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


  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:04am
    Thousands of people have been intercepted by the Libyan coastguard as they try to reach Europe and sent to detention centres in the capital Tripoli. Gaining access to them is difficult, but that doesn’t mean those inside them have given up on trying to get their stories out. Sally Hayden hears tales of abandonment, abuse, and slavery. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from journalists and correspondents around the world. Jatinder Sidhu hears from the pro-pot campaigners who won’t be celebrating the legalisation of the drug in Canada but are instead mourning the loss of a counter-culture which they’ve nurtured over decades. James Clayton tries to make sense of why manual scavenging persists in India – the use of human waste removers to clear blocked drains and sewers with their bare hands. Joey D’urso visits some of the beautiful central Italian towns that were partly destroyed by earthquakes in 2016. Have they and their inhabitants recovered? And Phoebe Smith finds herself lost for words as she struggles to describe the stirring in her soul prompted by a howling pack of wolves in Sweden. Producer: Joe Kent
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 6:00am
    Home-made muskets that often fail to fire and little but lucky charms for protection – what it’s like going into battle for the rebels fighting for independence for English-speaking parts of Cameroon. Colin Freeman meets a former member of the Red Dragons. Caroline Wyatt introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. Joanna Roberson hears why the people of Rome fear the historical heart of their city is being carved up by criminals as mafia seek out cafes and restaurants to launder their money. In China, Robin Brant meets Ian Simpson whose son Michael was murdered last year. Michael was killed by his ex-wife Weiwei Fu but now Ian wants her help to win custody of his grandchildren who are living with Weiwei’s relatives in rural China. Heidi Fuller-Love discovers what life is like on the Namibian island of Impalila. It may be close to the borders of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, but it can feel a long way from anywhere. And Emma Jane Kirby meets her hero – the French musician Francis Cabrel who is revered in his home country but little known in Britain as he prefers to sing only in his native tongue.
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 5:30am
    Inside the room where the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is picked. A committee spends six months discussing hundreds of nominees before the latest Nobel Laureate is announced. In Norway, Matt Pickles meets one of the five people tasked with making that weighty decision. Caroline Wyatt introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. Samira Shackle travels to the Pakistani city of Kasur which generated headlines around the world after a spate of child abuse cases. There she meets a young man trying to break free of what he calls the “stigma” and “dishonour” that can come from being sexually abused. Martin Vennard spots signs of change in Moscow, where airport arrival and departure boards now alternate between Russian, English, and Mandarin. Mark Stratton finds out why traditional or ‘country’ foods are getting harder to find in Arctic Canada – from blubber to boiled seal. And Louise Cooper takes an economic road trip around post-financial crash Greece.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 6:00am
    Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election, is famously tough on crime and infamous for his unashamedly controversial comments. Katy Watson meets supporters of the man drawing comparisons to Donald Trump. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world. On the shores of Lake Prespa, Maria Margaronis visits Greece’s little-known Macedonian speaking population. In Tehran, Lois Pryce meets Issa Omidvar whose globetrotting adventures were documented in a weekly TV show in the 1960s and is now advising young Iranians on how to satisfy their wanderlust In India, Laura Dawson meets young women who’ve been abandoned by their families but are finding new hope in a government-backed refuge. And while international courts and tribunals have given hope to victims of atrocities in many parts of the world, Fergal Keane reflect that there has been no justice for the majority of those killed in Uganda’s past conflicts.
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:30am
    In parts of the country health workers rely on armoured vehicles and a military escort in order to deliver much-needed vaccines. Olivia Acland reports from Beni where this kind of fieldwork was briefly suspended following a rebel attack in the city. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world. “Russia is a superpower” was the message Moscow wanted to convey when it deployed around a third of the country’s entire armed forces to a training exercise in Siberia. But “Russia is a country of contrasts” was that message that Steve Rosenberg returned with. Chris Bockman shares the story of the ‘Swiss Maternity’ in South West France – a once abandoned chateau where hundreds of Jewish and Roma women gave birth in secret in the 1940s. Shahzeb Jilani asks how far Pakistan is prepared to go to defeat the monsters it once helped create, after a coordinated attack on schools in the north of the country. And, fifty years after it was first unveiled to the public, Mark Jordan reveals how the jumbo jet very nearly didn’t get off the ground.