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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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  • French, Republican and Muslim, Insha'Allah 29 Jan 15

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, do France’s Muslims feel there’s a place for them in the strongly secular Republic?

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  • August Shines

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    British actor Lenny Henry traces the life and works of August Wilson, the great black playwright, whose work brought the lives of working-class, Pittsburgh African-Americans to Broadway and across the United States.

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  • Love Your Wife Day

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Even by the sometimes-bizarre standards of modern Japanese culture, the annual love-your-wife shout-out is one of the stranger rituals to have emerged in recent years. But what does it tell us about love and life in Japan today?

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  • The Lives and Deaths of Naftali and Mohammed

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Last summer the deaths of four innocent teenagers in Israel, three Jewish and one Israeli Arab, heightened tensions leading to the start of the 2014 Gaza war. Mike Thomson travels to Israel to speak with the friends and family of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the murdered Jewish schoolboys and those of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

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  • Germany, Islam and the new Right - 22 Jan 2015

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Germany's nascent anti-Islamisation movement, Pegida, is attracting a new middle aged following to its weekly marches around the country. Catrin Nye meets its leader.

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  • Your Rubbish, Our Hope

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For decades rubbish pickers crawled their way over the biggest rubbish dump in South America. Their lives in Gramacho, just outside Rio de Janeiro, living alongside their pigs and dogs, amongst the hundreds of thousands of tons of bloody hospital waste, dead bodies, festering food, needles and other sharp objects, were unimaginably hard and poor. But in the lead up to Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup in 2014 Gramacho was closed. So what happened to them and how have they survived in this new world?

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  • Remembering Rio

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Machado de Assis was born in 1839 of mixed race, an epileptic with little formal education. Yet from these humble origins he went on to become Brazil’s greatest writer - the ‘Charles Dickens’ of Rio de Janeiro. Juliana Iootty of the BBC Brazilian Service goes out onto the streets of Rio to discover what the people of this vibrant and colourful city make of their literary star.

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  • Greece - The Rubber Glove Rebellion 15 Jan 2015

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The protest by cleaners, laid off from tax offices and the Greek Finance Ministry, which has captured the imagination of those opposed to the country's harsh austerity programme.

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  • Olive Wars

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The olive harvest in the West Bank is all about tradition. The first rains of the winter signal the start of gathering the olives on which so many Palestinian farmers depend. In a land where everything is politicised, so is the olive harvest.

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  • India's Beats: The Hungry Generation

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Allen Ginsberg arrived in early 1960s Calcutta to discover a collective of angry young poets whose anti-establishment antics were uncannily reminiscent of his own past. This is the story of the so-called Hungry Generation - born in the slums, but highly educated and primed for a revolution in both literature and society. Through their verse, they broke strict rules of Bengali poetry as well as social taboos.

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