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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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  • News in a Digital World

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    10 mins

    The growing use of tablets and mobiles by younger people is creating new challenges and pressures on broadcasters, and making space for new organisations to enter the news business. Rajan Datar discusses the future of independent journalism and the implications for existing broadcasters with Marius Dragomir, the author of a major report on digital media from the Open Society Foundation, and Professor Stewart Purvis of City University.

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  • Docs: Ivory Coast's School for Husbands - 18 Sept 2014

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In Ivory Coast, men are going back to the classroom. It's an innovative project dubbed the 'school for husbands' - and designed to save the lives of mothers and children.

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  • The Black Liberace

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The legacy of jazz pianist James Booker. Classically trained in piano and a child prodigy, Booker toured with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and played on sessions with Fats Domino and Little Richard. But, gay at a time when homosexuality was a huge taboo and black in a divided America, Booker died alone, aged 43, after a life of drug and alcohol abuse.

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  • The Trial of Oscar Pistorius

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    After becoming a Paralympics champion, Oscar Pistorius rose to fame as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. He became a hero to millions – until the fateful night when he shot dead his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp.

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  • Docs: America's New Bedlam - 11 Sept 2014

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Hilary Andersson investigates the more than one million mentally ill prisoners held in US jails and prisons, most of whom are incarcerated for relatively minor offences.

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  • Clearing the Air

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Ten years ago, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. In the decade since, countries across the world have passed smoke-free laws of their own. Denis Murray looks at the impact of this type of anti-smoking legislation across Europe - and considers the future of tobacco.

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  • The Future of Women's Football 9 Sept 2014

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Could women's football provide a new, more sustainable model to the men's game? Yvonne Macken hears from young women in Trinidad and Tobago, Iceland, Brazil, Japan, the UK, the USA and Africa.

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  • The War That Changed The World: Istanbul - Modernity and Secularism

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Turkey emerged from the First World War as a new republic, with a secular and modern identity, attempting to break from its Ottoman past. How has this influenced Turkey today? With historians Aksin Somel and Ahmet Kuyas, and novelist Elif Shafak.

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  • The Girls Britain Betrayed 07 Sep 14

    Sun, 7 Sep 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the northern English town of Rotherham by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013 according to an independent inquiry, by Professor Alexis Jay. How did police, press, politicians and professional agencies fail to deal with it?

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  • Docs: A Song for Spanish Miners - 4 September 2014

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Natalio Cosoy meets the miners of northern Spain who sing to their patron saint, Santa Bárbara Bendita, in the hope that she will watch over them in the uncertain times ahead.

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