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Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.

People Fixing the World BBC World Service

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 212 Ratings

Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.

    Bringing dead languages back to life

    Bringing dead languages back to life

    Australia used to be one of the most linguistically diverse places, with over 200 languages. Today, many of Australia’s indigenous languages are considered “highly endangered”. Inspired by his native language, Hebrew, Ghil’ad Zuckermann is a linguistics professor who is on a mission to revive Australia’s dead and endangered languages, painstakingly piecing them back together from historical documents. We speak to Ghil’ad and Shania Richards from the Barngarla community, whose language is being brought back from the brink.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Reporter/producer: Josephine Casserly
    Producers: Claire Bates & Craig Langran
    Series producer: Tom Colls
    Sound mix: Annie Gardiner
    Editor: Penny Murphy
    Email: peoplefixingtheworld@bbc.co.uk
    Image: Shania Richards, in the uniform of the Youth Governor of South Australia

    • 24 min
    Making life easier for older people

    Making life easier for older people

    Barcelona in Spain is famous for its beautiful streets, lined with tall apartment buildings. But the architecture is a problem for many people who have lived for years in upstairs apartments but who now find the stairs unmanageable.
    In 2008, a survey found that in one district there were 300 people who could not leave their homes alone. A group of volunteers decided to do something about this and got hold of a special wheelchair with caterpillar tracks, so it can be used to take people up and down stairs. After an initial pilot scheme they launched a local service called “Let's Go Down to the Street”, to help elderly residents go shopping or meet up with friends. Sixteen years on, the service is offered across the city.
    Plus, we visit a home for senior citizens in an unlikely location: a university campus. The Mirabella complex at Arizona State University in the US offers its residents the chance to sample the college lifestyle – from lectures to shows and sports fixtures.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Producer: William Kremer
    Reporters: Esperanza Escribano, Anthony Wallace
    Series Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Penny Murphy
    Sound mix: Gareth Jones

    • 23 min
    Overcoming stigma

    Overcoming stigma

    On this edition of People Fixing The World we meet people who’ve helped overcome long-standing cultural biases to create better outcomes for everyone. In India we hear about the social media campaigns which have helped city dwellers in Bengaluru see those who pick waste from rubbish dumps not as dangerous and dirty but as invaluable recyclers. In Nigeria we meet a traditional healer and a health worker who are collaborating to help improve the treatment of psychosis and break down some of the unhelpful attitudes towards severe mental health problems.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Reporter/producer: Makuochi Okafor, Claire Bowes
    Series producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Penny Murphy
    Sound Mix: Andrew Mills
    (Image: Chief Mukaila Yusuf, BBC)

    • 23 min
    Rewilding Earth

    Rewilding Earth

    From beavers in the UK to bison in Romania and jaguars in Argentina, ecologists around the world are reintroducing animals that once flourished in particular areas. The theory is, if done correctly, they can boost biodiversity and restore ecosystems with benefits ranging from reducing forest fires to tackling invasive species. But the strategy is controversial. Opponents say some species are no longer suited to certain areas and cause conflict with farmers, adding there is little evidence it works. Proponents admit some well-meaning projects haven’t worked in the past, but insist properly planned rewilding, which has involved all the stakeholders from the start, can be very successful. We take a close look.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Reporter/producer: Claire Bates
    Series producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Penny Murphy
    Sound mix: Gareth Jones

    • 23 min
    Keeping the Amazon standing

    Keeping the Amazon standing

    The Amazon is the largest forest in the world, spread across nine countries in South America and home to 47 million people. It’s crucial for the planet’s biodiversity and in the fight against climate change. But vast numbers of trees have been cut down for logging, construction, mining and farming. On this edition of People Fixing The World we meet those who are making a living from the Amazon while keeping the trees standing - through rubber tapping and fruit picking - as well as big companies looking to make more of the fruits, nuts and other natural products.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Reporter: Julia Carneiro
    Series Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Bridget Harney
    Sound mix: Andrew Mills
    (Image: Brazilian entrepreneur Francisco Samonek, BBC/Julia Carneiro)

    • 23 min
    Fake birds and other stories

    Fake birds and other stories

    This week we have a host of great ideas inspired by solutions we've told you about in 2023.
    We find out how scientists are using fake birds to help populations of seabirds to recover. By putting out model birds in restored habitats they trick the real ones into nesting there.
    Then we have the heartwarming tale of Theo – a man in his seventies - and Bickel the dog. We look at how dog sharing can deal with loneliness and bring improved health and happiness.
    And we uncover an innovative way of dealing with the scourge of Japanese knotweed - by turning it into paper.
    Presenter: Myra Anubi
    Producers: Richard Kenny, Zoe Gelber, Claire Bates
    Series Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Bridget Harney
    Sound mix: Hal Haines
    email: peoplefixingtheworld@bbc.co.uk
    (Image: Jessica Vagg with a tern decoy, BBC/Richard Kenny)

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Dame Davies ,

Wizard

Love hearing about wizard and prophet solutions!

paminaerter ,

Name your guests.

A top podcast, science oriented, evidence based and giving hope. Though one thing you need to do is tag and name the people you interview.

midwestBlue ,

9.13

fake meat. i have eaten fake meat for a while and then i quit eating it due to the fact it is all so high in sodium. too much sodium. please solve that.

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