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.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Australia's Afghan Cameleers - Part One

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dawood Azami focuses on the life and legacy of the Afghan cameleers, who first arrived in Australia in the 1860s. They played a crucial role in the development of railway lines, overland Telegraph line and provided supplies to remote mission stations and farms. They became part of the pioneering legend of inland Australia by opening up the Australian deserts, exploring it and enabling the early white settlers to survive.

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  • Fridgeonomics 29 Mar 2015

    Sun, 29 Mar 15

    Duration:
    50 mins

    What’s in your fridge? That’s the question former BBC Africa Service editor Elizabeth Ohene has been asking as she opens fridge doors on three continents to find out how the fridge has changed – and continues to change – millions of lives around the world.

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  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Man who Made Singapore

    Sun, 29 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Edward Stourton looks back at the remarkable life of Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed Singapore from a backwater into one of the world’s richest nations. He talks to critics and admirers as he assesses the record of the man who laid down the blueprint for the modernisation of the island nation.

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  • Saving Gaza’s Grand Piano - 26 Mar 2015

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell tells the story of how Gaza's only grand piano is being restored and of how music - for so long played behind closed doors - is being re-introduced to school children.

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  • On Language Location: Myanmar

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Formerly known as Burma, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is in a state of upheaval. Business is booming in Yangon, thanks to new access to international markets. And while the country is offering greater stability for investors, ethnic and political tensions still run high. Mark Turin explores what these transformations mean for the indigenous ethnic groups that make up much of the population, and specifically for their languages and cultures.

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  • Festival Time

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Indian Journalist Rupa Jha travels to her own state of Bihar, where nearly 10% of the population now live, facing many of the issues confronting the average citizen. It is the height of festival season and Patna is resonating to the sound of loud fireworks and blaring music. She speaks to four local residents from different backgrounds to understand how day-to-day life is for the majority of ordinary Indians.

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  • Understanding Ebola

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    51 mins

    How did the disease originate & how was its deadly progress checked? Statistician Hans Rosling & the WHO's Margaret Lamunu discuss their experiences of fighting the disease.

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  • Can Soup Change the World? 21 Mar 2015

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Detroit Soup is an innovative crowdfunding dinner which has raised more than $85,000 for community projects in Motor City - but could it work elsewhere? The BBC takes Detroit Soup founder Amy Kaherl to Nepal, to inspire a new crowdfunding culture, Kathmandu-style.

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  • Meeting the Houthis and Their Enemies in Yemen

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Lyse Doucet talks to journalist Safa al-Ahmad about her recent reporting trip to Yemen to cover the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Houthi rebels from the north of the country.

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  • On Language Location: Bhutan

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Bhutan is a landlocked country in the eastern Himalaya, best known as a Buddhist kingdom where the policy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ replaced GDP. Anthropologist and linguist Mark Turin documents the country’s endangered oral traditions. Can Bhutan’s languages and cultures be preserved in the face global influences through television and the internet?

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