Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.
Riding the solar railway
Can you make the railways greener by powering trains with energy from the sun? We hear about the pioneering train in Australia that’s run entirely on solar power. Plus we visit the solar farm that’s plugged directly into a railway in Britain and hear about Indian Railways’ big plan for converting to renewable power.
Produced and presented by Richard Kenny
From prison to star employee
Why former criminals are being chosen for jobs at hundreds of companies in a small US city.
One boss even tells us that some violent and sex offenders have become her best employees.
Produced and presented by Jo Mathys
Photo: Getty Images
Audience takeover: Your questions answered
Audience members praise and pick holes in solutions we’ve covered. Nick Holland and Kat Hawkins hear the best comments and questions and try to get answers.
Among the solutions under review is a story about a man who regrew a rainforest in Ecuador. One listener is worried it’ll just get cut down again when he dies. And eyebrows are raised about nurses in Kenya using motorbikes to rescue snakebite victims.
Producer: Nick Holland
Teenage inventor special
In this inspiring episode, we hear ideas from high school students in Asia, Africa, Europe and America. They’ve created a new form of sound insulation, refined a forensic process to use at crime scenes, won an award for predicting crop yields and made going to the beach a little safer in the age of Covid.
Image: Team Hibla from the Philippines.
Saving Cape Cod’s dolphins
The mass stranding of dolphins, orcas and whales is depressingly common. We join a team on the East Coast of the United States who have dramatically improved the survival rates of beached dolphins there. And we are with them as they fight to save a dolphin mother and calf. Plus we look at how Silicon Valley AI tech, and its power to understand dolphin communication, could lead to even more being saved.
Produced and Presented by Ben Wyatt
Picture credit: Getty Images
How to put the internet in a box
What happens when you take a little box containing some of the vast knowledge amassed on the internet, to communities that live offline?
From a peaceful valley in the remote Himalayas to a bustling Rohingya refugee camp, people are carrying gigabytes of data - from school curricula to the whole of Wikipedia - into places where access to the internet is impossible.
Inspired by one of our listeners, we delve into the world of the “sneakernet” - a network of people who carry information to places where the signal doesn’t reach.
Produced and presented by Tom Colls
Photo Credit: Getty
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Much Needed News!
Amidst a 24/7 cycle of horrible news comes "People Fixing the World." It highlights how often ordinary people around the world are responding to common problems that we can all learn from. More than merely feel-good news, the podcast analyzes the approach, challenges, and degree of success. Sometimes they have time to explore more than one approach. I love the global canvas, which is a wonderful reminder that no one country, region or culture has all the answers. The caring humanism and enthusiasm of the hosts are also appreciated. Great job, BBC World Service!
Interesting and encouraging podcast
It is really encouraging to know that there are people out there in every corner of the world trying to use their efforts to make our earth a better place. I learned a lot from this podcast, and I really like how they interviewed people in the podcast. Every effort and small step counts!
With so many reasons to be upset with current world events this podcast reminds you there are wonderful stories of real people doing great things.