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Seriously is home to the world’s best audio documentaries and podcast recommendations, and host Vanessa Kisuule brings you two fascinating new episodes every week.

    5. The Great New Game

    5. The Great New Game

    Misha Glenny explores the world of rare earth metals. In this final episode he hears how Russia's interest in Ukraine might be partially motivated by its huge mineral deposits.

    Guests:
    Rob Muggah is a co-founder of SecDev, a Canadian data, science and open intelligence company focused on mitigating risks and strengthening resilience.
    Dr Samuel Ramani teaches politics and international relations at Oxford University and is the author of two upcoming books on Wagner’s activities.
    Dr Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware and author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes.

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Production coordinator: Janet Staples

    • 15 min
    4. The EU's dependency on China

    4. The EU's dependency on China

    Misha Glenny explores the world of rare earth metals. He asks whether the EU can end its dependency on China's supply of critical raw materials to fuel the green transition.

    Guests:

    Olivia Lazard, fellow at Carnegie Europe.
    Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission
    Dr Julie Klinger, author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Production coordinator: Janet Staples

    • 14 min
    3. The Super Magnets

    3. The Super Magnets

    Misha Glenny explores the world of rare earth metals. Neodymium is vital for wind turbines and electric motors but can the world become less dependent on China to supply it?

    Guests:
    Dr Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware and author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes.
    Ian Higgins, managing director of Less Common Metals.
    Paul Atherley, chairman of Pensana.

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Production coordinator: Janet Staples

    • 14 min
    2. The Hidden Paradox

    2. The Hidden Paradox

    Misha Glenny explores the world of rare earth metals. Reducing CO2 emissions requires critical raw materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel but mining and processing them can pose a serious threat to the environment. Can we solve the paradox?

    Guests:
    Dr Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware and author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes
    Teresa Ponce De Leao, chief executive of the Portuguese National Laboratory of Energy and Geology
    Henry Sanderson, author of Volt Rush
    Guillaume Pitron author of Rare Metals War

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Production coordinator: Janet Staples

    • 14 min
    1. The Magnificent Seventeen

    1. The Magnificent Seventeen

    Misha Glenny explores the world of rare earth metals and other critical raw materials. They are vital for the future of technology and the green transition. But some see China's monopoly on production as a major global threat.

    In the first of five episodes, Misha finds out what the 17 rare earth metals are and hears about their weird and wonderful applications. He also discovers how China has managed to dominate the mining and refining of them.

    Guests:
    Dr Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware and author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes
    Sophia Kalantzakos, Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at New York University and the author of China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Production coordinator: Janet Staples

    • 15 min
    Being Jackie Wilson

    Being Jackie Wilson

    Soul and rhythm and blues singer Jackie Wilson was a legendary artist and performer. Elvis Presley labelled himself ‘the white Jackie Wilson’ and Michael Jackson dedicated his 1984 Grammy for Thriller to Jackie in a heartfelt speech.

    DJ and presenter Scarlett O’Malley has also had a life-long obsession with Jackie Wilson. So when she discovered there was a Jackie Wilson tribute artist called Bobby Brooks she wanted to know more. How do you come to impersonate a legend like Jackie? She meets Bobby in New York and uncovers an extraordinary tale.

    Bobby has been impersonating Jackie Wilson since the 1990s. He grew up in foster care, a poorly, sick child. He never knew his mum or dad and his name was given to him by the state. As a young adult he joined the Navy and found himself in Hawaii. It was in a Karaoke bar one night, singing, that Bobby was first spotted by music producer Peter Hernandez. He was persuaded to sing with Peter’s doo-wop group the Love Notes.

    Over the next few years people would often comment that he looked just like Jackie Wilson. On the advice of another music producer, Bobby began to sing and perform the odd Jackie number and eventually he was persuaded to try a full impersonation. His career took off. People adored him being Jackie Wilson.

    It was during a Legends in Concert tour in Atlantic City that Bobby met Motown’s The Four Tops, and discovered something extraordinary that would change his life forever.

    With interviews from soul singers Bettye Lavette and Michael Lizzmore aka Blasé, vocal coach and singer Johnny Valentine, and Blues and Soul founder John Abbey.

    Presenter/producer Scarlett O’Malley
    A Little Cactus production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min

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