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20090627

Mount Vesuvius is overdue for a major eruption and increasingly the people of nearby Naples are turning to the city's patron, Saint Gennaro for reassurance and protection.

Malcolm Billings travelled to southern Italy to watch an ancient religious ceremony that many believe will save the city from destruction.

This annual event is at the heart of Neapolitan culture and it celebrates what is known as the 'miracle', when the Saint's dried up blood turns to liquid.

They believe that as long as this liquefaction keeps happening, the Saint will continue to protect and safeguard Naples from economic woes, civil unrest and especially from the volcano that looms over the city.

If the liquefaction fails, Neapolitans believe great misfortune will descend upon them.

The procession celebrates the moving of Saint Gennaro's remains from his place of execution to Naples in the 5th century AD.

Malcolm takes a look at the history behind this religious event and its relevance in modern society.

He questions if the Saint really existed and what lies behind the blood miracle - is it a chemical conjuring trick or a paranormal event that science simply cannot explain?

After uncovering the Neapolitan fascination with blood, Malcolm pays a visit to Professor Luigi Garlaschelli.

As a chemist at the University of Pavia, he demonstrates his theory of how the blood turns to liquid but still insists that it is a self working phenomenon.

Listen to Malcolm as he joins the crowds of the procession where people hold brightly coloured banners, praying and applauding as the memorial of Saint Gennaro is carried through the medieval streets of Naples.

When the dried blood of Naples' patron saint fails to liquefy, will tragedy avail?

20090628

When the dried blood of Naples' patron saint fails to liquefy, will tragedy avail?

20090925

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural.

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural writer Jonathan Glancey

20091002

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always remind them of what they left behind?

20091023

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the.

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the people who call them home.

20091030

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the.

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the people who call them home.

20091031

Portraits of grand places from the everyday perspective of the people who call them home.

Public Places, Private Lives is a series of portraits of well known places that reveal the lives and stories of those people who come to a famous spot not to gaze as tourists, but for work or for their own private reasons.

The second programme is set in the Taj Mahal, where we hear the experiences of those people for whom one of the most important sites in India is part of their daily landscape.

In some of the most well known and busy destinations in the world, Public Places, Private Lives encourages us to stop and stare for a moment.

The longer you stay, and the closer you listen, the more is revealed about the lives, experiences and stories of their most regular visitors.

20091113

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops of the Second World War, who played a major.

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops of the Second World War, who played a major role in freeing the world from fascism.

20091127

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chance to tell the story of their life.

20091128

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chance to tell the story of their life.

20091205

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

20100101

How the Jyvdskyld School in Finland teaches visually impaired children to use sounds to.

How the Jyvdskyld School in Finland teaches visually impaired children to use sounds to navigate.

20100205

Nick Baker goes in search of China's seafaring legend Zheng He.

He was a Muslim, a eunuch and possibly a giant.

Most importantly, he ranks among the world's greatest seafarers, although his epic voyages of the early 15th century are only patchily remembered round the world.

In this one-off documentary, Nick Baker asks why don't more of us know more about Zheng He?"

Nearly a century before the European explorers with their tiny ships and small crews started their journeys, Zheng He was commanding fleets of huge ships – some more than 400ft long – with tens of thousands of men and high class cargo.

He was travelling epic distances, discovering new routes and establishing Chinese dominance.

He certainly travelled from the east coast of China as far as the coast of Africa – and some say he went far beyond.

China's influence across a great swathe of the globe was immense, but it stopped abruptly.

Zheng He's legacy is not well known around the globe.

Those who live in China or South East Asia may well know the name, although China has been through periods of overlooking (or even deliberately forgetting) one of the world's most important naval figures.

It is only since the Eighties that Zheng He's story has been revived in the People's Republic.

To find out more about Zheng He, Nick Baker travels to China, where he clambers aboard a great (reconstructed) ship, talks to historians and meets a man in his fifties who claims an extraordinarily close link with China's forgotten Admiral."

20100212

The stories and history of the bizarre phenomenon of sending messages in bottles across.

The stories and history of the bizarre phenomenon of sending messages in bottles across oceans and generations.

20100219

Iranian Kazem Ariaiwand runs the most northerly kebab shop on the planet.

This is his e.

This is his extraordinary story.

20100312

The story of how an internet cafe changed a young Sydneysider's career steers Nick Bake.

The story of how an internet cafe changed a young Sydneysider's career steers Nick Baker to his final destination of Fiji.

20100326

In Australia the shed is used to combat loneliness and depression in the older male gen.

In Australia the shed is used to combat loneliness and depression in the older male generation.

Sharon Mascall reports.

20100528

Amir Amirani looks at how the Persian passion for poetry has shaped Iranian identity.

20100604

Audrey Brown speaks to people directly affected by the World Cup around Johannesburg's.

Audrey Brown speaks to people directly affected by the World Cup around Johannesburg's lavishly refurbished Soccer City stadium.

2010061120100612

A look into the life and work of Amoret Whitaker, a forensic entomologist.

20100618

Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon not only in Burma but also worldwide.

On her 65th.

On her 65th birthday we look at her life in politics.

20100806

A rare insight into the legacy of South Koreas controversial overseas adoption programme.

20100813

Iranian born Sami Yusuf is Islam's biggest rock star.

He is adored in the Middle East a.

He is adored in the Middle East and his records sell millions.

20100820

Gerry Wells lives among 1200 radios in Britain's 'living' radio museum, and hosts regul.

Gerry Wells lives among 1200 radios in Britain's 'living' radio museum, and hosts regular talks and workshops for devotees.

2010100120101002

A former British colonial officer returns to Nigeria to meet a civil servant he trained.

A former British colonial officer returns to Nigeria to meet a civil servant he trained, and explore the legacy of British rule.

20101008

In the midst of financial crisis, the city of Maywood in California decided to make a r.

In the midst of financial crisis, the city of Maywood in California decided to make a radical move in order to avoid bankruptcy.

20101015

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, s.

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, speeches, notebooks and letters.

2010102220101023

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, s.

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, speeches, notebooks and letters.

2010111220101113

Narguess Farzad explores the legacy of one of the world's greatest epics: the 1000 yr-o.

Narguess Farzad explores the legacy of one of the world's greatest epics: the 1000 yr-old Persian 'Book of Kings', or Shahnameh.

2010111920101120

Marine explorer Jacques Cousteau inspired millions in his heyday can his legacy survive?

2011010720110108

Sheila Dillon looks at disappearing food tribes and finds out why efforts are underway.

Sheila Dillon looks at disappearing food tribes and finds out why efforts are underway to preserve indigenous food cultures.

2011011420110115

Jon Stewart looks at the history and evolution of Wikipedia.

What makes it one of the w.

What makes it one of the world's most popular websites?

2011012120110122

BBC Correspondent Jonanthan Charles explores the new war poetry written by Afghanistan'.

BBC Correspondent Jonanthan Charles explores the new war poetry written by Afghanistan's civilians with vivid stories to tell.

2011012820110129

Roland Buerk looks at Japan's growing "rent a friend" industry.

20110204

In a country better known for its wars than its vintages, Jeremy Bowen meets the winema.

In a country better known for its wars than its vintages, Jeremy Bowen meets the winemakers of Lebanon.

20110211

Kim Normanton explores how children across the world have fun with numbers and counting...

Kim Normanton explores how children across the world have fun with numbers and counting rhymes.

20110218

Known as "bacha bereesh" or beardless boys - the teenage boys who dress up as girls and.

Known as "bacha bereesh" or beardless boys - the teenage boys who dress up as girls and dance for men at parties in Afghanistan.

20110225

The five note clave is a simple rhythm that originated in Africa, and eventually found.

The five note clave is a simple rhythm that originated in Africa, and eventually found its way into salsa, soul and rock n roll.

01/01/201020100102

How the Jyvdskyld School in Finland teaches visually impaired children to use sounds to.

01/01/201020100103

How the Jyvdskyld School in Finland teaches visually impaired children to use sounds to.

01/10/201020101003

A former British colonial officer returns to Nigeria to meet a civil servant he trained.

02/10/200920091003

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always remind them of what they left behind?

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

02/10/200920091004

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

04/02/201120110205

In a country better known for its wars than its vintages, Jeremy Bowen meets the winema.

04/06/201020100605

Audrey Brown speaks to people directly affected by the World Cup around Johannesburg's lavishly refurbished Soccer City stadium.

Audrey Brown speaks to people directly affected by the World Cup around Johannesburg's.

04/06/201020100606

Audrey Brown speaks to people directly affected by the World Cup around Johannesburg's.

05/02/201020100206

He was a Muslim, a eunuch and possibly a giant.

Most importantly, he ranks among the world's greatest seafarers, although his epic voyages of the early 15th century are only patchily remembered round the world.

In this one-off documentary, Nick Baker asks why don't more of us know more about Zheng He?"

Nearly a century before the European explorers with their tiny ships and small crews started their journeys, Zheng He was commanding fleets of huge ships – some more than 400ft long – with tens of thousands of men and high class cargo.

He was travelling epic distances, discovering new routes and establishing Chinese dominance.

He certainly travelled from the east coast of China as far as the coast of Africa – and some say he went far beyond.

China's influence across a great swathe of the globe was immense, but it stopped abruptly.

Zheng He's legacy is not well known around the globe.

Those who live in China or South East Asia may well know the name, although China has been through periods of overlooking (or even deliberately forgetting) one of the world's most important naval figures.

It is only since the Eighties that Zheng He's story has been revived in the People's Republic.

To find out more about Zheng He, Nick Baker travels to China, where he clambers aboard a great (reconstructed) ship, talks to historians and meets a man in his fifties who claims an extraordinarily close link with China's forgotten Admiral.

Nick Baker goes in search of China's seafaring legend Zheng He."

05/02/201020100207

Nick Baker goes in search of China's seafaring legend Zheng He.

05/12/200920091204

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chance to tell the story of their life.

05/12/200920091206

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

06/08/201020100807

A rare insight into the legacy of South Koreas controversial overseas adoption programme.

06/08/201020100808

A rare insight into the legacy of South Koreas controversial overseas adoption programme.

07/01/201120110108

Sheila Dillon looks at disappearing food tribes and finds out why efforts are underway.

07/11/200920091106

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile Youssou N'Dour, the best known African musician of recent times, as he turns 50.

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile Youssou N'Dour, the best known African mus.

07/11/200920091108

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile Youssou N'Dour, the best known African mus.

08/10/201020101009

In the midst of financial crisis, the city of Maywood in California decided to make a r.

08/10/201020101010

In the midst of financial crisis, the city of Maywood in California decided to make a r.

11/02/201120110212

Kim Normanton explores how children across the world have fun with numbers and counting.

11/06/201020100613

A look into the life and work of Amoret Whitaker, a forensic entomologist.

11/10/200920091009

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always remind them of what they left behind?

12/02/201020100213

The stories and history of the bizarre phenomenon of sending messages in bottles across oceans and generations.

The stories and history of the bizarre phenomenon of sending messages in bottles across.

12/02/201020100214

The stories and history of the bizarre phenomenon of sending messages in bottles across.

12/03/201020100313

The story of how an internet cafe changed a young Sydneysider's career steers Nick Bake.

The story of how an internet cafe changed a young Sydneysider's career steers Nick Baker to his final destination of Fiji.

12/03/201020100314

The story of how an internet cafe changed a young Sydneysider's career steers Nick Bake.

13/08/201020100814

Iranian born Sami Yusuf is Islam's biggest rock star.

He is adored in the Middle East a.

13/08/201020100815

Iranian born Sami Yusuf is Islam's biggest rock star.

He is adored in the Middle East a.

13/11/200920091114

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops of the Second World War, who played a major.

13/11/200920091115

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops of the Second World War, who played a major.

14/01/2011
15/10/201020101016

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, s.

15/10/201020101017

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, s.

18/02/201120110219

Known as "bacha bereesh" or beardless boys - the teenage boys who dress up as girls and.

18/06/201020100619

Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon not only in Burma but also worldwide.

On her 65th birthday we look at her life in politics.

On her 65th.

18/06/201020100620

Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon not only in Burma but also worldwide.

On her 65th.

19/02/201020100220

Iranian Kazem Ariaiwand runs the most northerly kebab shop on the planet.

This is his extraordinary story.

This is his e.

19/02/201020100221

Iranian Kazem Ariaiwand runs the most northerly kebab shop on the planet.

This is his e.

19/11/2010
20/08/201020100821

Gerry Wells lives among 1200 radios in Britain's 'living' radio museum, and hosts regul.

20/08/201020100822

Gerry Wells lives among 1200 radios in Britain's 'living' radio museum, and hosts regul.

20/09/200920090918

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural writer Jonathan Glancey.

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural.

21/01/2011
21/06/200920090619

Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister follow Suzanne for several months through the proces.

Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister follow Suzanne for several months through the process of transracial adoption.

22/10/201020101024

Fergal Keane explores the extraordinary archive of Nelson Mandela's personal diaries, s.

23/10/200920091024

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the.

24/09/201020100925

A tale of flying carpets, rockets and dreams, that asks why we still care about magic i.

25/02/201120110226

The five note clave is a simple rhythm that originated in Africa, and eventually found.

25/09/200920090926

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural.

25/09/200920090927

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural.

26/03/201020100327

In Australia the shed is used to combat loneliness and depression in the older male gen...

In Australia the shed is used to combat loneliness and depression in the older male generation.

Sharon Mascall reports.

26/03/201020100328

In Australia the shed is used to combat loneliness and depression in the older male gen.

28/01/2011
28/05/201020100529

Amir Amirani looks at how the Persian passion for poetry has shaped Iranian identity.

28/05/201020100530

Amir Amirani looks at how the Persian passion for poetry has shaped Iranian identity.

28/11/200920091129

StoryCorps, the US oral history project, is an organisation that gives Americans a chan.

31/10/200920091101

Portraits of grand places from the everyday perspective of the people who call them home.

Portraits of grand public places around the world from the everyday perspective of the.

Africa's Forgotten Soldiers20091114

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops who participated in WWII.

Seventy years after the start of the Second World War the overwhelming impression is of a conflict fought on the battlefields of Europe by white troops.

Britain's war effort was bolstered by soldiers from the white Commonwealth – Australia, Canada and New Zealand and later by the United States.

The war in the Far East is often overlooked, as is the fighting that took place in Africa.

Yet one million African troops participated in the conflict, fighting their way through the jungles of Burma, across the Libyan deserts and in the skies over London.

For Africa the war began in 1935, when Italian forces backed by Eritrean troops, invaded Ethiopia.

Ethiopian guerrilla forces, known as the Patriots, continued fighting even after Emperor Haile Selassie fled to England.

After 1939 Britain began an intensive programme of recruiting soldiers from across its African colonies.

Some were conscripted by force, others were only too keen to sign up.

An intensive programme of training got under way, to turn raw recruits, many of whom had never left their own village, into soldiers.

For a good number it was a real shock: the first time they had eaten processed food, the first time they had seen the ocean, the first time they had been taught to read and write.

And all too soon they were transported thousands of miles from home, to fight on foreign soil.

It was years before they would come home, since home leave was almost impossible.

When they did return they found little had changed, but their own experiences were entirely new and some went on to fight for their liberation of their own countries from colonial rule.

In this documentary, Martin Plaut hears first hand from the African troops who participated in the war – and who played a critical part in freeing the world from the threat of fascism.

First broadcast 13 November 2009

Africa's Forgotten Soldiers20091115

Martin Plaut hears from the African troops who participated in WWII.

Beatles In The U S S R - 12009021320090214
20090215 (WS)

Paul Gambaccini reveals the extraordinary ways the Beatles' music was listened to in th.

Paul Gambaccini reveals the extraordinary ways the Beatles' music was listened to in the Soviet Union in the 1960s.

Bombs, Stamps And Throat Singers2009081420090815

Physicist Richard Feyman discovered remote Russian region of Tuva through his stamp col.

Physicist Richard Feyman discovered remote Russian region of Tuva through his stamp collecting but died before he could visit.

Bombs, Stamps And Throat Singers20090816

Physicist Richard Feyman discovered remote Russian region of Tuva through his stamp col.

Building Out Of The Recession20090919

It is said that the skyline of a great city tells you a lot about its mood.

In times of wealth, it soars higher and higher, buildings compete to be the biggest and the best.

In bad times, the skyline stays cautiously still.

Yet just weeks after the Wall Street Crash signalled the greatest economic recession of living memory, work started on what was for decades the world's tallest building.

This might have seemed a crazy project to go ahead with, especially as for almost a decade after its completion in 1931, the world's most famous skyscraper was all but unable to earn its keep.

In fact, it was popularly known as the Empty State Building" as the tower only turned in a profit for the first time in 1950.

Yet what a stirring symbol of US know-how, go-gettingness and muscular construction the Empire State Building proved to be.

It was a beacon of hope throughout the Great Depression, a sign of how the US might just build itself out of recession, as we could do today, and as the Chinese government has promised to do in the years ahead.

Jonathan Glancey, architecture correspondent for the Guardian newspaper in London, looks at the economic and social policies of the 1930s and the parallels we can find today.

He sets out to discover the construction projects which might now mirror the achievement of the Empire State Building and speaks to the visionary architects who are determined to make it possible.

He visits the USA to look at major projects underway in inner city Chicago and asks if the Obama administration will back the type of investment seen in Franklin D.

Roosevelt's 'New Deal' programme in the 30s.

Could new construction projects be a beacon of hope in today's bleak economic climate?

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural."

Building Out Of The Recession20090920

Could new construction projects be a beacon of hope in today's bleak economic climate?

The politics of builiding in a recession come under scrutiny from expert architectural.

Fighting For Pao Culture In Burma2009082120090822 (WS)
20090823 (WS)

A rebel group of 100 men who are fighting back against the 400,000 strong Burmese army.

This is the story of a rebel leader and his band of one hundred men who are fighting ba.

For more than 20 years, the Burmese government has been working to maintain ceasefire agreements with 17 major armed rebel groups, but now it is facing a fight back from one of them - why?

Ko Ko Aung, from the BBC's Burmese Service, travelled to Burma to find out why Khun Thurein, with his army of just 100 men, is taking on the 400,000 strong Burmese army.

This is the story of a rebel leader and his band of one hundred men who are fighting back against the might of the Burmese Army.

Manny Pacquiao20101126

An exclusive documentary with the boxer, politician and man of the Filipino people

In the two-part series, Mike travels to the Philippines to spend time with this sporting legend as he trained for his fight with Antonio Margarito - which he won.

He interviews Manny about his stellar boxing career and talks to people that know, love and work with Pacquiao.

He also discovers why his story of suffering poverty to becoming one of the world's highest earning sportsmen is so compelling.

Mike also hears Manny's first hand account of life growing up on the streets of General Santos in poverty and he explores the boxer's political life; asking what impact a sportsman can have on his country's future?

Manny Pacquiao20101127

An exclusive documentary with the boxer, politician and man of the Filipino people

Mexico's Missing Island20090911

Bermeja Island, which could give Mexico a claim to valuable oil, was visible on maps un.

Bermeja Island, which could give Mexico a claim to valuable oil, was visible on maps until 1946.

David Cuen searches for it.

Mexico's Missing Island20090912

Bermeja Island, which could give Mexico a claim to valuable oil, was visible on maps until 1946.

David Cuen searches for it.

Bermeja Island, which could give Mexico a claim to valuable oil, was visible on maps un.

Mexico's Missing Island20090913

Bermeja Island, which could give Mexico a claim to valuable oil, was visible on maps un.

Muslims Fighting For Israel20090904

Muslim soldiers who fight for the Israeli Army are often considered traitors by their o.

Muslim soldiers who fight for the Israeli Army are often considered traitors by their own communities - so why do they join up?

Muslims Fighting For Israel20090905

It's not compulsory for Muslims to do army service in Israel but according to the IDF hundreds of Muslims sign up every year.

Rachid Sekkai from the BBC's Arabic Service talks to Muslims currently serving in the IDF and also to former soldiers and hears about the conflicts they face, at home and on duty, and the pride that military service sometimes brings them.

Israel's Muslim Soldiers is part of the World Stories series.

These are five individual documentaries made by BBC language service producers about the region they come from.

Muslims currently serving in the Israeli army talk about the conflicts they face.

Muslims Fighting For Israel20090906

Muslims currently serving in the Israeli army talk about the conflicts they face.

Muslim soldiers who fight for the Israeli Army are often considered traitors by their o.

My World 120100402

Documentaries featuring very personal human stories and arresting global issues.

My World 120100403

Documentaries featuring very personal human stories and arresting global issues.

My World 120100404

Documentaries featuring very personal human stories and arresting global issues.

New Media In Kashmir20090828

Suvojit Bagchi tells the story of the impact of New Media Communication in a conflict z.

Suvojit Bagchi tells the story of the impact of New Media Communication in a conflict zone - Kashmir.

New Media In Kashmir20090829

Suvojit Bagchi tells the story of the impact of New Media Communication in a conflict zone - Kashmir.

Suvojit Bagchi tells the story of the impact of New Media Communication in a conflict z.

New Media In Kashmir20090830

Suvojit Bagchi tells the story of the impact of New Media Communication in a conflict z.

Public Places, Private Lives - Part One20091024

If you go to New York's Times Square you stand a good chance of seeing a man praying next to a hot dog stand.

That man is Amine El Khezzani, a Moroccan Muslim who earns his living by dressing up as cartoon character Elmo and posing for photographs.

Yet even in the excitement of the world's most famous square, he still has to find time to pray five times a day.

Public Places, Private Lives is a series of portraits of well known places that reveal the lives and stories of those people who come to a famous spot not to gaze as tourists, but for work or for their own private reasons.

The first programme, broadcast in January 2009, was set in Trafalgar Square, London and followed a pigeon feeder on her weekly rounds, along with reflections from other faces familiar to the square.

The next edition of the series takes us to Times Square, New York City.

Amid the never ceasing movement of tourists and flashing neon signs, an intriguing collection of people comes to this public place each day.

Throughout the programme we will meet some of the square's regulars, such as Moroccan Amine El Khezzani, who for the past six years has dressed up as cartoon character Elmo collecting tips for photos.

He has to balance his work serving the tourists with his beliefs as a Muslim, which means praying in the square five times a day, even if he has to do so next to a hot dog stand.

Maintenance worker Jonathan Breshin likes to take his break from working in one of the square's office complexes by standing in the midst of all the tourists “just watching.”

For Jonathan, Times Square has become an unlikely place of peace and contemplation.

In a church that is almost hidden from the square, Reverend Stephen Gerth tends to the spiritual needs of his community in a place that is often criticised for being lacking in soul.

And from the window of his 8th floor office on Broadway, Tim Tompkins, director of the Times Square Alliance – an organisation that manages the day-to-day running of the space – looks out upon the scene below, which he believes is a reflection of New York and America today.

One thing that connects the lives of all of these people, is an ability to transform their surroundings and find a private corner for reflection beneath the bright city lights.

In some of the most well known and busy destinations in the world, Public Places, Private Lives encourages us to stop and stare for a moment.

The longer you stay, and the closer you listen, the more is revealed about the lives, experiences and stories of their most regular visitors.

People who come to a famous spot for work or for their own private reasons.

Public Places, Private Lives - Part One20091025

People who come to a famous spot for work or for their own private reasons.

Street Art, Episode 12008112220081123

Two programmes looking at the global phenomenom of street art in two very different cit.

The Friday Documentary20091010

Imagine that conflict and violence force you to flee your country, leaving behind all that you know and love.

In the chaos and panic, you have to choose a single object to take with you - something so full of resonance that it will always remind you of the life and people that you left behind.

To those of us living in the comfortable West, it sounds like an intriguing parlour game.

But every day, all over the world, thousands of people are forced to confront that choice - for real.

In this two-part series, we hear from four such people living in Britain.

Each one has a memento that is now their only tangible link with the past.

If you were forced to leave your home forever, what would you take with you?

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

The Friday Documentary20091011

If you were forced to leave your home forever, what would you take with you?

What do migrants take with them when they leave their homes forever, which will always.

The Magic Carpet Flight Manual2010092420100925
20100926 (WS)

A tale of flying carpets, rockets and dreams, that asks why we still care about magic i.

A tale of flying carpets, rockets and dreams, that asks why we still care about magic in an age of techno-wizardry.

What does our desire to defy gravity tell us about ourselves?

Web-dreaming one day, writer Cathy FitzGerald stumbled on a site belonging to a museum in Iran.

It purported to tell the 'true history' of the flying carpet – how it was invented around the time of King Solomon and flourished with the rise of artisan makers in 11th century Baghdad.

The article detailed the many uses of the carpet – military, as a means of aerial attack; commercial, as a vehicle for the transport of goods; and cultural, as a device to help readers in the library at Alexandria reach the high books – and explained how they were finally wiped out during the Mongol invasion of Central Asia.

The article appears across the web, rarely with any caveat or credit.

Cathy tracks down its author, the writer Azhar Abidi, and together they separate carpet fiction from carpet fact.

She goes on to meet a Japanese astronaut who took a real carpet into space - and flew it, a Muslim whose prayer mat rises above the mundane and a physicist working on levitation in the quantum world.

Along the way, cultural historian Marina Warner explains the origins of the symbol in the Arabian Nights, and wonders whether we had to invent flying carpets in order to learn how to fly.

We dream of flying and often long to fly unaided - is that part of it?

Cathy FitzGerald explores the past, present, and very real future of the magic carpet and wonders what our desire to defy gravity tells us about ourselves.

The Other Internet2010031920100320

An investigation into the censored world of the Chinese internet

A report on the difficulties China's internet users face when accessing the world wide web.

Many sites and search phrases are blocked by the government's internet laws, the use of certain words trigger alarm bells and it is a world where the western giants of the internet are struggling to penetrate -- Baidu and Alibaba are the kings.

As part of our Superpower season of programmes, we will take a browse through China's internet, and discover how its users try to leap over what's become known as the Great Firewall.

We examine internet use in China and meet those who are not satisfied with the limits t.

We examine internet use in China and meet those who are not satisfied with the limits their government would put on them.

The Other Internet20100321

An investigation into the censored world of the Chinese internet

Youssou N'dour At 502009110720091108

Youssou N'Dour, the man who makes music to benefit Africa.

To mark the 50th birthday of Youssou N'Dour, Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile the best known African musician of recent times.

Robin examines his journey from child prodigy to Grammy award-winning singer and analyses not just his music but the way he has used it for the benefit of his country and his continent.

He had huge success with the duet 7 Seconds with Neneh Cherry in 1994, but he has been making music for nearly 40 years and has collaborated with many international artists.

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile Youssou N'Dour, the best known African mus.

01Africa Kicks20100108

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

01Africa Kicks20100109

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

01Africa Kicks20100110

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

01Global Perspective20100423

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the character and culture of their country.

01Global Perspective20100424

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

01Global Perspective, Alert Bay - My Life So Far20090704

Teenagers on a remote Canadian island talk about their futures.

Many are torn between staying to preserve their native culture and venturing into the wider world.

Teenagers on a remote Canadian island talk about preserving their native culture.

01Global Perspective, Alert Bay - My Life So Far20090705

Teenagers on a remote Canadian island talk about preserving their native culture.

01Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Alert Bay - My Life So Far20090703

A group of teenagers in Alert Bay (a small aboriginal community off the coast of Britis.

A group of teenagers in Alert Bay (a small aboriginal community off the coast of British Columbia) tell their stories.

01Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Alert Bay - My Life So Far20090704

A group of teenagers in Alert Bay (a small aboriginal community off the coast of Britis.

01Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Alert Bay - My Life So Far20090705

A group of teenagers in Alert Bay (a small aboriginal community off the coast of Britis.

01Global Perspective, The Friday Documentary20100424

How are young people like Anza, Freddy and Sibusiso coping with long-term job searching?

Anza, Sibusiso and Freddy are unemployed.

Like many 20-somethings in Soweto they are all looking for work.

Unemployment in the Johannesburg suburb is well above South Africa's national average.

I don't have something that is challenging me...

I need challenge in my life."

Hardly surprising then that many young people have become "discouraged jobseekers".

They feel that living in Soweto is in itself is counting against them.

How are Anza, Sibusiso and Freddy coping with long-term unemployment and the daily temptations to make a fast - rather than an honest - buck?

At the Edge in Soweto is the first in this year's Global Perspective documentary series.

It was made in partnership with SAFM radio."

01Global Perspective, The Friday Documentary20100425

How are young people like Anza, Freddy and Sibusiso coping with long-term job searching?

01Hearts And Lungs20100827

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie.

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companies battle for the hearts of new smokers.

01Hearts And Lungs20100828

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie.

01Hearts And Lungs20100829

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie.

01Home From Home20100625

Personal journeys of people from diasporas who return home to see how they now relate t.

Personal journeys of people from diasporas who return home to see how they now relate to their country of origin.

01Home From Home20100626

Personal journeys of people from diasporas who return home to see how they now relate to their country of origin.

Personal journeys of people from diasporas who return home to see how they now relate t.

01Home From Home20100627

Personal journeys of people from diasporas who return home to see how they now relate t.

01John Simpson Returns To 198920091017

Twenty years ago, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.

The greatest symbol of the Cold War, which many never dreamt they would see disappear, was overwhelmed by people power.

This momentous event precipitated largely peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe as people shook off 40 years of communism.

The BBC's Foreign Affairs Editor John Simpson, experienced it at first hand.

The speed of what happened took almost everyone by surprise.

In fact, it became clear that the opening up of the check points that night, allowing East Berliners across the barrier, happened by mistake.

John was travelling with the West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in Poland at the time and like Mr.

Kohl, he rushed to Berlin to experience and report on the euphoria.

Soon it was the turn of Czechoslovakia to join in the tide of demonstrations sweeping across the Soviet Union's European satellites.

Once again John, who had reported on Czechoslovakia years before and become a target of the notorious secret services there, was able to see developments for himself.

A few weeks later he was back in Ceausescu's Romania, from where he had reported earlier in the year, giving a rare insight into this most closed of states.

He was able to follow the demonstrators who stormed Ceausescu's Palace and in the chaos, even wrote one of his TV reports with the dictator's own pen - handed to him by a 15-year-old demonstrator in Ceausescu's office.

Listen to John as he tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

Through personal stories, he traces the different roads that East Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania have taken since 1989.

John Simpson tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

01John Simpson Returns To 198920091018

John Simpson tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

01John Simpson Returns To 198920091120

John Simpson tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

Twenty years ago, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.

The greatest symbol of the Cold War, which many never dreamt they would see disappear, was overwhelmed by people power.

This momentous event precipitated largely peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe as people shook off 40 years of communism.

The BBC's Foreign Affairs Editor John Simpson, experienced it at first hand.

The speed of what happened took almost everyone by surprise.

In fact, it became clear that the opening up of the check points that night, allowing East Berliners across the barrier, happened by mistake.

John was travelling with the West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in Poland at the time and like Mr.

Kohl, he rushed to Berlin to experience and report on the euphoria.

Soon it was the turn of Czechoslovakia to join in the tide of demonstrations sweeping across the Soviet Union's European satellites.

Once again John, who had reported on Czechoslovakia years before and become a target of the notorious secret services there, was able to see developments for himself.

A few weeks later he was back in Ceausescu's Romania, from where he had reported earlier in the year, giving a rare insight into this most closed of states.

He was able to follow the demonstrators who stormed Ceausescu's Palace and in the chaos, even wrote one of his TV reports with the dictator's own pen - handed to him by a 15-year-old demonstrator in Ceausescu's office.

Listen to John as he tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

Through personal stories, he traces the different roads that East Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania have taken since 1989.

01John Simpson Returns To 198920091121

John Simpson tells the story of 20 years of post-communist life.

01John Simpson Returns To 198920091122
01John Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 1989 120091016

In 1989 John Simpson witnessed revolutions in Berlin, Prague and Bucharest.

He returns to.

He returns to see the changes that have occurred since

01John Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 1989 120091018

In 1989 John Simpson witnessed revolutions in Berlin, Prague and Bucharest.

He returns to.

01Keeping The Peace20090410

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the challenges of the past and present.

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

01Keeping The Peace20090411

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the challenges of the past and present.

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

01Keeping The Peace20090412

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the challenges of the past and present.

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

01Mi6 - A Century In The Shadows, Gadgets And Green Ink2010121720101218

An unprecedented look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service

An unprecedented look inside MI6 - Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its centenary in 2009.

For this three-part series, BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera talks to senior intelligence officers, agents and diplomats as well as their former arch enemies about the shadowy world of espionage.

01My World20090508

The Library Cart: A day in the life of Martin Murrillo, mobile cart librarian and self-.

The Library Cart: A day in the life of Martin Murrillo, mobile cart librarian and self-taught teacher in Cartegena in Colombia.

01My World20090509

The Library Cart: A day in the life of Martin Murrillo, mobile cart librarian and self-taught teacher in Cartegena in Colombia.

The Library Cart: A day in the life of Martin Murrillo, mobile cart librarian and self-.

01My World20090510

The Library Cart: A day in the life of Martin Murrillo, mobile cart librarian and self-.

01Return To Trebizond20100409

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the ancient kingdom of The Pontus.

01Return To Trebizond20100410

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the ancient kingdom of The Pontus.

01Return To Trebizond20100411

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

01Seeking The Endgame20100910

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

Is modern technology changing it and how it's played?

01Seeking The Endgame20100911

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

01Seeking The Endgame20100912

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

01Spanning The World20100226

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

01Spanning The World20100227

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

01Spanning The World20100228

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

01State Secrets20091211

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during.

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during the communist era in Eastern Europe.

01State Secrets20091212

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during.

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during the communist era in Eastern Europe.

01State Secrets20091213

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during.

01The Battle Of King Salmon20101029

Nick Rankin reports from Alaska, where the world's biggest wild salmon run may be threa.

Nick Rankin reports from Alaska, where the world's biggest wild salmon run may be threatened by the discovery of minerals.

01The Battle Of King Salmon20101030

Nick Rankin reports from Alaska, where the world's biggest wild salmon run may be threa.

01The Battle Of King Salmon20101031
01The Changing Worlds Of Formula One2011030420110305

From Italy to India, David Goldblatt examines how Formula One is changing.

01The Greatest Hits Of The World2010070920100710

Paul Gambaccini looks at two songs that have crossed boundaries - 'Stand By Me', and 'Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)'.

Paul Gambaccini looks at two songs that have crossed boundaries - 'Stand By Me', and 'W.

01The Greatest Hits Of The World20100711

Paul Gambaccini looks at two songs that have crossed boundaries - 'Stand By Me', and 'W.

01Timeline20081205

A topical series in which contemporary events are explored through the archive of the p.

A topical series in which contemporary events are explored through the archive of the past, with the benefit of hindsight.

01Timeline20081206

A topical series in which contemporary events are explored through the archive of the p.

01Timeline20081207
01What's Cooking?20090220

A portrait of US radio duo, the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, that off.

A portrait of US radio duo, the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, that offers a rare glimpse into their world.

01What's Cooking?20090221

A portrait of US radio duo, the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, that off.

01What's Cooking?20090222
01Yiddish - A Struggle For Survival2009031320090314

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of.

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of the language survives.

01Yiddish - A Struggle For Survival20090315

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of.

01 LASTA Quiet Revolution In The Concert Hall20090424

Juan Carlos Jaramillo looks at El Sistema, classical music training set up to help Vene.

Juan Carlos Jaramillo looks at El Sistema, classical music training set up to help Venezuelan children who live in poverty.

01 LASTA Quiet Revolution In The Concert Hall20090425

Juan Carlos Jaramillo looks at El Sistema, classical music training set up to help Vene.

01 LASTA Quiet Revolution In The Concert Hall20090426

Juan Carlos Jaramillo looks at El Sistema, classical music training set up to help Vene.

01 LASTBlood And Lava20090626

Malcolm Billings visits Naples with Mount Vesuvius overdue a major eruption, mafia wars, and rotting rubbish in the street.

Malcolm Billings visits Naples with Mount Vesuvius overdue a major eruption, mafia wars.

01 LASTDear Birth Mother20090620

After waiting for Mr Right, and years of fertility treatments, a single woman in her 40's decided to adopt.

We follow her story.

After waiting for Mr Right, and years of fertility treatments, a single woman in her 40.

Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister follow Suzanne for several months through the proces.

01 LASTDear Birth Mother20090621

After waiting for Mr Right, and years of fertility treatments, a single woman in her 40.

Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister follow Suzanne for several months through the proces.

01 LASTEl Sistema Goes Global20090501

The impact of El Sistema, the remarkable network of youth orchestras, in Scotland.

After conquering Venezuela, El Sistema, the remarkable network of youth orchestras, goes global.

We see its impact in Scotland.

After conquering Venezuela, El Sistema, the remarkable network of youth orchestras, goe.

We see its impact in London.

01 LASTEl Sistema Goes Global20090502

The impact of El Sistema, the remarkable network of youth orchestras, in Scotland.

01 LASTEl Sistema Goes Global20090503

The impact of El Sistema, the remarkable network of youth orchestras, in Scotland.

01 LASTPoetry From The Front Line20090327

Jonathan Charles finds out about the poetry being written as a result of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jonathan Charles finds out about the poetry being written as a result of the current co.

01 LASTPoetry From The Front Line20090328

Jonathan Charles finds out about the poetry being written as a result of the current co.

01 LASTPoetry From The Front Line20090329

Jonathan Charles finds out about the poetry being written as a result of the current co.

01 LASTPublic Places, Private Lives20090306

A look at Trafalgar Square in London, a venue for demonstrations and concerts, revealing the private life of a public place.

A look at Trafalgar Square in London, a venue for demonstrations and concerts, revealin.

01 LASTPublic Places, Private Lives20090307

A look at Trafalgar Square in London, a venue for demonstrations and concerts, revealin.

01 LASTPublic Places, Private Lives20090308

A look at Trafalgar Square in London, a venue for demonstrations and concerts, revealing the private life of a public place.

A look at Trafalgar Square in London, a venue for demonstrations and concerts, revealin.

01 LASTThe Priest Of Para20081203

Father Henri Des Roziers, priest and Human Rights Lawyer, works with landless people in.

Father Henri Des Roziers, priest and Human Rights Lawyer, works with landless people in one of Brazil's most violent regions.

01 LASTThe Priest Of Para20081204

Father Henri Des Roziers, priest and Human Rights Lawyer, works with landless people in one of Brazil's most violent regions.

01 LASTThe Priest Of Para20081206

Father Henri Des Roziers, priest and Human Rights Lawyer, works with landless people in.

01 LASTThe Priest Of Para20081207
01 LASTThe Wildlife Smugglers2009020620090207

Sharon Mascall reports on the illegal trade in wildlife, which attracts organised crimi.

Sharon Mascall reports on the illegal trade in wildlife, which attracts organised criminals, looking for big money and low risk.

01 LASTThe Wildlife Smugglers20090207

Sharon Mascall reports on the illegal trade in wildlife, which attracts organised crimi.

01 LASTThe Wildlife Smugglers20090208
01 LASTToo Many Santas2008122620081227

Heidi Mikalson asks who came down the chimney and what do the different Santas of the A.

Heidi Mikalson asks who came down the chimney and what do the different Santas of the Arctic Circle reveal about modern Europe?

02Africa Kicks20100115

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

02Africa Kicks20100116

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

02Africa Kicks20100117

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

02Global Perspective20100430

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the character and culture of their country.

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

02Global Perspective20100501

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the character and culture of their country.

02Global Perspective20100502

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

02Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Islands Of Security20090710

Gated communities are spreading widely in all continents but privatisation of space is.

Gated communities are spreading widely in all continents but privatisation of space is especially sensitive in South Africa.

02Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Islands Of Security20090711

In South Africa's not so distant past, the word 'island' would have immediately conjured up Robben Island off Cape Town, the prison for decades of Nelson Mandela and his fellow political prisoners during apartheid.

But in a country of very high levels of violent crime, with a murder rate around seven times that of the USA, other 'islands' are springing up inland - the gated and guarded residential estates which are becoming a refuge for the wealthy.

Gated communities are a form of living spreading widely in all continents, especially where the difference between rich and poor is greatest, but in South Africa with its history of apartheid and exclusion on racial grounds, the subject of privatisation of space and keeping people out is a particularly sensitive one.

In Islands of Security for SAFM radio in Johannesburg, Sibahle Malinga visits Dainfern security estate in Johannesburg's northern suburbs, a gated community with a 7.5 km perimeter, protected by a high electrified double fence, guarded gateways, and armed security guards.

Sibahle's journey takes her to the nearby township of Diepsloot to find out how its residents feel about being outside the fence, and the outskirts of Soweto where a wealthy man living without high fences or gates describes how his feeling of security comes from being known by his neighbours.

Islands of Security is part of Global Perspective, a documentary series on BBC World Service in which six documentary makers from around the world contribute a programme, giving a local perspective on a shared chosen theme.

This year the theme is Islands.

Islands of Security looks at the impact of South Africa's gated communities.

02Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Islands Of Security20090712

Islands of Security looks at the impact of South Africa's gated communities.

Gated communities are spreading widely in all continents but privatisation of space is.

02John Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 198920091121

John Simpson returns to Prague to speak to those who lived through the Velvet Revolution

Twenty years ago, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.

The greatest symbol of the Cold War, which many never dreamt they would see disappear, was overwhelmed by people power.

This momentous event precipitated largely peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe as people shook off 40 years of communism.

The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson, experienced it at first hand.

John travelled to Prague many times before the Velvet Revolution and met many of the key players and was a regular visitor to the Magic Lantern Theatre.

John returns to speak to some of the dissidents from then, to find out how far their hopes have been fulfilled.

02John Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 198920091122

John Simpson returns to Prague to speak to those who lived through the Velvet Revolution

02Mi6 - A Century In The Shadows20101224

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its c.

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its centenary last year.

02Mi6 - A Century In The Shadows20101225

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its c.

02My World20090515

The Infidelity Agency: Rahul Rai thrives on infidelity.

He runs India's number one detective agency and business is booming.

He runs India's number one dete.

02My World20090516

The Infidelity Agency: Rahul Rai thrives on infidelity.

He runs India's number one dete.

02My World, : The Infidelity Agency20090517

The Infidelity Agency: Vivek Kumar thrives on infidelity.

He runs India's number one detective agency and business is booming.

Vivek Kumar thrives on infidelity.

He runs India's number one detective agency.

02Timeline20081212
02Timeline20081213
02Timeline20081214
02 LASTHearts And Lungs20100903

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie...

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companies battle for the hearts of new smokers.

02 LASTHearts And Lungs20100904

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie.

02 LASTHearts And Lungs20100905

Sue Armstrong investigates growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companie.

02 LASTHome From Home20100702
02 LASTHome From Home20100703
02 LASTHome From Home20100704
02 LASTKeeping The Peace20090417

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the challenges of the past and present.

02 LASTKeeping The Peace20090418

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

02 LASTKeeping The Peace20090419

Audrey Brown in Liberia looks at how peacekeepers and Liberians are grappling with the.

02 LASTManny Pacquiao20101203

An exclusive documentary with Manny Pacquiao: boxer, politician and man of the Filipino.

An exclusive documentary with Manny Pacquiao: boxer, politician and man of the Filipino people.

02 LASTManny Pacquiao20101204

An exclusive documentary with Manny Pacquiao: boxer, politician and man of the Filipino.

02 LASTReturn To Trebizond20100416

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the ancient kingdom of The Pontus.

02 LASTReturn To Trebizond20100417

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the ancient kingdom of The Pontus.

02 LASTReturn To Trebizond20100418

Tom de Waal visits Trabzon, in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, in what was once the anc.

02 LASTSeeking The Endgame20100917

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

Is modern technology changing it and how it's played?

02 LASTSeeking The Endgame20100918

Chess is an ancient game that has been widely popular for centuries – but how is it faring in modern times?

Simon Terrington, a self-confessed chess fanatic, explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technology changing it and how it's played? In a world where there are more and more calls upon our time, do people still wish to devote hours to mastering it?

Simon reaffirms his love for chess by absorbing the passion it generates, from grandmasters to community club players; from the World Chess Championship to the chess boards of a Bulgarian park.

These programmes build a new picture of a game: a game with a wealth of beneficial attributes, but also one with a pugilistic, addictive hook that keeps players coming back to the board, again and again.

Simon examines the continuing allure of chess.

He revisits the Macclesfield Chess Club in the north of England where he played as a ten-year-old.

Simon also speaks to a wide range of chess experts like grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, Amon Simotowe, the first Zambian grandmaster and former women's world champion Antoinette Stefanova who describes chess as a "form of meditation".

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the allure of the game in today's world

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

02 LASTSeeking The Endgame20100919

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the allure of the game in today's world

Chess fanatic Simon Terrington explores the game in today's world.

Is modern technolog.

02 LASTSeeking The Endgame20101031
02 LASTSpanning The World20100305

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

02 LASTSpanning The World20100306

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

02 LASTSpanning The World20100307

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

02 LASTState Secrets2009121820091219

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during.

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during the communist era in Eastern Europe.

02 LASTState Secrets20091220

Oana Lungescu investigates secret police files of those imprisoned or persecuted during.

02 LASTStreet Art20081128

Two programmes looking at the global phenomenom of street art in two very different cit.

Two programmes looking at the global phenomenom of street art in two very different cities: New York and Sao Paulo.

02 LASTStreet Art20081129

Two programmes looking at the global phenomenom of street art in two very different cit.

02 LASTStreet Art20081130

Two programmes looking at the global phenomenom of street art in two very different cit.

02 LASTThe Battle Of King Salmon, The Battle Of King Salmon - Part Two20101105

Is mining threatening the world's greatest wild salmon run?

The wild salmon run in Alaska is the biggest of its kind.

Each year over 50 million fish leave the Pacific Ocean and fight their way up to the headwaters of mighty river systems where they mate, spawn and die.

The young salmon make their way out to sea again and, year after year, as the fish swim back to their birthplace, fishermen are there waiting for them.

For this two-part documentary, the BBC’s Nick Rankin reports from Alaska during the wild salmon run and joins commercial and subsistence fishermen who live off this natural resource.

02 LASTThe Battle Of King Salmon, The Battle Of King Salmon - Part Two20101106

Is mining threatening the world's greatest wild salmon run?

02 LASTThe Changing Worlds Of Formula One2011031120110312

From Italy to India, David Goldblatt examines how Formula One is changing

From Italy to India, David Goldblatt examines the ever changing face of Formula One.

At the Monza Circuit in Northern Italy, David discovers the triumphs, tragedies and the nostalgic old style glamour of a past motor racing era in a town that has been hosting the Italian Grand Prix since long before the arrival of Formula One.

But now a global super brand, Formula One has changed.

David also visits the embryonic circuit on the outskirts of Delhi, which in October 2011 will become Formula One's latest hi-tech venue.

In the ever evolving world of motor sport he questions whether Europe will be able to financially support the sport in the future and whether it matters that a country such as India, with a negligible history of motor sports, has been chosen to host Formula One?

02 LASTThe Greatest Hits Of The World20100716
02 LASTThe Greatest Hits Of The World - Part 220100717

What is it that makes a song achieve mass appeal?

The series Greatest Hits of the World examines two enduring songs that have crossed boundaries and generations.

In the second programme, Paul Gambaccini looks at the song Wimboweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight by South African songwriter Solomon Linda.

From 1939 the melody sold 100,000 copies in its first decade.

The tune - originally called Mbube (Zulu for lion) - may never have left Africa, but it came to the attention of American folk singer Pete Seeger.

His interpretation was so popular and so catchy that a number of versions appeared throughout the 1950s by other American singers.

Other versions have appeared since, including one by The Tokens, a group that added the distinctive lyrics.

In the 1990s, it was exposed to a mass audience with its inclusion in the Disney film The Lion King.

The song is estimated to be worth $16 million.

But Solomon Linda was paid a one off fee of 10 shillings and he died in poverty in 1962.

What is the story of the search for social justice behind the song?

What's the real story behind the song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight or 'Wimoweh'?

02 LASTThe Greatest Hits Of The World, The Greatest Hits Of The World - Part 220100718

What's the real story behind the song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight or 'Wimoweh'?

02 LASTWhat's Cooking?20090227

A portrait of US radio duo, the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, that offers a rare glimpse into their world.

A portrait of US radio duo, the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, that off.

02 LASTWhat's Cooking?20090228
02 LASTWhat's Cooking?20090301
02 LASTYiddish - A Struggle For Survival20090320

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of the language survives.

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of.

02 LASTYiddish - A Struggle For Survival20090321

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of.

02 LASTYiddish - A Struggle For Survival20090322

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of.

03Africa Kicks20100122

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

03Africa Kicks20100123

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

03Africa Kicks20100124

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

03Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Death Diminishes Me20090717

This programme follows five men with HIV in New Zealand as they journey towards self ac.

This programme follows five men with HIV in New Zealand as they journey towards self acceptance.

03Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Death Diminishes Me20090718

The international documentary series Global Perspective this year has the theme of Islands, and Radio New Zealand's interpretation is based on the isolation suffered by those living with the HIV virus.

In New Zealand more than half of HIV positive people don't know anyone else with HIV so their journey is likely to be solitary.

Death Diminishes Me asks the listener to consider what isolates people from, and what connects them to their friends, family and each other.

Fifteen funerals within five years – that's the situation Shane found himself in the early 1990s when his friends started dying from AIDS related illnesses.

Shane is one of five HIV Positive men from New Zealand who share their personal reflections and stories in Death Diminishes Me as they work towards self-acceptance.

The isolation of living with HIV in New Zealand.

This programme follows five men with HIV in New Zealand as they journey towards self ac.

03Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Death Diminishes Me20090719

The isolation of living with HIV in New Zealand.

This programme follows five men with HIV in New Zealand as they journey towards self ac.

03My World20090522

The Homecoming: a former refugee who grew up in Sudanese camps, returns home with ambit.

The Homecoming: a former refugee who grew up in Sudanese camps, returns home with ambitions to become a relief worker herself.

03My World20090523

The Homecoming: a former refugee who grew up in Sudanese camps, returns home with ambit.

03My World20090524

The Homecoming: a former refugee who grew up in Sudanese camps, returns home with ambit.

03Spanning The World20100723

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

03Spanning The World20100724

Bridge-tunnel that brings together countries with a difficult past - Sweden and Denmark.

Bridges can symbolize man's desire to span the world, to bring people closer together and to access further territories.

This series looks at the significance of bridges as icons, as a means of connecting communities - or delineating separateness.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

03Spanning The World20100725

Bridge-tunnel that brings together countries with a difficult past - Sweden and Denmark.

03 LASTGlobal Perspective20100507

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the character and culture of their country.

03 LASTGlobal Perspective20100508

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the character and culture of their country.

03 LASTGlobal Perspective20100509

At the Edge: each episode interprets this in a way that is revealing about the characte.

03 LASTJohn Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 1989 320091225

In 1989 John Simpson witnessed revolutions in Berlin, Prague and Bucharest.

He returns to see the changes that have occurred since

He returns to.

03 LASTJohn Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 1989 320091226

John Simpson brings himself back to the Romanian revolution.

Twenty years ago, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.

The greatest symbol of the Cold War, which many never dreamt they would see disappear, was overwhelmed by people power.

This momentous event precipitated largely peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe as people shook off 40 years of communism.

The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson, experienced it at first hand.

He was in the thick of the action for the gun battles in Bucharest, Romania.

Taking Romania as an example, John looks are the re-integration of Central and Eastern Europe into Europe as a whole and asks how well has the process has been managed.

In 1989 John Simpson witnessed revolutions in Berlin, Prague and Bucharest.

He returns to.

03 LASTJohn Simpson Returns To 1989, John Simpson Returns To 1989 320091227

John Simpson brings himself back to the Romanian revolution.

03 LASTMi6 - A Century In The Shadows20101231

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its c.

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its centenary last year.

03 LASTMi6 - A Century In The Shadows20110101

Another chance to look inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, which marked its c.

03 LASTThe Bicycle Diaries20090130

A journey to 3 different places around the world to discover communities and people for.

A journey to 3 different places around the world to discover communities and people for whom two wheels are better than four.

03 LASTThe Bicycle Diaries20090131

A journey to 3 different places around the world to discover communities and people for.

03 LASTThe Bicycle Diaries20090201
03 LASTTimeline20081219
03 LASTTimeline20081220
03 LASTTimeline20081221
04Global Perspective20100514

Every year up to 20 people die alone in Amsterdam.

Ger Frits and Frank Starik created a.

Ger Frits and Frank Starik created a community based on respect for them.

04Global Perspective20100515

Every year up to 20 people die alone in Amsterdam.

Ger Frits and Frank Starik created a.

Ger Frits and Frank Starik created a community based on respect for them.

04Global Perspective20100516

Every year up to 20 people die alone in Amsterdam.

Ger Frits and Frank Starik created a.

04Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Across The Waters20090724

Nick Rankin travels to Fair Isle, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the UK, to see how newcomers find their place.

Nick Rankin travels to Fair Isle, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the UK, t.

04Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Across The Waters20090725

This year the international documentary series Global Perspective has the theme of Islands, and for BBC World Service Radio Nick Rankin travels to Fair Isle, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the British Isles, to see how newcomers find their place in a small and tight-knit community on a rocky island which is too windy for trees to grow on, one of the Shetland Islands way north of the Scottish mainland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea.

At times in the last century Fair Isle's population became so low that there was talk of evacuation, as happened on the island of St Kilda.

But Fair Isle is an outward looking island which has always traded things like its famous patterned knitwear, and its community has survived because of its capacity to absorb newcomers and make them its own.

In Sepember 2005 the Fair Isle community of around 65 people advertised for a family to join them, and after interest from all over the world, Tommy Hyndman, a hat maker from Saratoga Springs, New York, his wife Liz Musser and their young son Henry were the successful applicants.

Nick Rankin talks to them and other incomers of different generations to Fair Isle about creating a life there, as well as to the 'indigenous' islanders they have joined.

How Fair Isle, one of Britain's most remote island communities, is keeping its numbers up.

04Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Across The Waters20090726

How Fair Isle, one of Britain's most remote island communities, is keeping its numbers up.

Nick Rankin travels to Fair Isle, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the UK, t.

04My World20090529

A Different Kind of Stroke: A neurologist on her discoveries post-stroke, and insights into the nature of consciousness.

A Different Kind of Stroke: A neurologist on her discoveries post-stroke, and insights.

04My World20090530

A Different Kind of Stroke: A neurologist on her discoveries post-stroke, and insights.

04My World20090531

A Different Kind of Stroke: A neurologist on her discoveries post-stroke, and insights.

A Different Kind of Stroke: A neurologist on her discoveries post-stroke, and insights into the nature of consciousness.

04Spanning The World20100730

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

04Spanning The World20100731

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's desire and ability to span the world.

04Spanning The World20100801

A look at bridges as icons, a means of connecting or separating, and symbols of man's d.

04 LASTAfrica Kicks20100129

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of footba.

As South Africa prepares for 2010, what better time to explore the true story of football in Africa?

04 LASTAfrica Kicks, Africa Kicks - Part Four20100130

In the last part of our story of African Football, Farayi Mungazi looks ahead to South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

He looks at the impact that apartheid had on the development of football in South Africa and asks if football - traditionally the sport of the black masses - can unite the nation.

South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup but can football unite the nation?

04 LASTAfrica Kicks, Africa Kicks - Part Four20100131

South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup but can football unite the nation?

05Global Perspective20100521

Wedge Island: a story of life lived on the very edge of Australia and a lifestyle that'.

Wedge Island: a story of life lived on the very edge of Australia and a lifestyle that's on the edge of its existence.

05Global Perspective20100522

Wedge Island: a story of life lived on the very edge of Australia and a lifestyle that's on the edge of its existence.

Wedge Island: a story of life lived on the very edge of Australia and a lifestyle that'.

05Global Perspective20100523

Wedge Island: a story of life lived on the very edge of Australia and a lifestyle that'.

05Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Chung King Mansions20090731

Built as luxury flats in the early 1960s, Chungking Mansions is now a safe haven for asylum seekers and commercial travellers.

Built as luxury flats in the early 1960s, Chungking Mansions is now a safe haven for as.

05Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Chung King Mansions20090801

The international documentary series Global Perspective this year has the theme of Islands.

The 'island chosen by RTHK is an infamous Hong Kong tenement building, in Kowloon's teeming Nathan Road.

Chung King Mansions has a colourful past, and who knows what future.

Built as luxury residential flats in the early 1960s, these days it's a haven for asylum seekers, commercial travelers from the Africa and the developing world and anyone who needs a cheap place to stay.

Chungking Mansions stands out like a shabby island from its more luxurious surroundings: with a thousand owners and bad past management it has been impossible ever to get agreement on what to do with it.

Meanwhile the wiring could burst into flames at any minute, it thrives as a business community, appears to be self-sufficient and is an international melting pot which has been a law unto itself.

Chung King Mansions is produced by Sarah Passmore of RTHK Radio 3.

A slice of life in the shabby tenement building in Hong Kong's busy commercial district.

05Global Perspective, Global Perspective: Chung King Mansions20090802

A slice of life in the shabby tenement building in Hong Kong's busy commercial district.

Built as luxury flats in the early 1960s, Chungking Mansions is now a safe haven for as.

05My World20090605

Kades: the story of Kades, who has only ever seen one way to escape from the Majengo slums of Nairobi - through his poetry.

Kades: the story of Kades, who has only ever seen one way to escape from the Majengo sl.

05My World20090606

Kades: the story of Kades, who has only ever seen one way to escape from the Majengo slums of Nairobi - through his poetry.

Kades: the story of Kades, who has only ever seen one way to escape from the Majengo sl.

05My World20090607

Kades: the story of Kades, who has only ever seen one way to escape from the Majengo sl.

06 LASTGlobal Perspective, Global Perspective: Traffic Islands20090807

Stories of people whose lives intersect with traffic islands.

They map out their privat.

They map out their private lives on the public traffic grid.

06 LASTGlobal Perspective, Global Perspective: Traffic Islands20090808

This documentary explores the stories of people whose lives intersect with traffic islands and streetscapes.

From a scientist trying to work out how many species of ant live on the traffic islands on Broadway, one of New York's most famous streets, to a solitary homeless man who makes a living on the street corner, trying to catch the attention of the human traffic in Washington DC.

There is also the Maryland family who use the roadside as a place to create a memorial to a lost son, killed in a car crash.

What they have in common is that they map out parts of their lives that would usually be private on the public traffic grid.

Traffic Islands was produced and presented by Gemma Hooley of Soundprint Media Center.

It is part of Global Perspective, the BBC World Service international documentary series.

This year's theme is Islands.

Traffic Islands explores lives drawn to the public traffic grid.

Stories of people whose lives intersect with traffic islands.

They map out their privat.

06 LASTGlobal Perspective, Global Perspective: Traffic Islands20090809

Traffic Islands explores lives drawn to the public traffic grid.

Stories of people whose lives intersect with traffic islands.

They map out their privat.

06 LASTMy World20090612

Pornthip Rojanasunan, or Dr Death, is Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has turned autopsies into a battle for truth.

Pornthip Rojanasunan, or Dr Death, is Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has tur.

06 LASTMy World20090613

Pornthip Rojanasunan, or Dr Death, is Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has tur.

06 LASTMy World20090614

Pornthip Rojanasunan, or Dr Death, is Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has tur.

06 LASTMy World - Thailand's Dr. Death20090613

The extraordinary story of Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has turned an autopsy into a battleground for the truth.

The extraordinary story of Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has turned an auto.

06 LASTMy World - Thailand's Dr. Death20090614

The extraordinary story of Thailand's leading forensic scientist who has turned an auto.