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An hour of top tunes from Connie Constance, Oya Paya, Sans Soucis, edbl, Folkatron Sessions, Lovely Assistant, Jodie Nicholson, The New Consistent, porij, Blanketman, Vyvienne Long, Matti Roots, Mesadorm, Abel Gray, Rarely Always, Lauren Auder, and OMADHAUN, handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader.…
 
Directors of the Hermitage, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the National Gallery, Singapore explain how they are dealing both with the challenge of Covid-19 and the greater accountability demanded by worldwide social justice movements. Anne McElvoy hosts a discussion organised in collaboration with Frieze Masters and Frieze London, ta…
 
How a Croydon housewife baffled a 1930s ghost hunter - the author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale, talks to Matthew Sweet about her discovery of a dossier of interviews about a poltergeist "terrorising" Alma Fielding which made headlines in the 1938 Sunday Pictorial newspaper.30 artists interested in seances and spirituality are o…
 
Passengers flying from London Heathrow to some destinations will be offered a coronavirus test. For about $100, from today, passengers travelling to Hong Kong can take a test at the airport and receive a result within an hour, as the BBC's Tom Burridge explains. But Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent newspaper, tells us that with no glo…
 
An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been declared in the Nigerian city and state of Lagos after unrest sparked by police brutality. We hear what locals have to say. Also on the programme: scientists discover that babies may be swallowing millions of microplastic particles a day from bottled milk; and we hear about the new Covid-19 study in which young…
 
Jane Garvey talks to Sisters Leo & Aelread from The Poor Clares of Arundel who've just released an album of traditional plainchant with added beats. What can we learn from them about living life in these times? It's a couple of weeks now til the Presidential elections in the States and to discuss what it will mean for women we talk to Melissa Milew…
 
'When was the first time a human felt haunted?'Kirsty Logan travels back to the world’s earliest civilisations to uncover where tales of ghosts first emerged.From the earliest evidence of belief in an afterlife, seen in decorated bones in early grave sites, to Ancient Egyptian letters to the dead, and predatory Chindi unleashed to wreak deadly veng…
 
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 interne…
 
Coronavirus restrictions lead to tighter restrictions across Europe, the latest being Ireland, where a full national lockdown has been announced. Plus, Pakistan lifts its ban on the app Tik Tok - journalist Mehmal Sarfraz explains how the app helped poorer people find new avenues to make money. And we hear about the long decline on the stock market…
 
A quick count suggests socialist candidate Luis Arce of the Mas party is set to win Bolivia's presidential election in the first round.Also in the programme: French government’s crackdown on those who spread hatred and division; and how cold-water swimming may not just be good for you now, but also when you are older.(Photo: Presidential candidate …
 
Claudia Hammond explores unwanted touch and who we do and don’t mind touching us – and where. She draws on insights from the largest study that’s ever been conducted on the topic of touch – The Touch Test - commissioned by Wellcome Collection. Almost forty thousand people from all over the world chose to take part. Claudia discusses where we draw t…
 
If there’s one thing that makes the world go ‘round, it’s trust - trust in institutions, trust in science, trust in the economy, trust in each other. Trust is what protects our vulnerability; it’s behind the unspoken social contracts that keep us safe. Without trust, we’re done.And since the beginning of our love-hate relationship with the Web, we’…
 
Belgium and Italy are among the latest countries to tighten restrictions over Covid-19. As cafes, bars and restaurants close for four weeks in Belgium, we get reaction to the move from Steven Rosseel of the Belgian Restaurants Association. Silvia Borrelli, Milan correspondent for the Financial Times, explains the changes being put into place in par…
 
French police are visiting suspected militant Islamists after the beheading of a teacher last week. The interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, said the operation was intended to send a message that there will be no respite for the enemies of the French republic.Also in the programme: The socialist candidate Luis Arce looks set to win Bolivia's preside…
 
Victoria Wood, the Lancashire born comedian, writer, actor, stand up and singer found fame with shows such as Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, Wood & Walters and Dinner Ladies. She died in 2016 having never written her own story. With access to letters, and interviews with friends and family Jasper Rees has written ‘Let’s Do it’ – The Authorized Biogr…
 
Sara Seager is an MIT astrophysicist. She has made it her life’s work to peer into the spaces around stars – looking for exoplanets outside our solar system, hoping to find the one-in-a-billion world that is enough like ours to sustain life. But after the unexpected death of her husband, Sara struggled with some of the new day-to-day tasks that she…
 
Exeter are the new kings of Europe so Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones are joined by Henry Slade after he helped the Chiefs beat Racing 92 in a dramatic final at Ashton Gate. They also chat to Wales fly-half Callum Sheedy about Bristol's Challenge Cup victory and the prospect of playing in the Premiership final with Wasps' place in doubt. Th…
 
In Nigeria, protests against police brutality are shifting to a new focus – why some are treated worse than others because of their place in the economy; we hear from young people in Lagos who say the police are ‘messing with the wrong generation’. Also, it's been in place for 75 years, but a water sharing deal between the US and Mexico is in dange…
 
Thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations across France to honour Samuel Paty, a history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist on Friday in the north western Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. We hear from Cecile Ribet-Retel, president of the parents' association at the school where he taught.Also in the programme: The Preside…
 
It's understandable that, with the onset of a global pandemic, commentators have looked to the past for comparisons. But Dr Seb Falk is concerned that with the easy headlines about the mortality rate or the economic damage, or even the positive transformations inspired by plagues of the past and particularly in his field, the Black Death of the med…
 
The latest attempt at a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia has broken down within hours, with each side blaming the other. We hear from officials from both sides. Also on the programme: Iran says it will not go on a weapons-buying spree despite the expiry of a UN arms embargo against the country; and we hear about the impact of the Trump admi…
 
This year’s autumn run of Jewish holy days has been like no other; but even with coronavirus-related restrictions in place, food and community has remained at the heart of celebrations for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Leyla Kazim hears from a socially distanced Sukkot meal in North London, follows a festival food diary from a family in Man…
 
Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton took your calls on the day’s football news and results.Liverpool and Everton fans reacted to an action-packed Merseyside derby which ended in a 2-2 draw, with controversial decisions surrounding VAR, and Virgil van Dijk forced off injured.We heard from Celtic and Rangers supporters after this afternoon’s Old Firm at C…
 
As an election approaches in America, we return to a unique experiment which took the temperature of the USA after the surprise election of Donald Trump. In 2016 the BBC World Service, in association with American Public Media, focused on areas which the media had neglected – but made all the difference. We asked for smartphone voice recordings fro…
 
We have music from the former supermodel Carla Bruni who tells us about her new album.We hear from the Conservative MP Laura Trott who is trying to get a law passed to stop under 18s accessing filler treatments and other cosmetic procedures. We also hear from Ashton Collins from the organisation Save Face who have had reports of injuries caused by …
 
French police are questioning four people after a teacher in a suburb of Paris was beheaded by a suspected Islamist extremist. We hear from Jean-Remi Girard, president of the National Union of School Teachers.Also in the programme: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a landslide victory in the country's general election; and a city in…
 
In June 1980, US media mogul Ted Turner launched the first TV station dedicated to 24 hour news, Cable News Network or CNN. We get a first-hand account of the early days of a channel that transformed news and politics. Plus, the end of Lebanon's civil war, the long fight for full voting rights for African-Americans and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein…
 
Journalists in Africa like to play a game where they take language often used in Western reports on African stories ("armed militias", "strongmen", "rigged elections") and apply it to the US. This has become more tempting, and yielding more ironies, recently. There is a further similarity in South Africa: could ex-president Jacob Zuma be a "proto-T…
 
Our conversations reflect the impact Covid-19 has had on the US economy and on people’s jobs and wellbeing. We hear from a cook in northern California and a PBX switchboard operator in Massachusetts, who both lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and pay the bills. They talk about how they feel forgotten, how the social system isn’t …
 
The 2016 US election was beset by so-called “fake news” – but what’s happening this time around?Four years ago, fictitious and scandalous news articles emanating from Russian backed troll farms went viral. Some even claim it may have changed the course of the election.Now a new disinformation battle is raging, but this time the game has changed.Ins…
 
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