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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Docs: Nigeria Undercover - 10 July 2014

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Yalda Hakim hears from residents deep in Boko Haram territory, in northern Nigeria, who are caught between the Islamist militant group and the Nigerian military.

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  • Bombay Jazz

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor charts the extraordinary story of jazz in India when some of the world's most accomplished musicians including Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong brought their talents to the east and mixed with performers such as Chic Chocolate, Micky Correa, Teddy Weatherford and Frank Fernand - all regarded in India today as jazz legends.

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