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  • Mothers of Jihadists

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    An international NGO, Women without Borders, based in Vienna, with years of experience working in the field of counter terrorism, is pioneering a strategy of using mothers of Jihadist fighters and supporters to help counter the radicalisation of young men and women.

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  • The Knights of New Russia 18 Dec 2014

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell gains rare access to the shadowy world of Russia's radical nationalists fighting in eastern Ukraine for Novorossiya, or New Russia, and a dream of empires past.

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  • Afghan Women: Speaking Out, Losing Lives

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    A vivid portrait of the everyday lives of girls and women at a turning point in Afghan history. Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to see how the lives of Afghan girls and women have changed since the fall of the Taliban 13 years ago, and to hear concerns that these hard-won gains are already being threatened as the troops depart.

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  • Greyhound 100

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For 100 years, an intriguing mix of people have been criss-crossing the US by Greyhound bus. To mark the company's centenary, Laura Barton sets off on an unplanned journey ‘to look for America’. She is conscious of the discrepancy between what the bus line represents in the collective imagination – an idea of freedom, adventure and possibility – and the realities of cross-country coach travel.

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  • Washington Redskins - 11 Dec 2014

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mike Wendling explores the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins. It's one of the most popular American football teams but many Native Americans say the name is racist.

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  • Reclaiming the Swastika

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For most people in the West, the swastika remains inextricably linked to the atrocities committed by the Nazis. But there have been calls to reclaim the symbol from its Nazi links and restore its origin as an ancient symbol for good luck. For many, such a suggestion is an outrageous affront to good taste. Can these two views ever be reconciled?

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  • Number Crunched

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the wake of the global economic crisis, what does capitalism mean to us today? Stand-up comedian Colm O’Regan visits the Kilkenomics Festival of economics and comedy in Kilkenny, Ireland, and heads to New York to ask what people really understand about capitalism.

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  • The War that Changed the World: Heroism

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Life in the trenches during World War One, amongst rats, mud, shelling, barbed wire and unprecedented numbers of dead, called upon new reserves of both endurance and courage. But what did the war do to the ancient idea of heroism?

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  • The World’s Most Dangerous Hospital - 4 Dec 2014

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    For Assignment, Chris Rogers goes undercover to reveal the hidden shame of Guatemala’s hospital for the mentally ill.

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  • Graffiti: Kings on a Mission

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In 1974, New York City became the canvas for a new generation of Graffiti pioneers. Who were the teens behind the 'tags' - now the veterans of the scene? Why did they create this movement? We meet some of those who defied the law (and their parents) and diced with death to chase fame and acceptance of their peers.

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  • The Cult of Pablo Escobar 02 Dec 14

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Two decades after the death of notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar in 1993, he still looms large in the Colombian psyche. In some quarters, there is an ambivalence towards this ruthless killer, an admiration for the man who made an estimated US $20 billion and built homes for the poor. But many reject the Robin Hood image, and see his legacy as deeply corrosive. Linda Pressly meets victims, a cartel-insider, and Pablo Escobar’s sister as she finds out how the story of this most notorious drug baron still resonates in the city of Medellin.

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  • The Lost Tapes of Orson Welles

    Sun, 30 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Director Orson Welles was asked to write his life story in his later years. He declined but was convinced by his friend Henry Jaglom to discuss his life over a weekly lunch at their favourite Hollywood restaurant, Ma Maison. The hundreds of tapes, recorded from 1983 to 1985, reveal extraordinary, frank, conversations between Welles and the independent director Jaglom.

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  • Searching for Annie in Liberia - 27 Nov 2014

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gabriel Gatehouse and his team go in search of Annie and along the way meet the medics and families on the front line of the Ebola crisis.

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  • Afghanistan: The Lessons of War

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Former commander of the British and Coalition forces in Helmand province Major General Andrew Mackay, embarks on a personal journey to find out what has been achieved by the 14-year-campaign in Afghanistan.

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  • Sister Aimee

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The story of Canadian-born Aimee Semple McPherson and how she went from farm girl to invent broadcast evangelism, becoming among the most famous and glamorous women in America in the 1920s and 30s.

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  • Human Cubans

    Sun, 23 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    British journalist Nick Baker and Anglo-Cuban journalist Arnaldo Hernandez Diaz discover a vivid snapshot of Cuba including topics around the internet and online communication, LGBT issues and a surprising medical story.

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  • Ebola - The Impact on Africa 21 Nov 2014

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    How Ebola is affecting not just health services in West Africa, but tourism, agriculture and investment across the entire continent. Paul Moss travels to Ghana and Senegal to assess the wider impact of Ebola in Africa.

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  • Hunting The Taliban - 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mobeen Azhar is in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, where police are fighting an increasingly desperate war against the Taliban. Every day an officer is killed in the struggle.

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  • O' Say Can you See?

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Star-Spangled Banner is embedded in American national identity and yet it only became the official national anthem in 1931. Erica Wagner returns to its origins, the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, to find out how Francis Scott Key came to write these lyrics about the American flag

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  • Chasing West Africa's Pirates

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    There are now more pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea than off the coast of Somalia - once considered the global 'piracy hotspot'. The BBC’s Mary Harper travels to Lagos, one of the busiest ports in Africa, to explore the highly complex world of piracy.

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  • 'Power, Politics and Shakespeare in Uzbekistan' 13 Nov 2014

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Natalia Antelava charts the downfall of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the Uzbek president. She hears an inside account of the family feud from Gulnara’s son, Islam Karimov Jr.

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  • The Syria Vote

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In August 2013 the Assad regime in Syria was accused of deploying chemical weapons against its own civilian population. President Obama – who had described the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” – was planning airstrikes against the Syrian government. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron was determined to stand with him - but first he had to win Parliament’s approval.

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  • Are Pandemics Inevitable? 04 Nov 14

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can the world come together to beat diseases with pandemic potential? We've spoken to four expert witnesses, including a doctor who helped to eradicate one of the world's oldest diseases and a man who discovered one of the world's newest ones.

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  • Still Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo?

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Allan Little returns to Sarajevo to explore the role of the arts in restoring the city's identity, 20 years after the siege which saw its cultural life flourish against the odds. How are the citizens of Sarajevo fulfilling that basic human need for art in a transformed cultural landscape?

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  • The Ghostly Voices of World War One

    Sun, 9 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Hidden away in the backrooms at Humbolt University and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin are some of the most remarkable sound recordings ever made. They date back to World War One and capture the voices of some of the ordinary men who fought in ‘the war to end all wars’. What happened to these men and how did they die?

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  • The War that Changed the World: India

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Razia Iqbal is joined in Delhi by guests and an audience to explore the impact of the World War One on Imperialism.

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  • Iran's Gay Refugees - 8 Nov 2014

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Ali Hamedani has been to Turkey to meet the Iranian lesbian and gay people who’ve fled home after facing pressure to change their gender.

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  • Assassination: When Delhi Burned

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    When the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards, riots erupted across the city to avenge the killing. Bobby Friction went into hiding with his family to escape the mobs. He returns with professor Swaran Singh, 30 years on, to talk to the children caught up in the riots.

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  • From Kabul to Kiev: Mustafa Nayyem's Story 04 Nov 14

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mustafa Nayyem is one of Ukraine's leading investigative reporters, who has controversially decided to leave journalism and enter the political arena. Andriy Kravets from the BBC’s Ukrainian Service travelled back to his homeland ahead of the recent parliamentary elections to find out more about Mustafa. How did an immigrant boy from Afghanistan manage to make his mark in Ukrainian society? And has this leading anti-corruption campaigner sold his audience short - or is this an attempt to kick-start much-need changes in Ukrainian political life?

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  • Switzerland: Stolen Childhoods - 30 Oct 2014

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kavita Puri goes to Switzerland to hear the extraordinary stories of survivors who lived as indentured child labourers.

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  • Linard's Travels

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Linard Davies is a baggage attendant at San Francisco airport. He deals with the packages that the airlines won't touch. Clown shoes, 10ft carved wooden doors, fresh moose antlers are just some of the strangest artefacts he has dealt with.

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  • Politics at the Polling Station 28 Oct 2014

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What are changes in voting laws doing to demoracy in the USA? Rajini Vaidyanathan travels to North Carolina to investigate voting rights in the United States.

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  • India's Forgotten War

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    In the Indian capital Delhi stands India Gate, the largest memorial to the war for which 1.5 million Indian men were recruited. But Anita Rani discovers that World War One is something of a forgotten memory today, seen as part of its colonial history. She sets out to uncover some of the forgotten stories.

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  • Ireland’s Forced Labour Survivors - 23 Oct 2014

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Women abused in institutions run by the Catholic Church are demanding answers from religious authorities and the government. But will the latest inquiry give them any peace?

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  • Ebola: What went Wrong

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ebola is now regarded as an international threat to peace and security, according to the World Health Organisation. Up to 10,000 people a week could soon be infected in west Africa, with cases also reported in Europe and the US. Simon Cox asks why it took so long for the world to wake up to the threat posed by Ebola.

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  • The Politics of the Lone Star State - Part 2

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Texas is crucial in the race for national power. Gary O’Donoghue travels to the Lone Star State to find out about the challenges the Republicans face on divisive issues like immigration and shifts in social attitudes - and what this could mean for the party and Texas

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  • St Petersburg: Revolution

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The Romanovs ruled Russia for centuries until World War One brought revolution and an abrupt end to their imperial reign. Allan Little explores the legacy of revolution and the hidden impact of WW1 on Russian policy today.

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  • Songs from Africa

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Music from the rising stars of Africa, including wordsmiths M.Anifest from Ghana and Tumi from South Africa, whose conscious rap uses lyrics to challenge and delight. Also featuring Aziza Brahim from western Sahara, Songhai Blues from Mali, Lala Njava from Madagascar, Nigerian pop diva Omawumi, and The Good Ones from Rwanda.

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  • Libya: Last Stand Against Jihad? 16 Oct 2014

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell is one of the few foreign reporters who’ve made it to Tobruk, last toehold of Libya’s elected authorities – holding out against a growing jihadi menace

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  • A Bombay Symphony

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    India is falling in love with Western classical music. In his home-city Mumbai, Zareer Masani encounters the country's first national ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of India. He visits Furtado's, the city's oldest music shop, which sells hundreds of pianos a year, and discovers that thousands of children learn a Western instrument. Yet, Zareer finds that this is not the total success it seems.

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  • The Politics of the Lone Star State

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Everything's bigger in Texas and that goes for the personalities who run for election there. While the Republican party is dominant, Democrats believe that they can change the reddest of the red states blue in the coming years. Can the Democratic Party make big gains in the mid-term elections?

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  • Docs: Kosovo’s Jihadis - 9 Oct 2014

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Linda Pressly travels to Kosovo and meets the sister of ISIS’ first suicide-bomber from the Balkans. How could Europe’s most pro-American state have fostered such extremism?

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  • The New Vikings

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In recent years, sperm has been shipped out of Denmark at an astonishing rate, producing thousands of babies worldwide - many in the UK. In 2006, the UK was not importing any Danish sperm, but by 2010 Denmark was supplying around a third of our total imports. Why are Danish donors in such demand? Kate Brian investigates.

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  • Orania

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Orania, South Africa, remains a 'whites only' town despite the end of apartheid 20 years ago. BBC reporter Stanley Kwenda travels to Orania to explores whether the people of Orania are clinging to a racist past – or whether it is a close-knit community that just happens to be white.

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  • Docs: Man Bites Dog in Denmark - 02 Oct 2014

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Neal Razzell goes to work with Copenhagen’s hot dog vendors who tell how the humble sausage is a barometer for changing attitudes to class, identity and immigration.

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  • The Singing Fish of Batticaloa

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Since the 18th Century, Tamil fishermen have claimed to navigate by the mysterious music of the singing fish of the Batticaloa lagoon in eastern Sri Lanka. The fishermen's ancient name for the creature is Oorie Coolooroo Cradoo (crying shells); scientists believe that the underwater choristers are some kind of fish. But, after 30 years of civil war and the ravages of the tsunami, does any evidence of this strange nocturnal chorus remain?

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  • Media and the Middle East

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The rockets and missiles fly, from Israel into Gaza, from Gaza into Israel. It is the latest iteration of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours, which has flared since the very founding of the Jewish state in 1948. Why does this particular conflict, above all others, attract the attention it does?

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  • Docs: Inside the Ebola Lockdown - 25 Sept 2014

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Mansel on the lives of people in Sierra Leone as they face a three day "lock-down" designed to counter Ebola which has already killed nearly 500 of their compatriots.

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  • The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the late 1930's a young Mildred Cummings from Dayton, Ohio is barefoot, standing in the spotlight on stage, wearing that same old shabby dress and a broken straw hat. This is Little Miss Cornshucks and she has the audience in the palm of her hand, a unique act and larger than life personality. By the 1940's she made top-billing at nightclubs across America, performing heartbreaking ballads. But who remembers her now?

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  • Mexico

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Music from the most promising bands of the Mexican music scene. Hear rapper Eptos One, the rock anthems of Zoé, Mexico’s biggest rock band, and happy-go-lucky artist Caloncho. Plus, we talk to the diva of Mexican pop, Julieta Venegas, Centavrus, Hello Seahorse and Little Jesus.

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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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  • Ata Kak and the Crate Diggers 3 Sept 2014

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Giving Africa's obscure musical gems a new lease of life - meet the fans of rediscovered sounds. Among them is ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz who's trying to track down musician Ata Kak.

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  • Delivering the King's Speech 2 Sept 2014

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    King George VI spoke to the world about the declaration of war on Germany in 1939. Listen to the story of how it was broadcast around the world 75 years ago.

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  • Atlantic Crossing 30 Aug 2014

    Sat, 30 Aug 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Air traffic controllers have guided trans-Atlantic flights since 1919. As Creative archaeologist Christine Finn discovers, datalink - effectively text messaging - is increasingly being used, so that voice communication is on the wane.

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  • Docs: Guatemala’s Addicts Behind Bars - 28 Aug 2014

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Pentecostal churches in Guatemala run many of the country's compulsory drug rehabilitation centres. But just how safe and effective are they? Linda Pressly reports.

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  • Poetry Idol 27 Aug 2014

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Million's Poet is a hugely popular televised competition to find the best poet in the Middle East. Poetry has always had an essential role to play in Arab literature and the tradition is thriving.

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  • Native American News 26 August 2014

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    TV made in the USA by tribal people, for tribal people covering everything from whaling rituals to canoe journeys and watched, at its height, by 50 million people.

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  • War, Lies and Audiotape 23 August 2014

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Did President Johnson take the US to war with Vietnam on a lie, or was he misled? DD Guttenplan explores what happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964.

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  • Docs: Goodbye Ireland; Goodbye Gaelic Football - 21 August 2014

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As more young people leave Ireland, Gaelic Football is losing its lifeblood. John Murphy reports on the struggle to keep alive the game that is at the heart of Irish identity.

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  • Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part Two 20 Aug 2014

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rastafari's global impact after the explosion of Jamaica's Roots Reggae scene in the 1970s. Does this spiritual and cultural movement still have relevance today?

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  • Grapes of Wrath Revisited 19 Aug 2014

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The classic novel, a parable of America's Great Depression, as applied to the US today. Mark Mardell considers John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath.

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  • Docs: Chasing China's Doomsday Cult - 14 Aug 2014

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The BBC's China Editor investigates an elusive cult at the centre of a grisly murder that has shocked the nation.

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  • Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part One 13 Aug 2014

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How Rastafari turned from an ostracised religious sect into a global phenomenon - and its role in replacing the shackles of colonial rule with a forgotten African identity.

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  • Damming Afghanistan: Lost Stories from Helmand 9 Aug 2014

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The Helmand valley dam complex, is the biggest engineering project in Afghanistan. How has it withstood the Soviet invasion and the conflict that began in 2001?

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  • A Day in the Life of an Immigration Lawyer 12 Aug 2014

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Presenter Nihal Arthanayake visits UK immigration lawyer Harjap Singh Bhangal who gives advice to migrants seeking visas to work and live in Britain.

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  • Docs: Crimea: Paradise Regained - 7 Aug 2014

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As Ukrainian holidaymakers stay away from Crimea's beaches following Russia's annexation of the peninsula, Lucy Ash meets the Russians who are reclaiming their bit of paradise.

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  • Afghanistan's Death Lists

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    David Loyn investigates how a lost document is helping Afghanistan come to terms with its painful past. A war crimes trial in the Netherlands has unearthed a list of 5,000 prisoners detained, tortured and killed by the radical communist regime that ran the country in 1978-79 - a "death list".

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  • Special: The Watergate Legacy

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Forty years on from President Nixon’s resignation we hear from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story. Did their reporting make Americans more mistrustful of government and ready to believe the worst of their leaders?

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  • Colombia's Lost Children

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In Colombia’s Marxist guerrilla war, thousands of rebel fighters have been female. When they got pregnant, they were forced to have abortions or give their babies up. Now, many of these rebel mothers have demobilised and are desperate to find their children.

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  • Docs: Fearless Women in Turkish Kurdistan - 31 July 2014

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell meets the dynamic young women in Turkish Kurdistan who are defining the future of their society.

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  • A Tale of Two Theatres

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Theatre director Mehmet Ergen guides us through the politically charged arts scene of his native homeland Turkey, as he negotiates national and cultural borders to stage work that is as unpretentious as it is provocative.

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  • Yemen's Swap Marriages

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    ‘I’ll marry your sister if you marry mine. And if you divorce my sister, I’ll divorce yours.’ That is Yemen’s ‘Shegar’, or swap marriage, an agreement between two men to marry each other’s sisters, thereby removing the need for expensive dowry payments. But the agreement also entails that if one marriage fails, the other couple must separate as well - even if they are happy.

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  • Open Eye: Crying Meri

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    ***WARNING: This programme includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence*** 'A humanitarian crisis', that's how the medical charity Medicins Sans Frontiers describes the levels of violence against women they are dealing with in Papua New Guinea - levels they usually only witness in war-zones. Russian photojournalist Vlad Sokhin reports on the untold stories of women subjected to the most extreme violence perpetrated anywhere on earth, including the brutal torture of women accused of witchcraft.

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  • I Don't Remember the War

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Six talented young writers under 35 explore a great grandparent or grandparent's involvement in World War One. This centenary offers a chance to reflect on the gulf that separates young people from the war. Each writer attempts to bridge the gap, to question what the values and sacrifices of the war mean today.

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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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  • Yellow Cab Blues

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Meet New York's rookie cabbies - fledgling taxi-drivers trying to earn a living in the most stressful city in the world. Most are immigrants, already grappling with the challenges of a new language and a new culture. Now they have to deal with long hours, short fares, and grumpy passengers in the back.

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  • Docs: Shaking Hands with the Enemy - 3 July 2014

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Are international regulations designed to stop money and equipment reaching terrorist organisations curtailing vital aid programmes in some of the world's most troubled regions?

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  • My Family's Fight for Civil Rights

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Baroness Oona King, former British Labour MP, discovers her American family's role in the fight for equality. Her grandfather and uncles worked with Martin Luther King in The Albany Movement, a campaign that tried to desegregate their home town in Georgia. Oona travelled to Albany to speak to members of the movement on the 50th anniversary of the passing of The Civil Rights Act.

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  • Misers, Bling and the Money Thing: Part Two

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alvin Hall delves into the inspirations and fears that influence people’s differing attitudes towards money. He speaks to Peter de Savary who has bought hotels and boats, living around the world in luxury resorts that he’s owned, but says it’s not the money he craves. He finds out about the man who left $187 million to charity, and the men who pay serious cash to spend time with college-educated beauties.

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  • Nationalism The War That Changed the World 28 June 2014

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    An epic exploration of the legacy of World War One begins with this panel and audience discussion from Sarajevo. It looks at the drive for nationhood during World War One and its impact on nationalism in Bosnia to this day.

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  • Rebel Rebel

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Between 1981 and 1990 teams 'representing' England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia toured Apartheid era South Africa, despite there being a well established sporting boycott in place. Jonathan Agnew, the BBC's cricket correspondent, reveals how and why the tours took place and finds out whether those that chose to play in these rebel cricket tours now regret their actions.

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  • Docs: Over the Hill in Silicon Valley - 26 June 2014

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The median age in many Silicon Valley tech firms is under 30. So where does that leave older workers trying to join the technology revolution? Is Silicon Valley ageist?

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  • The Great Space Hunt 25 Jun 2014

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With the power of nuclear weapons and the potential to wipe out life on Earth, asteroids hit Earth more frequently than you'd think. Meet the volunteers monitoring the skies.

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  • Misers, Bling and the Money Thing - Part One 24 Jun 2014

    Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Why do some people who have plenty of cash choose to sit on a secret nest egg, rather than spend it and make their life better?

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  • Global Beats: Ghana

    Sat, 21 Jun 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Seven up-coming Ghanaian musicians perform a song especially for the BBC, and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Featuring Efya, queen of Afro pop, and Kyekyeku, Yaa Pono, Ayisoba, Cwesi Oteng and Wiyaala.

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  • Docs: Has Everest Lost Its Soul - 19 June 2014

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In April 16 Sherpas lost their lives in an avalanche whilst working for expedition teams climbing Mount Everest. Navin Khadka reports.

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  • Moscow on Thames

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    More and more wealthy Russians are settling in London. From a lavish Russian Ball at the Royal Albert Hall to home-buying in the capital's most exclusive postcodes - Kensington - Olga Betko enters the world of the Russian business elite to find out why London has become a favourite destination.

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  • The Women of the Arab Spring: Part Two

    Tue, 17 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mona Eltahawey visits her home country of Egypt where women, who stood side-by-side with men during the protests, now fear to walk the streets without being assaulted. Mona hears from the women who are taking matters into their own hands, standing up to sexual harassers and saying ‘enough is enough'.

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  • World War One

    Sat, 14 Jun 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Historian Heather Jones tackles the familiar image of a war centred on a static front line in northern Europe, and looks at how World War One affected populations beyond the front line.

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  • Docs: South Korea: Sex in the Sunset Years - 12 June 2014

    Thu, 12 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    For some in South Korea, old age has meant making some tough choices. In a park in Seoul, Lucy Williamson finds an old profession getting some surprising new recruits.

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  • The Burden of Beauty - Part Two 11 Jun 2014

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How will Brazil cope with the pressures of hosting the World Cup - on and off the pitch? Preparations have been beset by huge problems and anything other than victory will be seen as a failure.

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  • What Does Putin Want? 10 Jun 2014

    Tue, 10 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Edward Stourton examines Vladimir Putin’s strategic vision for Eastern Europe, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea - and the rise of political tensions throughout Ukraine.

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  • The Women of the Arab Spring 10 Jun 2014

    Tue, 10 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Meet the women who are trying to be heard. Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy meets those who pushed through legislation enshrining gender equality in Tunisia - and asks what will it take to make the government repeal the law in Jordan that allows rapists to marry their victims.

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  • D-Day Dames

    Fri, 6 Jun 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    In spring 1944 American women war correspondents gathered in London in anticipation of the D-Day invasion. Women were not allowed to report from the front line, although that did not stop Martha Gellhorn. Other women, such as Helen Kirkpatrick witnessed Eisenhower's return from the front as she reported from D-Day headquarters. Lyse Doucet recounts the stories of women war correspondents and how it has changed since then.

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  • Docs: The Mystery of Glasgow's Health problems - 5 June 2014

    Thu, 5 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Residents of Glasgow are some 30% more likely to die young than people in similar UK cities, mainly due to drugs, alcohol, suicide, and violence. Lucy Ash investigates

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  • Docs: The Burden of Beauty 1 - 4 June 2014

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As Brazil hosts the World Cup, Musa Okwonga explores the role the beautiful game has played in Brazilian culture.

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  • Bangalore's New Beat

    Sat, 31 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Bobby Friction traces how young people in India are expressing themselves through music and the massive rise in independent music and festivals. Recorded on location at NH7 in Bangalore, India’s Glastonbury.

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  • Docs: Educating Ulster - 29 May 2014

    Thu, 29 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Andrea Catherwood examines the movement for integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

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  • All that Stands in the Way: The Debate

    Sat, 24 May 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Ros Atkins brings three teenage girls from the programme All that Stands in the Way together in New York City with two other girls, for a unique debate on gender inequality - a conversation that ranges from everyday sexism to the problems of balancing traditional attitudes with modern ambitions.

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  • Docs: Ukraine’s Citizen Soldiers - 22 May 2014

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As Ukraine prepares for elections amid rising tension, Tim Whewell travels there to meet the nationalist militiamen who are determined to secure a strong and united country.

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  • All that Stands in the Way: The Parents

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The parents of four teenage girls in the BBC World Service programme All That Stands In The Way, meet and talk for the first time. What did they think of the freedoms and limits to each girl’s life? Has the documentary made them reconsider their views on trust, discipline, relationships and fashion?

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  • All that Stands in the Way: The Girls

    Tue, 20 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Four teenage girls from the BBC World Service programme All That Stands In The Way, meet for the very first time. Lulu from London, Shoeshoe from Lesotho, Vigdis from Iceland and Mira from Jordan discuss what choices and freedoms they have and how they see gender equality, as they stand on the threshold of adulthood.

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  • Docs: The Reykjavik Confessions - 15 May 2014

    Thu, 15 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Simon Cox investigates a notorious miscarriage of justice in Iceland which many see as a stain on the country's justice system.

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  • Our Missing Girls

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Finding Nigeria's missing girls has become a global cause with a massive online campaign #BringBackOurGirls. Presidents and prime ministers have joined parents in calling for their release. Nkem Ifejika tells the story of their disappearance and examines what it means for Nigeria - and Boko Haram.

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  • Docs: Being Brazilian - 13 May 2014

    Tue, 13 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As the World’s media prepares to descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Julia Carneiro presents the second programme which gets to the heart of Brazilian identity.

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  • Law Behind Bars

    Sat, 10 May 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Most people who face criminal charges in Kenya go to court without a lawyer. The Kenyan judiciary admit this leads to a great deal of injustice. This programme meets an impressive group of prisoners who are acting as lawyers on behalf of themselves and their fellow inmates. Mostly by discovering flaws in the original cases, they are managing to get large numbers of convictions overturned at appeal.

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  • Docs: Argentina: GMs’ New Frontline - 8 May 2014

    Thu, 8 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Across Argentina’s vast GM belt, there are claims of an on-going health crisis. One provincial Minister for Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate.

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  • Swinging Addis

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the 1960s and early '70s, Addis Ababa's nightlife was electrified by a blend of traditional folk music, jazz, swing, rhythm and blues. Courtney Pine meets some of the veterans of the Swinging Addis golden age of Ethiopian jazz, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete - the 'Ethiopian Elvis'. These Ethiopian heroes, now in their 70s, are like the Buena Vista Social Club stars of their country.

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  • Docs: Being Brazilian - 6 May 2014

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As the World’s media prepares to descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Julia Carneiro presents the first programme which gets to the heart of Brazilian identity.

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  • The Siege of Dien Bien Phu

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    After the humiliations of World War Two, France was insistent on reasserting itself as a world power. In their Vietnamese colony the nationalists led by Ho Chi Minh were just as determined to gain independence. The showdown to a seven-year guerrilla war came in 1954 at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Survivors, politicians and historians explain how the horrors of a 56-day siege ended with the French garrison being virtually wiped out. In Paris, desperate politicians even considered using American atomic weapons to try to save Dien Bien Phu. For the other European powers it marked the beginning of the end for their colonies in Africa and the Far East.

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  • Docs: The Party of No - 1 May 2014

    Thu, 1 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mark Mardell examines America's Grand Old Party which has been engaged in a civil war; now the Establishment is fighting back against the Tea Party. Can the Republicans win again?

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  • The Rise of the Arab Spring

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Egyptian author Tarek Osman examines the build up to the Arab Spring. As with the previous experiments with liberalism, nationalism and Islamism, the region's presidential hard men seek to consolidate their power by passing it onto their sons. At the same time, riding the wave of a population explosion which leaves two thirds of the Arab world under 25 years old, a new generation frustrated by the lack of jobs or political freedoms rises up to challenge the old order.

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  • Massive Open Online Courses

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How is technology transforming education, and what will the classroom of the future look like? Sarah Montague turns her attention to universities, in particular, to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Some argue these free university online courses, presented by some of the best professors in the world, could - in cash strapped times - be the saviour of higher education and take university to people in some of the remotest regions of the world. Others argue they could destroy centuries of tradition

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  • Docs: Lighting Lagos - 24 Apr 2014

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Neal Razzell spends days and nights in Lagos with the electricity teams who are working to literally bring power to the people.This programme was originally broadcast in October 2013.

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  • The Rise of Islamism

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Eyptian author Tarek Osman explores the events which converged and led to the rise of Islamism from the 1970s onwards, a force which came to fill the vacuum left by Arab Nationalism. He investigates the reasons for the re-emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the influence of the conservative, oil-rich Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, and the three pivotal events in 1979 which boosted Islamism.

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  • Docs: Learning with Videos and Video Games 22 Apr 2014

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How technology is transforming education. How do children learn best? And have traditional teaching methods outlived their usefulness?

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  • Docs: Africans in the Holy Land 19 Apr 2014

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The African quarter of Jerusalem, Ethiopian Jews returned to their ancient homeland and African asylum-seekers: Paul Bakibinga travels to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to explore the lives and experiences of people from three different communities.

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  • Docs: Cambodia’s Gambling Boom 17 Apr 2014

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Vietnamese now cross in their thousands to visit Cambodian border casinos. Ed Butler reports on (some of) the darker aspects of Cambodia’s gambling boom.

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  • Rise and Fall of Arab Nationalism

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tracing the history of the modern Arab world through some of the great political dreams that have shaped it, from the 19th Century to the Arab Spring. In part two of The Making of the Arab World, Egyptian author Tarek Osman explores the rise and fall of Arab nationalism.

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  • Preparing for Disaster

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Lu Olkowski reports on New York's growing 'prepper' movement - people who are fearful of the future and who are preparing for the next disaster that will strike the city. They train in self-defence, plan ways to escape, store food and water in their houses and have 'bug out' bags ready at a moments notice if they have to flee. Are these people simply paranoid? Or do they have genuine concerns that all of us should take heed of?

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  • Docs: Manchester: A City United 12 Apr 2014

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    How Manchester helped shape the modern age. Communism, free trade, the co-operative movement, the campaign for female suffrage, European vegetarianism and trade unionism all originated or - crucially - were developed in the northern UK city.

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  • Docs: Central African Republic - A Road Through Hatred - 10 Apr 2014

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Can a unique friendship between two men of god end the killings in the Central African Republic? Tim Whewell investigates.

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  • Docs: The Rise and Fall of Arab Liberalism

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The history of the Arab world, including Egypt's 19th Century encounters with Europe and the cultural renaissance known as Nahda.

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  • Docs: Mapping the Void 8 Apr 2014

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How does being on a map affect your work, education and rights? Meet the The volunteers who are mapping the world's unmapped places and people - in the aftermath of natural disasters, and in areas of political unrest and civil war.

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  • A Good Man in Rwanda

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The story of Capt Mbaye Diagne, one of the unsung heroes of Rwanda’s genocide. Working as a Senegalese UN peacekeeper, he saved the children of murdered Hutu Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and many more. Mark Doyle travels to Rwanda, Senegal and Canada to meet the people who knew Mbaye Diagne.

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  • Docs: The Mystery of Flight 370 4 Apr 2014

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How can an airplane go missing in the 21st Century and why - nearly a month after it disappeared - we are apparently no nearer to solving the mystery of what happened to flight MH370?

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  • Docs: Ukraine – The Criminal Paper Trail - 3 April 2014

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Lucy Ash talks to the Ukrainian volunteers and activists who are painstakingly restoring a stash of documents dumped in a lake on the abandoned estate of ex-president Yanukovich.

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  • Docs: Crypto Wars 2 April 2014

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Hacking, security, encryption: Gordon Corera explores the history of the war between governments and geeks to control computer cryptography.

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  • The Education Revolution: Part Two

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sarah Montague turns her attention to universities, in particular, to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Some argue that these free university online courses, presented by some of the best professors in the world, could - in cash strapped times - be the saviour of higher education and take university to people in some of the remotest regions of the world. Others argue they could destroy centuries of tradition.

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  • Docs: Nigeria's Working Children - 01 April 2014

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mustapha Mohammed meets Nigerian boys who have to work to support their families in the northern city of Kano. It's a heavy burden for them, and they pay a high personal price.

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  • The Man Who Went Looking For Freedom

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    In 1983 at the height of the deprivations and repression of Nicolae Ceausescu's communist regime in Romania, a man called Ion Bugan made a solitary protest against the system. His daughter, the poet and writer Carmen Bugan, describes what happened next.

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  • The Missing Migrants 29 Mar 2014

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants illegally cross the US border via a treacherous journey, walking for days across the Arizona desert. Some succeed, others are deported, while many drop dead from exhaustion. The BBC's Mexico Correspondent Will Grant travels to Tucson, Arizona, to meet the team behind The Missing Migrant Project, which works to identify the remains of the dead and, ultimately, return them to their family.

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  • Guns in America

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    More gun deaths are due to suicide than homicide in the US. But what happens to the fiancée left behind, to friends and to the law enforcement officers involved? And, in the wake of the Clackamas mall shooting, we hear from people about their fear of violence, rational or not, that drives the fierce opposition to gun control.

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  • Docs: The Silent Enemy - 27 Mar 2014

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell travels to the Turkish border and to Lebanon to talk to the doctors and health care workers struggling to cope with a growing crisis.

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  • Docs: Brazil: Confronting the Past - 25 Mar 2014

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Monica Vasconcelos reports that fifty years after the coup, Brazil has started to deal with the legacy of the military dictatorship. But why are some people still afraid?

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  • Docs: "Blacks Only" 22 Mar 2014

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Under apartheid in South Africa, stand-up comedy was exclusively the domain of white performers. But now comics like David Kau and Riaad Moosa are challenging that dominance with their witty takes on the complexities and divides of their society.

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  • Docs: All that Stands in the Way

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Young women lack the same opportunities as men, despite most countries legislating against discrimination. What is standing in the way of girls achieving equality?

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  • Docs: The Door Back to Mexico - 20 Mar 2014

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The BBC’s Valeria Perasso is on the US border, exploring the journey taken by Mexican deportees as they pass through the security fence, back home.

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  • Docs: India - Press for Sale 18 Mar 2014

    Tue, 18 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Does 'paid media' threaten democracy? Shilpa Kannan investigates corruption in India where there are 250 radio stations, 850 TV channels and 93,000 newspapers and magazines.

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  • Where Are You Going?

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Catherine Carr charts the course of one day in the lives of many people, making many different journeys across the globe. By simply asking "Where are you going", she unearths the painful, the poignant and the downright bizarre.

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  • The Freedom to Broadcast Hate

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the Middle East has experienced a proliferation of new TV channels keen to spread religious and political messages to audiences. There are new media stars – TV evangelists and religious leaders. But some of what is broadcast has been described as openly sectarian, provocative and even blasphemous. We look at two countries where this kind of broadcasting proliferates – Iraq and Egypt - and try to uncover the reasons for it, and the possible consequences.

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  • Docs: Hungary’s Crusading Conductor - 13 Mar 2014

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Hungarian conductor – Ivan Fischer – is holding up a mirror to Hungarian society and has written an opera to expose growing intolerance. Lucy Ash reports

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  • Docs: Is the UK press Free? 12 Mar 2014

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With regulation of newspapers planned, Steve Hewlett and a panel of international editors ask: how free is the UK press?

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  • Docs: China in Vogue 11 Mar 2014

    Tue, 11 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Fashion magazines, consumerism, and the changing face of Chinese fashion. Jessie Levene speaks to editors, photographers, designers and cultural commentators to find out how Chinese women are creating a new Chinese female identity.

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  • Will Carlos Acosta Get to the Pointe

    Sat, 8 Mar 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    A decision by his father to send him to ballet school changed the direction of Carlos Acosta’s life. Thanks to Fidel Castro’s belief that art should be accessible to all Cubans he received free ballet tuition. It shaped his character, and secured his future. Now he wants to give something back to his country by saving an abandoned ballet school in Havana. Vittorio Garatti’s School of Ballet is an extraordinary labyrinth of corridors, graceful arches and majestic brick and terracotta domes, and has been described as one of the most remarkable buildings of the 20th Century. But the ballet star’s attempts to restore the building have stirred Latin passions and protest.

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  • Docs: Freedom to be Single

    Sat, 8 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rupa Jha meets fellow Indian women who choose to be, or are forced to be, single. She comes face-to-face with a story of coercion, prejudice and neglect that is both shocking and moving. It is also a story about the reactionary attitudes, narrow-mindedness and sometimes outright misogyny that obstruct such women's choices.

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  • Docs: Uruguay’s Radical Drugs Policy - 06 Mar 2014

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Thousands of Uruguayans are hooked on a highly addictive cocaine derivative – ‘pasta base’. Will the legalisation of marijuana impact this problematic drug abuse? Linda Pressly reports.

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  • Docs: Freedom of the Mind

    Tue, 4 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ingrid Betancourt - who was held captive for six years - explores how people's minds can be free even while they are in captivity.

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  • Docs: India’s Wedding detectives 27 Feb 2014

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The number of families in India employing detectives to spy on future brides and grooms is on the rise. Many dozens of premarital investigations happen each week, it’s now reported. Ed Butler has been finding out why.

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  • Docs: Guantanamo Voices 25 Feb 2014

    Tue, 25 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ex-Guantanamo detainees talk about freedom and how detention in the military prison changed their lives and thinking.

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  • Missing Histories: China and Japan

    Sat, 22 Feb 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    They are Asia’s economic giants – yet the historical record of Japan and China continues to cause tensions. In programme two, Japanese journalist Mariko Oi and Chinese journalist Haining Liu, travel around China, including the city of Nanjing, where Japanese forces committed rapes and mass killings during the war. How are events like these remembered in modern China? And, why can young Chinese consume Japanese pop culture while demonstrating against Japan’s historical record? The pair discover that, despite the deep cultural links between their nations, history remains a barrier.

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  • Docs: Lebanon – Dancing into the Abyss

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kim Ghattas travels through her native country Lebanon exploring the deepening sense of anxiety there over the war in neighbouring Syria.

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  • Missing Histories: China and Japan

    Sat, 15 Feb 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    They are Asia’s economic giants - yet the historical record of Japan and China continues to cause tensions. China’s leaders accuse Japan of failing to apologise for its wartime aggression – while Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, talks of rewriting the country’s pacifist Constitution. Tensions are rising in the South China seas. Japanese journalist Mariko Oi and Chinese journalist Haining Liu, visit each other's country to explore the intertwineed histories of their two nations and what they mean today.

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  • Docs: Digging up the Dead in Russia 13 Feb 2014

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The story of Russia's volunteer diggers armed with spades and metal detectors who search forests and swamps for the remains of Red Army soldiers seventy years after World War Two.

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  • Docs: My War, My Playlist 8 Feb 2014

    Sat, 8 Feb 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    What role does music play for today’s soldiers? Soldiers stationed at Camp Bastion describe their music as an essential part of their lives - helping to drown out the hum of activity around camp and helps everybody to relax in their free time.

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  • Docs: The Right to Die for Children - 6 Feb 2014

    Thu, 6 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Voluntary euthanasia for adults has been legal since 2002 in Belgium. Now legislators are considering extending the right to die to children who are terminally ill.

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  • Docs: The Road to Sochi 4 Feb 2014

    Tue, 4 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With accusations of corruption and criminality, are the concerns about Sochi justified? Given that all Olympic host cities endure fierce criticism in the lead-up to the Games are they being exaggerated?

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  • Docs: MINT - Turkey - Beyond the Silk Road

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    For centuries, Turkish traders have exploited their location on the historic Silk Road between east and west, selling to merchants travelling in both directions. And, as Jim O'Neill reports Turkey's geography remains important to this day as the country becomes an aviation hub, a conduit for gas and oil, and a unique visitor destination. Yet Turkish plans go much further too. So can this ambitious country combine its deep-rooted trading skills with ultra modern technology to develop world-beating manufacturers? Or will its much lauded potential remain just that?

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  • Docs: MINT - Mexico - Brave New World

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Mexico's hope of becoming the workshop of North America was shattered by China's domination of cheap exports, but recently, the Mexican dream is in sight again. As Beijing opts for "quality not quantity" of growth, companies are returning, drawn by competitive labour and proximity to the US market. In the first part of a landmark series, the economist Jim O'Neill travels across Mexico to investigate. He discovers that its ambitions now go far beyond cheap manufacturing. But can Mexico's youthful, reforming government overcome the challenges of widespread poverty, crime and a huge number of people living outside the formal economy

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  • Turkey's Hidden Truths

    Sat, 1 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Turkey has notoriously vague and extensive anti-terror laws which have been used to jail dozens of journalists over the last six months. Journalists say these laws have been used as a pretext to prevent them from reporting on subjects the government finds sensitive, such as the Kurdish issue or Turkey’s policy towards Syria. Selin Gerit investigates why journalists so often find themselves under attack from the authorities.

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  • Docs: MINT - Indonesia - Commodity Curse

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Can Indonesia break its old reliance on exporting raw materials to realise the potential of a huge, growing and rapidly urbanising population?

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  • Docs: MINT - Nigeria - Africa's Hope

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Nigeria is a nation of young, vibrant and natural entrepreneurs. Can they overcome the country's terrible legacy - decades of corruption, crime, and mismanagement?

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  • Docs: Dieudonne - France's most dangerous comedian? 30 Jan 2014

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    What does the popularity of controversial comedian Dieudonné tell us about France today? Helen Grady meets some of his supporters and those who think he's a dangerous anti-Semite.

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  • Docs: China's Global Popstars 28 Jan 2014

    Tue, 28 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    meet Ruhan Jia one of the young hopefuls in the world of state-manufactured pop. After decades of being closed off to western pop culture, the pressure is on for China to find a state-endorsed popstar, a fun and cool ambassador who can command the global stage.

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  • Docs: Thailand’s Slave Fishermen 25 Jan 2014

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Why and how illegal migrants from Burma and Cambodia are being forced onto Thai fishing boats to work, unpaid, for months.

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  • Docs: Homeless in Hungary 23 Jan 2014

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Nick Thorpe reports from Hungary where the government has adopted controversial laws to clear the homeless off the streets. But can you legislate away a social problem?

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  • Docs: Uzbekistan - Searching for Googoosha 16 Jan 2014

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Natalia Antelava profiles Gulnara Karimova, the socialite, pop star and philanthropist daughter of Uzbekistan's dictatorial president.

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  • Gene Doping

    Tue, 14 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    It has taken scientists almost 50 years to cure rare diseases through gene therapy. The risks are still great but the field is developing fast, bringing hope to those with untreatable conditions. Now there are growing concerns that athletes will abuse this pioneering technology. Tim Franks speaks to American journalist and sports enthusiast David Epstein, and geneticist Philippe Moullier about the issue of gene doping.

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  • Docs: Boy for Rent 11 Jan 2014

    Sat, 11 Jan 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Prostitution is said to be one of the world's oldest professions, and one which has traditionally been the domain of women, but today it is common for men to also sell sexual services. Mobeen Azhar meets some of the many male sex workers doing business in London - now seen by many as the number one destination to ply their trade.

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  • Docs: MINT - Turkey 09 Dec 2014

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    For centuries, Turkish traders have exploited their location on the historic Silk Road between east and west, selling to merchants travelling in both directions. As Jim O'Neill reports, Turkey's geography remains important to this day as the country becomes an aviation hub, a conduit for gas and oil, and a unique visitor destination. Yet Turkish plans go much further too. So can this ambitious country combine its deep-rooted trading skills with ultra modern technology to develop world-beating manufacturers? Or will its much lauded potential remain just that?

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  • Docs: Aid and politics on Syria’s border 9 Jan 2014

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Whewell investigates claims that millions of dollars of aid meant for Syria has been wasted due to mismanagement at the Syrian opposition's aid coordination unit.

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  • Docs: MINT - Indonesia

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Indonesia has enjoyed a boom created by its exports of raw materials to China, India and other growing economies. But commodity prices are notoriously volatile and the world's fourth largest nation needs to create a more stable economy as it expands even further and urbanises rapidly. International investors are queuing up to exploit this major market, but as Jim O'Neill discovers the Indonesian story is complex: poverty, poor infrastructure and an historical aversion to foreign interference could all threaten the dream of joining the world's economic A list.

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  • Docs: The Man Who Fell to Earth 7 Jan 2014

    Tue, 7 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Breakthrough on the identity of a man found on a London street. Months after Jose Matada from Mozambique fell to his death from the undercarriage of an aeroplane flying over London, his family has been traced. This is an update on the story originally broadcast in June 2013.

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  • Docs: MINT - Mexico 07 Jan 2014

    Tue, 7 Jan 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Mexico's hope of becoming the workshop of North America was shattered by China's domination of cheap exports, but recently, the Mexican dream is in sight again. As Beijing opts for "quality not quantity" of growth, companies are returning, drawn by competitive labour and proximity to the US market. Jim O'Neill travels across Mexico to investigate. He discovers that its ambitions now go far beyond cheap manufacturing. But can Mexico's youthful, reforming government overcome the challenges of widespread poverty, crime and a huge number of people living outside the formal economy?

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  • Docs: The Putin Project 21 Dec 2013

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Will the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi showcase a resurgent Russia or hide real problems within? Lucy Ash investigates.

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  • Docs: MINT - Nigeria 06 Jan 14

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim O'Neill investigates Nigeria; can a nation of young, vibrant, natural entrepreneurs overcome decades of corruption, crime and mismanagement?

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  • Docs: Greenland: To dig or not to dig? 2nd Jan 2013

    Thu, 2 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    James Fletcher asks if mining for rare earths and uranium will destroy Greenland's environment – or lead the country to independence?

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  • Docs: Riding the Graphene Wave 31 Dec 2013

    Tue, 31 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Graphene is a super-strong and super-conductive material. Gerry Northam looks at its move from the laboratory to the commercial world.

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  • Docs: Inside the Fed 31 Dec 2013

    Tue, 31 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The US Federal Reserve, America's central bank, is one hundred years old. Simon Jack tells its surprising story.

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  • Docs: Brazil - Fighting Slavery 26 Dec 2013

    Thu, 26 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Brazil's anti-slavery hit-squads are unique. Linda Pressly joins a raid with a committed band of labour inspectors on an alleged slave labour operation in deepest rural Brazil.

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  • Docs: Who's Left Holding the Baby 25 Dec 2013

    Wed, 25 Dec 13

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Childcare options in Fiji, where children are taken care of by the community, and China where infants as young as three might live away from their parents in boarding kindergartens. Madeleine Morris reports.

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  • Docs: Lines in the Sand 24 Dec 2013

    Tue, 24 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The emerging Jihadi challenge across the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa. Are there links between various Islamist groups?

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  • Docs: Bangladesh: Trials of Strength 19 Dec 2013

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Farhana Haider investigates the prosecution of alleged war criminals from the conflict of 1971 and asks if the trials are being used to target the opposition.

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  • Notes from Kampala

    Sat, 14 Dec 13

    Duration:
    51 mins

    The story of Kampala Music School told by its pupils and teachers. Kampala Music School began life in 2001 in the basement of the YMCA but is now the international centre of musical excellence in Uganda.

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  • Docs: The Revenge Porn Avengers 12 Dec 2013

    Thu, 12 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    When a group of young Texan women found naked pictures of themselves online, they wanted justice, but their critics accused them of trampling on freedom of speech.

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  • The Harder They Come - Part Two

    Tue, 10 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Forty years after the premiere of Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come, Chris Salewicz asks whether a whole generation of musicians were directly inspired to live a life of crime by the film.

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  • Docs: Madiba's African Footsteps 8 Dec 2013

    Sun, 8 Dec 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Mandela's 1962 pan-African journey to explain the mission of the ANC and seek political support, money and military training. What impact did these travels in free Africa have on Mandela the man - and Mandela the politician?

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  • Docs: Mandela - an Audio History 6 Dec 2013

    Fri, 6 Dec 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Nelson Mandela on the struggle against apartheid, with words from those who fought with - and against - him. One of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid in South Africa ever broadcast.

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  • Life of Mandela

    Fri, 6 Dec 13

    Duration:
    54 mins

    A look back at the life of Nelson Mandela by the BBC's former South Africa correspondent, Allan Little.

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  • Docs: India: Resisting Rape 05 Dec 2013

    Thu, 5 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    One year on from the horrific attack on a student in Delhi, Joanna Jolly hears from three women who've chosen to report a rape in a country that is just waking up to the problem.

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  • Docs: Jamaica - The Harder They Come 03 Dec 2013

    Tue, 3 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The cult classic Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come, its reggae soundtrack - and its legacy. Meet the people who made it and starred in it: Jimmy Cliff, Chappy St Juste and Carl Bradshaw.

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  • Docs: Inside The Vatican 30 Nov 13

    Sat, 30 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Pope Francis is being acclaimed for his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church - but why did his predecessor suddenly resign? Mark Dowd travels to Rome to investigate.

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  • Docs: It's a Mall World

    Sat, 30 Nov 13

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Be it in Lagos, Minneapolis or Rio de Janeiro, how have shopping malls become such a permanent fixture in modern cities?

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  • Docs: Mexico - Exorcising the Narco-Devil 28 Nov 2013

    Thu, 28 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Vladimir Hernandez meets the Mexican Catholic priests who believe the country's drug wars mean it's in the grip of the devil - and who are fighting it through exorcism.

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  • Docs: The Father of English Football 26 Nov 2013

    Tue, 26 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How decisions noted by Ebenezer Morley in 1863 allowed football to become the most successful of international sports.

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  • Docs: Moldova - Sour Grapes 21 Nov 2013

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tiny Moldova is the world's 7th biggest wine exporter so a ban on exports to Russia has hit hard. Tessa Dunlops asks if Russian politics will crush this thriving industry.

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  • Docs: The Rhetoric of Cancer 19 Nov 2013

    Tue, 19 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Are military metaphors such as 'battling' always appropriate when it comes to dealing with cancer? Andrew Graystone explores the language used to describe cancer.

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  • Docs: JFK: Dallas Remembers 16 Nov 2013

    Sat, 16 Nov 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    People with a perspective on the assassination and death of John F Kennedy in Dallas: former secret service agent Clint Hill, witness Gayle Newman, former journalist Hugh Aynesworth, doctor Kenneth Salyer and retired dective James Leavelle.

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  • Docs: Colombia Child Soldiers - 14 Nov 2013

    Thu, 14 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    With rare access to the government's rehabilitation programme Tom Esslemont meets children as they attempt to find their way to back to their families and society.

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  • Docs: Across Jamaica's Gay Divide - Part One 9 Nov 2013

    Tue, 12 Nov 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Jamaica's gay rights and anti-homosexuality movements: what it is like to be a gay person in Jamaica from day-to-day.

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  • Docs: Indonesia: The Humungous Healthcare Plan 7 Nov 2013

    Thu, 7 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Can Indonesia create the world's largest public health system? Claire Bolderson investigates.

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  • Docs: Who's Holding the Baby 5 Nov 2013

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Madeleine Morris explores alternative childcare with a visit a boarding school where children as young as two are educated away from their parents.

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  • Docs: Melilla’s Border Stories 31 Oct 2013

    Thu, 31 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Melilla is one of Europe’s most southerly land borders with Africa, a town under intense pressure from migration, Linda Pressly investigates.

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  • Docs: Who's Holding the Baby? 29 Oct 1013

    Tue, 29 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Childcare - its costs and its developmental implications - has become one of the most vexed issues for new parents in the developed world. Madeleine Morris looks around the world at alternative approaches to childcare. In the first programme, she visits Fiji.

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  • The Pink Panthers

    Sun, 27 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The inside story of the world’s most successful gang of jewel thieves, nicknamed The Pink Panthers.

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  • Docs: Lighting Lagos 24 Oct 2013

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Neal Razzell spends days and nights in Lagos with the electricity teams who are working to literally bring power to the people.

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  • Women on the Front Line

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Emma Barnett examines which countries in the world do allow women to serve, and contrasts the experiences of three women to present a picture of life for women on the military front line.

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  • Women Farmers 21 Oct 2013

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The toils and tribulations of Polly Apio a smallholder in rural Uganda, where men own the land, but women toil in the fields to provide the food to feed their families.

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  • Docs: Battling Booze in Alice Springs 17 Oct 2013

    Thu, 17 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    James Fletcher travels to Alice Springs in Australia to hear first-hand how alcohol is affecting the Aboriginal community there.

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  • Docs: Ageing and Caring 13 Oct 2013

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As the global population ages, is it time for a re-think about how we view elderly people? Listen to four very different stories of growing older and how the world cares about ageing.

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  • Docs: Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase 15 Oct 2013

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    "Anything that can happen on earth, at some point happens in the sky." Air hostess Betty Thesky shares the weird, wonderful, and wacky things that happen on a plane at 35,000 feet.

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  • Docs: The Bucket List 14 Oct 2013

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Cancer-fighting BBC foreign correspondent Helen Fawkes shares her list of things she wants to do before she dies... a bucket list, or as she likes to call it, a list for living.

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  • Malala's Story

    Sat, 12 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The dramatic, disturbing and inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head for campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. She talks about her life in her own words, in an exclusive interview with Mishal Husain.

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  • Docs: After the Collapse - the Rana Plaza Legacy 10 Oct 2013

    Thu, 10 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    More than a thousand garment workers died and several thousand were injured in the collapse of the 8 storey factory in Dhaka. Jane Deith reports on whether anything has changed.

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  • Docs: China and America: Harmony and Hostility 3 Oct 2013

    Thu, 3 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The BBC's North America Editor, Mark Mardell, travels to China to explore the most important geopolitical relationship in the world today, between China and America.

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  • Docs: The Iraq War 30 Sept 2013

    Tue, 1 Oct 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Lucy Ash looks at the conflicts within Iraq between 2005 and 2012, told from the point of view of senior decision-makers.

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  • Isolation

    Sun, 29 Sep 13

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Man is a social creature, so how does he cope in situations of isolation - bereft of human contact - or in situations where he or she is confined in the company of just a few individuals for long periods of time? Anahi Aradas explores the effects of isolation and confinement in a tiny community in the Antarctic, speaks to former astronauts in the US and visits a Swedish prison, where inmates are encouraged to practise yoga to help them cope.

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  • Docs: Attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall: The People's Story 28 Sept 13

    Sat, 28 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The BBC’s Anne Soy reflects on what these last few days will mean for the future of her city, Nairobi.

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  • Docs: Venezuela – Out of Stock 26 Sept 2013

    Thu, 26 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Ed Butler follows consumer’s quest for goods, the phenomenon of widespread smuggling, and asks whether the government has a plan to tackle the sense of looming economic crisis.

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  • Docs: The Iraq War 24 Sept 2013

    Tue, 24 Sep 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Lucy Ash looks at the mistakes made early in the occupation of Iraq during the period 2003 to 2004 in this documentary about the invasion of Iraq and the ensuing decade of conflict, from the point of view of senior decision-makers.

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  • Docs: The Red Cross Crisis 21 Sept 2013

    Sun, 22 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Red Cross turns 150 this year, but is their humanitarian role still relevant? Michael Ignatieff investigates.

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  • Docs: Indonesia – The Mercury Menace 19 Sept 2013

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Linda Pressly investigates the threat from mercury poisoning to the health of Indonesian gold miners.

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  • Docs: The Iraq War 17 Sept 2013

    Tue, 17 Sep 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The inside story of the invasion of Iraq and the ensuring decade of conflict, told from the point of view of the senior decision-makers involved at the time. In this first part: the decision to go to war and the conflict until 2003.

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  • New Year, New Burma

    Sun, 15 Sep 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    As Burma (also known as Myanmar), opens up, one new freedom comes in the form of thangyat - the satirical art form, newly legalised after two decades of being banned. Traditionally chanted on stages across the country during the water festival, thangyats are playful skits, criticising politicians and anyone else they think deserves it. But will those who make their voices heard be safe?

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  • Docs: China's Leftover Men - 12 Sept 2013

    Thu, 12 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Lucy Ash reports on China’s gender imbalance which by 2020 will leave 24 million bachelors looking for love.

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  • Docs: The New Ottomans Part 3 10 Sept 2013

    Tue, 10 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Turkish businessmen have been rapidly rebuilding their links with the Balkan states – and some see this as a first step towards rebuilding of bridges with Western Europe. What is Turkey's relationship with Europe?

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  • Docs: The Congress and the Commander in Chief 7 Sep 2013

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The history of tension between the US President and Congress over taking military action. President Obama seems to be setting a precedent by asking Congress to debate and vote in advance of action in Syria. How will this action be judged against 200 years of America deciding between peace and war?

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  • Docs: Boom and Bust in Australia’s coal country 5 Sept 2013

    Thu, 5 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    James Fletcher travels to Mackay in Queensland’s coal country to hear one town’s tales from the boom and see how it’s dealing with the current bust.

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  • Docs: The New Ottomans Part Two 3 Sept 2013

    Tue, 3 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Turkey's new relationships with its traditional allies - the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East: the former lands of the Ottoman Empire. Presented by Allan Little.

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  • Docs: Rewriting the Revolution 2 Sept 2013

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Shaimaa Khalil looks at the Arab Spring through the eyes of prominent writers Egypt's Sara Khorshid, Libyan author Ghazi Gheblawi, Tunisia's Samar Samir Mezghanni, Farea Al-Muslimi from Yemen and Syrian author Samar Yazbek.

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  • Docs: Inside Gay Pakistan 29 Aug 2013

    Thu, 29 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mobeen Azhar investigates life in gay, urban Pakistan and finds out what it's really like to be gay in Pakistan.

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  • Docs: Turkey - The New Ottomans - 27 Aug 2013

    Tue, 27 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Allan Little charts the politcal changes in Turkey from the birth of the republic and the secularism of Kemal Ataturk, to the mass demonstrations in Istanbul and other Turkish cities were born of the frustration of an educated middle class.

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  • Docs: Turkey’s New Opposition 22 Aug 2013

    Thu, 22 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Emre Azizlerli explores the strange new alliances forged in Turkey's anti-government protests, and asks if this diverse movement can hold together.

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  • Docs: Kazakhstan’s living Gulags 15 Aug 2013

    Thu, 15 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The Soviet Gulag system is said to live on in Kazakhstan's jails, the prison population are thought be facing’ daily torture and humiliation. Rayhan Demeytrie investigates.

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  • Docs: Feeding the World 13 Aug 2013

    Tue, 13 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    America's Food for Peace programme ships American-grown food in sacks across the world to feed the world's starving people. It is proposed that this inefficient system changes and money is sent to buy food locally. David Loyn reports.

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  • Tel Aviv Comes Out

    Sun, 11 Aug 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    In many Middle East countries being gay can lead to the death penalty. So why is Tel Aviv investing so much in promoting the city as a place that accepts and welcomes gay men and women? Tim Samuels reveals how Tel Aviv has become a leading gay city following a concerted campaign by the Mayor. Critics accuse Israel of 'pink-washing' to soften its image.

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  • Docs: Bombing Boston 8 Aug 2013

    Thu, 8 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Hilary Andersson investigates what really lay behind the Boston marathon bombings and asks whether tough new strategies to prevent future terrorist attacks are likely to work.

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  • The Truth and Nothing but the Truth

    Tue, 6 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Geoff Bunn investigates the latest lie-detecting technology. He discovers that the early history of the lie detector features psychologist William Marston, creator of the comic book character Wonder Woman, and an amateur magician, Leonarde Keeler, who was an inspiration for the comic strip hero, Dick Tracy

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  • Docs: Miracle Village 1 Aug 2013

    Thu, 1 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Miracle Village is home to over a hundred sex offenders. But do Florida’s strict residency rules make the population safer, and prevent re-offending?

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  • Race for Equality, Episode 2

    Tue, 30 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Ghana sent just four Paralympians to the 2012 Olympics, none of whom made it to the victory podium. After the difficulties they faced getting there, is there still the will to make it to Rio 2016? Have the athletes helped dispel Ghanaians' negative attitude towards disability?

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  • Docs: Nightingales of India 28 Jul 2013

    Sun, 28 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Sisters Lata and Asha have forged Bollywood singing careers spanning more than six decades and are known as the 'Nightingales of India'.

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  • Six Months in Captivity

    Sat, 27 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    In September 2011, Judith and David Tebbutt set off to Kenya on holiday. They were kidnapped by armed pirates. Judith was separated from her husband and taken to Somalia. Held hostage for more than six months in harsh and humiliating conditions, for a large ransom, responsibility for securing her release rested with her son, Ollie. In this rare interview she explains how hope helped her endure the horrific ordeal.

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  • Docs: Spain: Operation FGM - 25 July 13

    Thu, 25 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In Spain a doctor offers reconstructive surgery to women who have had female genital mutilation. Linda Pressly hears the stories of Rosa and Wenkune. Will the operation work?

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  • Docs: Under Attack 21 July 2013

    Sun, 21 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The Threat from Cyberspace: The alarming extent to which cyberspace is being used to steal, to spy and to wage war. With BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera.

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  • Docs: Welfare Britain – the New Reality 18 July 2013

    Thu, 18 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    London families talk to Nina Robinson about the reality of new welfare reforms.

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  • Docs: Race for Equality, Episode 1, 16 July 2013

    Tue, 16 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tatyana McFadden is one of the most successful wheelchair racers in Paralympic history - but it's her victories off the track that have defined her.

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  • Docs: Law Behind Bars 14 July 2013

    Sun, 14 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Meet the Kenyan prisoners acting as lawyers on behalf of themselves and fellow inmates. Most people who face criminal charges in Kenya go to court without a lawyer. By the Kenyan judiciary's own admission, this leads to a great deal of injustice.

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  • Docs: Greece – In Sickness and in Debt 11 July 2013

    Thu, 11 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to doctors and patients who struggle to cope as hospitals in Greece are hit by cuts and are running out of basic medical supplies.

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  • Home Away From Home 9 Jul 2013

    Tue, 9 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Meet the Somali community whose families first settled in Cardiff's Butetown in 1890, as seafarers and dock workers. More recent arrivals tell their stories, too.

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  • Docs: Sweden’s Angry Suburbs 4 July 2013

    Thu, 4 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Mansel reports from Stockholm in the wake of riots that started in the suburbs there and spread across Sweden.

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  • Docs: Media Futures - Internet Age 02 July 2013

    Tue, 2 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the fourth and final part of the programme, Mark Coles considers the lessons that we might extrapolate from the previous episodes' findings - our future media will be more mobile; but what wider lessons can we learn from the digital evolution of newspapers, radio and television?

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  • Docs: Kermit Gosnell: Doctor and Murderer

    Thu, 27 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Authorities knew there were big problems at Dr Kermit Gosnell’s west Philadelphia clinic. Why did it take them so long to act?

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  • Docs: Media Futures - Television 25 June 2013

    Tue, 25 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Why are new forms of video production and delivery such as You Tube's recently launched "channels" so appealing? Mark Coles reports.

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  • Docs: France – The Tale of Two Factories 20 June 2013

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The northern French town of Amiens has two tyre factories with very different fates, but while one is slated for closure, the other has a bright future.

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  • Docs: Media Futures - Radio 18 June 2013

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mark Coles discovers that in Africa, the medium is evolving to suit delivery over mobile phone networks, with programmes of just a few minutes in length.

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  • Docs: The Man Who Fell to Earth - 13 June 2013

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rob Walker investigates a mysterious death in London’s suburbia. Its the story of one’s man desperate search for a better life. A story that spans two continents and 8 countries.

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  • Docs: Media Futures 11 June 2013

    Tue, 11 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    1/4. Does the internet mean the end of the daily newspaper?

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  • Docs: Damascus Diary - 6 June 2013

    Thu, 6 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In this intimate, revealing programme, Lina Sinjab combines dramatic scenes and interview material with a personal audio diary as she reports on the Syrian conflict.

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  • Docs: Ahmadinejad: The Populist and the Pariah 4 Jun 13

    Tue, 4 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The rise - and legacy - of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. How did this provincial politician with a PhD in traffic management came to take on Iran's ruling clerics?

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  • Docs: Azerbaijan – Heroes and Villains 30 May 2013

    Thu, 30 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Heroes and villains in Azerbaijan and what they tell us about national identity there. Damien McGuinness reports from the former Soviet republic.

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – The Next Generation 28 May 2013

    Tue, 28 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Egypt’s youth were at the forefront of the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square in 2011. Two years on has revolution made their lives better and how do they see the future?

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  • Docs: Tax Avoidance: The Hidden Cost 26 May 2013

    Sun, 26 May 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    While the low tax bills of Google, Starbucks and Amazon trigger political uproar, Michael Robinson shows how aggressive tax-avoidance helps power the spread of global companies.

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  • Docs: Guns and Mental Health in America 23 May 2013

    Thu, 23 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Many of America’s mass killers have had mental health problems yet America is a country where millions who are mentally ill go without treatment and have easy access to guns.

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – Far from Cairo 21 May 2013

    Tue, 21 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Shaimaa accompanies a young revolutionary back to his home town to see whether the revolution is likely to change anything so far from Cairo.

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  • Docs: Romario tackles Brazil 16 May 2013

    Thu, 16 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Tim Franks meets Romario - Brazil's World Cup-winning footballer, turned serious politician. Is this a genuine transformation for one of the country's notorious celebrity bad-boys?

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – Men in Uniform 14 May 2013

    Tue, 14 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Can Egypt’s police force rebuild its reputation and will the army stay out of politics? Shaimaa Khalil get special access to Egypt’s Police Academy and speaks to those close to the army.

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  • Docs: Return to Ghana’s Oil City 09 May 2013

    Thu, 9 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rob Walker returns to the port of Takoradi, the hub for Ghana’s new oil industry, to find out what difference oil has made to its residents.

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge Part 3 (Making a Living) 7 May 13

    Tue, 7 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Shaimaa Khalil examines the state of Egypt’s economy two years after its revolution. Then people were calling for bread, freedom and social justice – have those demands been met?

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  • Docs: Hazaras, Hatred and Pakistan 2nd May 2013

    Thu, 2 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mobeen Azhar investigates violence against Pakistan’s Hazara minority in the city of Quetta.

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – Part 2 (Free to Speak) 30 Apr 13

    Tue, 30 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Shaimaa Khalil listens to the new voices of the Egyptian revolution. Under President Mubarak the media was restricted – all that’s changed but it’s presenting new challenges.

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  • Docs: The Belarusian University in Exile 25 Apr 2013

    Thu, 25 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Few dare to speak out in Belarus but the opposition has found a way of making it’s voice heard in neighbouring Lithuania.

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  • Docs: Egypt’s Challenge Part 1 (Returning Home) 23 Apr 2013

    Tue, 23 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As Egypt struggles with its new democracy, Shaimaa Khalil examines the dramatic challenges facing post revolutionary Egypt.

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  • Docs: CEO Guru 20 Apr 2013

    Sat, 20 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Top chief executives - including Lenovo's Chairman Liu Chuanzhi and Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP - talk about their values, their dreams and how they hope to lead their companies to success in the 21st century.

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  • Docs: Mexico Vigilantes 18th Apr 2013

    Thu, 18 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In many parts of Mexico, insecurity has become the principle preoccupation for most people. Linda Pressly meets the self-defence groups who are taking the law into their own hands.

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  • Docs: The Truth About Pope Francis 13 Apr 2013

    Sat, 13 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mark Dowd travels to Argentina to probe the background of the new Pope.

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  • Docs: Ukraine’s HIV/Aids Epidemic 11 Apr 13

    Thu, 11 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ukraine is second only to Russia in having the highest infection rates in Europe. Lucy Ash travels to Kyiv and Odessa to see why fighting HIV is so difficult in Ukraine.

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  • Docs: The Forgotten Black Cowboys 09 Apr 13

    Tue, 9 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor tells the story of the African American cowboys. How did they get airbrushed out of movies and history books?

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  • Docs: The Bank That Brought Down Cyprus 04 Apr 2013

    Thu, 4 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Simon Cox finds out from employees and executives at the now defunct Laiki Bank how billions handed out in bad loans created a financial time-bomb.

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  • Docs: Sisters in Science 30 Mar 2013

    Sat, 30 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Penny Dale travels to Tanzania to explore the state of science and technology in one of Africa's poorest countries – through the eyes of its female scientists.

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  • Docs: Snitching in the USA 28 Mar 2013

    Thu, 28 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Informants play a key role in the US justice system. But there are few regulations about how ‘snitches’ are used. Assignment investigates the growing calls to reform the system.

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  • Studio in the Sand 26 Mar 2013

    Tue, 26 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The music of refugee camps of the Saharawi people in Algeria and their efforts to bring their forgotten plight to international attention with a new studio in the desert.

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  • Docs: What If... We all had a car? 23 Mar 2013

    Sat, 23 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As the number of cars on the road increases, how can they be developed to prevent global gridlock and increased pollution? Theo Leggett investigates.

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  • Docs: Tunisia’s Harlem Shake 21 Mar 13

    Thu, 21 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How an internet dance craze has become a sometimes violent battleground between conservatives and liberals in Tunisia. Neal Razzell reporting.

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  • What If... The Best Education 19 Mar 13

    Tue, 19 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Will a sophisticated revolution in online teaching - from the best universities on the planet - meet the shortage of higher education across the world?

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  • Docs: What if... The Next Tech Billionaires 16 Mar 13

    Sat, 16 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    People with ideas flock to Silicon Valley, where innovation and invention are celebrated and investors are willing to take a chance on the next big thing.

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  • Docs: Nepal: Getting Away With Murder - 14 Mar 2013

    Thu, 14 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The families of those who disappeared during Nepal’s civil war demand answers and justice. But, as Joanna Jolly reports politicians from both sides prefer to bury the past.

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  • After Saddam 12 March 2013

    Tue, 12 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hugh Sykes visits the Marsh Arabs and Basra, occupied by British forces for six years. How has life changed for them since the fall of Saddam Hussein?

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  • Docs: Red Dirt Dreaming - Part Two 09 Mar 13

    Sat, 9 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Neil Trevithick and Kirsti Melville drive south from the Kimberley into the even-larger area of the Pilbara which has been heavily mined for more than 50 years. If there are any lessons to be learnt about the good and the bad that mining brings to country and community, then it is in the Pilbara.

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  • Docs: What If... We Could Shape our Lives 09 Mar 13

    Sat, 9 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    As the future world faces huge changes in everything from family size to opportunities for women and length of life, how far are individuals in control? Shakespearean drama meets surprising statistics as Chris Bowlby investigates.

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  • Docs: What If... Women Ruled the World? 08 Mar 13

    Fri, 8 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary to Bill Clinton, looks at the US State Department – it's had three female heads in the last 15 years – how has that changed the culture of the organisation?

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  • Docs: Escape from Sinai - 7 Mar 2013

    Thu, 7 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Every year thousands of young men and women make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt via Sudan. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers. Mike Thomson reports.

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  • Docs: After Saddam - Part 1 - 05 Mar 2013

    Tue, 5 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How have Iraqis' lives changed in the 10 years since an invasion toppled Saddam Hussein? Hugh Sykes investigates.

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  • Docs: In My Mother's Image 03 Mar 13

    Sun, 3 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The story of a photograph, a mother who died young and the desire to honour those we’ve loved and lost.

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  • Docs: Red Dirt Dreaming - Part One 02 Mar 13

    Sat, 2 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Neil Trevithick and Kirsti Melville journey across Western Australia to a pristine promontary called James Price Point, 60km north of the small resort town of Broome, to hear how the indigenous population is at odds with the huge industrial destructive non-replenishing nature of mining.

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  • Docs: The Struggle for Land on Kenya’s Coast 28 Feb 2013

    Thu, 28 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A separatist group on Kenya’s coast is calling on voters there to boycott the upcoming elections. How credible a threat will they pose to the next Kenyan government?

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  • The Drowning City 26 Feb 2013

    Tue, 26 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How Hurricane Sandy prompted New York and other coastal cities to face the reality of rising sea levels.

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  • Docs: Rosa Parks - Quiet Revolutionary 23 Feb 2013

    Sat, 23 Feb 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    February marks the centenary of the birth of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, is celebrated as the birth of the civil rights movement in the USA. Max Easterman offers a unique portrait of the woman who inspired Martin Luther King and civil rights activism across the world.

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  • Docs: Italian Connection 21 Feb 2013

    Thu, 21 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The family may be central to Italian business life, but many economists believe that Nepotism is also holding the country back

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  • When Assisted Death is Legal - Part Two

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How does it feel to be part of ending someone's life? Liz Carr talks to the doctors and volunteers who conduct assisted suicide and enable people to die.

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  • When Assisted Death is Legal - Part One

    Tue, 19 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It is possible to balance the right of the individual who wants to die with the responsibility of society to protect those who don't? Liz Carr visits Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg to find out.

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  • Girls' Night Out

    Mon, 18 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How do men treat women when they are out for a night? Five young women compare experiences in Kampala, Ottawa, Rio, Ramallah and Melbourne.

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  • The Next Pope 15 Feb 2013

    Mon, 18 Feb 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    What kind of Pope does the Catholic Church need? A conservative or a reformer? Dan Damon joins Vatican experts and religious leaders to examine the future of the papacy.

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  • What If We Fall In Love In The Future

    Sat, 16 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nine short stories from around the world, looking at who we fall in love with, the way we do it now, and how it's changing.

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  • Docs: Murder in Corsica 14 Feb 2013

    Thu, 14 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tom Esslemont investigates why assassinations are happening in Corsica and why so few of them have been solved.

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  • The Silent Epidemic 12 Feb 13

    Tue, 12 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Drowning is the cause of a quarter of a million child fatalities every year. Mark Whitaker reports from Bangladesh and Vietnam.

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  • Hillary Clinton's Journey 09 Feb 13

    Sat, 9 Feb 13

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Kim Ghattas analyses Hillary Clinton’s record as America’s chief diplomat and conducts an in-depth interview about her past, present and future.

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  • Docs: India's Uterus Scam 7 Feb 2013

    Thu, 7 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Jill McGivering investigates health clinics in rural India where thousands of unregulated private clinics are accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies.

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  • Phelophepa 05 Feb 13

    Tue, 5 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A mobile health clinic called Phelophepa (meaning good, clean health) is a permanently staffed train that brings healthcare to remote rural regions of South Africa.

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  • What If Chicken Conquers the World? 02 Feb 13

    Sat, 2 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Could test tube or laboratory-reared chicken ever replace meat from birds? And how to vaccinate a chick before it hatches.

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  • Docs: Roma Children in Care 31 Jan 2013

    Thu, 31 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Why are so many children from Europe’s biggest ethnic minority – the Roma – being taken into local authority care in Britain? Simon Cox travels to the north of England to find out

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  • The Path to English

    Tue, 29 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Meet the people learning English from scratch in the UK. Many of them are immigrants or refugees from countries who arrive with little English and quickly have to adapt.

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  • What If... Chicken Conquers the World?

    Sun, 27 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Chicken farming dates back 10,000 years and produces 50 billion chickens to eat each year. Susie Emmett meets the people behind the global poultry business.

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  • Docs: Libya - Life After Revolution Jan 2013

    Thu, 24 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A little over a year after Gaddafi's death, writer and journalist, Justin Marozzi, asks if this fractured country can come together again.

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  • Pity the Poor Soccer Stars 22 Jan 13

    Tue, 22 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Could better financial education be the key to providing for African footballers in their retirement?

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  • Uzbek to My Roots 19 Dec 13

    Sat, 19 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Amy Cordell's family still cleaves to the ancient traditions of her Bukharian grandparents who were once part of a 95,000-strong community of Jews, living in Uzbekistan.

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  • Docs: Tajik Drugs JAN 2013

    Thu, 17 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Rustam Qobil travels to remote border villages in Tajikistan to find out how communities are being affected by the drugs trade from Afghanistan.

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  • Pity the Poor Soccer Stars 15 Jan 13

    Tue, 15 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Why do so many African football stars go from rags to riches - and back to rags again? Farayi Mungazi is in Africa to find out.

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  • Voices from the Ghetto

    Mon, 14 Jan 13

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Oyneg Shabbat was the contemporaneous and clandestine project to record the history, life and death of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw during World War II.

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  • Changing Burma 28 Dec 12

    Sun, 13 Jan 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    A guide to Burma’s extraordinary year. What are the challenges for 2013? James Menedez and Soe Win Than presents Changing Burma.

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  • Taxing America 21 Dec 12

    Sat, 12 Jan 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Is it true that Americans hate paying tax? Owen Bennett-Jones explores the reasons why there appears to be such widespread and fierce resistance to taxation.

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  • Docs: India's Lost Girls

    Thu, 10 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Natalia Antelava investigates the trafficking of girls within India for sale into marriage or prostitution. Listeners may find some parts of this programme disturbing.

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  • Europe Moves East 08 Jan 13

    Tue, 8 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Since 1989, the EU's centre of gravity has shifted from Western Europe - in particular France and Germany - eastwards to former Eastern bloc countries such as Poland. Why?

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  • Docs: Japan Forced Confessions Jan 2013

    Thu, 3 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In Japan the majority of crimes are solved by the use of confessions. But there’s growing concern that too many of these confessions are forced and unsound. Mariko Oi investigates. Nina Robinson producing.

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  • The Hackers 01 Jan 13

    Tue, 1 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Governments, companies and criminals do it. But in recent years some of the highest profile computer hacks have come from hacktivist groups. Who are they and what motivates them?

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  • Docs: Burma Dec 2012

    Thu, 27 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    New democratic freedoms are allowing farmers to protest as companies grab their land for agriculture and land. Lucy Ash reporting.

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  • Bollywood Breaking Barriers 25 Dec 12

    Tue, 25 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Does the Bollywood film industry need to broaden its fanbase to appeal to international, non-Indian audiences to survive in the future?

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  • Lullabies in the Arab World

    Sat, 22 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A look at the unique narratives and symbolism of the lullabies of the Arab world, which are a form of self-expression for women.

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  • Docs: El Salvador Dec 2012

    Thu, 20 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    El Salvador's violent street gangs have made a truce. The murder rate has plummeted, and quality of life for many Salvadorans has improved dramatically. But can it last?

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  • Bollywood Breaking Barriers 18 Dec 12

    Tue, 18 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    After 100 years of Bollywood cinematic magic, how are filmmakers dealing with India's diverging audiences and wildly different expectations?

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  • No Greater Love 15 Dec 12

    Sat, 15 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A powerful memorial to the bravery of an ordinary man Leigh Pitt, who saved a boy from drowning but did not himself survive.

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  • Docs: Argentina’s Numbers Game Dec 2012

    Thu, 13 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The IMF is threatening to throw Argentina out of the Fund if it doesn’t start reporting credible figures for inflation.

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  • The Cost of Doing Time 11 Dec 2012

    Tue, 11 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Many ex-offenders in the US leave prison indebted to the courts. Why do one in five people in Philadelphia owe around $1.5 billion in criminal court debt?

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  • Anzac

    Sat, 8 Dec 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    For 95 years, the ‘Anzac Legend’ has been at the heart of Australia’s national identity. Through a government-sponsored programme of commemoration and education, Australians are taught that part of their identity was forged on the battlefields of Europe, the Gallipoli peninsula and in South-East Asia throughout the twentieth century. Sharon Mascal asks what Anzac means today.

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  • Docs: A Long Walk Into History 08 Dec 12

    Sat, 8 Dec 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Sol River talks to James Meredith, who walked into history as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962.

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  • Docs: US Prison Rape Dec 2012

    Thu, 6 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Linda Pressly investigates why rape and sexual abuse is so common in America's huge prison system - and asks if new measures to fight it will succeed.

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  • Decontaminating Halabja 03 Dec 12

    Tue, 4 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    John Simpson looks back at the chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, unleashed by Saddam Hussein in 1988. What hope and justice can a new scientific investigation offer to the families of those 5000 civilians who lost their lives?

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  • Docs: The Language of Lullabies 01 Dec 12

    Sat, 1 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Exploring lullabies from around the world and their role in child development.

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  • Docs: Afghanistan’s Warlords Nov 2012

    Thu, 29 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In many remote areas of Afghanistan – where few foreign journalists have access - it’s the Kalashnikov rather than the ballot box that dictates who holds power.

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  • Docs: Tehrangeles 27 Nov 12

    Tue, 27 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The largest Iranian community outside Iran can be found in the heart of LA. What is that diaspora's story? Iranian stand-up comedian and actor Maz Jobrani begins his journey on Westwood Boulevard, a street lined with Iranian stores, restaurants, beauty salons, cafes and businesses, where everyone speaks Farsi and all the shop signs are in Persian.

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  • Docs: Sport and Crime in Trinidad Nov 2012

    Thu, 22 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nina Robinson investigates whether the government of Trinidad and Tobago's initiative to get more people involved in sport can reduce the country’s high rates of crime.

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  • Poor Reporting, Nov 2012

    Tue, 20 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What does it take to get people in the rich world engaged in the issue of global poverty? How can you avoid cliché, sentimentality and callousness? What stops people turning off?

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  • Docs: The Mayor of Mogadishu Nov 2012

    Thu, 15 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Andrew Harding joins Mohamed Ahmed Noor who, by request of the president, has returned with his wife and family from a life in London to try and clean up Mogadishu.

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  • Influence By Degree 13 Nov 12

    Tue, 13 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Rob Broomby explores how British universities are adapting to commercial times and asks if significant donations could distort the academic agenda.

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  • Docs: Reality Radio 10 Nov 12

    Sat, 10 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Phil Maguire, Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association (PRA), reports on the launch of Rise Maximum Radio, based inside Trinidad and Tobago's Maximum Security Prison and hears this remarkable radio station's first moments on-air.

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  • Docs: Israel’s New Front Line

    Thu, 8 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How exemption from conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews is exposing Israel's fault lines. Linda Pressly reports.

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  • Docs: Influence By Degree, Episode 1

    Tue, 6 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Across the developed world, government funding for universities is drying up. That means universities are having to seek finance elsewhere. Princeton University is the master at getting money from former students. Rob Broomby hears concerns about how donations are changing academic priorities.

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  • Life Blood

    Sat, 3 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In Japan people believe that your blood type - or ketsueki-gata - defines your temperament and personality. What implications does this have for life, work and love?

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  • Docs: Syria Behind Rebel Lines NOV 2012

    Thu, 1 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Whewell gets rare access to a rebel held town in northern Syria.

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  • Docs: History Lessons For China's New Leaders Ep 2 OCT 2012

    Tue, 30 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The series History Lessons for China's New Leaders recalls some of the most important stories from Chinese history. In part 2 Carrie Gracie looks at the lessons from history as seen by the Chinese people.

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  • Docs: The Left To Die Boat 27 Oct 12

    Sat, 27 Oct 12

    Duration:
    54 mins

    The tragic story of African migrants who fled fighting in Libya on an inflatable boat.

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  • Docs: Putin’s Favourite Monastery Oct 2012

    Thu, 25 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The island monastery of Valaam in northern Russia is a beacon for orthodox believers and a favourite of President Putin. But all is not well with the island's inhabitants.

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  • Docs: History Lessons For China's New Leaders Ep 1 OCT 2012

    Tue, 23 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The series History Lessons for China's New Leaders recalls some of the most important stories from Chinese history. In part 1 on the eve of the 18th Communist Party Congress, Carrie Gracie looks at lessons from history for China’s new leaders.

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  • Docs: The Nowhere Man 20 Oct 12

    Sat, 20 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Meet Muhammad Idrees Idrees, the man who overstayed his Indian visa and was stripped of his nationality and identity.

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  • America: Two Men, Two Visions

    Thu, 18 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Episode 2: Power and Foreign Policy - How do America's presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney believe the US should interact with the rest of the world?

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  • Docs: America: Two Men, Two Visions

    Tue, 16 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    America's presidential election campaign is now in its closing stages. The leaders of the two parties - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - have very different ideas for America. What is each candidate's ideological vision for the future?

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  • Docs: Don't Log Off 13 Oct 12

    Sat, 13 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Alan Dein attempts to cross the world on a late-night excursion via Facebook and Skype.

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  • Docs: Iran’s Currency Crisis 12 Oct 12

    Fri, 12 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What does the collapse in Iran's currency mean for ordinary people and the regime? Pooneh Ghoddoosi reports.

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  • Docs: Germany’s Circumcision Row 11th Oct 2012

    Thu, 11 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    ** Please note this programme contains a description of a medical circumcision ** As the German government proposes to make religious circumcision explicitly legal, Stephen Evans talks to the people - Jews and Muslim - who do it; to the lawyer who wants it banned and to a Muslim who regrets being circumcised.

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  • The Cabinet of Animosities

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    An audio tour of The Museum of Broken Relationships and the stories behind the objects it exhibits: the things left behind at the end of love affairs… shared belongings, mementos and gifts.

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  • Docs: African Perspective - Lipstick Evangelists 06 Oct 2012

    Sat, 6 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    South Africa remains a growing market for Avon cosmetics despite a slump elsewhere. How has Avon managed to make such inroads into South Africa? Who are the Avon ladies? We travel with two reps to find out what it is like to be a door-to-door salesperson in a country where people are often afraid to open their doors because of high rates of crime.

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  • On the trail of South Africa’s missing textbooks.

    Thu, 4 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Many pupils and parents in the north of South Africa are furious the government has failed to deliver text books on time. For Assignment, Rob Walker investigates allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

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  • The Battle for Point Hope

    Tue, 2 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Recorded in the days before the exploratory drilling begins off the Alaskan coast, May Abdalla travels to Point Hope, not far from where the drilling will begin, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

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  • Docs: Real America: Bon Voyage

    Sat, 29 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A dying man and his husband try to meet death in style with a "bon voyage party", but realise dying cannot be choreographed. Please note, Paul Perkovic died on 26 November 2012, in Eric Trefelner's arms at their home in Montara, California.

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  • Wanting Out of New Zealand’s Gangs

    Thu, 27 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    New Zealand's street gangs are established, territorial and notoriously intimidating. Leaving them is incredibly difficult, and "punishments" are often administered to those that try. Warning: This programme contains description of torture and sexual violence which some listeners may find disturbing.

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  • The Battle for Point Hope

    Tue, 25 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    May Abdalla travels to the settlement of Point Hope, a remote Alaskan village, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

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  • Docs: The House of Assad 24 Sept 2012

    Mon, 24 Sep 12

    Duration:
    57 mins

    The Assad family has now been in power in Syria for more than 40 years. The country may be embroiled in a civil war, but President Bashar Al-Assad has so far withstood the winds of change of the Arab Spring, as well as the international calls for him to go. Owen Bennett Jones asks how this dynasty has survived so long?

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  • Docs: Real America: Waiting In Line In America 22 Sept 2012

    Sat, 22 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Benjamen Walker visits airports, amusement parks, roadways and colleges to document how the priority queue is re-ordering American society.

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  • Ties

    Fri, 21 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Why do we do the things we do? Mike Williams searches for the extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions. This week, why do we wear ties?

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  • It's all in the Name: Adoption in Japan

    Thu, 20 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It's a unique Japanese practice. Each year in Japan there are tens of thousands of unusual adoptions – very different from adoptions elsewhere in the world. They're mostly of grown men, adopted by their wife's family, so that they can then take over the family business and keep the family name alive. Mariko Oi has been to Japan to investigate. She meets, among others, a famous Kabuki performer and the owner of a spa hotel, who runs the world's oldest family business.

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  • Can Latinos Save America?

    Tue, 18 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Latinos are part of the fabric of the USA, so what role will they play in the nation's forthcoming elections? Claire Bolderson visits Miami and looks at the future of America's fastest growing minority.

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  • Docs: Real America: Atheists In Black America 15 Sept 2012

    Sat, 15 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Why are there a growing number of African-Americans who openly don't believe in God or the church? Sarah Richards reports.

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  • Hunted to Death - Gay Life in Iraq

    Thu, 13 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    *This programme contains views and language which some listeners may find offensive and upsetting* Iraq can cost you your life. In a hard-hitting Assignment programme Natalia Antelava reports from Iraq on the persecution of gays in the country.

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  • Can Latinos Save America? - Part One

    Tue, 11 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic population in the USA. In the first episode of a two-part documentary, Claire Bolderson asks whether the Hispanic population could help re-energise the country.

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  • Docs: Mexico Rising 08 Sept 2012

    Sat, 8 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    BBC correspondent Will Grant challenges stereotypes as he investigates Mexico's economy. He talks to industry leaders, workers, politicians and economists.

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  • Russia's Far Right

    Thu, 6 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Assignment Tom Esslemont examines the disturbing world of Russia’s skinhead ultra nationalists.

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  • Docs: No Country For Old Women 01 Sept 2012

    Sat, 1 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Kati Whitaker gains rare access to Northern Ghana's witch camps, where old women accused of witchcraft are banished.

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  • Docs: Assignment - Romania Gold Rush 30 Aug 2012

    Thu, 30 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tessa Dunlop travels to Romania to investigate why a proposed open-cast gold mine, that would be Europe's largest, has caused a political storm all over the country.

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  • Swimming with Piranhas

    Tue, 28 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Mike Greenwood journeys across one of the world's final frontiers, the Chaco in Paraguay, to uncover how environmental groups, ranchers and missionaries are battling for the soul of one of the last wildernesses.

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  • Docs: The Culture Of Gaming - Part Two 25 Aug 2012

    Tue, 28 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Aleks Krotoski explores what computer gaming offers as a cultural medium. In part two of this two-part documentary she examines how cultural difference is reflected in games and hears how people increasingly want to reflect their cultural experiences in them.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 5/5 Wheelchair Rugby

    Fri, 24 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Gareth Mitchell visits Canada to meet one of the teams behind the most violent sport in the Paralympics -€“ wheelchair rugby.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 4/5 Cheating in the Paralympics

    Thu, 23 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Measures to stop drugs cheats in the Paralympics are already in place but as BBC World Service Science Correspondent Matt McGrath reports, the rule book is a long one.

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  • Bulgaria's Deadly Game

    Thu, 23 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    No fewer than twenty football bosses have been murdered in Bulgaria in the last decade. In Assignment, Margot Dunne explores reports of deep rooted corruption and matchfixing in the country's top league.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 3/5 Ukraine's Success

    Wed, 22 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    In Beijing in 2008, the Ukrainian Paralympic Team came 4th in the league of medals. Andriy Kravets discovers how the country managed this surprising achievement and how it is preparing for the London Games, and questions whether the success of its Paralympic Team has had an impact on how disability is viewed in Ukraine.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 2/5 Technology

    Tue, 21 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Gareth Mitchell looks at the technology behind the Paralympics and visits a German factory where carbon fibre running blades are produced.

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  • Great Expectations - Episode 9

    Tue, 21 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Documentary-maker Nina Robinson concludes her two-year project to capture the attitudes of London's Eastenders to the biggest event to ever take place in their locality: the Olympic Games. In this episode she finds out if her participants feel willing and able to join the Olympics party.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 1/5 Intellectual Disabilities

    Mon, 20 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Athletes with learning disabilities, back in the Paralympics after a 12 year ban

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  • Docs: The Culture Of Gaming - Part One 18 Aug 2012

    Sat, 18 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Aleks Krotoski explores what computer gaming offers as a cultural medium. In part one she visists The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington.

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  • Korea's Host Bars

    Thu, 16 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Lucy Williamson reports on the host bars in South Korea that cater to women's desires for male companionship.

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  • Docs: Just Add Cash - Part Two 14 Aug 2012

    Tue, 14 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Financial journalist and broadcaster Max Flint investigates the positives of inflation. He looks at how inflation can shrink mortgages, shrivel debt, create growth and disposable income.

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  • Cold Turkey in Karachi

    Thu, 9 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Karachi has a population of 20 million, of whom an estimated half a million are chronic heroin addicts. For Assignment Mobeen Azhar finds out how a charity is helping them and their families.

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  • Docs: Just Add Cash - Part One 07 Aug 2012

    Tue, 7 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Financial journalist and broadcaster Max Flint investigates the negatives of inflation using the lessons of history by revisiting its bad reputation, in different parts of the world.

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  • Riding in Rwanda - Assignment

    Thu, 2 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Mansel reports from Ruhengeri in the mountainous north-west of Rwanda on the Rwandan cyclists who have become the nation’s heroes.

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  • An Unspeakable Act - Part Two

    Tue, 31 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the second part of his bold examination of rape in the DRC, award winning writer and Guardian journalist Will Storr meets male victims of sexual violence. He asks why NGOs and the UN are seemingly resistant to looking at this issue.

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  • Docs: Learning To Lose - 29 Jul 2012

    Sun, 29 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Olympic athletes dream of winning, but don't they owe it to themselves to prepare for the more probable outcome of losing?

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  • Spain's Runway to Nowhere

    Thu, 26 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What can a new but closed airport tell us about Spain's economic crisis?

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  • Docs: Syria - The Road To Justice

    Wed, 25 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The mass killings of civilians in Houla immediately led to calls for the ICC to investigate and for those responsible to be held to account. But in cases like this, how likely is it that international justice will eventually be done?

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  • An Unspeakable Act - Part One

    Tue, 24 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this powerful documentary, Will Storr examines a taboo that still reigns even in the most diabolical of conflicts. The beautiful but incredibly violent Lake Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been dubbed the 'rape capital of the world'. In the first part of a searing two-part documentary, award-winning writer and Guardian journalist Will Storr travels to the DRC to meet the women who are menaced daily by the escaped genocidaires from neighbouring Rwanda and by their own army. He finds that they are desperate for the world to hear their harrowing stories.

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  • Docs: Securing The Games - 23 Jul 2012

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera talks to the people behind the largest security operation in peacetime, designed to ensure London's 2012 Olympic Games go ahead without interruption.

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  • Docs: London Calling: No Greater Love - 21 Jul 2012

    Sat, 21 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A powerful memorial to the bravery of an ordinary man Leigh Pitt, who saved a boy from drowning but did not himself survive.

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  • Culture and Freedom in Benghazi

    Thu, 19 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nina Robinson explores newfound cultural freedoms in Libya’s second city Benghazi.

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  • It Started With a Tweet - Part 2

    Tue, 17 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Shanghai-based journalist Duncan Hewitt concludes his look at the burgeoning microblogging trend in China and the profound effect it is having on society and culture.

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  • Docs: London Calling: The London Chronicles - 14 Jul 2012

    Sat, 14 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can a city retain a memory and if so what does it sound like? Francesca Panetta goes on an audio journey of London, away from the fanfare and voices of the Olympic venues, to listen to the city's murky and varied past.

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  • Docs: The Business Of Personality - Part Two - 14 Jul 2012

    Sat, 14 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How do people from different companies use psychological assessments in the workplace? Lucy Ash investigates.

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  • Peru's Gold Rush

    Thu, 12 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Assignment's Rob Walker reports on the frantic gold rush in Peru that is threatening the Peruvian rainforest.

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  • It Started With a Tweet - Part 1

    Tue, 10 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the first of a two-part series, Duncan Hewitt investigates the impact of microblogging in China, where Sina's Weibo now has a greater membership than Twitter. He meets animal rights activists and mothers promoting breastfeeding as he finds out how social media is fostering a new civil society in China.

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  • Docs: The Business Of Personality - Part One - 08 Jul 2012

    Fri, 6 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How do people from different companies use psychological assessments in the workplace? Lucy Ash investigates.

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  • Docs: Assignment: Russia - Waiting for Justice

    Thu, 5 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Rebecca Kesby investigates allegations of corruption within Russia's criminal justice system.

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  • African Perspective - Living on Death

    Tue, 3 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    They are some of Zambia’s most courageous workers, quietly getting on with their job - a job which is shunned by most of their compatriots. Meet Mwanza and Kapemba, two mortuary attendants working in Lusaka. In this programme, they reveal what their work entails, but also what it feels like to deal with the stigma they face.

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  • The King of Corruption - Assignment

    Thu, 28 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this edition of Assignment Peter Marshall talks to the law enforcement officers who secured the conviction of James Ibori, one time governor of Nigeria’s oil rich Delta State. It is a dramatic story, involving years of detective work, attempted assassination, a high speed car chase and a sack full of cash.

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  • Docs: China's Economy: The Insider's View - Part Two

    Tue, 26 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Chinese market is still dominated by large state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Is it time for the country to turn towards a more Western style of capitalism, or will China continue to follow its own economic model? In the second of two special documentaries, a top Chinese business journalist, Rui Chenggang, concludes his exploration of the big narratives affecting his country's economy.

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  • Philippines Contraception

    Thu, 21 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Assignment, Kate McGeowan reports on the heated debate over contraception in the Philippines.

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  • Docs: China's Economy: The Insider's View - Part One

    Tue, 19 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The world is increasingly looking to China for help with the economy. But what are China's priorities? In the first episode in this two-part BBC series, the country's most prominent business journalist, Rui Chenggang, argues that for China to help the world, China must help itself.

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  • Docs: Is Science Fiction Coming to Africa? - 17 June 2012

    Sun, 17 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is science fiction coming to Africa? Or is it already here? Lauren Beukes, South African author and winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction, discovers an SF scene shaped by people's appreciation of both technology and magic.

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  • The Rise of Syriza

    Thu, 14 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Assignment, Chloe Hadjimatheou tracks the meteoric rise of Syriza, the new force in Greek politics.

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  • Docs: The Art Of Monarchy - Part Four - 12 June 12

    Tue, 12 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The final episode in our four-part exploration of British monarchy, as told through objects in the Royal Collection. The presenter is the BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz. This week, Will looks at objects that testify to the power of the monarchy beyond the British Isles, including a shard of wood from the coffin of George Washington.

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  • Docs: It's A Dog's Life - 9 June 2012

    Fri, 8 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a country having kittens over its plummeting birth-rate, there are now twice as many pets in Japan as there are children. As the number of dogs has increased, so too has the number of childless women and couples, many of whom dote on their dogs in place of children. Roland Buerk seeks an explanation for this explosion in interest in all things canine, and explores the demographic time-bomb behind it.

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  • Assignment - Egypt's Secret Police Files

    Thu, 7 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Helena Merriman goes on the trail of Egypt's secret police files to find out the stories of those whose names were listed in them and to find out whether the files - now in the possession of the new state security police - will ever be made public.

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  • Docs: The Art Of Monarchy - Part Three - 5 June 12

    Tue, 5 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz continues his examination of 1000 years of British monarchy by discussing items in the Royal Collection. This week, Will looks at an idea as old as royalty itself: magnificence. How has the Royal family tried to project its wealth and status through its objects?

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  • Docs: The Royal Visit - Episode Two - 02 June 12

    Sat, 2 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sharon Mascall meets Australians from all walks of life who have met Queen Elizabeth II during her many visits to the country. The Queen's former Private Secretary Sir William Heseltine also sheds light on how the Queen's visits to Australia have changed over time.

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  • Docs: The Art Of The Monarchy - Part Two - 29 May 12

    Tue, 29 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Will Gompertz continues a four-part exploration of almost 1000 years of the British monarchy as told through the objects of art they collected. In part two, he examines items from the Royal Collection that are associated with war.

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  • Docs: The Royal Visit - Episode One 26 May 12

    Sat, 26 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Presenter Dzifa Gbeho tours Accra with Chris Hesse - the then President's official photographer - who followed Queen Elizabeth II's every move during her first visit to Ghana in 1961. This visit is then contrasted with her second visit to the country in 1999.

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  • The Marriage Breakers of Bangladesh

    Thu, 24 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In Bangladesh, twenty percent of girls are married before their fifteenth birthday. This week's Assignment looks at the issue of child marriage, through the eyes of three children.

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  • Guns, Girls and Games

    Thu, 24 May 12

    Duration:
    23 mins

    More women are playing online video games than ever before, but life can be tough for them in this male dominated world. For Assignment, James Fletcher reports. Strong language throughout.

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  • Docs: The Art Of The Monarchy - Part One - 22 May 12

    Tue, 22 May 12

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Will Gompertz begins a four-part exploration of almost 1000 years of the British monarchy as told through the objects of art they collected. In part one, he looks at some of the most personal images in the Royal Collection.

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  • Too Old To Get Rich - Assignment

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    China's natural ageing process has been accelerated by the One Child Policy. For Assignment, Mukul Devichand asks whether Shanghai's ageing population could be undermining economic growth.

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  • Docs: Danger In The Download - Part Three 15 May 12

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the final episode, Ed Butler investigates the many internet stakeholders. What can governments do to protect the net? And what can we do?

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  • Migrants of the Caribbean - Assignment

    Thu, 10 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The drowning of more than fifty people people in a small fishing boat in the Dominican Republic has left the local community in shock.

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  • Danger in the Download - Part Two 8 May 12

    Tue, 8 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is the Internet's original architecture and governance still fit for purpose? Or has it gone out of control and become hopelessly insecure?

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  • A Death in Honduras

    Thu, 3 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. Linda Pressly profiles the People's Funeral Service - a unique organisation offering succour in a sea of violence.

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  • Docs: Danger in the Download - Part One 1 May 12

    Tue, 1 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ed Butler assesses the ever-increasing threats from hackers and cyber weapons, and the challenges that today's most powerful countries face from threats in cyperspace.

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  • Soap Operas - Part Two 28 Apr 12

    Sat, 28 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can soap operas around the world help people approach their lives with a more positive attitude? Your World examines the impact in Rwanda, Turkey, Brazil and India.

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  • In the Shadow of Charles Taylor

    Thu, 26 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sierra Leonean journalist Amara Bangura travels through Sierra Leone and Liberia to meet those who remember the brutality of the Charles Taylor era.

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  • Docs: Nigerian Crossroads - Part Two 24 Apr 12

    Tue, 24 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nigeria is at a crossroads between chaos and a modern state. Can it become the pioneer for Africa? Mark Doyle investigates.

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  • Docs : Soap Operas - Part One 21 Apr 12

    Sat, 21 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can soap operas around the world help people approach their lives with a more positive attitude? Your World examines the impact in Rwanda, Turkey, Brazil and India.

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  • Docs: Bahrain Formula 19 Apr 12

    Thu, 19 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Formula 1 returns to Bahrain this weekend. Last year's race was cancelled amid political unrest. Can the race heal wounds and allow the country to move on?

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  • Docs: Nigerian Crossroads - Part One 17 Apr 12

    Tue, 17 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nigeria is at a crossroads between chaos and a modern state. Can it become the pioneer for Africa? Mark Doyle investigates.

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  • Docs: Global Perspectives: Chatsworth - A Chance For Change 14 Apr 12

    Sat, 14 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    'Sugars' addiction in the township of Chatsworth near Durban and the hallucinogenic detox which gives addicts the chance to change their lives.

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  • Docs: Assignment - Forcible Sterilisation In Uzbekistan 12 Apr 12

    Thu, 12 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Natalia Antelava uncovers evidence that women are being sterilised, often without their knowledge, in an effort by the Uzbek government to control the population.

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  • Docs: The School To Prison Pipeline 10 Apr 12

    Tue, 10 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nina Robinson reports from Texas on how the heavy hand of the law in some US schools is criminalising the very young.

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  • Docs: Assignment - Forty Years In Solitary, Louisana Style

    Thu, 5 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Franks looks at the case of two US inmates who have been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana for what will be 40 years this month.

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  • Docs: The War Over Syria 03 Mar 12

    Tue, 3 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Barbara Plett investigates how the conflict in Syria, and the future of the Assads, might reshape the Middle East.

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  • Docs: Neon Cowboy 31 Mar 12

    Sat, 31 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Writer Bart Bull explores the extraordinary story of the Neon Cowboy at the Round Up Drive In, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Canada's Prescripton Drug Crisis

    Thu, 29 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Assignment investigates prescription drug abuse among Canada's First Nation communities.

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  • Docs: The Pink Certificate 27 Mar 12

    Tue, 27 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Military service is mandatory for all Turkish men - they can only escape it if they are ill, disabled or homosexual. But proving homosexuality is a humiliating ordeal. Emre Azizlerli lifts the lid on the only country within the Nato military alliance to discriminate against homosexuals in this way.

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  • Docs: The Secret Policemen 24 Mar 12

    Fri, 23 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Why secrecy for Catholic police officers in Northern Ireland can be the difference between life and death.

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  • Docs: Assignment - Facing the Future in Greece 22 Mar 12

    Thu, 22 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What's it like to be a graduate in Greece contemplating the future? Chloe Hadjimatheou reports for Assignment on the prospects for new graduates in Athens who are at the start of their working lives.

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  • Docs: Europe's Choice - Part Three - 20 Mar 12

    Tue, 20 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Allan Little looks at key moments and issues that brought the European Union to the current crisis. In part three he examines new resentments and divisions within the EU exposed by the crisis.

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  • Docs: Torture By Music 17 Mar 12

    Fri, 16 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    British citizen, Ruhal Ahmed, spent two years in Guantanamo Bay. After his release he returned home to Tipton in the West Midlands without ever being charged with a crime by the British or US governments. During his incarceration Ruhal was repeatedly tortured by his captors. The technique he feared most was being tortured with music. We chart Ruhal's progress as he attempts to silence torture by music.

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  • Assignment - Syrian Stories

    Thu, 15 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Divided by conflict. The human stories behind Syria's uprising. Owen Bennett Jones reports for Assignment.

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  • Docs: Europe's Choice - Part Two - 12 Mar 12

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Allan Little looks at key moments and issues that brought the European Union to the current crisis. In part two, he focuses on the failure to enforce the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact.

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  • Gaza - The World's Strangest Marathon

    Thu, 8 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Jon Donnison travels to Gaza for Assignment to witness the world's strangest marathon.

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  • Docs: Europe's Choice - Part One - 06 Mar 12

    Tue, 6 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Allan Little looks at key moments and issues that brought the European Union to the current crisis. In part one he focuses on the transformation of Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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  • Docs: African Perspective - The Dream Home 03 Mar 12

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    We meet an ordinary Kenyan woman who has done an extraordinary thing and opened her home to 49 orphaned children. She is one of an increasing number of Kenyans who are stepping forward to adopt or care for children in need.

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  • Assignment - Favela Pacified

    Thu, 1 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The BBC's Nina Robinson reports for Assignment from one of Rio de Janeiro's biggest urban slums, or favelas, to see whether drug gangs can be controlled for good.

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  • Docs: The Battle for Egypt 28 Feb 12

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A year after the fall of President Mubarak of Egypt, the army is still in charge of the country, and there's daily unrest on the streets. What happened to the revolution? Magdi Abdelhadi reports.

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  • Docs: Life In Many Voices 25 Feb 12

    Fri, 24 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the occupied Palestinian territories the rate of blindness is as high as ten times the norm in the West. We follow the story of different people whose lives converge through the work of St John Eye Hospital, which has been bringing modern medical care to a community in desperate need, regardless of ethnicity, religion or politics.

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  • Assignment - Bosnia's Heritage

    Thu, 23 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    There's a crisis of culture in Bosnia Herzegovina. The guardians of the nation's heritage - the museums and libraries - are under threat of closure. Assignment's Rebecca Kesby reports from Sarajevo.

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  • Docs: English In The East: Part Two 21 Feb 12

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    English has been the dominant global language for a century, but is it the language of the future in rising South East Asia? In part two, Jennifer Pak visits Hanoi in Vietnam to look at how the country, with a French and Russian colonial history, is now adopting English in preference to Mandarin, despite the growing neighbouring Chinese economy.

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  • Docs: A Family Business 18 Feb 12

    Fri, 17 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Mair Bosworth looks at conflict between generations in a small family business in London.

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  • Docs: The Bombardment of Homs 12 Feb 12

    Fri, 17 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Syrian city of Homs has seen some of the worst violence in the government's crackdown against opposition activists and armed fighters in the country. BBC reporter Paul Wood and his team managed to slip into Homs as the bombardment of the city was getting underway. In this special programme, Paul tells the story of his four days in Homs - how the story unfolded, how he reported it and what life is like for residents of a city under fire.

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  • Assignment - America's Poor

    Thu, 16 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The BBC's Hilary Anderson examines what it means to be poor, in the richest country in the world.

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  • Docs: English In The East: Part One 14 Feb 12

    Tue, 14 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    English has been the dominant global language for a century, but is it the language of the future in rising South East Asia? In the first of two documentary programmes Jennifer Pak visits Malaysia and Singapore, two countries where colonial ties to the English language are loosening.

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  • Docs: Lisdoonvarna – Ireland’s Love Capital 11 Feb 12

    Sat, 11 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Alison Finch meets one of Ireland's last traditional matchmakers as he reigns over the great Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.

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  • Assignment - Equatorial Guinea

    Thu, 9 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Rob Walker investigates what’s happened to billions of dollars in oil revenues paid to the government of Equatorial Guinea.

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  • Docs: Dickens And India - Mutual Friends 07 Feb 12

    Tue, 7 Feb 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, Indian writer Ayeesha Menon explores India's love affair with Dickens.

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  • Docs: Dreaming Dickens: Feb 03 12

    Fri, 3 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this documentary-fantasy we bring the danger back to Dickens. Slipping in and out of his weird and brilliant imagination, we see modern London as he might have done, travelling through the city's streets at night to crack dens and strip-joints as the police sirens wail. We meet characters from his novels and characters who would be in his novels if he were still alive today.

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  • Assignment: Opposing Syria's President Assad

    Thu, 2 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Undercover in Damascus for Assignment. Tim Whewell enters the dangerous world of the Syrian opposition to find out how strong they are – and what they really want.

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  • Docs: Great Expectations: Part Eight - 27 Jan 12

    Fri, 27 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing who were hosts in 2008 and Rio de Janeiro, who will be hosts in 2016.

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  • Assignment - Australia's FIFO Workers

    Thu, 26 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Australia's mining boom is proving lucrative for its so called Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) workers but as James Fletcher reports in Assignment, it can come at a cost.

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  • Docs: The Wealth Gap – The View from London: Part Two 24 Jan 12

    Tue, 24 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The gap between the super-rich and the rest has grown sharply around the world. Michael Robinson examines its effects on London.

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  • Dos: Great Expectations: Part Seven - 21 Jan 12

    Fri, 20 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing who were hosts in 2008 and Rio de Janeiro, who will be hosts in 2016.

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  • The Toughest Guys On Ice

    Thu, 19 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Assignment goes inside the fast and furious world of North American ice hockey. Alex Capstick reports.

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  • Docs: The Wealth Gap – The View from London: Part One 17 Jan 12

    Tue, 17 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The gap between the super-rich and the rest has grown sharply around the world. Michael Robinson examines its effects on London.

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  • Docs: The Antartic Explorer

    Fri, 13 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Karen Bowerman retraces the route of Antarctic explorer Frank Wild - Sir Ernest Shackleton's second-in-command - as Wild's ashes are taken to South Georgia for burial next to Shackleton.

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  • Assignment - What Happened to the Kurdish Spring

    Thu, 12 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Assignment Gabriel Gatehouse asks whether the autonomous Kurdish region in Northern Iraq should be a model for the Middle East to follow or avoid?

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  • Docs: Sporting Chances: Australia Part Two 10 Jan 12

    Tue, 10 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Farayi Mungazi looks at the role of sport in shaping the country's national identity and asks whether sporting success will always be part of Australia's soft power.

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  • Docs: The Women Of Tahrir Square: 7 Jan 2012

    Fri, 6 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Women were at the forefront of the revolution in Egypt. Hanan Razek discovers why many are disappointed and angry at the Egyptian revolution's failures.

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  • Docs: The Truth About NGOs - Haiti 5 Jan 2012

    Thu, 5 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Allan Little investigates allegations of NGO inefficiency, political bias and lack of transparency in Haiti. Why, despite the vast effort and resources that flowed after the earthquake two years ago, are people still living in tents without basic amenities?

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  • Docs: Sporting Chances: South Sudan Part One 3 Jan 12

    Tue, 3 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Farayi Mungazi explores the power of basketball to create a national identity in newly independent South Sudan, as well as give its people a sense of dignity and pride.

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  • Docs: Goodbye To Bush House: Part Two 31 Dec 11

    Sat, 31 Dec 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    John Tusa presents memories and archive about the BBC World Service in Bush House, from 1941 to leaving Bush House in 2012.

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  • Guangzhou - China's migrant metropolis

    Thu, 29 Dec 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    China's economy depends on a system regulating workers from around China and beyond. In Guangzhou, the migrant metropolis, Mukul Devichand hears stories of anger and reform.

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  • Docs: Goodbye To Bush House: Part One 24 Dec 11

    Sat, 24 Dec 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    John Tusa presents memories and archive about the BBC World Service in Bush House, from 1941 to leaving Bush House in 2012.

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  • Docs: The Truth About NGOs - India 27 Dec 11

    Fri, 23 Dec 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Allan Little investigates allegations of NGO inefficiency, political bias and lack of transparency in India. Who really benefits from the work of NGOs?

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