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    Abortion under lockdown

    Abortion under lockdown

    Abortion clinics in Texas were forced to close their doors during the coronavirus lockdown. For several weeks, women wanting abortions could not get them. So what happened, and how did medical staff help? And, with a major Supreme Court decision on access to abortion due this summer, Philippa Thomas hears from the activists concerned that this period, with abortion unavailable for thousands of Texan women, could be a harbinger of the future.

    • 27 min
    The Covid generation

    The Covid generation

    Tens of millions of young people are leaving school and university only to find themselves job hunting in what could be one of the worst recessions in living memory. With widespread recruitment freezes and redundancies, what hope is there of the class of 2020 finding employment? Ruth Alexander speaks to young people from all over the world about their struggle to find work,

    • 50 min
    Coronavirus Global Conversations: Life in lockdown with autism

    Coronavirus Global Conversations: Life in lockdown with autism

    What is the pandemic like for people with autism? We hear from three parents in Chile, Spain and India who discuss the impact lockdown has had on their children with autism. They explain how their children seem happier away from the social environment of school, but that they are also concerned about the impact on their social skills. Plus, three American editors who work on newspaper pages writing obituaries of people who have died with coronavirus.

    • 27 min
    The orgasm gap

    The orgasm gap

    What did you learn about sexual pleasure when you were growing up?

    Chances are, you didn't learn much in school. And if the latest research is anything to go by, we still have a lot to learn now.

    According to a US based study, 90% of heterosexual men said they climaxed during sex, while only 60% of heterosexual women said the same.

    In the UK, when the new sex education guidelines are introduced in September 2020, pleasure will remain off the agenda.

    In this programme, we talk to people in the UK and Rwanda to explore how society and culture influence how we experience pleasure. We look at what we were, or weren't, taught about sex at school and meet a man who is finding ways to close the gender pleasure gap outside of the classroom.

    In Rwanda we find out about a cultural practice that allegedly puts female pleasure first, but is also linked to a controversial form of female genital modification.

    The World Health Organisation does not explicitly mention labial elongation as a form of female genital mutilation. It periodically reviews the typology and classification of certain practices and the next review is envisioned for 2020-2021. In this documentary, we look at competing attitudes when it comes to female sexual pleasure and explore the collision zone between individual rights and preserving cultural practices.

    • 50 min
    The Miracle of Istanbul

    The Miracle of Istanbul

    The 2020 Champions League final was due to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on Saturday 30 May, exactly 15 years after the most extraordinary night in the competitions history, when Liverpool completed “The Miracle of Istanbul”. AC Milan had a star studded line up and were overwhelming favourites, especially after they raced into a 3-0 lead. However Liverpool launched the most amazing second half comeback that culminated in winning the trophy in a penalty shootout. To mark that anniversary, we take you back to that iconic night with those who were there - including penalty saving hero, Jerzy Dudek.

    • 51 min
    Don't log off - part eight

    Don't log off - part eight

    Alan Dein connects with people who are experiencing sleepless nights during the coronavirus pandemic. Salina is a Nepalese student stranded in Bangkok after the borders were closed. With no income, she’s kept awake in her stifling, windowless room as her money runs out. Meanwhile, Keenya is a hairdresser in Detroit, anxious about feeding her seven children as Covid-19 spreads through her community. And Mursalina in Afghanistan worries about increasing poverty on the streets of Kabul in the midst of the pandemic.

    • 24 min

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