Documentaries

Documentaries

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

  • Updated:
    Daily
  • Episodes available:
    Indefinitely help

Subscribe for free

Subscribe to this podcast and automatically receive the latest episodes.

More help with subscribing

Recent episodes (10)

  • Open Eye: Crying Meri

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    ***WARNING: This programme includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence*** 'A humanitarian crisis', that's how the medical charity Medicins Sans Frontiers describes the levels of violence against women they are dealing with in Papua New Guinea - levels they usually only witness in war-zones. Russian photojournalist Vlad Sokhin reports on the untold stories of women subjected to the most extreme violence perpetrated anywhere on earth, including the brutal torture of women accused of witchcraft.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • I Don't Remember the War

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Six talented young writers under 35 explore a great grandparent or grandparent's involvement in World War One. This centenary offers a chance to reflect on the gulf that separates young people from the war. Each writer attempts to bridge the gap, to question what the values and sacrifices of the war mean today.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Docs: Tornado: Hide and Seek - 24 July 2014

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    What do you do when a twisting funnel drops from the sky with tearing winds of up to 500 km an hour? Neal Razzell goes out and about with the storm chasers in Oklahoma City, USA.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • The War Widows of Aghanistan

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As Nato troops withdraw from Afghanistan, British and Afghan women share their stories of being widowed by the same war. Zarghuna Kargar hears how the lives of four women changed the moment they received the news of their husbands' sudden deaths, how they have coped in the aftermath and what they feel about war today.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • At the End of Death Row

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Following recent botched executions in several states, Rajini Vaidyanathan asks whether the future of the death penalty in the US is itself now in question. Is it possible that the United States could give up on the death penalty?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • The War that Changed the World: Part Two

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The tank, gas, flame throwers, Zeppelins - the weapons of World War One were like nothing that had been experienced before. At a special event with the British Council, Amanda Vickery and her guests explore the waging of war, its methods and morality, at the German Military Museum in Dresden.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Docs: Kentucky learns to love Obamacare - 17 July 2014

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Claire Bolderson reports from Kentucky on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is changing lives. But can the doubters be won over?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Three Continents, Three Generations

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In 1896 the British sent thousands of labourers from India to Kenya, to build the Uganda Railway from Mombasa on Kenya's coast to Lake Victoria in Uganda. During the '60s and '70s, facing uncertainty in an independent Kenya, many used their link with Britain to settle in the UK, causing alarm among the government and public. Neil Kanwal explores their experiences of empire, identity, discrimination and migration.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Back to Charm School 14 Jul 2014

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ahead of sporting mega-events such as the Olympic Games, local people are being given a "clean-up" and training. For this summer's Commonwealth Games, 10,000 Glaswegians are getting tutoring how to speak 'properly', project positive body language and maintain eye contact whilst talking to visitors.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • No Destination

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Fifty years ago, at the height of the Cold War and at the time of increasing tensions between East and West, Satish Kumar hit the headlines around the world when he walked 8000 miles from New Delhi to Moscow, then on to Paris, London and Washington DC, delivering packets of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the world's four nuclear powers.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

Terms of Use

The BBC Podcasts are for your personal non-commercial use only.

All title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the BBC Podcasts shall remain the property of the BBC or third parties. You may not edit, alter, adapt or add to the BBC Podcast in any way. The BBC Podcasts are made available by the BBC on an "as is" and "as available" basis and the BBC gives no warranty of any kind in relation to the BBC Podcast. To the maximum extent permitted by law the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of, or connected to, the download or use of the BBC Podcasts.

 

See the full Standard Licence Terms here.

Play recent episodes

You may also like

Witness: Black History

  • Factual > History
  • Learning > 11-19
  • Learning > Adults

For Black History Month, listen to interviews with people who were there at key moments in civil rights history, from Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech, to surviving Robben Island with

Fri, 11 Oct 13

9 minutes

A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • Learning
  • Factual > History

Welcome to A History of the World. Below you can find all 100 episodes in the series. Although the series has ended, you can continue to listen to the episodes on this page or download them to keep on

Thu, 19 May 11

14 minutes

Genres