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Global News Podcast
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The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.
 
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The Documentary
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The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.
 
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Witness
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History as told by the people who were there.
 
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The Science Hour
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Science news and highlights of the week
 
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The History Hour
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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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6 Minute English
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Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
 
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Outlook
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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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BBC Learning English Drama
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Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
 
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Discovery
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Explorations in the world of science.
 
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Business Daily
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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
 
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Science in Action
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The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
 
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Newshour
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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
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6 Minute Grammar
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Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
 
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6 Minute Vocabulary
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Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
 
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World Football
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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.
 
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Trending
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Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...
 
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The World This Week
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What's been happening around the world and why it matters
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
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World Update Daily Commute is no longer available to download but you can hear the best of World Update and all our BBC World Service news coverage in our Global News Podcast.
 
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HARDtalk
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The Why Factor
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The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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World Business Report
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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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The Food Chain
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The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.
 
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Health Check
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Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.
 
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The World of Business
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Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
 
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Africa Today
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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.
 
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The Forum
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Tech Tent
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How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
 
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World Book Club
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The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
 
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Heart and Soul
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Learning English for China
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提高英语听力水平,掌握纯正英式表达,了解英国社会和文化的方方面面。BBC英语教学播客频道播出丰富、专业、实用的英语学习节目。Improve your English skills. This weekly podcast contains some of the best audio from BBC Learning English.
 
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The Fifth Floor
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A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 27 language sections, with presenter David Amanor.
 
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Elements
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A close look at chemical elements, the basic building blocks of the universe. Where do we get them, what do we use them for and how do they fit into our economy?
 
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The Conversation
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Kim Chakanetsa presents a conversation between two women from different cultures about their paths to success.
 
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Boston Calling
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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.
 
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Sporting Witness
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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history
 
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Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World
 
An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Mondays.
 
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Sportshour
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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.
 
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Over to You
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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.
 
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Weekend Break
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Sportsworld
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Weekly Sports
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A weekly roundup of sports events, with particular focus on football. All you need to know about the Premier League and other top world leagues.
 
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China's ruling Communist Party has moved to allow the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to stay in power indefinitely. The proposal, which will almost certainly be accepted by China's rubber-stamp parliament, would remove the current two-term limits for the country's president and vice president.Also in the programme: Protests in the Democratic Repub ...…
 
League Cup Final, Premier League and Winter Olympic
 
Members of a high-level North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the South's presidential office said.Also on the programme: The Syrian government continues to bombard Eastern Ghouta despite a UN Security Council resolution ...…
 
Libby Phelps is the granddaughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps. Nicknamed “America’s Most Hated Family”, the church in Kansas became infamous for telling homosexuals they were going to hell and picketing the funerals of US soldiers. But it was after the church rejoiced in the attacks of 11 September, that Libby questio ...…
 
The decision would allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions about its real impact. Also, the names of 105 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last week are released, and a report from a festival celebrating the hairstyle ...…
 
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a thirty-day humanitarian ceasefire across Syria. The resolution follows a week of intense bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta in the suburbs of Damascus.Also on the programme: UN peacekeepers from Ghana are withdrawn from South Sudan after a ...…
 
Inferno is the 14th century epic that tells the story of Dante Alighieri’s imaginary journey through the underworld. It is the first part of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest poems. “Abandon all hope you who enter here” is the famous phrase inscribed on the gates of Dante’s Inferno, and Hell i ...…
 
A second Russian athlete is excluded from the Winter Olympics. Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned for doping as Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country. Also on the programme: an exclusive interview with the man who exposed the Russian Olympic doping scandal and now lives in fear of his life; and a ...…
 
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The History Hour
 
How a young boy lived with a rare genetic disorder; plus "Ghana Must Go" - when 1 million Africans were expelled from Nigeria, battling the last major smallpox epidemic in India, reporting the Jimmy Swaggart scandal and the story behind the acclaimed novel "Infinite Jest"(Photo: David Vetter and his mother Carol-Ann Demaret Credit: Carol-Ann De ...…
 
An outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria has made hundreds ill and killed at least 43 people. With symptoms including bleeding from gums, eyes and nose, it shares some similarities with Ebola, but is less infectious and can be mild. Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Dan Bausch of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, which is preparing to send ...…
 
Following former football coach Barry Bennell’s sentencing of 31 years for 50 counts of child sexual abuse, we speak to one of his victims Steve Walters who along with other survivors, have set up a support network, The Offside Trust to combat child abuse in sport and support the healing journey of survivors. In a moving and raw interview, Stev ...…
 
At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Canadian figure-skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were victims of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the games. The pair put in a flawless performance in their final routine, but were only awarded a silver medal because one of the judges felt under pressure to vote for their Rus ...…
 
Wilko Johnson, the British guitarist of the group Dr Feelgood, was told he had terminal cancer. He went on what he thought was going to be his last tour only to discover that he had been given the wrong diagnosis.Alex Lewis was a fulltime dad to his young son while his partner Lucy ran a pub. In 2013 Alex caught an infection that felt a lot lik ...…
 
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The World This Week
 
Syrian government forces have intensified their bombardment of the rebel-held suburb. Many people have been killed or injured. Also in this programme/podcast: young people fire up the debate on gun control in the US; Venezuela launches its own cryptocurrency; the link between fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and your next car; and t ...…
 
Why Spain’s sparkling fizz, Cava, is seeking to re-invent itself. If you think of sparkling wine what probably comes to mind is popping corks and Champagne. But what about Cava from Spain? In terms of exports Cava is as big as Champagne, and it is made in the same expensive, time-consuming way. Yet its image in recent years has suffered and it’ ...…
 
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Boston Calling
 
Former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend says we need new methods of addressing gun violence.Also: we learn how the gun lobby brought gun violence research to a halt in one US agency; a constitutional scholar puts America’s right to bear arms in a global context; Russian bots seize on the Parkland shooting to amplify divisions; gun rights ...…
 
The debate over gun control in the US rages on after the deaths of 17 schoolchildren last week, as customer sentiment begins to turn against the National Rifle Association. We speak with Kira Lerner, political reporter at Think Progress, whose Twitter campaign shed light on the companies doing business with the NRA.The Chinese government in Bei ...…
 
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Boston Calling
 
"I got out of the car and I looked at the people and they all looked like me… and at that moment I realised where I came from."On the programme: A fourth-generation Chinese American travels to his ancestral village in China; two Chinese adoptees return to their orphanage to help those left behind; Reem Kassis hopes her cookbook 'The Palestinian ...…
 
Rick Gates has admitted lying to the FBI and has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Also: crucial UN Syria truce vote delayed and toenail fungus 'found to be asexual in humans'.
 
Chris Low from FTN financial says markets have settled after volatility earlier this week
 
Gross misconduct and sexual exploitation in the humanitarian aid industry - what's gone wrong and why? Oxfam is at the centre of a storm of allegations of abusive behaviour, shoddy recruitment and management cover up. Now the entire aid sector is under scrutiny for safeguarding failures which appear to go back decades. Stephen Sackur speaks to ...…
 
The United Nations are due to vote on a new ceasefire deal in Syria among further reports of deaths in the region of Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave that lies on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.Also in the programme: How powerful is America’s National Rifle Association?; and Venezuela’s failing health care system.(Image: The remains ...…
 
After every mass shooting in America there is a familiar cycle of political debate and usually, little action to change the country’s gun laws. But after a shooting at a high school in Florida killed 17 people, students across America have come together using social media. They’re saying ‘enough is enough’, using online organising tools and tak ...…
 
A team of UN human rights investigators say they have evidence of atrocities being carried out against civilians and of children being forced to watch the rape and murder of their mothers in South Sudan.Plus there is increasing anger in Nigeria, as the fate of dozens of missing Dapchi schoolgirls remains unknown.And a look at how a massive dam ...…
 
Human rights investigators accuse senior military commanders of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They say civilians have been tortured and mutilated, and villages destroyed. Also, the Myanmar government is accused of bulldozing dozens of Rohingya villages, and a possible breakthrough in finding the best treatment for cancer patients.…
 
In an unusual move, Anbang Insurance will be run by the Chinese government for one year. Tom Hancock of the Financial Times in Beijing explains why China has made the move. Also in the programme, Scotch whisky producers are taking the makers of German whisky Glen Buchenbach to court because they think the name makes it sound like it is Scottish ...…
 
Researchers say the misuse of artificial intelligence is already happening. Haydn Belfield from Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk tells us how. AirBnB reveals plans to introduce a tier of more professional, upmarket properties, so is it now firmly part of the hospitality industry? And "cyber-spy hunter" Dmitri Alpe ...…
 
Renaming the block outside the Russian Embassy in Washington DC, and the streets outside the United Arab Emirates and US embassies in Turkey. Political point scoring with names, with Natalka Pisnia of BBC Russian and Aylin Yazan of BBC Turkish.Image: new street name installedCredit: ADEM ALTAN/Getty Images…
 
The United Nations Security Council is meeting on Friday to re-examine a draft resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, as the government offensive on rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta continues for a sixth day.Also on the programme: more missing school girls in Nigeria; and the medical impact of Venezuela's economic crisis. ...…
 
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BBC Learning English Drama
 
Find out how Phil’s journey is going as he continues his round-the-world trip
 
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6 Minute Vocabulary
 
Join Callum and Finn as they discuss a group of adjectives that are made from the names of famous people
 
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Business Daily
 
Why has urban housing become so unaffordable around the world? Are rich international investors from China and elsewhere to blame?Manuela Saragosa speaks to architect James Law about the horror of "cage" living in his native Hong Kong, the world's least affordable city, and how his Cybertecture firm hopes to solve the problem with "Opods" built ...…
 
Tens of thousands of people died in India in 1974 during the world's last major smallpox epidemic. Individual cases had to be tracked down and quarantined to stop the deadly disease spreading. Ashley Byrne has spoken to Dr Mahendra Dutta and Dr Larry Brilliant who took part in the battle to eradicate smallpox once and for all.Photo: Smallpox le ...…
 
The city of Brunswick, Ohio has joined hundreds of other jurisdictions across the United States to file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies that make opioids. The epidemic of addiction has caused an extraordinary number of fatalities. We hear from Dr Richard Blondell, Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo in upsta ...…
 
Calls for a truce in Syria have grown louder as civilians in the besieged rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta come under more intensive bombardment. Also: gun control groups 'exploit' US tragedy and neanderthals were capable of making art.
 
The city of Brunswick, Ohio has joined hundreds of other jurisdictions across the United States to file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies that make opioids. The epidemic of addiction has caused an extraordinary number of fatalities. We hear from Dr Richard Blondell, Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo in upsta ...…
 
President Trump says he is considering proposals to allow “gun adept teachers” to carry arms at work as a way of preventing further school shootings. 17 people were killed by an armed man last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Also in the programme: The UN claims that the hundreds of thousands people in the besieged Syrian region of E ...…
 
9th July - It’s being called Day Zero, the day the taps are turned off in drought stricken Cape Town in South Africa. After 3 years of unexpectedly dry weather leaving no water in the reservoirs that serve the city, we ask what could have been done better to mitigate the water shortage and how to prevent the same thing happening in other cities ...…
 
The girls went missing on Monday but the dynamics of the event are still unclear.In Ethiopia a colossal dam is almost completed on the Nile, we look at how this could change the relationships with its neighbours.As the Ghana Rugby Union tries to promote the sport amongst young people, Ghanaian girls take up the challenge.…
 
Former Premier League footballer Kieron Dyer talks about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and explains how that affected his football career. The coach of the Afghanistan women's team discusses the challenges she faces. Switzerland international Gelson Fernandes looks back on his time at Manchester City. And we remember the life and time ...…
 
There's a new trend: dressing up and swimming like a mermaid. It's aimed at teaching kids to be safe in the water, but it's catching on with adults too
 
A top executive at the motor company Ford is sacked amid allegations of sexual misconduct. We hear more from Keith Hunt, a Chicago-based lawyer who has been handling cases for women who say they've been mistreated on the shop floor of two of Ford's factories in the city. Also in the programme, we have a report from Calais on preparations being ...…
 
Kim Yong-chol has never denied plotting several attacks on South Korea. He will attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Also, a major study says anti-depressants work, and do adults or children own the 'lucky money' in a red envelope?
 
Claudette Colvin is one of the unsung heroes of the American civil rights movement. As a teenager, Claudette refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger. Nine months later, when Rosa Parks did the same thing, she inspired a revolution. So why wasn't Claudette recognised? She talks to Matthew Bannister about her extraordinary life ...…
 
The UN Security Council is expected to vote later today on a resolution, which calls for a thirty-day ceasefire in Syria. We hear from Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, who says he is concerned at the human cost of the Syrian government's offensive on Eastern Ghouta. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has described the rebel ...…
 
A well-known blogger and activist jailed for a peaceful protest, a young man imprisoned and tortured for wearing the wrong T- shirt, a young woman abducted by masked police, and now among more than a thousand people who have been forcibly disappeared – these are just some of the alarming stories from the new Egypt.Orla Guerin has spent the last ...…
 
There are few signs of preparation for a potential hard border on the English Channel, with just 400 days left until the UK formally leaves the European Union.Nick Robinson reports from Calais, where officials seem perplexed by the lack of readiness to carry out possible customs checks from March 2019. Presenter Manuela Saragosa asks pro-Brexit ...…
 
One of the biggest novels of the late twentieth century - both literally and figuratively - was published in February 1996. Infinite Jest by American author David Foster Wallace is nearly 1100 pages long, but the ground-breaking work of literary fiction also became a bestseller.Lucy Burns speaks to the editor of Infinite Jest, Michael Pietsch.…
 
Billy Graham has died aged 99. The globe-trotting preacher transformed American religious life through his 'crusades' and activism. He used his charisma and the power of TV to spread his gospel around the world - which translated into influence of a different nature - financial and political. We explore these issues with Dr Brian Grim, presiden ...…
 
Billy Graham has died aged 99. The globe-trotting preacher transformed American religious life through his 'crusades' and activism.He used his charisma and the power of TV to spread his gospel around the world - which translated into influence of a different nature - financial and political. We explore these issues with Dr Brian Grim, president ...…
 
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