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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines.


  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 6:00am
    Radio Alwan is an independent radio station that has been entertaining the people of Syria with dramas, phone-ins and their very own version of Woman's Hour since 2014 - as well as providing an independent source of news. Now, as Emma Jane Kirby reveals, its future is in doubt. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. In Uganda, Sally Hayden meets a man who says he was forced to work as a babysitter by the child-soldier turned senior commander in the Lord's Resistance Army - Dominic Ongwen. Chris Bowlby finds out what the Harley Davidson riding bikers of Wisconsin think of President Trump. Sian Griffin dances with a ten-metre long puppet shaped like an eel and finds out why the American Eel population is shrinking in Canada. And John Kampfner visits a Cornish town in Mexico where the Union Jack flies proudly alongside the Mexican flag and the staple dish is the pasty.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 5:20am
    Some are buried in mass graves; others are still in the hands of Islamic State militants. Kate Adie introduces stories from Iraq, Chile, India, Colombia, and Sweden: Four years since IS swept through northern Iraq and carried out what the UN called a genocidal attack on the Yazidi people who lived there, Lyse Doucet returns to see what remains. Linda Pressly meets a Chilean woman who posed as a young boy online in her quest to get her local priesthood investigated. Vivienne Nunis learns how women and their pink rickshaws are transforming the working world in Jaipur - much to the disapproval of some local men. Nick Thorpe makes the long journey through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range to reach the Ciudad Perdida – the Lost City which was abandoned by the indigenous people who once lived there when Spanish conquistadors arrived at the Colombian coast in the 16th century. And Gabriel Gatehouse has a mysterious but revealing encounter with a real-life troll in Stockholm.
  • Saturday, September 1, 2018 6:00am
    Is China trying to brainwash Muslim Uyhgurs? Kate Adie introduces stories and insights from correspondents around the world: John Sweeney meets two men who say they fled China after seeing inside a ’re-education camp' in the north-west province of Xinjiang. It’s claimed that up to a million Uyghur people may be incarcerated in similar camps. Lucy Ash meets the professional pimp running for office in Nevada. Dennis Hof runs a string of legal brothels in the state, but in one county people will soon be voting on whether to end legal sex work. Tim Ecott hears how two new sub-sea tunnels could change the lives of some of the 50,000 people who live on the Faroes islands. When the work is complete 90% of the population will be connected by road. Chris Robinson is in Istanbul where an increasing number of men, many of them British, are traveling to undergo hair transplant surgery. And Hugh Schofield is just back from his summer break, and he wants to tell you why camping in rural France offers the best holiday there is.
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:00am
    The Rohingya village elder reduced to rags and the flash youngster who’s become kingpin. Kate Adie introduces stories, insight and analysis from correspondents around the world: Helen Nianias meets two men trying to bring peace to the chaos of Bangladesh’s refugee camps which are home to almost a million Rohingya people many of whom fled a violent crackdown by the Burmese military in neighbouring Myanmar. Guy De Launey reflects on a tale of identity that’s veered from absurd comedy to physical violence as Macedonians prepare to vote on plans to rename their country North Macedonia. Martin Plaut was one of the thousand or so students who staged a ‘sit-in’ at the University of Cape Town, angry at its decision to withdraw the appointment of a black lecturer. Fifty years on, he’s reunited with some of his fellow protestors. Mark Stratton learns about the scarification ceremonies in Papua New Guinea in which boys have their torsos, backs, and shoulders cut with razor blades so their skin will resemble a crocodile's – a mark of their progression to manhood. And Jenny Hill meets a man who’s been trying for decades to rekindle Britain’s taste for Hock – the German wine favoured by Queen Victoria.
  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 8:00am
    In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Garry Owen takes us to the west Wales coast and finds an Aberystwyth hotelier honing his plans to meet the competition from the hospitality chains. Sarah Oliver goes on an East Anglian road trip with an old friend she's not seen for years to discover how well their bonds have stood the test of time. Tom Edwards visits Cartmel in English Lakeland and finds that what was once a place of pilgrimage is again today but for reasons twelfth century visitors would definitely have frowned upon. John Forsyth unearths the secrets of a good furrow from two Scots about to participate in the European ploughing championships. And Jane Labous is in Biggleswade keen to discover why retraining to plant flowers in Beds is so popular there. Producer: Simon Coates