Radio Rage

In this series Lucy Ash tunes into five controversial radio stations with very different audiences and agendas across four continents.

All of these stations or programmes provoke and sometimes infuriate their listeners - all of them constantly challenge the status quo and try to change the way people lead their lives.

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01Teacup In A Storm2005020720050809

In this series Lucy Ash tunes into five controversial radio stations with very different audiences and agendas across four continents.

All of these stations or programmes provoke and sometimes infuriate their listeners - all of them constantly challenge the status quo and try to change the way people lead their lives.Today we hear about the typhoon of talk radio in Hong Kong, Albert Cheng King-Hon.

His programme Teacup in a Storm was famous for stinging attacks on everyone from government officials, legislators, tycoons and Triads.

02Holy Cow2005020820050816

Today Lucy visits one of the most controversial broadcasters in Europe.

Few institutions in Poland arouse such strong passions as Radio Maryja.

To its supporters, the station upholds patriotic values and Catholic virtue.

To its critics, Radio Maryja is an unholy mix of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and dangerous populism.

Lucy visits the medieval city of Torun which is the headquarters of the radio station and tries to find out more about the shadowy figure behind it - 'Father Director' Tadeusz Rydzyk

03Radio Recall2005020920050802

Today in Radio Recall Lucy Ash finds out how a breakfast show host helped to get rid of the former Governor of California and repalce him with the Terminator?

Arnold Schwarzenegger owes much of his success to Melanie Morgan, a feisty presenter on a conservative talk radio station in San Francisco.

She belongs to a new breed of right-wing hosts who have cast themselves as activists, urging listeners not just to get angry but to do something about it.

04Cheaters2005021020050726

What could be more provocative than a radio show that exposes love rats in the act? Soweto community station Jozi Fm's show, Cheaters, copied from an American TV series, is hugely successful.

Critics say it is exploitative.

Others say it raises awareness about the consequences of cheating in a country decimated by AIDS.

05 LASTLifting The Veil20050211

When the villagers show up, armed with minidisks and microphones, crooked officials dive for cover.

They don't want to end up on Parda Faash or 'Lifting the Veil', a muckraking expose on Indian community radio.

Most of the reporters in the Kutch district of Gujarat are illiterate men and women who, with the help of a few professionals, have taught themselves radio production.

Their programmes have exposed many scams from unpaid wages to the embezzlement of aid money, to children being cheated out of their school dinners.