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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

    When trash met thrash: Paraguay's landfill musicians

    When trash met thrash: Paraguay's landfill musicians

    The Recycled Orchestra run by Favio Chavez, began as a safe haven for kids living in the Cateura slum. It turned into a global phenomenon when it caught the attention of rock royalty and actual royalty around the world. Playing instruments made from the trash thrown away at the local landfill site, teenagers who once only knew the streets around their homes now travel across the planet performing with bands like Megadeth, Metallica and Stevie Wonder. But despite their success, they still play the same instruments made of garbage and remain in the shanty town, putting everything they make back into their community.

    Archive in this programme is from the documentary Landfill Harmonic.

    Presenter: Clayton Conn
    Producer: Mariana Des Forges

    Picture: Favio Chavez
    Credit: Landfill Harmonic Movie

    • 26 min
    Fosse and Verdon: the legacy of a dancing family

    Fosse and Verdon: the legacy of a dancing family

    Nicole Fosse is the daughter of two American dance superstars – Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Their legendary collaboration led to the reinvention of the modern musical, and huge stage and screen successes like Chicago and Cabaret. They were one of the most influential couples in show business and their style has inspired even Beyonce and RuPaul. The Fosse-Verdon relationship was remarkable but, as Nicole recalls, life wasn’t always as smooth as her parents’ celebrated choreography.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Maryam Maruf

    Picture: Bob Fosse, Nicole Fosse and Gwen Verdon
    Credit: Getty Images

    • 41 min
    I found my son 32 years after he was kidnapped

    I found my son 32 years after he was kidnapped

    In 1988 Li Jingzhi’s 2-year-old son was abducted from a hotel lobby in China and disappeared without a trace. She never stopped looking for him, appearing on numerous Chinese television shows and distributing more than 100,000 flyers. Through her many years of searching she was able to help reunite many other parents with their missing children. Then this year, after 32 years she was finally reunited with her son.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Deiniol Buxton

    Picture: Mao Yin reuniting with his mother Li Jingzhi
    Credit: Getty Images

    • 34 min
    The tycoon who became 'Mr Toilet'

    The tycoon who became 'Mr Toilet'

    Jack Sim is a Singaporean multi-millionaire tycoon with an unusual nickname: Mr Toilet.
    His obsession with toilets has had him mingling with presidents, A-list celebrities, he's even had a resolution passed at the UN. After growing up without a working toilet in Singapore he's now on a global mission to make sure others don't go through the same.

    Presenter: Emily Webb

    Picture: Jack Sim aka Mr Toilet
    Credit: Jim Orca

    • 22 min
    The 25 day sit-in that changed history

    The 25 day sit-in that changed history

    When Judy Heumann was growing up in the 1950s, expectations for someone like her were low. Her disability wasn't her main problem, it was other people's prejudices. Judy Heumann was the first person in a wheelchair to become a teacher in New York, and she went on to dedicate her life to fighting discrimination. In doing, so has helped shape history. In April 1977, she helped orchestrate the longest ever occupation of a federal building in the history of the US. As a result of that, important regulations were brought in which made it both illegal and costly to discriminate against disabled people in many areas. And those regulations paved the way for further victories. Her book is called Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist.

    Presenter: Emily Webb.
    Producer: Fiona Woods.

    Picture: Judy Heumann. 
    Credit: Rick Guidotti/Positive Exposure.

    • 40 min
    Discovering my grandfather's secret Nazi past

    Discovering my grandfather's secret Nazi past

    Growing up, Julie Lindahl felt a sense of shame hung over her family, but had no idea why. Her father’s dying words confirmed she needed answers. And so began a seven year search for information. She started at the German Federal Archives where she was handed a file that exposed her grandfather’s Nazi past. Her findings sent her on a life-changing journey to track down and make amends with people who had fallen victim to her grandfather’s brutality.

    Julie has written a book about her story called The Pendulum.

    Presenter: Andrea Kennedy
    Producer: Mariana Des Forges

    Picture: Julie Lindahl aged three and her grandfather in Brazil
    Credit: Julie Lindahl

    • 26 min

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