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Mending Our Disposable Culture
Why volunteers are fixing other people’s stuff free of charge
Fighting the ‘Water Mafia’ with Pipes in the Sky
A project in a Kenyan slum is pumping water through pipes suspended in the air
‘Rental Sisters’ for Japan’s Reclusive Young Men
The sisters-for-hire who are trying to coax reclusive Japanese men out of their rooms
Tech That Tricks the Brain
Two tech start-ups are using wearable technology to trick the brain to solve problems
Time to Update the Stranger Danger Message?
Stranger Danger: Still the best message to keep children safe?
The Country Where You Can Be Jailed for Using Plastic Bags
In Kenya you can be jailed for four years for carrying a single-use plastic bag.
How to Build a City for an Ageing Population
Japan’s Kashiwa City has redesigned buildings and jobs to adapt to an ageing population
The Banks That Run on Time Instead of Money
How does the 'time economy' work?
Smart Boats That Sail on a Bed of Bubbles
What’s being done to clean up the shipping industry and make it less polluting?
How 'Buddy Benches' are Making Playtime Less Lonely
Buddy Benches are proving popular in Irish schools
Can This Smart Street Stop Drinkers Getting Violent?
How a Dutch city is trying to reduce violence by changing the colour of street lights
Can US Entrepreneurs Help Fix Education in Africa?
A growing network of high-tech schools aims to tackle a ‘crisis’ in African education
The Little Libraries Bringing Books into People’s Homes
Small boxes of books placed across the world are bringing people together
Checking in with the Problem Solvers
We update you on stories from 2018 including a plan to catch junk in space
Does the World Need More Babies?
How countries with low birth rates are trying to get people to have more babies
The Talent Show for Honest People
In the Integrity Idol talent show, it doesn’t matter if you can sing or dance
The Turkish App to Help Autistic Children Learn
Can these games help autistic children get the right education?
The Shopping Mall Where Everything is Recycled
A shopping mall in Sweden only sells recycled items, thanks to its clever location
How Nepal Doubled its Tiger Population
Over the past 10 years, Nepal has almost doubled its population of Bengal tigers
‘No men allowed’: The gym getting women fit and into work
A single-sex gym in Turkey is helping women exercise and become entrepreneurs
How machine learning could be used to predict who will take their own life
Turning old clothes into new ones
Could dissolving mountains of old clothes help create material for new ones?
Last video messages to help children grieve
The app that helps parents make precious video memories for their children
Crossing divides in Cyprus
Could a centre in the buffer zone that divides Cyprus bring two communities together?
The digital detectives tackling child sexual abuse
Meet the online volunteers helping Europol track down child abusers and their victims
Can phages save us as antibiotics stop working?
How phages – viruses that kill bacteria – are saving lives.
The mums saving each other from a taboo condition
Women who have had surgery for fistula are making sure others get life-changing treatment
The great mosquito swap
Scientists are hoping to stop diseases spreading by changing the mosquito population
DNA tests for dogs to tackle problem poo
US residents fed up with dog mess are using a high-tech solution
The reuse and refill revolution
Should we reuse and refill plastic packaging to limit the amount being thrown away?
The tree detectives tackling illegal logging
Scientists are building a database to help them tell exactly where wood has come from
Could a device invented in the 1930s help end period poverty?
The people hoping to use sanitary pad micro-factories and silicone cups to help women
Working less for the same pay
Some companies are cutting the hours their staff work but keeping their pay the same
Reinventing the ranch
Can the cattle ranch be updated to fight climate change?
Audience takeover: Your plastic solutions
We hear what you, our listeners, are doing to tackle the problem of plastic waste.
Can sleep deprivation help treat bipolar disorder?
An Italian doctor asks patients to stay awake all night, to try to allay their depression
Can capturing carbon buy us time to tackle climate change?
The projects that are trying to take CO2 out of the atmosphere
Portugal, drugs and decriminalisation
In 2001 Portugal decriminalised personal drug use to tackle a heroin crisis.
Life-saving surgery, but not by a doctor
Nurses and midwives in Ethiopia are being trained to perform emergency operations
Residents turn detective to fight crime
Neighbours in the US are using cameras that read car number plates to cut crime
The school that puts wellbeing first
One primary school has found a way to deliver therapy to about 10% of its students
Trieste’s mental health ‘revolution’
How Italy’s radical decision to close its mental asylums shaped the way we think today
Stopping child marriage with solar lanterns
Solar-powered lamps are giving girls independence and stopping them becoming child brides
A simple way to help a relative if they’re arrested
A group in California is teaching families how to help loved ones charged with crimes
Putting a price on carbon
How to increase the cost of causing climate change
Bangladesh’s biker girls
The motorbike taxi app where the drivers and passengers are all women.
The concrete cleaners
Making cement that locks in carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere
Oysters to the rescue
The humble oyster is helping to keep the oceans clean and protect shorelines
A new way to detect an invisible poison in water
Scientists hope a new test will save millions from drinking arsenic in their water
Meeting Colombia’s ‘violentologist’
How a doctor in Colombia changed the way cities monitor and prevent violence
The snakebite squad
A team in Kenya has introduced motorbike ambulances for people bitten by snakes