have been making music in one form or another is a mat...Show More

Pride, Passion and Palestinian Horses

27:02 | Nov 30th, 2017

Political differences are put to one side as a love for Arabian horses unites Israelis and Palestinians

Offence, Power and Progress

27:07 | Nov 29th, 2017

In 2017, it’s easier than ever to express offence. The angry face icon on Facebook, a sarcasm-loaded tweet or a (comparatively) old fashioned blog post allow us to highlight the insensitivity of others and how they make us feel – in a matter of momen...Show More


26:31 | Nov 28th, 2017

Ever since the Vikings, Norwegians have exported stockfish, cod that has been dried on huge wooden frames out in the cold, crisp winter air. Dry as a tree bark but rich in protein and low in fat, it has been the perfect travelling - and trading compa...Show More

The Tula Toli Massacre

27:51 | Nov 23rd, 2017

The chilling story of a massacre of Rohingya muslims in a small village in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. On 30 August government soldiers swept through the village setting fire to homes, raping and killing dozens, possibly hundreds of its muslim...Show More

Blind Man Roams the Globe: Christchurch

27:45 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. As it strives to recover from the devastation caused by two earthquakes, blind broadcaster Peter White has taken his microphone to the city. He listens to stories of loss, but also ...Show More

Europe's Illiberal Democrats: Poland

27:27 | Nov 21st, 2017

Is Poland sliding towards autocracy, or just on a different democratic path? The government has been accused of a “systemic threat to the rule of law” and of undermining other democratic values which it signed up to when it joined the European Union ...Show More

The Judgement on Mladic

27:37 | Nov 16th, 2017

Mark Urban returns to Bosnia to examine the impact Serb General Ratko Mladic had on the lives of thousands of people.

Blind Man Roams the Globe: Berlin

27:31 | Nov 15th, 2017

Peter White explores Berlin through the sounds of a city that is finding new and imaginative ways to mark its troubled past and plan for its fast expanding future. He is struck by how much it is still haunted by the past. He idles on street corners t...Show More

Europe's Illiberal Democrats: Hungary

27:44 | Nov 14th, 2017

Hungary is becoming an “illiberal democracy”, in the words of its Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The government has changed the constitution, electoral law, and refused to take its EU-allocated quota of refugees, while warning of a “Muslim invasion”. ...Show More

Remembering Solidarity

48:56 | Nov 10th, 2017

Five Solidarity members reflect on the movement that ended communist rule in Poland

Namibia’s Missing Millions

26:28 | Nov 9th, 2017

David Grossman on the trail of Namibia’s missing tax millions revealed in the massive leak of financial data known as the Paradise Papers.

The Invisible Hand of Donald Trump

27:49 | Nov 9th, 2017

Donald Trump’s surprise elevation to the office of president last November stunned the world and electrified the financial markets. Promises to cut red tape, bring huge infrastructure projects to life, and sort out the byzantine American tax system p...Show More

The Last Kamikazes

27:15 | Nov 7th, 2017

Mariko Oi meets two of the very last surviving men to have been trained to fly their airplanes straight into enemy ships, ensuring certain death. Ninety-one-year-old Keiichi Kuwahara says “I kept looking back, thinking that it was the last time I wou...Show More

Trump Re-Elected

50:26 | Nov 4th, 2017

Donald Trump celebrated a remarkable Presidential election victory a year ago on 8 November 2016. Anthony Zurcher revisits that dramatic night – and asks could he do it again in 2020?

The Lost Children of ISIS

26:28 | Nov 2nd, 2017

In Iraq, thousands of children held captive by so-called Islamic State are now being reunited with their families– but many are still missing.

Before I Go

27:29 | Nov 1st, 2017

Four British men and women share something in common with every single one of us across the globe - one day they will die. Alongside the fear and grief that accompanied their diagnosis, these illnesses have also brought reflection, wisdom, opportuni...Show More

The Red and the White: Retribution

28:43 | Oct 31st, 2017

After the multinational force sailed away from Arkhangelsk, it was payback time for the Whites. Once the Red Army arrived in February of 1920, the mass executions of those who sided with the Allies began. Lucy Ash visits a 17th Century convent outsid...Show More

AKA Mystery Island

50:46 | Oct 28th, 2017

What is the fastest growing sector in tourism? It is cruise ship holidays, increasing exponentially and globally. Twenty-five million cruise vacations were taken this year and that will double very soon. International cruise lines want remote, pristi...Show More

Sweden’s Child Migrant Mystery

26:57 | Oct 26th, 2017

Why do asylum-seeking children in Sweden withdraw from the world & how can they recover?

Nigeria: Shooting it Like a Woman

27:56 | Oct 25th, 2017

Award-winning screen director Tope Oshin celebrates a new generation of Nigerian women film-makers who are currently reinventing Nollywood, the largest and most prolific film industry in Africa. She explores their distinctive approach to telling scre...Show More

The Red and the White: Britain’s Arctic Prison

28:03 | Oct 24th, 2017

Back in the Soviet era, boatloads of day-trippers went to the island of Mudyug in the White Sea, to visit a museum. It was based around the remains of a prison camp - and one that is very different from the decaying Gulag camps scattered across north...Show More

A New Church for the Red State

50:37 | Oct 22nd, 2017

The Russian Revolution of 1917 brought a radical political change. But at the same time, a lesser-known group of religious reformers were busy plotting a better future for Russia’s souls – and a new, more democratic, Orthodox Church, closer to the pe...Show More

Zanzibar: Spirits and Psychiatry

27:12 | Oct 19th, 2017

Thousands of mentally-sick patients in Zanzibar turn to profiteering exorcists for treatment, leaving the island’s only local psychiatrist struggling to cope.

C-Section Brazil

26:58 | Oct 18th, 2017

Brazil is the C-section capital of the world. In a country where caesareans account for over half of all births and 88% in the private sector. BBC correspondent Julia Carneiro investigates what some call the “C-section epidemic” and examines recent g...Show More

The Red and the White: Intervention

28:58 | Oct 17th, 2017

In 1918, towards the end of World War One, tens of thousands of foreign troops, Americans and British among them, were ordered to Russia in what became known as the Allied Intervention. Winston Churchill saw the foreign troops as anti-Communists, on ...Show More

I Speak Navajo

50:22 | Oct 14th, 2017

"Growing up and not speaking the language, I felt this loss or this void," Nanobah Becker explores what "I Speak Navajo" means today. Nanobah Becker discovered that the voices of her grandfather and great-grandfather were among a collection of rec...Show More

Behind Closed Doors: Solutions to Domestic Abuse in Indonesia

27:09 | Oct 12th, 2017

Indonesia has just conducted its first ever national survey on domestic violence. It found that 41% of women had experienced some form of domestic abuse. We hear about the work of a pioneering crisis and counselling centre offering holistic support, ...Show More

Behind Closed Doors: Solutions to Domestic Violence in Peru

27:08 | Oct 11th, 2017

Rates of domestic violence in the Peruvian Andes are particularly high - nearly double the national average. The shocking case of violence against Arlette Contreras Bautista, was caught on hotel security cameras, led to calls for greater action again...Show More

Behind Closed Doors: Solutions to Domestic Abuse in Kenya

27:09 | Oct 10th, 2017

Unity is a village without men set up by Samburu women in response to domestic abuse. Claire Bolderson reports from three different countries: Peru, Indonesia and Kenya. The issue that unites them all is domestic violence. It is not that the prob...Show More

Pakistani Media in the UK

26:29 | Oct 5th, 2017

Manveen Rana uncovers hate speech, sectarianism and support for Pakistani militant groups in some of Britain's Urdu language newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.

Che Today

27:34 | Oct 3rd, 2017

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. His face can still be seen all over Cuba. For the Cuban Government, he is a symbol of rebellion and revolution, an icon of socialism and sacrifice. A doctor from Argentina, G...Show More

The Silent Forest - Part Two

50:29 | Oct 1st, 2017

The Siamese Rosewood tree is now so valuable that two small pieces carried in a rucksack are worth $500. This kind of money means that armed criminal gangs up to a hundred strong have stripped the forests of Thailand bare of the Rosewood. Nearly all ...Show More

The Fish that Ate Florida

50:23 | Sep 30th, 2017

As part of the BBC Life Stories season, exploring our relationship with the natural world, we travel under the sea in pursuit of a major ecological threat to Western Atlantic coasts - the Lionfish. The species, which recently spread from its natural ...Show More

Africa’s Billion Pound Migrant Trail

27:18 | Sep 28th, 2017

Countries from Europe and Africa are joining forces to stop the migrant trade. Can they succeed? And at what human cost?

Making the Grade

27:26 | Sep 27th, 2017

British music schools run the largest instrumental exams around the world, with well over a million candidates each year taking grades from Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Russell Finch follows an examin...Show More

The Avocado Wall

27:29 | Sep 26th, 2017

The avocado is the food that unites a nation but could it be facing the political fight of its life? From guacamole and chips at fast food chains to wellness bloggers and movie stars – avocados are eaten by all demographics in the US. The little frui...Show More

The Silent Forest - Part One

50:35 | Sep 24th, 2017

It is Saturday morning in Pontianak in West Kalimantan in Indonesia, at a songbird competition. In every district across Indonesia you will find these, large and small. This passion for birdsong has swept the country since it was encouraged in the 19...Show More