From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.


Deadliest Day – a new investigative series from Beyond Today
Jul 16 • 5 min
Claire Read introduces her special series about the impact of one day of the war in Afghanistan on the troops who were there and the families they left behind. Download the Deadliest Day series from the Beyond Today podcast.
The battle against the gangs of El Salvador
Jul 13 • 29 min
The President of El Salvador is calling on young men to leave the country’s criminal gangs, or perish with them. He said the gangs have terrorised the country for decades, and would be dismantled. Orla Guerin has been to the capital, San Salvador, to see…
Jamal Khashoggi - unanswered questions
Jul 11 • 28 min
There was an international outcry following the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Saudi officials blamed rogue agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom. Frank Gardner reflects on his…
The Women and Children of Islamic State
Jul 6 • 27 min
A visit to an IS women and children’s camp in northern Syria where the residents face an uncertain future. Anna Foster visits the Al Hawl camp to talk to those who are trying to salvage some form of life beyond the caliphate The rape and murder of an…
All change at the top in Brussels
Jul 4 • 27 min
European leaders have finally decided who should fill the top jobs in EU organisations. They have nominated German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, as the new President of the European Commission. She must now be approved by MEPs in Strasbourg,…
Istanbul’s mayoral election upset
Jun 29 • 28 min
After his party lost the Istanbul mayoral election where does Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, go from here? Mark Lowen considers whether this could be the start of his political decline. Katie Arnold reports from Kyrgyzstan where hot dry summers…
An Executive Order from the White House
Jun 27 • 28 min
After an aborted missile strike, Washington insiders are scratching their heads over the President’s modus operandi on Iran. Barbara Plett Usher looks at the new normal of the Trump administration. Vladimir Putin has cancelled Russian flights to Georgia…
From Our Home Correspondent 23/06/2019
Jun 23 • 27 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Alison Holt considers with a Somerset family why adult…
Mohammed Morsi dies
Jun 22 • 28 min
The death of Mohammed Morsi throws into sharp relief the challenges facing modern day Egypt, and the bigger struggle to embrace democracy. Kevin Connolly reflects back on the defining moments of his presidency. Colin Freeman visits a town in the heart of…
Slum landlords in Marseille
Jun 20 • 28 min
An accident in the historic centre of Marseille in the south of France has sent shock waves through the city. Two apartment blocks collapsed late last year with the loss of eight lives. Lucy Ash asks who is to blame - slum landlords, corrupt politicians…
Ebola spreads to Uganda
Jun 15 • 27 min
Ebola has spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda as the authorities struggle to control it. Olivia Acland visits an Ebola zone in the DRC. Russian journalist, Ivan Golunov, this week was let off drug dealing charges after a public outcry.…
Protests on the streets of Hong Kong
Jun 13 • 28 min
This week has seen the biggest protests on the streets of Hong Kong since Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997. Demonstrators are angry at a proposed new law which would allow extradition to mainland China for trial. As Danny Vincent…
US Mexico relations
Jun 8 • 28 min
Mexico takes a tougher approach to migrants as it comes under pressure from the US. Will Grant returns to Chiapas in Southern Mexico, where he travelled with the migrant caravan last year, and finds it a very different place. Sudan has been heavily…
Political turmoil in Austria
Jun 6 • 28 min
Austria has sworn in its first female chancellor but Brigitte Bierlein is unlikely to be there for long. She heads a caretaker government appointed because the previous Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz lost a confidence vote after his far- right coalition…
A very Brussels welcome
Jun 1 • 28 min
A new cohort of MEPS are given the lowdown on local apartments and Belgian tax returns. Adam Fleming visits the Brussels Welcome Village. Yvonne Murray visits Hebei province in China where Maoist era loudspeaker systems are being reconnected. 30 years on…
Ear cleaners and road sweepers
May 30 • 28 min
India has a huge unemployment problem. Anu Anand takes a look at some of the jobs - such as ear-cleaning, pushing buttons in lifts and road sweeping with brooms - people do to make a living. Following the EU elections which saw an increase in the number…
Subterfuge
May 25 • 28 min
Anonymous contacts. Secret meetings. Men in raincoats. Gabriel Gatehouse reveals what it can take to bring a story on collusion to light. In Bulgaria, Colin Freeman assesses the economic importance of the Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle. More than 150…
US Culture Wars
May 23 • 28 min
As states restrict abortion rights and hundreds of pro-choice protests take place across the US, Laura Trevelyan assesses the country’s widening cultural divisions and asks what might happen next. In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, where there have been…
From Our Home Correspondent 19/05/2019
May 19 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Martin Vennard in Saltburn reveals how surfing has…
The Democracy Sausage
May 18 • 28 min
As Australia’s general election campaign comes to an end Hywel Griffith asks if, whatever the result, the entire political class has now lost the respect of voters. And in India, the world’s biggest democracy, Ritula Shah considers what the onion might…
Airstrikes and Sirens
May 11 • 28 min
In Israel and Gaza, Tom Bateman hears how rocket and air strikes are ruining lives. With no end to the conflict in sight, what has the impact of the latest violence been? In France, Joanna Robertson considers how Parisian weekends are being thrown into…
The beginning of a new era in Japan
May 4 • 28 min
As Emperor Naruhito takes the throne in Japan, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes watches the crowds waving flags and wiping away tears. What will this new era hold for the country and its imperial family? Kate Adie introduces this and other stories: Katy Watson has…
Sudanese street protests
Apr 27 • 28 min
: As street protests gain momentum in Sudan, Alastair Leithead asks if revolutionary change will be sustainable. Vicky Spratt visits a safe house in Nepal to find out how people traffickers are exploiting women online. In the Philippines, Howard Johnson…
From Our Home Correspondent 21/04/2019
Apr 21 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers reflecting the range of contemporary life across the United Kingdom. Shabnam Grewal grew up near Southall where, forty years ago, the New…
Fictions and Factions
Apr 20 • 28 min
Volodymyr Zelensky played a President in more than 50 episodes of TV comedy - but does that mean he can do the job in real life? Jonah Fisher reflects from Kiev on a surreal election campaign - and catches up with a box set. Kate Adie introduces this and…
Netanyahu’s Likely Victory
Apr 13 • 28 min
An election campaign in Israel but little mention of the peace process. Yolande Knell says voters there just want to live normal lives. They’re picking up the pieces in Rio de Janeiro after the fire which destroyed the 200-year-old National Museum. Tim…
Mosul in colour
Apr 6 • 29 min
What life after IS looks like for the residents of Iraq’s second city - bright hijabs, bold makeup and striking works of art. “Colour has become their way of saying ‘we’ve taken our lives and our city back’” says Shaimaa Khalil. Kate Adie introduces this…
Marching bands in Myanmar
Mar 30 • 28 min
Marching bands in Myanmar as the army celebrates, but it’s an army accused of genocide. Nick Beake arrives at the dead of night to witness the festivities. Jill McGivering reports from Kathmandu on a dark and disturbing side to western tourism in Nepal.…
From Our Home Correspondent 24/03/2019
Mar 24 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents the monthly collection of journalistic pieces reflecting life across the UK today. John Forsyth in Glasgow learns about the realities of rehabilitating convicted knife criminals on a visit to the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit…
Hospitality in the Caucasus
Mar 23 • 28 min
Hospitality in the Caucasus with the families of Russians returning from IS duty in Syria. But do they regret joining up in the first place? Baalbek in Lebanon, the next best thing for those who miss travelling in Syria, and the hotel that’s trying to…
No Longer A Place Apart
Mar 21 • 28 min
The bullets that shattered the image that New Zealand is a place apart. Our correspondent returns to his childhood home in Christchurch to find a city bewildered and in mourning. We hear also from Tanzania, where the imminent construction of a…
A Different Yemen
Mar 16 • 27 min
The BBC’s Paul Adams returns to the country he roamed 35 years ago - and it’s much changed. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there’s plenty of grief to go around, and it’s important to…
Powerless in Venezuela
Mar 14 • 28 min
How did it feel to survive the days of near-total blackout in Caracas? The BBC’s Will Grant reports on what drove people to loot beloved local shops, or scoop water from filthy canals. Kate Adie introduces this story and others from around the world.…
Orban’s EU offensive
Mar 9 • 28 min
The appeal of Viktor Orban, the man who wants to remake the European Union in his own image. Stephen Sackur visits the Hungarian Prime Minister’s hometown and tries to figure out what makes him one of Europe’s most successful and influential populists.
An American contradiction
Mar 7 • 28 min
The Proud Boys say they are nothing more than a fraternal drinking club, but they regularly show up armed to far-right rallies across the US. On a marijuana farm in Oregon, Mike Wendling meets one of their local leaders – a man who, in between stints…
Losing hope in Venezuela
Mar 2 • 27 min
Venezuelans are divided on what caused the crisis in their country and on whether the foreign governments offering help are potential saviours or invaders. In Caracas, Katy Watson hears how people on all sides are losing hope. Kate Adie introduces this…
It just didn’t happen!
Feb 28 • 28 min
The UN says the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar was genocidal; women were raped and killed, men were shot and whole villages were razed, but as Nick Beake has discovered many Burmese people dismiss it all as ‘fake news’ and some even claim there’s no…
Where To Next?
Feb 23 • 28 min
Quentin Sommerville considers the last days of the Islamic State in Baghouz, Syria - and examines the question of what to do with its fighters and sympathisers once the battle is over. The case of Shamima Begum has dominated the headlines, but there are…
Take It Gently
Feb 21 • 28 min
Uruguay’s anti-drug laws were never as strict as expected - and its path to decriminalisation of cannabis has also been full of paradox. Simon Maybin explores why the country’s taken a slow and steady path to regulate marijuana growers and sellers - and…
From Our Home Correspondent 17/02/2019
Feb 17 • 27 min
Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom which reflect the range of British life today. Writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare reveals the deeply personal story of how he was sectioned under the Mental…
The Power of God
Feb 16 • 28 min
The remote religious retreat which has become the intellectual spearhead of Steve Bannon’s plans for a populist revolution in Europe. Edward Stourton visits the Trisulti monastery in Italy from where the vision of the former chief strategist to Donald…
Celebrating the Iranian revolution in Lebanon
Feb 14 • 28 min
In much of the world Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organisation, but in Lebanon it is one of the country’s most powerful political and military forces. Lizzie Porter was in Beirut as the Iranian backed group began a three-day festival to mark the…
Peace Is More Difficult Than War
Feb 9 • 28 min
Moscow isn’t the obvious place for talks on how to bring an end to the violence in Afghanistan, the country has been at war ever since the Soviet invasion 40 years ago, but it was where senior Afghan politicians met the Taliban. ‘A military solution is…
Watch Your Back!
Feb 7 • 28 min
“Watch your back Howard!” was one of the politer messages the BBC Philippines Correspondent received after making a documentary about Rodrigo Duterte. As Howard Johnson has found, journalists who question the President can become the target of organised…
The Sound of Danger in Yemen
Feb 2 • 28 min
At the site of a US drone strike in Yemen, Safa Al Ahmad hears the sound of danger – the jihadi songs of ISIS fighters who want to know why she’s there. She reports from the no man’s land between Houthi rebels, the Yemeni army, armed tribes, Al Qaeda and…
From Roses to Rifles
Jan 31 • 29 min
To mark their transition from a heavily armed rebel group to a political party FARC has adapted the meaning of their name and replaced the rifles on their logo with roses. Mathew Charles finds out how some former guerrilla commanders are adapting to life…
Smiling through the fear
Jan 26 • 28 min
‘My smile should tell you everything’ one victim of an army rampage explains in Zimbabwe. In a society where you never know who’s listening, and who can be trusted, people smile to protect themselves, says Andrew Harding. Kate Adie introduces this and…
The New Pirates of the Caribbean
Jan 24 • 27 min
The impact of Venezuela’s economic crisis is being felt far beyond its shores; Colin Freeman hears how some former Venezuelan fisherman have turned to kidnap and smuggling guns and drugs into Trinidad to make money. Kate Adie introduces this and other…
From Our Home Correspondent 20/01/2019
Jan 20 • 27 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. James Naughtie considers the contemporary legacy of…
Terror in the Secret Garden
Jan 19 • 32 min
“As I approached the Dusit there was a strange smell in the air; a combination of smoke, petrol, and explosives. I’d smelt it before - the last time was in Northern Syria.” Joe Inwood reflects on the Al Shabaab terror attack on a luxury hotel complex in…
#SaveRahaf: Last night a retweet saved my life
Jan 12 • 27 min
The Saudi teenager Rahaf al-Qunun was spared deportation after details of her plight were spread on social media while she barricaded herself in a hotel room in Thailand. She feared being killed by her family if she was forced to return to Kuwait. She was…
Life In Lockdown
Jan 5 • 28 min
“Something once whole, broken into so many pieces,” Anna Foster reflects on the toll conflict in the Central African Republic is having on its people. In the capital Bangui, she visits PK5 a Muslim enclave in the mainly Christian city and scene of regular…
Fairytales and Memorable Meetings
Dec 29, 2018 • 28 min
Winter’s majestic carpet may transform Karabash into a fairytale land that seems sprinkled with icing sugar, says Steve Rosenberg, but the reality is far from magical. There he meets a man who might just be a Russian spy. Kate Adie introduces some of the…
From Our Home Correspondent 23/12/2018
Dec 23, 2018 • 28 min
In the Christmas edition, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom which reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Ian McMillan tells a story known with subtle variations across the country -…
Fighting Hungary’s ‘Slave Law’
Dec 22, 2018 • 29 min
A controversial law in Hungary will allow employers to demand 400 hours of overtime from their workers and defer payment for three years. Nick Thorpe examines the rationale behind it, and watches as more than ten thousand people take to the streets in…
Presidents, Prisoners and Potholes
Dec 15, 2018 • 28 min
Before the contested referendum on independence, Carme Forcadell was the speaker of the Catalan parliament but since March she has been awaiting trial in a Spanish jail accused of rebellion. Niall O’Gallagher meets the ever defiant separatist politician.…
Off Target
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
At 13 Basma was forced to marry an older man and then repeatedly abused by him and his family. At 16 she was kidnapped and sent to work in a brothel. Then her own family decided to kill her. Now she lives and works in one of Iraq’s secret shelters for…
Thoughtcrime in Xinjiang
Dec 1, 2018 • 31 min
‘Orwellian’ may have become an overused political term, but in Xinjiang, it has never been more appropriate says John Sudworth. The region’s ten million Uighur people are under constant surveillance by the Chinese state. Kate Adie introduces this and…
France’s Forgotten French
Nov 24, 2018 • 28 min
The “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) protestors trying to bring France to a standstill. Hugh Schofield, says they’re angry at having to pay the price for Parisians to live more comfortably and feel they are treated with contempt and condescension by the…
From Our Home Correspondent 18/11/2018
Nov 18, 2018 • 27 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to…
Enough to make your cry
Nov 17, 2018 • 27 min
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has prompted some very different and very passionate reactions. Adam Fleming reveals how, after an agonising wait which included taking the draft agreement on holiday with him - twice, its publication this week almost…
Nationalists and Patriots
Nov 15, 2018 • 28 min
In 1918 Poland regained its sovereignty after 123 years of occupation by Austria, Prussia and Russia. This year Poles celebrated its centenary with a state organised march through the capital, Warsaw, which an estimated quarter of a million people…
A Lasting Legacy
Nov 10, 2018 • 28 min
The risks some Indian women are prepared to take to try and have baby boys and how the battle to make them think again seems to be working. Sophie Cousins is in the state of Haryana where there are signs the gender imbalance is slowing improving. Kate…
The Next Move
Nov 8, 2018 • 28 min
Change is coming to South Africa, says Cyril Ramphosa, but we must be patient. As the President plots his next move, and investigations into allegations of corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma continue, Andrew Harding reflects on the very different…
Keep America Great
Nov 3, 2018 • 28 min
Keep America Great’ has replaced ‘Make America Great’ as the favoured slogan among some Donald Trump supporters. Ahead of the US mid-term elections, James Cook meets those who think the President is winning and can’t wait to vote for him again. Kate Adie…
Operation Female Outreach
Nov 1, 2018 • 28 min
Recruiting more female peacekeepers is seen as essential to defeating jihadists groups in the Sahel, but the UN’s Mali mission is the deadliest active peacekeeping deployment in the world. Jennifer O’Mahony met some of the women trying to bring stability…
Bluster, Brazenness and Charm
Oct 27, 2018 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces stories from around the world. Saudi Arabia’s investment conference put on quite a show - and unlike many foreign investors scared off by the aftershocks of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, Sebastian Usher was there to see it for himself.…
Warlords and Sons of Warlords
Oct 25, 2018 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces analysis, wit and experiences from correspondents around the world. The past weekend’s elections in Afghanistan were held under threat, and only patchily - but they were held, despite fears to the contrary. Secunder Kermani talked to…
From Our Home Correspondent 21/10/2018
Oct 21, 2018 • 27 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom. This month we hear Sima Kotecha’s triumphant tale of finally managing to pay off her student loans - except debt can…
Don’t Panic!
Oct 20, 2018 • 28 min
Fuel shortages are nothing to worry about, says the government in Zimbabwe - just bumps in the road on the way to a better future. Andrew Harding reflects on whether President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF will be able to deliver on their promise of a new dawn…
Why people join Boko Haram
Oct 18, 2018 • 28 min
The women who regard their days with the jihadist group as the first time they’d had any kind of female empowerment and the men who saw it as a chance to escape poverty and gain access to money and guns. Colin Freeman reports from Maiduguri in Nigeria.…
Troubled Waters
Oct 13, 2018 • 28 min
The Azov Sea off Crimea has become increasingly militarised and seen tense exchanges between Russian and Ukrainian coastguards. Jonah Fisher joins the Ukrainian Navy in these troubled waters. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the…
Life Inside Libya’s Migrant Detention Centres
Oct 11, 2018 • 28 min
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…
“This is war. This is what we have to do”
Oct 6, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Secrets of the Peace Prize
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
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…
The “Tropical Trump” topping the polls in Brazil
Sep 29, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Fighting Ebola in DR Congo
Sep 27, 2018 • 29 min
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…
From Our Home Correspondent 23/09/2018
Sep 23, 2018 • 28 min
. In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Gabriel Gatehouse offers a personal reflection on the…
The Return of Jacob Zuma?
Sep 22, 2018 • 29 min
As investigators continue their trawl for evidence of corruption and state capture during Jacob Zuma’s time in office, others are said to be plotting his return to power. Politics in South Africa is never dull, says Andrew Harding. Kate Adie introduces…
A Syrian Radio Drama
Sep 15, 2018 • 29 min
Radio Alwan is an independent radio station that has been entertaining the people of Syria with dramas, phone-ins and their very own version of Woman’s Hour since 2014 - as well as providing an independent source of news. Now, as Emma Jane Kirby reveals,…
The Yazidis Still Missing In Iraq
Sep 8, 2018 • 28 min
Some are buried in mass graves; others are still in the hands of Islamic State militants. Kate Adie introduces stories from Iraq, Chile, India, Colombia, and Sweden: Four years since IS swept through northern Iraq and carried out what the UN called a…
Brainwashing, Legal Brothels and Hair Transplants
Sep 1, 2018 • 28 min
Is China trying to brainwash Muslim Uyhgurs? Kate Adie introduces stories and insights from correspondents around the world: John Sweeney meets two men who say they fled China after seeing inside a ’re-education camp’ in the north-west province of…
Leading The Change
Aug 25, 2018 • 28 min
The Rohingya village elder reduced to rags and the flash youngster who’s become kingpin. Kate Adie introduces stories, insight and analysis from correspondents around the world: Helen Nianias meets two men trying to bring peace to the chaos of…
From Our Home Correspondent 19/08/2018
Aug 19, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Garry Owen takes us to the west Wales coast and finds an…
Clean Up Your Act
Aug 18, 2018 • 28 min
Greece is poised to exit the terms of its third EU bailout as of August 20th. The Tsipras government has claimed this signals “the end of the drama” and greater freedom for Greeks to decide on their own fate and their own economy. Theopi Skarlatos talks…
Fighting for Life
Aug 11, 2018 • 28 min
A hostage and captor meet again in Syria, anger grows amid Assam’s floodwaters and young people take to the barricades in Nicaragua. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Quentin Sommerville was wary of interviewing two…
Zimbabwe - Where Fear is a Powerful Commodity
Aug 4, 2018 • 29 min
The election was supposed to be the moment it turned a corner leaving fear behind. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: In Zimbabwe, Andrew Harding has followed the twists and turns of the past few days and reflects on the…
Looking Back
Jul 28, 2018 • 28 min
Elections in Pakistan, religious divisions in the Balkans and an ode to an Ethiopian airport. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Secunder Kermani looks back on the election campaign in Pakistan and assesses what it means…
From Our Home Correspondent 22/07/2018
Jul 22, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from writers and journalists around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. The BBC’s Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan,…
Warfare - the Soundtrack of Their Lives
Jul 21, 2018 • 28 min
Children who are able to survive the ongoing civil war have to grow up fast in Yemen. Kate Adie introduces stories, insight, and analysis from correspondents around the world: According to The United Nations, one child under five dies every ten minutes…
Taking on the ‘Ndrangheta Mafia
Jul 19, 2018 • 27 min
One of the few people able to strike fear into the international organised crime syndicate. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and insights from around the world: In Italy, Andrew Hosken meets Nicola Gratteri the single-minded judge who has put…
A Change of Heart
Jul 14, 2018 • 28 min
Ever since Jacob Zuma’s resignation his family has faced all sorts of legal headaches. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Three years ago, Duduzane Zuma drove his Porsche into the back of a minibus taxi, killing one…
Watching the World Cup
Jul 12, 2018 • 28 min
When football takes over from Lebanon’s other national obsession: politics. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Celebratory gunfire, fireworks, and moped motorcades are common sights in Lebanon usually used as shows of…
The Dictator Hunter
Jul 7, 2018 • 28 min
The challenge of rebuilding Syria. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: Jeremy Bowen has just returned from Damascus and concludes that though the fighting may have stopped “the virus of war has spread - not just…
The Dictator Hunter
Jul 5, 2018 • 28 min
The man trying to bring The Gambia’s former strongman leader Yahya Jammeh to justice. Kate Adie introduces stories from journalists and correspondents around the world: His critics claim Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule over The Gambia was nothing more than a…
What Hope?
Jun 30, 2018 • 28 min
What hope is there amidst rising violence in Mexico and Afghanistan’s ‘forever war’? Kate Adie introduces stories and insight form correspondents around the world: The rich and poor in Mexico City may live in seemingly different worlds, but they are…
A Hidden Conflict
Jun 28, 2018 • 28 min
A civil war is brewing in Cameroon, but it rarely makes the headlines. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: In Nigeria, Stephanie Hegarty travels to its border with Cameroon which tens of thousands of people have…
Playing To The Crowd
Jun 23, 2018 • 29 min
Turkey’s presidential hopefuls, provocative Italian ministers, and masked Mexican wrestlers. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: “He’s drawn vast crowds to his rallies, appearing at times like a comedy performer, breaking…
A New Front In The Fight Against Terror
Jun 21, 2018 • 28 min
An expanding international force is fighting Islamist extremists on the edge of the Sahara. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: Alastair Leithead is in the Sahel - the vast, often lawless, stretch of land that…
From Our Home Correspondent 17/06/2018
Jun 17, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Petroc Trelawny celebrates the glittering world of…
Open For Business
Jun 16, 2018 • 28 min
All manner of visitors are seeking an audience with the powerful in Zimbabwe these days. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Fergal Keane was once blacklisted in Zimbabwe, and resorted to undercover reporting, but now the…
Water Wars
Jun 14, 2018 • 29 min
Parts of India are facing acute water shortages and the consequences can be deadly. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: The scramble for water in the slums of New Delhi can mean waiting in line each day for hours to fill up…
The Taste Of Climate Change
Jun 9, 2018 • 28 min
They say climate change has a taste in Bangladesh - it tastes of salt. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Peter Oborne has been to Bangladesh, home to some of the world’s first climate change refugees.; cyclones are…
When Survival Trumps Justice
Jun 7, 2018 • 28 min
Justice can be elusive for the young domestic servants abused and mistreated in Pakistan. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Secunder Kermani investigates what he describes as the “mess of allegations” surrounding the death…
Cloaked in Mystery
Jun 2, 2018 • 28 min
Making sense of Italian politics, faking the news, and wedding suit shopping in Pakistan. Kate Adie presents correspondents’ stories from around the world: James Reynolds looks back on an eventful few months in Italy, and at what filled the gap between…
Presidential Promises
May 31, 2018 • 28 min
Will Grant attends a campaign rally in Mexico to hear presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promise a new investigation into the kidnapping of 43 students from Iguala in 2014: ‘They took them away alive, we want them back alive” their families…
A Boarding School For Boko Haram?
May 26, 2018 • 28 min
Why some schools are sending their students out to beg in northern Nigeria. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Colin Freeman hears how students at some madrassas in Maiduguri are vulnerable to jihadi recruiters for Boko…
Malaysia’s Political Drama
May 24, 2018 • 28 min
A whirlwind of shifting loyalties, rotating characters, and plot twist after plot twist. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Jonathan Head finds himself thinking of Shakespeare as he tries to make sense of recent events in…
From Our Home Correspondent 20/05/2018
May 20, 2018 • 27 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Gabriel Gatehouse reflects on the lot of the reluctant…
Toothpaste, Mud Bricks and Sparkling Wine
May 12, 2018 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from Iraq, Iran, Israel, Ireland and Spain: Jeremy Bowen is in Mosul for the first elections there since the defeat of Islamic State. An exceptional leader is needed to help Iraq recover, he says, though he isn’t…
Not Welcome Here
May 5, 2018 • 27 min
Tales of revolutions, rainforests and the migrants returning home from Libya. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: In Nigeria, Colin Freeman meets some of the migrants who have given up on their European dreams…
40 Years Of War
Apr 28, 2018 • 28 min
Amidst the violence, there are signs of a small but growing peace movement in Afghanistan. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondent around the world: “This has again become, largely, an Afghan war,” says Kate Clark in Kabul, ” it is now…
From Our Home Correspondent 22/04/2018
Apr 22, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers that reflect the range of contemporary life across the country. Andy Kershaw visits the most cluttered workbench he’s ever seen to discover how…
Life On Hold
Apr 21, 2018 • 27 min
Chechnya’s bucolic beauty, touching hospitality and jihadi brides now lost in Iraq. Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents’ tales from around the world: Chechnya’s bucolic beauty, touching hospitality and jihadi brides now lost in Iraq. Caroline Wyatt…
Dramatic Developments
Apr 14, 2018 • 28 min
The twists in Brazil’s politics recently would shame the most melodramatic TV soap opera - but as she reported on last week’s tense stand-off, with ex-President Lula da Silva at bay, Katy Watson was also moved to reflect on how polarised the political…
Mixed Societies
Apr 7, 2018 • 28 min
Nick Thorpe in Hungary, contemplating this weekend’s parliamentary election, wonders whether a recent vote in a small town near the Croatian border portends change for prime minister Viktor Orban or politics as usual. Claire Bolderson is in eastern Ohio,…
Trainspotting
Mar 31, 2018 • 28 min
Kim Jong Un’s train rolls into to Beijing as the North Korean leader meets President Xi. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world: China correspondents were once known as tealeaf readers, now they’ve become…
The USA’s Invisible Army
Mar 24, 2018 • 28 min
The US Air Force has a third of its drones stationed at Kandahar airbase in Afghanistan. Kate Adie introduces stories, insight, and analysis from correspondents around the world: During almost two weeks with US Forces in Afghanistan, Justin Rowlatt gets a…
Incompetence and Conspiracy
Mar 22, 2018 • 28 min
How was Boko Haram able to kidnap more than one hundred school girls in Dapchi, Nigeria? Kate Adie introduces stories and analysis from correspondents around the world: A failure of the security services, conflicting official accounts, and misinformation…
From Our Home Correspondent
Mar 18, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. We hear how a small Scottish market town is responding to…
Changing Course
Mar 17, 2018 • 28 min
Is this going to be the moment when China’s trajectory changed forever? Correspondents share their stories, wit, and analysis from around the world. Introduced by Kate Adie: With Xi Jinping now effectively allowed to remain in power for life, after the…
Violence To Votes
Mar 15, 2018 • 27 min
Former Farc rebels stand for election, but for many Colombians, it’s too soon to forgive. Kate Adie introduces stories and analysis from correspondents around the world: Katy Watson is in Colombia as former guerrilla fighters for the rebel group turned…
Show Of Force
Mar 10, 2018 • 28 min
For the first time since the Vietnam War, a US aircraft carrier has arrived in the country. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world: Jonathan Head watches a show of military diplomacy as a 100,000 tonne,…
Blood And Tears
Mar 8, 2018 • 27 min
From Lebanon, Syrian refugees watch the destruction of their homes in Eastern Ghouta. Kate Adie introduces stories and analysis from correspondents around the world: “Life now is just about blood and tears,” one woman tells Yolande Knell, “all of Ghouta…
The Hard To Find
Mar 3, 2018 • 27 min
India’s missing children, selling drugs in Colombia & searching for paradise in Costa Rica. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Activists say that as many as 500,000 children went missing in India last year – Sonia Faleiro…
The House Always Wins
Mar 1, 2018 • 27 min
How the father of one of his presidential rivals helped Vladimir Putin to power. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: Ahead of elections in March, Gabriel Gatehouse looks back at the rise of President Putin and…
Men Of Mystery
Feb 24, 2018 • 28 min
A Gambian spymaster, a Czechoslovak secret agent and a South African ghost called Sam. Correspondents share wit, analysis, and tales of strange encounters. Introduced by Kate Adie. Gambia’s intelligence agency has a new name and its boss is busy…
Haiti: Republic Of NGOs
Feb 22, 2018 • 27 min
Many Haitians see Oxfam’s actions as the latest part of a much bigger problem. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit and analysis from correspondents around the world. “Being poor, we’re a market for the NGOs” one Port-au-Prince resident tells Will Grant,…
From Our Home Correspondent
Feb 18, 2018 • 28 min
BBC correspondents take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines.
Treading on Thin Ice
Feb 17, 2018 • 28 min
Kate Adie presents a programme reflecting on two men’s political careers which effectively ended this week. Andrew Harding in Johannesburg reflects on the demise of Jacob Zuma who finally bowed to months of pressure and quit as president of South Africa;…
Caught in a Trap
Feb 15, 2018 • 28 min
Kate Adie presents dispatches from: Stephanie Hegarty in Nigeria on how the plight of former girl captives of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgents is being addressed when many return to their home communities only to ostracised and disowned; Edmund Bower on…
No Go Areas
Feb 10, 2018 • 28 min
Ending corruption in Ukraine and the woman enslaved by ISIS now trying to tell her story. Kate Adie introduces insight and analysis from correspondents around the world: Viktor Yanukovych and his associates are accused of stealing billions during his time…
Invisible Scars
Feb 8, 2018 • 27 min
Inside Afghanistan’s only secure psychiatric unit - the trauma of war laid bare. Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: Sarah Zand examines how nearly four decades of war have taken its toll on Afghanistan and its people.…
Mosul: Life After ISIS
Feb 3, 2018 • 28 min
The changing sights and sounds of Iraq’s second city. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world: Shaimaa Khalil meets a musician finally able to play his violin again and students returning to their studies in…
Your Move!
Feb 1, 2018 • 27 min
Opposition leader Raila Odinga declares himself the ‘People’s President’ in Kenya. Kate Adie introduces stories wit and analysis from correspondents around the world. Expecting trouble, Alastair Leithead attends a controversial swearing-in ceremony in…
From Our Home Correspondent
Jan 28, 2018 • 28 min
Mishal Husain presents dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. In the latest programme, we hear from Chris Warburton on how Bolton in Greater Manchester is responding to…
La Lucha
Jan 27, 2018 • 28 min
Mark Lowen reports from both sides of the border as Turkey launches an offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria. In the Colombian jungle, Mathew Charles meets the surprisingly well-groomed members of the ELN guerrilla group. Are Louis and Louise…
DRC - A Country On Hold?
Jan 27, 2018 • 27 min
Waiting for elections and trying to answer awkward questions about sex in the DRC. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: William Edmundson is in the Democratic Republic of Congo wondering just how democratic it really is.…
Jailed For Having A Miscarriage?
Jan 20, 2018 • 28 min
The Salvadoran woman who claims she faces 30 years in prison for having a miscarriage Kate Adie introduces correspondent’s stories from around the world. Benjamin Zand is in El Salvador investigating the country’s abortion laws - some of the harshest and…
Death and Textiles
Jan 13, 2018 • 27 min
Why it’s far too early to write Silvio Berlusconi’s political obituary. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world. With a general election in March, James Reynolds finds some familiar faces on the campaign trail in Italy but will…
Marching Orders
Jan 11, 2018 • 27 min
Lucy Ash finds that morale is low amongst Ukrainian troops in the east of the country as they endure another winter at war and the frozen conflict rumbles on. John Sudworth assesses rural poverty in China from the dizzying heights of a village accessible…
Memorable Moments of 2017
Dec 30, 2017 • 27 min
The migrants clinging to hope, NATO military manoeuvres and a jungle prince. Kate Adie introduces some memorable moments correspondents have shared on the programme in 2017. Benjamin Zand encounters ‘lies, lies and yet more lies” as he follows the…
From Our Home Correspondent
Dec 24, 2017 • 27 min
In a festive edition for Christmas Eve, Mishal Husain presents pieces by: Ian McMillan on the special pleasures of Christmas Eve; Sarah Oliver on advice for those daunted by the seasonal food extravaganza; Padraig O Tuama on what happened when Bethlehem…
A Bet That Backfired?
Dec 23, 2017 • 27 min
Killing time on election day in Catalonia and the bitter experience of applying for a visa. Correspondents share their stories, insights, and complaints. Introduced by Kate Adie. Reporting restrictions on polling day prompt Kevin Connolly to explore…
Losing Its Sparkle
Dec 16, 2017 • 28 min
What next for the ANC as its chuckling, charismatic and divisive leader Jacob Zuma departs? Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and insights from around the world. In South Africa, Andrew Harding looks back on President Zuma’s time at the top of…
Turf Wars
Dec 9, 2017 • 28 min
Hindu nationalism in India, making money in war-torn Yemen and family drama in Uzbekistan. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. It’s 25 years since Hindu mobs destroyed the Babri mosque in Ayodhya; Mark Tully was there and…
The Final Indignity
Dec 2, 2017 • 28 min
Stoicism, good humour and palpable tension as Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar to Bangladesh. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world. Justin Rowlatt finds mixed emotions among Bangladeshis about the refugees arriving from across…
From Our Home Correspondent 19/11/17
Nov 20, 2017 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents pieces on a Devon pub admired by Prince Harry, why the future for local papers matters, executive pay and a moment of truth for a woman with breast cancer.
Versions Of Reality
Nov 18, 2017 • 28 min
Is this the end of the Mugabe era? Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. “Which version of reality would you like to read today?” Andrew Harding is asked as he’s offered a selection of newspapers in Zimbabwe. Gabriel…
Widows And War Criminals
Nov 16, 2017 • 28 min
Kenyan widows fighting sexual cleansing and talking to war criminals in the Balkans. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. For some among the Luo tribe in Western Kenya, tradition dictates that widows must have repeated,…
Power Plays
Nov 11, 2017 • 28 min
The Prince’s purge: Mohammed Bin Salman’s moves to reform Saudi Arabia. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world.Frank Gardner chronicles the meteoric rise of the Crown Prince reshaping Saudi Arabia.Kate Lamble…
We Can’t See An End To It
Nov 9, 2017 • 27 min
Life in cash-strapped Venezuela and a return to war-ravaged Damascus. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and insights from around the world. Katy Watson examines the staying power of Venezuela’s ruling party. Despite ongoing shortages of food,…
Wanted Men
Nov 4, 2017 • 28 min
A president in exile? The Brussels’ press pack is in pursuit of Carles Puigdemont. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world. It’s been a busy week for Adam Fleming in Belgium, as he tried to track down the…
Something For The Pain
Nov 2, 2017 • 27 min
The Nigerian militants who rely on drugs to fight their fears and the displaced people taking them to forget the violence. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Sally Hayden reports from Madhugiri where the battle against Boko Haram is creating a…
A New Recipe
Oct 28, 2017 • 27 min
With a political crisis, a push for freedom and talk of vegetables, Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from across the world. Guy Hedgecoe is with the unionist Catalans, opposed to independence from Spain of their region. In Saudi Arabia, the…
Rules of the Game
Oct 26, 2017 • 28 min
Why women must walk fast and certainly not answer back in Egypt. Shaimaa Khalil remembers a childhood episode which impacts her even now when she visits her home city. James Coomarasamy is in the Russian countryside, where having links to President Putin…
From Our Home Correspondent 22/10/17
Oct 22, 2017 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents more reflections on life in Britain today, including diesel car dilemmas, a mother remembers her army son and picking up the pieces after devastating floods
This Time It’s Different
Oct 21, 2017 • 28 min
Twisted metal, smashed concrete and anger on the streets of Mogadishu. Bridget Kendall introduces stories, analysis, and insight from correspondents around the world. After decades of war and years of terror attacks Somalia has seen a lot of violence, but…
A Close Shave
Oct 19, 2017 • 27 min
Continued confusion has taken its toll on Catalonia since the disputed referendum. Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. On the streets and at the school gates the question of independence is dividing the people of…
A Convicted Warlord, His Ex-Wife And A Footballer
Oct 16, 2017 • 27 min
Election day was peaceful in Liberia, but are sinister forces at play? Kate Adie introduces analysis, wit, and story-telling from correspondents around the world.
Exorcising The Past
Oct 14, 2017 • 28 min
The spiritualists selling costly ‘cures’ and offering exorcisms for mental health problems. Kate Adie introduces stories, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world. Nicola Kelly is in Zanzibar where spiritual healers are getting rich as the…
America’s 51st State?
Oct 7, 2017 • 27 min
Hurricane Maria has exposed the complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland USA. Kate Adie introduces insight, wit, and analysis from correspondents around the world. Puerto Ricans are getting used to a new way of life on their storm-ravaged…
From Our Home Correspondent 17/09/2017
Oct 2, 2017 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents dispatches on one family’s fraught experience with sepsis, the night Jimi Hendrix played Ilkley and the prospects for coracle fishing in West Wales.
Raqqa In Ruins
Sep 30, 2017 • 28 min
It’s as if doomsday had arrived early in Raqqa as bats swoop over the remains of the city. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and analysis from around the world. In Syria, Quentin Sommerville finds a city which had been occupied and terrorised…
Clinging To Hope
Sep 23, 2017 • 27 min
The rescue workers sifting through the rubble in Mexico and the African migrants that refuse to give up on their European dreams. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. In Mexico City, Rajini Vaidyanathan joins the search for survivors following…
Hard To Read
Sep 16, 2017 • 28 min
A tour of Angela Merkel’s childhood, swapping books with Kurdish fighters and reading the landscape of Gabon. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Jenny Hill visits the town where Angela Merkel grew up as she tries to learn more about the…
The Rohingya Running For Their Lives
Sep 9, 2017 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and analysis from around the world - including from the Bangladeshi border, where we meet the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar. Sanjoy Majumder is on the banks of the Naf River as families arrive by the…
“That’s the Judicial Process.”
Sep 2, 2017 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches by: Yolande Knell in Qaraqosh, who observes Iraq’s trials of people accused of fighting for so-called Islamic State; Martin Patience, who takes his leave of Nigeria with mixed emotions after a two-year stay; Matthew Hill in…
The Aftermath
Aug 26, 2017 • 27 min
Catalonia’s uncertain future, Sierra Leone after the mudslide, Ethiopia embraces industrialisation, Uzbekistan’s Soviet era bus shelters and reflections from a Macedonian nail bar
The Calm On Guam
Aug 24, 2017 • 28 min
Despite the threat from North Korea to fire missiles towards Guam, we find a surprising calm on the island. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. From Guam, Rupert Wingfield Hayes has the latest developments in the war of…
From Our Home Correspondent 21/08/2017
Aug 21, 2017 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents stories on modern pilgrimage, British Asians’ Partition experiences, reviving an ancient festival in Cornwall, a special stonemason and a cow man’s reprieve
An Act of Striking Bravado
Aug 12, 2017 • 28 min
Marshal Khalifa Haftar has big ambitions for his army and his country, but what is the military strongman’s vision for Libya? Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents’ stories. Stephen Sackur has some challenging questions for The Marshal in Benghazi, but…
Fear, Foreboding & Fake News In Kenya
Aug 5, 2017 • 27 min
Strange and sinister things often happen before Kenyan elections, but recent events have left the country in shock. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ tales and insights: In Nairobi, Alastair Leithead analyses the fallout from the murder and torture of…
Fridge Magnets And Foreign Policy
Aug 2, 2017 • 28 min
Afghanistan’s new Top Guns and America’s dilemma over sending more US troops to the region.
From Our Home Correspondent 23/07/2017
Jul 23, 2017 • 28 min
Mishal Husain presents reports from Jersey as a childhood islander returns, from Birmingham’s closing greyhound stadium, plus the reflections of an ex-children’s television star.
The Heat Is On
Jul 22, 2017 • 28 min
Gaza’s power struggle: the city where mains electricity is available for two hours a day. Kate Adie introduces this and other reports from Italy, Alaska, Nigeria and the Black Sea. The UN has said that conditions in Gaza are becoming increasingly…
A Closed Notebook
Jul 20, 2017 • 27 min
People spotting, chance encounters, briefings in the pub - trying to decipher how Brexit negotiations are progressing. Kate Adie introduces this and other correspondents’ stories. In Brussels, Adam Fleming is following negotiations on Britain’s exit from…
The Battle For Our Beliefs
Jul 15, 2017 • 28 min
Retaking Raqqa, revulsion in South Africa, and remembering an attempted coup in Turkey. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. From Syria, Gabriel Gatehouse brings a tale of two women. One is a young Kurdish fighter trying to…
The Fight Goes On
Jul 13, 2017 • 27 min
Myanmar’s drug vigilantes, on the front-line in Mosul, and the mystical music of Morocco. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world
Talk of War
Jul 8, 2017 • 27 min
Nuclear fears in South Korea, a homeless tour of Athens, and a porcupine hunt in Tanzania. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Talk of war is worrying Steve Evans in the South Korean capital Seoul - he now fears for the…
Strange Locations and Free Minds
Jul 1, 2017 • 28 min
A nightmare ferry journey in The Gambia, a musical metro ride under East Berlin and a Shakespearean train journey in Russia. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. In Pakistan, Secunder Kermani explores why the university student Mashal Khan, who…
Building A Better Future
Jun 29, 2017 • 28 min
Narcopolitics in Paraguay, demolitions in Moscow and the incessant barking of feral dogs in Seychelles. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. In Moscow, Polina Ivanova visits one of the thousands of Soviet-era housing blocks…
From Our Home Correspondent 25/06/17
Jun 27, 2017 • 27 min
Mishal Husain presents four dispatches, including Annalena McAfee on a Cotswold utopia, Ed Smith on leadership in cricket and John Ashton on the diabetes he, like his father, has.
Dressed For Success
Jun 24, 2017 • 28 min
Tight-fitting briefs in Mongolia, matching Donald Trump t-shirts in Iowa, NATO camouflage and some cut-off jeans in Romania. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. In Romania, Emily Unia watches NATO put on a show of force; 4,000 troops, drawn from…
Identity Politics
Jun 22, 2017 • 28 min
A blood sausage, a clockwork orange and a glass of dirty water. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world.
Kill A Chicken To Scare The Monkey
Jun 17, 2017 • 28 min
Tales from Thailand, Morocco, Myanmar, Kenya and the US-Mexico border. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. In a Chang Mai prison, Jonathan Head meets a woman facing more than a decade in jail, convicted of insulting the monarchy and sentenced…
Village People
Jun 15, 2017 • 28 min
From the Valley of Peace in Belize to a Libyan militia base, Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. In Tripoli, Tom Stevenson is given a tour by one of the country’s many militias and gets a rare glimpse of how the armed…
Looking For Trouble
Jun 10, 2017 • 28 min
From the barricades of Venezuela’s street protests to the security scanners in an Egyptian airport - Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Gideon Long joins protestors in Venezuela, finding the threat of violence is never far…
Hard To Stomach
Jun 8, 2017 • 28 min
Tea with the Taliban in Afghanistan, radioactive wild boar goulash in the Czech Republic, and past its best parsley in Denmark. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Auliya Atrafi gained rare access to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and found a…
Love Those Shoes
Jun 5, 2017 • 29 min
The sounds of protest, popping champagne corks and the piercing shrieks of megabats. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Aleem Maqbool watches a confederate monument fall in America’s south, and wonders what difference…
Finding The Right Words
Jun 1, 2017 • 28 min
A president pursued, a preacher accused and a social media star. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, and Spain. Amidst calls for the Brazilian President to resign, Katy Watson finds that political slogans…
A Haircut and a Pedicure
May 27, 2017 • 28 min
A trendy haircut in Maipur, baby-blue painted nails in Athens and the authentic taste of a South Pacific superfood. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has sparked repeated international…
Men On A Mission
May 25, 2017 • 27 min
White candles for a murdered Mexican journalist, purple glitter for an Iranian President and the Pope’s modest blue car. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. On his first full day in office, the recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron…
Pride and Prejudice
May 22, 2017 • 27 min
Patriotic clubs in Uganda and gang violence in America. Kate Adie introduces correspondent’s stories from around the world. In America, Lucy Ash visits Long Island – not the opulent and extravagant mansions of The Great Gatsby but the other Long Island.…
A Funny Old Game
May 13, 2017 • 28 min
A diplomatic dance, football playing politicians, mountain music and robotic sex dolls. Kate Adie introduces correspondent’s stories from around the world. In Germany - he almost became a professional footballer now he wants to be Chancellor - Jenny Hill…
Enemies of Old
May 6, 2017 • 28 min
Somalia faces famine, ethnic conflict continues in Myanmar and the ‘She-Wolf’ retires. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. On a rare trip into the remote Northern Shan State of Myanmar, Nick Sturdee meets one of the ethnic…
In Search of Happiness
Apr 29, 2017 • 27 min
The summer fighting season has begun in Afghanistan and, as Justin Rowlatt discovers, there is already a shortage of coffins following a Taliban attack. As the world worries about North Korea, Nick Danziger gets a glimpse of life in Pyongyang; designer…
Getting Out
Apr 22, 2017 • 27 min
Birthday cakes, icons of cool and the candidate coining new words in the French election. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. On the campaign trail in France, Hugh Schofield finds visions of a new world and calls to ‘“get…
Stamina of the Strongmen
Apr 15, 2017 • 28 min
Controversial votes in Turkey and Kashmir, and a university challenged in Hungary. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Justin Rowlatt is in Kashmir on election day where he sees plenty of police and protestors, but where are the voters? In…
Excitement and disgust
Apr 8, 2017 • 27 min
Pastry police, pardoned bulls and pricey pigeons. Correspondents’ stories with Kate Adie. Stephen Sackur’s visit to Venezuela ends rather more abruptly than he’d intended, foreign journalists are rarely welcome he discovers. In Spain the debate about the…
Tumbling Down
Apr 1, 2017 • 28 min
Robbery, extortion, kidnapping; bananas with everything; and a monkey cascade. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Tom Stevenson is in the Libyan capital Tripoli, where the lights are out, the militias are enriching themselves, and chaos reigns.…
Saying It Straight
Mar 25, 2017 • 28 min
Tall stories, strange names, ancient giants and linguistic confusion. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Colin Freeman, in the Pakistani city of Quetta, wonders if it is still a Taliban stronghold. Chris Haslam, in Zambia, is shocked by some of…
Chips and Mayonnaise
Mar 18, 2017 • 27 min
Rancid fried onion, a great wall of iron, chips and mayonnaise with a healthy sprinkle of identity. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Lucy Ash is in northern France, in Denain, scene of Emile Zola’s Germinal. The poverty may be less extreme…
Political Distractions
Mar 16, 2017 • 28 min
Pets and Politics; football and narcotics; and building a country with a flag. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. South Korea is in political turmoil but, as Steve Evans explains, people seem more concerned with the fate of the now…
Cutting Through
Mar 11, 2017 • 28 min
The duffel-coated outcast; from bomb factory to museum; icy cooperation; singing for home; greening sands. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Hugh Schofield meets a defiant - and chipper - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the outcast founder of the France’s…
The Unsolved
Mar 9, 2017 • 28 min
Voting with your husband, unsolved murders, cooking on the centre spot, shamans and mud. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Melissa Van Der Klugt is in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, where a giant exercise in democracy has been…
A Journalist’s Best Friend
Mar 4, 2017 • 28 min
Lost confidence, fake seeds, masked assignations, steaming glory and animal insights. Humphrey Hawksley is in a fishing village in the Philippines, hard hit by China’s expanding maritime claims. Adam Shaw is in rural Kenya where a precarious existence for…
Too Many Ways to Talk
Mar 2, 2017 • 27 min
How do you keep your audience listening if the story’s so hard to hear? That’s what Alastair Leithead grapples with in South Sudan’s civil war. Warsaw was all but destroyed in the Second World War, and the repercussions of that are still being felt today;…
Hidden Dangers
Feb 25, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Colin Freeman sees the devastating consequences of IS mines and booby traps, left behind for civilians anxious to return to their homes. Elisabeth Kendall hears how social media have broadened the horizons of…
Digging In
Feb 23, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’s stories. Vincent Woods on the whistleblowing scandal that has threatened the Taoiseach and what it says about modern Ireland. Cathy Otten is with the gravediggers of Mosul, in Iraq, as they ignore the missiles…
The All-Seeing Eye
Feb 18, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. With President Putin enjoying sky-high approval ratings, Sarah Rainsford travels to the hear the verdict in the trial of a man hoping to replace Mr. Putin. Just how difficult is it to be in opposition in…
From the Vatican to Vienna
Feb 16, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Christopher Lamb on the opposition to Pope Francis within the Vatican - visible for all to see in the streets. Humphrey Hawksley, on the Taiwanese island of Kinmen, hears how President Trump must understand…
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Feb 11, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today: Andrew Harding, in South Africa, says the word “sorry” hasn’t had much air time in recent years, despite numerous incidents of corruption and poor governance. Nick Thorpe, with the protests in Romania,…
Radio Baa Baa
Feb 9, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today, Mike Thomson speaks to an extraordinary man in Idlib, north-west Syria, as he responds to demands from extremists by broadcasting animal noises on his radio station. Amid an escalation of settlement…
It’s Just Not Cricket
Feb 4, 2017 • 28 min
Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories. Jon Sopel asks if we have got it all wrong about Donald Trump. He’s not just a deal maker, he has ideologues standing right behind him. Will Grant, in Mexico City, muses on how President Trump wants to…
“Beautiful, Beautiful Chaos”
Feb 2, 2017 • 28 min
Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories. Today, Tim Hartley hears how politics are forgotten amid the colour and friendship of the African Cup of Nations in Gabon. Nick Sturdee has a fantastical tale of intrigue and murder in Turkey - but where…
Mission Accomplishment
Jan 28, 2017 • 28 min
Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories: Justin Rowlatt sees the high cost Afghanistan’s soldiers are paying to fight off the Taleban and hears how important American troops are to the NATO mission in the country. The US Marines are training…
More Alternative Facts
Jan 26, 2017 • 27 min
Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories. In The Gambia, Alastair Leithead watched the old president and dictator leaving; and as he waits for the new one to arrive, he wonders if the president will be able to tackle the country’s problems. In…
Drawing Out the Story
Jan 21, 2017 • 28 min
Bridget Kendall introduces correspondents’ stories. Today, Robin Denselow is in one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet, Namibia, where they are seeking divine intervention in a time of drought. Andrew North uses his sketchbook to weave…
This Mortal Coil
Jan 19, 2017 • 28 min
Emily Buchanan introduces correspondents’ stories. John Beck meets the policeman who used a special disguise to escape from ISIS killers in Iraq; Rebecca Henschke is outside court to hear why some think Jakarta cannot have a non-Muslim Governor. The first…
Striving for Clarity
Jan 14, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. John Sudworth is doing his best to tape up the windows of his Beijing flat as he tries to protect his family from the city’s dangerous smog. Thomas Fessy remembers his days in Kinshasa,…
“May it Pass”
Jan 7, 2017 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today: Mark Lowen takes the increasingly well-trodden path to the mosque for another funeral in Turkey; Vin Ray visits the secretive airbase at the centre of the US’s drone warfare, and he speaks to the pilots…
Cooking up 2016
Dec 31, 2016 • 28 min
By any standard, 2016 has been a momentous year, right across the world: unexpected election results, disastrous wars, huge flows of migrants and refugees, major terrorist attacks, the death of memorable people. Some of our correspondents reflect on their…
Hollywood Smiles and Sweet Memories
Dec 24, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents stories: Mary Harper goes to the Syrian dentist bringing Hollywood smiles to Somaliland; Guy Hedgecoe travels to the highlands of Spanish Catalonia, a stronghold of calls for independence; Melissa Van der Klugt is in…
Rwandan Echoes
Dec 17, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Memories of Rwanda return to Alastair Leithead in northern Uganda as he watches refugees fleeing from South Sudan’s civil war; Gideon Long tries not to lose all his money as he changes cash in Venezuela;…
Vigilantes, Strongmen and Mannequins
Dec 10, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Jill McGivering investigates the cow protection squads in northern India, some of which have been accused of extreme violence against Muslims. Colin Freeman gets a Blue Feeling moment in Gambia as he explores…
Real or Fake?
Dec 10, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Katerina Vittozzi is in northeastern Nigeria, where assassinations, bombings and kidnapping are now combined with starvation. But amid the bleakness she also finds ingenuity and survival. Emma Jane Kirby goes…
Changing Fortunes
Nov 26, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. The move to bigger offices makes Mark Lowen ponder the huge changes in Turkey. In Iraq the army, Kurdish forces and various militia groups have common cause now, to oust Islamic State, but Richard Galpin asks:…
Neither Love Nor Money
Nov 19, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories: Dan Isaacs is on Aleppo’s frontline with the last shopkeeper of the Old City; Soutik Biswas is thwarted in his search for cash in India; Tulip Mazumdar has an uncomfortable encounter with a “cutter” and…
A Crack in Everything
Nov 12, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie lets the light in with stories of post-trump shivers in Ireland, with Vincent Woods; Katy Watson describes dejection and keen memories in Mexico; democracy of sorts and state-building in southern Somalia, as witnessed by Alastair Leithead;…
Constitutionally Capable
Nov 10, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from China, Venezuela, Italy, Cote d’Ivoire and Kosovo. As the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election sinks in around the world, former China correspondent Celia Hatton reflects on how…
Reading the Signs
Nov 5, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today: Justin Rowlatt, in the smog of Delhi, hears how Theresa May’s hopes of brokering a free-trade deal with India could be much harder than the government would admit to. Gabriel Gatehouse is shown a…
Too Hot To Think
Nov 3, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today: On a flight to Las Vegas, Rajini Vaidynathan strikes up conversation with what turn out to be mainly Trump supporters and concludes that, wherever you are in the US, it’s difficult to get agreement…
Awkward Questions
Oct 29, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Today: Karen Allen is caught up in the anger of the student protests in South Africa. After the latest terror attack in Pakistan, Shahzeb Jillani wonders why no-one wants to ask the difficult questions. Bill…
Linguistic confusion and mass killers
Oct 27, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Damien McGuinness is in Berlin where the politicians are frustrated that British politicians don’t seem to understand that no means no. Jake Wallis Simons returns to the scene of the terrorist attacks in Paris…
Memento Mori
Oct 22, 2016 • 28 min
In a week of remembrance and recollection, Jannat Jalil explains how the French authorities - who are preparing to remember those killed in last November’s Paris attacks - find other deaths on the capital’s streets more than fifty years ago far more…
A Sense of Place
Oct 20, 2016 • 28 min
Recollections of working in Warsaw thirty years ago prompt Kevin Connolly to consider how life there then informs Poles’ support now for freedom of movement within the European Union. Bethany Bell visits the birthplace of Adolf Hitler, the town of…
Treading Carefully
Oct 15, 2016 • 27 min
We travel to Hawai’i, The Gambia, France and India-administered Kashmir this week. The programme begins in Australia where the plans of the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to hold a national plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage have run into…
Battle Lines
Oct 13, 2016 • 27 min
Today, twenty years after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, Kate Clark, who was the only Western reporter in the country during their final years in power, reflects on what has changed there during the last twenty years. In Ethiopia,…
Bitter Harvests
Oct 8, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces tales of fear, bravery and love from around the world. Justin Rowlatt is in Bangladesh, asking whether security is as important to the country’s leadership as going after its political enemies. In Michoacán state, one of the centres…
Peeling Back the Layers
Oct 6, 2016 • 27 min
Stories of surface image - and underlying reality - from around the world, introduced by Kate Adie. In Moscow, the alleged killers of liberal politician Boris Nemtsov are on trial, but questions remain about who was really responsible for his murder.…
The Last of the Founding Fathers
Oct 1, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from around the globe. This week, Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem recollects his last meeting with Shimon Peres, and assesses the late president’s legacy; John Sweeney, trying to cover the bloody conflict in Syria, calls on…
The Wilder Shores
Sep 29, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. In this edition: Tim Ecott reports from the Seychelles in the week the president shocked the affluent island nation by his resignation; amid the growing lawlessness in…
Barriers and Borders
Sep 24, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week, Lyse Doucet reports from her native Canada on the country’s sponsorship scheme for refugees; Joe Miller considers the major impact there has been on a Texas…
Higher Powers
Sep 22, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie presents the first in a new series of eight programmes. In this edition, John Murphy reports from Najaf on the mounting death toll among Iraqis from the conflict with so-called Islamic State; Olivia Crellin tells the remarkable story of a…
It’s Not What It Was
Sep 17, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week: Kevin Connolly reports from Bratislava as EU leaders have a perfectly normal get-together - except someone’s missing; Sebastian Usher chronicles the war of words…
Rites of Passage
Sep 10, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week: Yolande Knell reports on the boom in civil marriages on Cyprus - for couples from Lebanon and Israel; Roger Hearing reveals what happened when he fell foul of the…
Follow the Leaders
Sep 3, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week: As the latest summit of the Group of 20 leading nations takes place in China this weekend, Carrie Gracie profiles the historic city of Hangzhou which will host…
Drug Wars
Aug 27, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week: a special insight into the extraordinary number of recent deaths in the Philippines as Jonathan Head talks to one of the country’s hired killers; Mark Tully…
What’s in a Name?
Aug 20, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces dispatches from writers and correspondents around the world. This week: Mark Lowen gauges the mood in Turkey today - and detects a hardening of public opinion against anyone thought to be associated with the attempted coup in July as…
Rebels with a Cause
Aug 13, 2016 • 27 min
India and Pakistan have often confronted each other - but each nation also has to deal with domestic security problems. In Indian-administered Kashmir, Justin Rowlatt hears from restive crowds who have been silenced by neither days of curfew nor a news…
Democracy and discontent: South Africa and Germany
Aug 6, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces reports on South Africa’s elections, Germany and migration, Kosovo’s Olympic debut, Gujarat’s Dalits march against discrimination and old meets new in Samoa.
A Tale of Two Men in a City
Jul 30, 2016 • 27 min
Two friends reunited in Baghdad, hot cuisine in Chengdu and slow traffic in Serbia.
Aftermath
Jul 23, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces analysis, reflection and reporting from correspondents around the world. As Turkey recovers from last week’s attempted coup, Mark Urban finds that in Ankara the conspiracy theories are burgeoning. Could these events be the pretext (or…
Heartlands
Jul 16, 2016 • 27 min
John Sopel on what to expect from Donald Trump’s coronation party. Cowboy country in Argentina - but where have all the cows gone? We meet the Aboriginal activists trying to make native title to land actually mean something, in Australia’s northernmost…
Keep A Cool Head
Jul 14, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces tales of true grit - and grace under pressure - from around the world. As the USA agonises over questions of policing, race and firearms, Barbara Plett Usher in Minnesota hears how little trust some protesters have in the future. As…
The man who inspired a killer
Jul 9, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world. Frank Gardner assesses the reaction to the bombing close to one of Islam’s holiest sites. Shaimaa Khalil tells how a Pakistani assassin and the country’s strict blasphemy laws influenced a…
Middle class terrorists
Jul 7, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: This week: After the killing of 20 hostages at an upmarket café in Bangladesh Sanjoy Majumder hears how it is the backgrounds of the killers that is worrying people in Dhaka. Linda…
Planes, Tanks and Teaspoons
Jul 2, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Today: with the Chilcot Report into the 2003 invasion and its aftermath, Jeremy Bowen is in Iraq, a country in a state of perpetual war. Chris Bowlby remembers a special tea party in…
The Brexit Wind Tunnel
Jun 30, 2016 • 27 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents stories. Our man in Budapest, Nick Thorpe, hears how the Brexit vote has created fear and insecurity across eastern Europe. With Leave campaigners saying that Britain has a bright future trading with the rest of the…
Paint on the Cream Cake
Jun 23, 2016 • 28 min
Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Today: Lucy Ash is in the midst of the Republic of Macedonia’s “Colourful Revolution,” where it’s buildings and statues that are getting a new lick of paint; Richard Lim is in Iraqi…
Departures
Jun 16, 2016 • 27 min
Leaving’s the theme of this edition. Bridget Kendall, the BBC’s Russia specialist, is hanging up her headphones but not before she talks about secret agents and considers what the past can tell us about that country’s future. Past and present are on Kevin…
Old Habits Die Hard
Jun 11, 2016 • 27 min
Around the world in less than half an hour. A slump in global oil prices has hit Angola hard but still, there are glimpses of wealth everywhere and abject poverty’s never far away; the Iraqi city of Basra is governed by hardline Iranian-backed Islamic…
The Cupboard is Bare
Jun 9, 2016 • 27 min
Reporters with the news behind the news. In this edition: it used to be Cuba, but today Venezuela is the more troubled of the two socialist allies and the country the US president prefers to visit; there’s a portrait of the city of Venice, of the quarters…
Writing on the Wall
Jun 4, 2016 • 28 min
A week in the life of correspondents around the world. In this edition, the paint flies as the race for the presidency in Peru gets colourful; a battle for control of the Iraqi city of Falluja is about to begin - it could be a long and gruelling one, the…
Strike! Strike! Strike!
Jun 2, 2016 • 27 min
Correspondents look at some of the week’s developments. In this edition, how the mounting industrial strife in France presents an increasingly serious challenge to President Hollande and his unpopular government. Illegal gold mining in Ghana - the…
The Opium Field
May 28, 2016 • 28 min
People in the news. Today, how the policeman’s helping the opium farmer in Afghanistan. The president’s critics say democracy’s under assault, freedom of speech is being stifled - but amongst some in Turkey, President Erdogan is more popular than ever.…
Death from Above
May 26, 2016 • 28 min
Insight, analysis, description and colour. Today, death on a dusty highway in Baluchistan and what that might mean for neighbouring Afghanistan; how the people of Hiroshima, where America set off an atomic bomb in 1945, feel about the imminent visit by…
The Kurdistan Tapes
May 21, 2016 • 27 min
People in the news: it’s a hundred years since the signing of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement under which the British and French agreed to divide up the Middle East, and now the President of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, says…
Murder in Bangladesh
May 19, 2016 • 27 min
Insight, colour and analysis. In this edition: the authorities deny IS or al-Qaeda is active in Bangladesh but others believe a spate of vicious killings there is the work of Islamist extremists; after Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, American…
A Complex Man
May 14, 2016 • 27 min
The newsmakers. In this edition: a foul-mouthed despot or a man to grapple with the problems of the Philippines? Jonathan Head considers the country’s controversial choice for president. A mock funeral at a migrants’ camp in Greece - Theopi Skarlatos…
What is Truth? What is Fantasy?
May 7, 2016 • 27 min
What’s life like in North Korea? Our reporter Steve Evans gets rare access, but wonders if all is as it seems. Gabriel Gatehouse meets Hungarians once so keen to tear down barriers between them and their eastern European neighbours who now believe it’s…
Peace for South Sudan?
Apr 30, 2016 • 27 min
It’s been a momentous week in South Sudan, where a national unity government has been formed under President Salva Kiir as his old enemy, the rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time since the civil war broke out in…
On board Air Force One
Apr 23, 2016 • 28 min
The plane where even the paper napkins sport the presidential seal, and where exclusive little boxes of chocolate sweets feature a picture of Barack Obama: it’s America’s presidential Air Force One, and you’re only allowed on board if you’re in “the…
Drama for Dilma
Apr 16, 2016 • 27 min
Colouring in the spaces between the world headlines. In this edition, trouble for ladies who lead - with Brazil’s President Dilma Roussef facing impeachment and a traditional chief in Malawi going into battle against child marriage. No ordinary…
The Babylon Brigade
Apr 9, 2016 • 27 min
In this edition: a greyish sticky dough called fufu from the Democratic Republic of Congo; pesto Genovese from Italy, made as it used to be, with a pestle and mortar; there’s a dish of smoked puffin from Iceland and some of the finest cannabis lollipops…
Even the Dead Can’t Escape Politics
Apr 2, 2016 • 27 min
Insight, colour, analysis. Steve Evans visits a cemetery which poignantly illuminates present day politics in the troubled Korean peninsula; Owen Bennett Jones has the story of a young Pakistani man who left home to see a film and ended up with the…
Memories of Murder
Mar 26, 2016 • 27 min
The lives behind the headlines. In this edition: forty years in prison for the former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic, found guilty of war crimes. Does it send a signal to those in positions of power that they will, ultimately, be held accountable?…
Dancing in Damascus
Mar 19, 2016 • 28 min
There’s dancing in a nightclub in Damascus, though some remain seated during the songs played in honour of the leaders of Syria and Hezbollah. And not much dancing in the suburbs. How are locals coping after five years of war? He started out as a caring…
No way to Macedonia
Mar 17, 2016 • 27 min
Refugees stuck in Greece keep trying to cross into Macedonia even though the border is now closed. One man has got through the fence, and then been taken back, fourteen times. In the meantime, new Syrian refugees keep arriving at the other end of Greece,…
Stuck in Turkey.
Mar 12, 2016 • 27 min
Turkey and the EU are hammering out a deal that would turn Turkey into the gatekeeper of Europe, to stop undocumented migrants from reaching the West. But will the refugees agree to stay in Turkey, or try to reach the EU by any means possible? They have…
China’s corruption clampdown
Mar 10, 2016 • 28 min
In China, customers are staying away from the pearl and jewellery shops, but lingerie sales are soaring. The strange effects that the clampdown on corruption is having on the country’s economy. Fighting elephant poachers can a dangerous business in the…
Donald Trump 2.0
Mar 5, 2016 • 28 min
They are coiffed, lacquered, expensively attired and perfumed - and that’s just the men in a Donald Trump audience in Florida. And while our North America editor expects the unexpected from Donald Trump, he is surprised to find him in a conciliatory mood.…
Trapped in a dead end
Mar 3, 2016 • 28 min
Having reached Greece after often perilous journeys, many migrants now find that their hoped-for route north is blocked. Danny Savage meets some of those who have to live in tents in Athens, and on the Greek-Macedonian border with little hope of reaching…
Opting to go lower caste
Mar 2, 2016 • 28 min
The human stories behind the headlines. In this edition, we hear from India, where protests deprived ten million Delhi residents of their water. Members of the Jat caste want to force the government to reclassify them as lower-caste, so they can get…
Turkey points the finger
Feb 25, 2016 • 28 min
The stories behind the headlines. In this edition, we hear from Turkey, where the authorities are blaming a Syrian Kurd for a bombing that killed 29 people. Turkey is unhappy at US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, who combat so-called Islamic State…
A Man Dies Twice
Feb 20, 2016 • 28 min
Meeting the people populating the world of news. In this edition: thousands were massacred in the Bosnian town of Visegrad during the war there in 1992 - today, as Fergal Keane has been finding out, the authorities there want it to become a tourist…
The Showdown Summit
Feb 18, 2016 • 27 min
Colouring in the space between the headlines. In this edition: behind the scenes at the EU as a meeting nears which could determine Britain’s future in Europe; why many in Venezuela, mired in economic crisis, have a fond word for their former hardline…
Trapped in a Nightmare
Feb 13, 2016 • 27 min
Human stories behind the headlines: Fergal Keane is on the frontline in Ukraine with a husband and wife who are determined to stay on in their home even as war consumes their town. Two boys talk to Quentin Sommerville about life, death and indoctrination…
Black Lives Matter
Feb 11, 2016 • 27 min
The fuller story. In this edition, crime’s a major talking point as campaigning intensifies in the US presidential election - activists under the banner ‘Black Lives Matter’ are drawing attention to the number of young African-American men who’ve been…
A Nightmare of Uncertainty
Feb 6, 2016 • 27 min
The human stories behind the headlines. In this edition one correspondent flies through the Latin American night visiting three countries in search of the truth about the Zika crisis; another accompanies members of a private militia on patrol in Kenya.…
Nervous Sweden
Feb 4, 2016 • 28 min
In this edition: how Russian military activity above and below the surface of the Baltic Sea is causing increasing concern in Sweden; Ethiopia’s suffering its worst drought in years - but with a buoyant economy why does it need international aid to help…
The Colonel’s Camerman
Jan 30, 2016 • 27 min
Correspondents around the world tell their stories. In this edition Gabriel Gatehouse is back in Tripoli as speculation grows about a new military intervention in Libya; Mark Lowen is in Diyarbakir where there’s been intense fighting between Turkish…
Inspecting the Troops
Jan 28, 2016 • 28 min
Insight, storytelling, colour, detail. In this edition, the Russians in Syria show off their fighter jets and warships, a message from Moscow that Russia once again sees itself as a major player on the world stage. A million incomers to Germany in a year…
Steel in Crisis
Jan 23, 2016 • 27 min
China’s economy falters and is blamed for nosediving stock markets and, partly, for the loss of hundreds of steel industry jobs in South Wales. In this edition, Steve Evans visits a steelworks in China, which has just closed down, and considers the…
Lessons for Migrants
Jan 21, 2016 • 27 min
Today our correspondents … are in the classroom as migrants, newly arrived in Finland, are taught about Finnish values, culture and the place of women in western society; consider how much the self-styled Islamic State has been damaged by recent successes…
Poles Apart
Jan 16, 2016 • 28 min
‘Don’t tell us how to run our country!’ That was the word from Warsaw as the European Commission launched an investigation into some of the decisions taken by the new right-wing government in Poland; the authorities in India meet on Monday to evaluate the…
Chairman Mao or Colonel Sanders
Jan 9, 2016 • 27 min
The best in news and current affairs storytelling. Today, after a troubled week for the Chinese economy, we wonder who’s more popular in China today, the author of that Little Red Book, Chairman Mao, or the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel…
New Year Questions
Jan 2, 2016 • 27 min
Your window on the wider world. The Iraqi forces claimed victory over IS fighters when they swept into the city of Ramadi - but the place has been devastated, it will be months before residents can return to their homes. Thomas Fessy, who’s been there,…
A special Boxing Day edition
Dec 26, 2015 • 27 min
Looking back at some historic FOOC despatches: Allan Little, Bridget Kendall, Emma Jane Kirby, Steve Evans and Gabriel Gatehouse read pieces by Fergal Keane, Caroline Wyatt, Charles Wheeler, John Crawley and Kevin Connolly