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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

    My father and our time machine

    My father and our time machine

    Artist Maleonn spent his childhood in the back of a theatre, watching his parents at work. Maleonn’s mother was an actress, and his father directed “very noisy” and “incredibly colourful” Beijing opera performances. Though his father was keen, Maleonn was determined not to follow in his directorial footsteps and instead chased his passion for art. But when his father began to lose his memory in 2014, Maleonn decided to create a play just for him, he called it Papa’s Time Machine. Maleonn wanted to give his father the gift that he had always dreamed of - but it was a race against time.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Fiona Woods

    Picture: One of the puppets in Papa's Time Machine
    Credit: Papa's Time Machine

    • 24 min
    I bought a ghost town - then got trapped there

    I bought a ghost town - then got trapped there

    Brent Underwood is a young American entrepreneur who spent his life savings on the remains of an abandoned 19th century mining town in California. He was fascinated by its Wild West history, but when he got trapped there by heavy snow earlier this year, all alone, the ghostly tales about the place began to feel all too real.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Rebecca Vincent

    Picture: Brent Underwood at Cerro Gordo
    Credit: Brent Underwood

    • 24 min
    Becoming South Africa's first black rugby captain

    Becoming South Africa's first black rugby captain

    South African rugby star Siya Kolisi came from a poor township and tells Outlook's Mpho Lakaje about his journey from water boy to becoming the national team's first black captain and leading the Sprinboks to World Cup victory. Siya and his wife Rachel have set up a charity, The Kolisi Foundation, to help vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Deiniol Buxton

    Picture: Siya Kolisi and the Springboks team after their Rugby World Cup win.
    Credit: Cameron Spencer/ Getty Images

    • 24 min
    My soldier dad's goodbye tape

    My soldier dad's goodbye tape

    Tricia Davies Nearn’s father, David, was killed in the Vietnam War when she was just two years old. Growing up without him, she knew there was something missing, even with a loving family around her. Her mother, an ardent fan of Broadway musicals, liked to sing along to A Chorus Line while vacuuming, but there was one musical she never played: West Side Story . The discovery of an extraordinary archive of tape recordings, made while David was posted in Vietnam, eventually helped Tricia to understand why - and to get to know her father better.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Emily Webb

    Picture: David Davies
    Credit: Tricia Davies Nearn

    • 30 min
    The trans boxer learning the many ways to be a man

    The trans boxer learning the many ways to be a man

    With only five and a half months of training, Thomas Page McBee became the first transgender man to box at the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York City. He's an author and journalist by trade so this was quite a departure for him. His journey to that day wasn’t driven by dreams of record-breaking, instead, it was prompted by a desire to better understand the different ways to be a man and specifically the relationship between masculinity and violence. Thomas had grown up with an abusive step-father and he knew he wanted to be different. When he began transitioning from a female to a male body in adulthood he noticed a change in the way the world was treating him. Women were crossing the road when they encountered him walking late at night, rooms fell silent when his deep voice spoke up in conversations, and he was no longer encouraged to hug because “men shake hands”. So in an attempt to learn the many different ways to be a man Thomas set himself a challenge - a boxing match.

    Presenter: Anu Anand
    Producer: Sophie Eastaugh and Andrea Kennedy

    Picture: Thomas Page McBee
    Credit: Amos Mac

    • 40 min
    A descendant of chiefs: my long journey home

    A descendant of chiefs: my long journey home

    Today, Jesse Thistle is a celebrated professor of Indigenous history in Canada. But as a child, he was a high school drop-out, raised by his disciplinarian white paternal grandparents and cut off from his mother and his Métis Cree roots. It set him on a self-destructive path to drug addiction, homelessness and prison. In jail and in his 30s, Jesse learned to read. After he was released, he would reach the pinnacle of academic success – finding his identity, his calling and along the way, his long-lost mother. Jesse’s memoir is called From the Ashes.

    Presented by Anu Anand
    Produced by Sophie Eastaugh and Maryam Maruf

    Image: Jesse Thistle
    Credit: Lucie Thistle

    • 38 min

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