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An indepth look at stories and issues from around the world. This podcast offers you the chance to access landmark series from our archive.

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  • Human Cubans

    Sun, 23 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    British journalist Nick Baker and Anglo-Cuban journalist Arnaldo Hernandez Diaz discover a vivid snapshot of Cuba including topics around the internet and online communication, LGBT issues and a surprising medical story.

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  • Ebola - The Impact on Africa 21 Nov 2014

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    How Ebola is affecting not just health services in West Africa, but tourism, agriculture and investment across the entire continent. Paul Moss travels to Ghana and Senegal to assess the wider impact of Ebola in Africa.

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  • Hunting The Taliban - 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mobeen Azhar is in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, where police are fighting an increasingly desperate war against the Taliban. Every day an officer is killed in the struggle.

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  • O' Say Can you See?

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Star-Spangled Banner is embedded in American national identity and yet it only became the official national anthem in 1931. Erica Wagner returns to its origins, the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, to find out how Francis Scott Key came to write these lyrics about the American flag

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  • Chasing West Africa's Pirates

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    There are now more pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea than off the coast of Somalia - once considered the global 'piracy hotspot'. The BBC’s Mary Harper travels to Lagos, one of the busiest ports in Africa, to explore the highly complex world of piracy.

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  • 'Power, Politics and Shakespeare in Uzbekistan' 13 Nov 2014

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Natalia Antelava charts the downfall of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the Uzbek president. She hears an inside account of the family feud from Gulnara’s son, Islam Karimov Jr.

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  • The Syria Vote

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In August 2013 the Assad regime in Syria was accused of deploying chemical weapons against its own civilian population. President Obama – who had described the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” – was planning airstrikes against the Syrian government. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron was determined to stand with him - but first he had to win Parliament’s approval.

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  • Are Pandemics Inevitable? 04 Nov 14

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can the world come together to beat diseases with pandemic potential? We've spoken to four expert witnesses, including a doctor who helped to eradicate one of the world's oldest diseases and a man who discovered one of the world's newest ones.

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  • Still Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo?

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Allan Little returns to Sarajevo to explore the role of the arts in restoring the city's identity, 20 years after the siege which saw its cultural life flourish against the odds. How are the citizens of Sarajevo fulfilling that basic human need for art in a transformed cultural landscape?

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  • The Ghostly Voices of World War One

    Sun, 9 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Hidden away in the backrooms at Humbolt University and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin are some of the most remarkable sound recordings ever made. They date back to World War One and capture the voices of some of the ordinary men who fought in ‘the war to end all wars’. What happened to these men and how did they die?

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