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Have you ever locked eyes with a stranger and wondered, "What’s their story?" Step into someone else’s life and expect the unexpected. Extraordinary stories from around the world.

Lives Less Ordinary BBC World Service

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 336 Ratings

Have you ever locked eyes with a stranger and wondered, "What’s their story?" Step into someone else’s life and expect the unexpected. Extraordinary stories from around the world.

    Hip hop, lies and the ultimate prize, part 2

    Hip hop, lies and the ultimate prize, part 2

    Silibil N’ Brains found fame as fake American rappers - but how long can you live a lie?

    A record deal with Sony, celebrity parties and touring with his heroes, life looked good for Gavin Bain, one half of the duo. But with fame came visibility, the pressure mounted and they could no longer outrun the truth.

    Gavin's written a book about his undercover life called Straight Outta Scotland and is making music with his new band Hopeless Heroic.

    If you need support relating to any of the issues we've covered in this interview, you can find more information on the BBC Action line website or at Befrienders.org.

    Clip: MTV TRL/ the MTV Entertainment Group

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producer: Louise Morris

    • 47 min
    Hip hop, lies and the ultimate prize, part 1

    Hip hop, lies and the ultimate prize, part 1

    The Scottish rappers who fooled the music industry.
    Gavin Bain was one half of Silibil N’ Brains, a Californian rap duo on the cusp of greatness.
    But there was a problem - the story of these hip hop stars was fake. Gavin’s never even been to America.

    Film clips: The Mask/Chuck Russell/  New Line Cinema and Dark Horse Entertainment.
    The Secret of My Success/Herbert Ross/Rastar
    Beetlejuice/Tim Burton/The Geffen Company

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producer: Louise Morris

    • 49 min
    I was the voice of Bambi – and kept it secret for years

    I was the voice of Bambi – and kept it secret for years

    Donnie Dunagan was a Disney child star in the 1930s before becoming a US Marine.

    He was born in 1934 and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, in the midst of the Great Depression. After winning a talent show aged four he was scouted and whisked to Hollywood where he starred in several movies – including a role as the voice of Walt Disney’s iconic animated deer Bambi in 1942. But the Second World War would put a halt to his movie career, and Donnie eventually became a US Marine – never telling anyone about his Hollywood history until he was publicly unmasked in 2004. On the 80th anniversary of Bambi's release, he shares his story.

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producer: Zoe Gelber

    • 29 min
    Black, Korean, stateless: a Slickyboy’s American dream, part 2

    Black, Korean, stateless: a Slickyboy’s American dream, part 2

    Growing up as the son of a sex worker and a Black US soldier in South Korea in the 70s, Milton Washington was seen as an outcast, and "not Korean." He couldn't even get a birth certificate. Still, he was loved and protected by his mum, the two of them against the world. She told him his dad was in America, a land of flying cars and ice cream mountains — and that was where Milton wanted to be, too. Milton's story continues.

    Presenter: Jo Fidgen
    Producer: Laura Thomas

    • 29 min
    Black, Korean, stateless: A Slickyboy’s American dream, part one

    Black, Korean, stateless: A Slickyboy’s American dream, part one

    Growing up as the son of a sex worker and a black US soldier in South Korea in the '70s, Milton Washington was seen as an outcast, and "not Korean". He couldn't even get a birth certificate. Still, he was loved and protected by his mum, the two of them against the world. She told him his dad was in America, a land of flying cars and ice cream mountains - and that was where Milton wanted to be, too.

    Presenter: Jo Fidgen
    Producer: Laura Thomas

    • 40 min
    I see my son in the Northern Lights

    I see my son in the Northern Lights

    Chasing the aurora helps Hugo grieve. By day Hugo Sanchez works in a school, but by night he hunts glowing light displays across the freezing Canadian wilderness. Capturing the aurora is more than just a hobby for Hugo. He took up photography after his son Emilio was born with complex disabilities. When Emilio died at ten years old Hugo found solace and hope in the dancing night sky.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Louise Morris

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

Bart Ranger ,

Great Interview with Hafsat Abiola Costello

I’ve been a listener to your podcast and have always found it engaging. It was nice to hear your recent conversation with Costello. In my mind, she and her parents paid a very heavy price for bringing democracy to Nigeria. I remember listening to her speak after the assassination of her mother and the death in mysterious circumstances of her father. However, I’m simply incredulous as to why she chose to support Yahya Bello in my home state of Kogi. The fact that she’s still defending that choice on BBC shows that Costello has become seriously alienated from the reality in Nigeria. Bello has been a disaster as governor and the youth and women empowerment of which Costello spoke, is a complete fantasy

Rulikah ,

Powerful

Every story starts slowly and grows to powerful moments.

nikkiluna1121 ,

Completely magical

Compelling, engrossing, and completely human.

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