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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, July 14, 2018 5:59am
    Ever since Jacob Zuma's resignation his family has faced all sorts of legal headaches. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Three years ago, Duduzane Zuma drove his Porsche into the back of a minibus taxi, killing one passenger and injuring others. At the time, a magistrate concluded that the President's son had been negligent, but the state declined to prosecute. Now it's had a change of heart. Is the past catching up on the Zumas, wonders Andrew Harding in South Africa? Peter Morgan witnesses a pink revolution in Norway as salmon replaces cod as the catch of choice and fisherman turn to aquaculture or farming rather than going out to sea, but at what environmental cost? In Nigeria, Zeinab Badawi meets up with people weighing up the meaning of life in Lagos' death café. James Stewart admires the film-set, feel-good atmosphere of Seaside Florida - the town where 'The Truman Show' was filmed twenty years ago. And Mellissa Van Der Klugt meets the men and women making cheese on the African equator. The extreme weather may not be ideal, but that's not stopped Kenyan fromagiers.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:30am
    When football takes over from Lebanon's other national obsession: politics. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Celebratory gunfire, fireworks, and moped motorcades are common sights in Lebanon usually used as shows of political power but not during the World Cup when Brazil flags replace those of Hezbollah and pictures of political leaders are replaced by Lionel Messi's image. For four week political and religious differences are put aside says Richard Hall. Nanna Muus Steffensen crosses the Turkish border into Syria to try and find out how the people of Afrin are faring since Kurdish fighters were forced out by Turkish troops and Syrian rebels. John Pilkington visits a country run by one of the world's most secretive and repressive regimes and is surprised by what he finds in Eritrea. James Jeffrey tries to locate the final haunts of his literary hero J G Farrell in the west of Ireland. And Laura Dawson hears how you can make money by spinning sob stories in rural Rajasthan. She meets an Indian man who has gone from making money from scamming tourists to using art to help others avoid lives of poverty or petty crime.
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 6:00am
    The challenge of rebuilding Syria. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: Jeremy Bowen has just returned from Damascus and concludes that though the fighting may have stopped “the virus of war has spread - not just breaking bodies, hearts, and minds, but poisoning the future.” Lucy Ash discovers how seaweed farming in Zanzibar has proved a liberating force for thousands of women on the island. Helen Nianias hears about one Uganda woman’s life-changing encounter after a night out clubbing. Slightly tipsy, on her way home in the early hours of the morning, she came across a baby that had been abandoned in the street and took it home. Ashwin Bhardwaj retraces the steps of Brigadier Edmund “Trotsky” Davies in Albania and reveals his secret mission during the Second World War. And Heidi Fuller-Love discovers how the fallout from the Greek financial crisis is still having an impact - on animals as well as people.
  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:30am
    The man trying to bring The Gambia's former strongman leader Yahya Jammeh to justice. Kate Adie introduces stories from journalists and correspondents around the world: His critics claim Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule over The Gambia was nothing more than a brutal dictatorship marred by allegations of state-sanctioned murder, torture and forced disappearances. Now the lawyer Reed Brody, known to some as ‘The Dictator Hunter’, is trying to help some of his victims seek justice. Far to the north of Norway, Horatio Clare finds Brits, Ukrainians, Ugandans, Vietnamese, and Russians all trying to start new lives on an island that was once a bastion of Soviet idealism. “The public are not obliged to like us, but they are obliged not to attack us” – Sophie Cousins hears how things are changing – or not – for gay people in Serbia. In the dry, isolated heartlands of Argentina finding the right ingredients for a middle-eastern feast can be difficult, but Aude Villiers meets the Syrian refugees settling in San Luis. And Rob Crossan takes a tour of the proud but small country that claims to be the world’s oldest constitutional republic – San Marino.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 6:00am
    What hope is there amidst rising violence in Mexico and Afghanistan's 'forever war'? Kate Adie introduces stories and insight form correspondents around the world: The rich and poor in Mexico City may live in seemingly different worlds, but they are united by a fear of violence ahead of local and national elections. Could the prospect of peace talks in Afghanistan lead to the end of forty years of war? Lyse Doucet finds a tiny ray of hope. When Jenny Hill first met Syrian refugee Eli at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, he seemed as thrilled to be in Abensberg as the German town was to have him. But a lot has changed since then… Niall O’Gallagher’s search for the plotters behind the clandestine operation in which volunteers smuggled ballot boxes into Catalonia for its disputed referendum leads him to an unlikely location. And Benjamin Zand manages to secure an interview with one of Venezuela’s notorious kidnap gangs – only to be accused of being an undercover policeman.