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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

    Is Africa the new power base for the Islamic State group?

    Is Africa the new power base for the Islamic State group?

    Since Islamic State’s hold on Iraq and Syria has weakened in recent years the group has sought to expand into new territories, including Africa.

    IS insurgents have reportedly killed thousands, including children, and displaced thousands more in Mozambique, Mali, and Somalia, among other territories across the continent.

    It is believed that IS franchises its brand to local militant groups, providing support, claiming responsibility for deadly attacks, all while spreading its influence in these new territories.

    Charmaine Cozier asks if Africa is a new power base for the Islamic State group?


    Producer: Paul Connolly


    (Al-Shebab fighters, an Islamist insurgent group in Somalia. Credit: Mohamed Abdiwahab/Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Why has Peru had such a bad pandemic?

    Why has Peru had such a bad pandemic?

    Peru has suffered one of the highest excess death levels in the world. The government failed to take account of the structure of society and the needs of its people in its response to the pandemic. A culture of corruption and political turmoil are persistent themes that have led to an underfunded health system and a lack of focus how Peruvian people would be able to cope during the dark months of a deadly pandemic. Instead vast numbers of casual workers lost their jobs and started to trek home, taking the virus with them. Also remote communities were cut off by the freeze on transport and unable to get access to vital medical supplies, amid a dwindling supply of oxygen to treat them. We take a look at what lies beneath Peru’s terrible experience during the pandemic.

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Producer: Nathan Gower

    (Peruvians protest at a political rally, March 25, 2021. Credit: Ernesto Benavides/Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    How will the concussion issue affect the future of sport?

    How will the concussion issue affect the future of sport?

    Concussion is now a powder-keg issue in world sport, as concerns deepen about the potential links to brain disease.

    The long-term effects of careers spent making and taking heavy tackles are being revealed in ever-increasing detail, but the risks are not exclusive to so-called full contact sports.

    Some governing bodies have sprung into action, implementing new rules and safety measures. But others turn a blind eye.

    So, we’re asking – how will the concussion issue affect the future of sport?

    Presenter: Paul Connolly
    Producer: Stefania Okereke

    (Photo: Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) lays on the field after getting a concussion in the second quarter. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Are ‘killer robots’ the future of warfare?

    Are ‘killer robots’ the future of warfare?

    Could humans ever trust machines with the power to make life or death decisions on the battlefield? And have we already begun to?

    Advances in artificial intelligence are slowly creeping into almost every aspect of the world, including warfare. Suzanne Kianpour explores the technology, fears and even potential advantages of developing autonomous weapons.

    Producers: Nathan Gower and Viv Jones


    (Mock-up of the IAI Harop Drone, a loitering munition. Credit: Aviation-images.com/Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    Why do Italy’s governments keep collapsing?

    Why do Italy’s governments keep collapsing?

    After the government of Giuseppe Conte collapsed amid an economic and public health crisis, Mario Draghi has formed Italy’s 65th administration in 73 years. So what are the long-term causes of Italy’s political woes, and does Draghi stand any chance of solving them?

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Producer: Nathan Gower


    (Giuseppe Conte and Mario Draghi during the traditional handover ceremony in Rome. Photo: Andrew Medichini / Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Is Antifa the threat it’s made out to be?

    Is Antifa the threat it’s made out to be?

    Vivid and sometimes wild claims about the antifascist group Antifa have been circulating in America. Some say that the group participates in widespread violence, while others have argued that it is a small but justified part of their fight against fascism.

    Tanya Beckett takes a closer look at what is true and what is exaggeration.

    Producer: Nathan Gower


    (Members of Antifa protest at a far right Rally in Portland, Oregon USA. Credit: Diego Diaz/ Getty Images)

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 Ratings

wertham ,

No wonder it wins all the awards

Every BBC podcast is worth subscribing to but Inquiry has global appeal because of its diverse team of presenters and topics. It moves like lightning.

PlymouthVolare ,

Junior Inquiry is a fabulous idea!

My 12 year old listened to the first one “what’s killing Africa’s elephants” and immediately wanted to hear another. I love the regular Inquiry and having a junior version in a similar format is a genius idea! Please make it a regular show with weekly episodes for that age group as they are so receptive and getting researched facts through your channel rather than Instagram is what us parents want for them too!! 👍

jphtoronto ,

Quality journalism

Covers global topics well done thanks!

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