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    Belarus: Masking the virus

    Belarus: Masking the virus

    Belarus’s all-powerful President has focused global attention on his country by ostentatiously downplaying the coronavirus pandemic. Alexander Lukashenko has allowed shops, markets and restaurants and football stadiums to remain open and is encouraging people to go out to work. In early May he laid on a grand military spectacle celebrating victory in WW2, in defiance of social distancing advice. He told Belarussians they could stay healthy by drinking vodka and driving tractors in the fields and dismissed concerns over the virus as “psychosis.” But medics and bereaved families say otherwise. And with a doubling of infections every two or three days, there is not much to laugh about in Belarus. Medical staff have allegedly been sacked and even detained for speaking out about poor conditions in hospitals and the inaccurate death certificates.

    Assignment explores what lies behind President Lukashenko’s position. We hear from community activists, war veterans, tech-wizards and many other diverse people in Belarus. Lucy Ash pieces it all together with reporting by Ilya Kuziatsou.

    Produced by Monica Whitlock

    (Image: Jana Shostak’s Angry Mask. Human Constanta, a Belarusian human rights organisation, asked eight artists to design facemasks focusing on the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Jakub Jasiukiewicz)

    • 27 Min.
    The Death Row book club

    The Death Row book club

    When Anthony Ray Hinton was sentenced to death for a double murder, he used his time behind bars to create a book club for his fellow death row inmates. It was to get him through 28 years of solitary confinement. Now a free man after the State of Alabama dropped all charges against him, he takes listeners back to the echoing corridors of death row and introduces them to his book club.

    • 27 Min.
    Coronavirus Global Conversations: Giving birth during a pandemic

    Coronavirus Global Conversations: Giving birth during a pandemic

    Giving birth is an emotional experience, but what about during this pandemic? And then there is bringing a baby into a world of lockdowns and restrictions. We hear from new mums in New York, Dublin and London. What is it like to be in prison and pregnant?

    • 27 Min.
    Recycling Chile, recycling Spain

    Recycling Chile, recycling Spain

    Leena Vuotovesi, the leader of environmental work in Europe’s greenest town, Ii in Finland, travels to Chile and Spain to compare recycling practices. First she visits La Pintana - Chile’s unlikely climate champion: an impoverished neighbourhood plagued by crime and violence that recycles more than any other town in Chile. Leena then goes to a pristine part of southern Spain - a country where municipal recycling rates lag way behind EU targets. She speaks to children, teachers and waste management experts to find out why Spanish people don’t appear to care about recycling and to see what could be done to reduce environmental and economic damage.

    • 50 Min.
    Don't log off - part seven

    Don't log off - part seven

    In Mumbai, Chinu has been has been providing food to the city’s migrant and daily labourers who have been unable to work since the country’s lockdown. Getting up at 4.30am each day, he has served over 415,000 hot meals so far. In Nigeria, optometry student Ismail has been sleeping in a mosque since his college closed its doors three and a half months ago, but is holding on to his dreams of working for the WHO or UN. And deep in the Amazon rainforest, Tatiana, a state politician and academic forecasts trouble ahead.

    • 24 Min.
    New York stories with Joe Pascal

    New York stories with Joe Pascal

    The story of how chef Marcus Samuelsson made Harlem his home is nothing short of remarkable. He was born in a tiny village in Ethiopia, too small to even appear on maps. Aged two, he contracted TB. His mum carried him for 75 miles to the capital for treatment. She died, but he survived and was adopted by a Swedish family who taught him a love of cooking. Marcus is now a leading light of New York cuisine running an international restaurant chain but with his heart firmly grounded in the stories of Harlem.
    Jaylene Clark Owens is a spoken word artist, actor and born and bred Harlemite. She’s woven the story of her changing neighbourhood into a play - Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale. Cultural historian John T Reddick gives us a personal tour of his neighbourhood.
    And Martina da Silva and John Thomas share their musical tribute to Harlem.

    • 48 Min.

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173 Bewertungen

a woman in berlin ,

Thought-provoking

The episode on AI and development is particularly thought-provoking, with well chosen examples from around the world. Thank you for such high quality journalism—-a prime example of work that AI cannot replace.

Tmoonx ,

Very very revealing, you have to listen twice,

I’ve been listening since the beginning of BBC podcasts . I don’t listen to all the podcasts, some are too sad (from the title/description )to try, BUT of all the podcasts I’ve listened to anyway even if I thought they were hardcore or they had nothing to do with what interested me were the most revealing.
It’s like a short trip to a foreign country or to another time, or both .
I’ve been listening a lot on Holiday or shopping , or cutting the grass.I can now listen over a long time, days , weeks. I even listen twice,
please make it easier to give feedback directly to the makers.
Thanks for the podcasts keep them coming.

Jan-S. ,

Great podcast

Great in-depth reports from around the world.

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