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  • The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra

    Tue, 23 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste or Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, is the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa. It was founded in the mid-1990s by Armande Diangienda. In the beginning a small handful of would be musicians, made long arduous daily journeys to rehearsals that lasted seven hours, Monday to Friday. They waited patiently to take turns on the few available instruments - and gradually taught themselves to play.

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  • Global Beats: Lisbon

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Music pulsates in Lisbon, from the traditional and dramatic Fado to the contemporary Kuduro – a strain of Angolan dance music that combines electronic music with Caribbean inflections, born in the late 1980s. Musicians, such as the modern fadist and guitar player Lula Pena, the post-bossa nova Antonio Zambujo, and the incandescent Buraka Som Sistema, echo this rich musical landscape.

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  • Mothers of Jihadists

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    An international NGO, Women without Borders, based in Vienna, with years of experience working in the field of counter terrorism, is pioneering a strategy of using mothers of Jihadist fighters and supporters to help counter the radicalisation of young men and women.

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  • The Knights of New Russia 18 Dec 2014

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell gains rare access to the shadowy world of Russia's radical nationalists fighting in eastern Ukraine for Novorossiya, or New Russia, and a dream of empires past.

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  • Afghan Women: Speaking Out, Losing Lives

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    A vivid portrait of the everyday lives of girls and women at a turning point in Afghan history. Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to see how the lives of Afghan girls and women have changed since the fall of the Taliban 13 years ago, and to hear concerns that these hard-won gains are already being threatened as the troops depart.

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  • Greyhound 100

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For 100 years, an intriguing mix of people have been criss-crossing the US by Greyhound bus. To mark the company's centenary, Laura Barton sets off on an unplanned journey ‘to look for America’. She is conscious of the discrepancy between what the bus line represents in the collective imagination – an idea of freedom, adventure and possibility – and the realities of cross-country coach travel.

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  • Washington Redskins - 11 Dec 2014

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mike Wendling explores the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins. It's one of the most popular American football teams but many Native Americans say the name is racist.

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  • Reclaiming the Swastika

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For most people in the West, the swastika remains inextricably linked to the atrocities committed by the Nazis. But there have been calls to reclaim the symbol from its Nazi links and restore its origin as an ancient symbol for good luck. For many, such a suggestion is an outrageous affront to good taste. Can these two views ever be reconciled?

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  • Number Crunched

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the wake of the global economic crisis, what does capitalism mean to us today? Stand-up comedian Colm O’Regan visits the Kilkenomics Festival of economics and comedy in Kilkenny, Ireland, and heads to New York to ask what people really understand about capitalism.

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  • The War that Changed the World: Heroism

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Life in the trenches during World War One, amongst rats, mud, shelling, barbed wire and unprecedented numbers of dead, called upon new reserves of both endurance and courage. But what did the war do to the ancient idea of heroism?

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