The Global Reach is a new weekly programme , presented by Katie Derham ,which aims to shine a light on international affairs through the personal stories of those directly involved in the making of history. It is built on the premise that participants in a happening story are more than mere soundbites and will feature voices which are simply never heard elsewhere on BBC Radio 4.
We will hear extended testimony from those on the frontline, both in the form of extended interviews with key players in global events and in a series of blogs from an international network of citizen journalists.
Featured stories will include that of King Zero, a Burmese monk at the heart of his country's struggle for democracy; the narcocorridos, or drug ballads, of Mexico, which glorify the violence which has claimed the lives of around 40 thousand people in the last 5 years and the multimillionaire rat-catcher from China.
All human life is here. Too often a foreign news story is played out without any real sense of its longer term human impact. The Global Reach will remedy that.
Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.
Katie Derham presents real-life stories from people around the globe.