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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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  • The Bizarre Workings of St Louis County Missouri - 26 Mar 2015

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Claire Bolderson reports on the tiny independent cities that make up St Louis County and how they stand accused of fuelling community tensions

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  • My Africa - Tanzania

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. In the third part of this series, Alan Kasujja travels to Tanzania to investigate how its unique blend of modern and traditional music is attracting the world’s attention and helping social mobility – Africa doing things its own way, and leading.

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  • Batting for the Middle Kingdom

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Chinese Cricket Association has set itself the target of achieving Test match status and playing against the likes of England, Australia and South Africa by 2020, and a grass roots campaign to get the game taught in schools is well underway. Fred Dove investigates China's attempts to make itself a cricketing nation, and meets some of China's finest cricketers.

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  • Banished to Papua New Guinea 19 Feb 15

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Australia is one of the most popular destinations for asylum seekers escaping their home countries. But Australia doesn’t want them. Asylum seekers dreaming of a life in Australia are being banished to camps in Papua New Guinea. Fariba Sahraei presents.

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  • My Africa - Rwanda 17 Feb 15

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As part of the BBC's Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future. In the second programme, Alan travels to Rwanda, a country notorious for the genocide that took place there in 1994. Yet a bright new future beckons for some of its youth, as young female schoolteacher Jessie trains them in the high technology that promises to transform the nation.

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  • The Palace of Shame

    Mon, 16 Feb 15

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The imperial summer palace in Beijing was looted and destroyed by French and British troops in 1860. Chris Bowlby discovers why.

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  • Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Maidan Killings 12 Feb 15

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    One year on from the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan square, when more than fifty protestors were killed. It was the events on Maidan that led to Ukraine’s pro-Russian president fleeing the country, sparking a confrontation over Crimea and now in the east of the country. So what did happen on Maidan square, an event that has pushed the world to the brink of a new cold war? Gabriel Gatehouse investigates/

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  • Digitising Stalin

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed? The Stalin Digital Archive aims to release 400,000 pages of Soviet secrets from 1890 through to 1952, and may give us a new way of looking at this period, and at Stalin.

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  • Egypt - Searching for Justice

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Claire Read has spent the last six months following a court case in Egypt and trying to get to grips with how the country's justice system operates under the government of President Sisi.

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  • My Africa - Uganda 10 Feb 15

    Tue, 10 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. As part of the BBC's Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future

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