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Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents

Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents
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Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents




From Our Home Correspondent 22/10/17

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

Duration: 00:27:48

This Time It's Different

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 this time it’s different says Alistair Leithead following the truck bomb which killed hundreds of people in the capital. As the Chinese Communist Party meets for its five-yearly congress, Carrie Gracie goes underground on the Beijing...

Duration: 00:28:03

A Close Shave

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 Barcelona. It is also disrupting their lives finds Pascale Harter. Owen Bennett-Jones hears tales of abandoned babies in Pakistan; unwanted infants hurled into ice-cold rivers and others saved from disaster by caring strangers. Mike Wendling...

Duration: 00:27:54

A Convicted Warlord, His Ex-Wife And A Footballer

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.

Duration: 00:27:44

Exorcising The Past

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 country struggles to deal with rising demand for mental health services. Mark Lowen ponders what the future may hold for Iraqi Kurdistan. Zeinab Badawi explores Charleston in America’s Deep South. The carefully maintained Georgina houses...

Duration: 00:28:00

America's 51st State?

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 island but not, they tell Aleem Maqbool, getting the help they need from the rest of the United States. In France, Stephen Sackur assesses President Macron’s chances of rebooting the nation’s economy and asks whether history is repeating...

Duration: 00:27:46

From Our Home Correspondent 17/09/2017

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.

Duration: 00:27:54

Raqqa In Ruins

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 by the so-called Islamic State and is now being destroyed by a thousand blows from coalition airstrikes. In Colombia, Katy Watson reports from the border bridge which 25,000 Venezuelans cross each day. Most do so in search of food and...

Duration: 00:28:01

Clinging To Hope

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 the earthquake earlier this week. Benjamin Zand follows the deadly migrant route through Niger, Nigeria, and Libya which thousands of people pass along in the hope of reaching Europe. Steve Rosenberg takes a Magical Mystery Tour with the...

Duration: 00:27:36

Hard To Read

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 notoriously private politician. Richard Hall’s repeated trips to the Qandil mountains of Iraq allow him to assess the evolution of the PKK. But is a copy of Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ an appropriate gift for a battle-hardened Kurdish...

Duration: 00:28:04

The Rohingya Running For Their Lives

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 boatload trying to escape Rakhine state. In Uganda, Ruth Alexander finds out what it’s like to try and build a home and a new life in the country often applauded for its generous policy towards refugees. In Germany, Damien McGuiness meets the...

Duration: 00:27:59

“That’s the Judicial Process.”

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 Sri Lanka, who finds that the strains and tensions between those who govern and many of those whom they govern are intensifying; Harriet Constable, who reports from Kenya on the increasingly violent and costly incidence of sand...

Duration: 00:27:42

The Aftermath

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

Duration: 00:27:54

The Calm On Guam

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 words between the US and North Korea. Secunder Kermani hears tales of the horrific violence that followed the Partition of India 70 years ago but finds little remorse amongst some of its perpetrators. Hannah Armstrong visits Cape Verde where...

Duration: 00:28:03

From Our Home Correspondent 21/08/2017

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

Duration: 00:27:57

An Act of Striking Bravado

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 will he get to ask them? In Liberia, Olivia Acland visits the Hotel Ducor and reflects on what it reveals about the country. It once attracted world leaders with its 5-star luxury - now it lies in ruins. For an insight into President...

Duration: 00:28:19

Fear, Foreboding & Fake News In Kenya

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 the Kenyan election commission’s head of technology. In Italy, Bob Walker walks the Francigena pilgrim trail amidst apocalyptic scenes caused by the wildfires that are sweeping parts of the country. In Romania, Linda Pressly enters the...

Duration: 00:27:55

Fridge Magnets And Foreign Policy

Afghanistan’s new Top Guns and America’s dilemma over sending more US troops to the region.

Duration: 00:28:10

From Our Home Correspondent 23/07/2017

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.

Duration: 00:28:05

The Heat Is On

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 "unliveable". Education and healthcare are declining, and energy is becoming increasingly scarce. Yolande Knell visits some old acquaintances to find out how Gazans are managing. Tim Whewell takes a ferry across the Black Sea joining the...

Duration: 00:28:15

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