The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2009.
24 Hours in Tulsa
A midget street thug on a kiddy bike. Incompetent thieves who resort to stealing air-conditioning units. A woman too drunk to notice a police car heading towards her with all lights flashing.
These are just some of the criminals and junkies, the faithful and forlorn encountered by one police officer cruising the streets of one Midwestern US city. But this policeman has an eye for the weird, an overdeveloped sense of humour and a talent for narrative.
Which is why Officer Jay Chiarito-Mazarrella created a cult following for his “Street Story” podcasts, vivid vignettes of his work for the Tulsa Police Department. In “24 Hours in Tulsa,” we hear the best of the Street Stories, giving us a fresh, funny and sometimes downright scary insight into policing from the horse's mouth.
John Simpson Returns to 1989 - part three
Twenty years ago, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.
The greatest symbol of the Cold War, which many never dreamt they would see disappear, was overwhelmed by people power.
This momentous event precipitated largely peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe as people shook off 40 years of communism.
The BBC’s World Affairs Editor John Simpson, experienced it at first hand.
He was in the thick of the action for the gun battles in Bucharest, Romania.
Taking Romania as an example, John looks are the re-integration of Central and Eastern Europe into Europe as a whole and asks how well has the process has been managed.
Assignment: Vancouver Gangland
The Canadian city of Vancouver is routinely named as one of the best communities in the world in which to live. But the city, which is to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in the coming weeks, is fast developing another reputation: one built on illicit drugs and guns. Bill Law reports for Assignment on the youngsters in the city who are exploiting legal loopholes to build a multi-billion dollar industry.
Defining the Decade - Part two
Back in the year 2000, the world's leaders did not seem to be troubled by the notion of global warming, so what has changed?
Edward Stourton tries to make sense of a decade in which history has been put on fast forward.
Defining the Decade - Part one
What have been the defining moments of the decade? Edward Stourton explores Google's mighty impact on the internet and finds a world of complex moral and legal pitfalls beneath the promise.
Internet Cafe Hobo
Nick Baker is on a mission to connect people, stories and places via internet cafe. Via Kenya and France he finds a remarkable story in Benin of a young man for whom a single search changed his life.