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Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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A lively look at money, life and business from Delhi. Each week the BBC’s WorklifeIndia brings you a live conversation on the realities of modern life whether it’s business, technology, or creativity. "WorklifeIndia" is about making money but also about saving, spending and sharing what money can give and recognising the daily reality of a world of huge opportunities and huge differences in that opportunity. Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance ...
 
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As governments across the world ease lockdown restrictions, more and more people are now returning to work. In India, too, this week marks the start of considerable relaxation in the lockdown, which has been in effect since 24 March. Industries and businesses are making a cautious start with stringent health and safety regulations in place. Some ha…
 
During times of crisis in the UK, World War Two is often remembered as a period when the country rallied together to fight a common enemy. But as Simon Watts finds out from the BBC archives, there was a crime wave during the war years, with a massive increase in looting and black marketeering. Also in the programme, the first 3D printers, plus a bl…
 
From the Olympics to the Indian Premier League, many major sporting events have had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Every part of the sporting value chain is affected. In addition to suffering heavy financial losses, sportspeople are having to deal with an uncertain future.So, what happens next? As some countries like Germany a…
 
India has relaxed restrictions on farming and related industries, as it prepares to emerge from a countrywide lockdown. The move is aimed at easing the country’s food supply chain and alleviating economic impact.More than half of India’s workforce is engaged in farming, and agriculture contributes nearly 265bn dollars to the GDP. But the extended l…
 
India has taken tentative steps to ease lockdown restrictions for some industrial and agricultural activities.According to a recent study, the country is facing an economic loss of nearly 234 billion dollars due to the lockdown, which has now been in place for more than four weeks. The focus now is to restart the stalled economy and save jobs. Near…
 
The grandson of the last surviving African-born US slave, plus the story behind the portable hospital breathing ventilator that was a precursor to those helping save coronavirus lives; also on the programme the Pakistani welfare hero, the deadly explosion which sent 130 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and candid insights from one of…
 
As India extends stay-at-home orders to fight the coronavirus outbreak, social media usage has seen a huge spike. According to a recent study, Indians are spending more than four hours every day on social media - nearly an 87% increase since before the lockdown.So social media influencers are faced with the difficult challenge of delivering fresh c…
 
50 years since the Apollo 13 mission, how millions of TV viewers followed the famous rescue of the three NASA astronauts. Also, the women who led the way in America’s space programme by spending two weeks under water and what happened when Skylab crashed to Earth in 1979. Plus, a collision on board the Mir space station in 1997 and the last men on …
 
With India on coronavirus lockdown, are families feeling the strain? It has been more than 15 days since India shut its $2.9 trillion economy, issuing strict stay-at-home orders to more than a billion people. Now as the country’s government looks to extend the rigorous 21-day lockdown, how will it impact parenting?According to a UN Women report rel…
 
In a special edition of the History Hour, Max Pearson looks back at some of the major technological milestones of recent years. We hear about the Californian computer club where the founders of Apple cut their teeth, about the inventors of the webcam and about the unlikely pioneers of home shopping. Plus, the launch of the iPhone and one of the ver…
 
Millions of migrant labourers in India have set off on foot for their villages, sparking a crisis as the country observes a lockdown to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many are walking hundreds of miles as public transport has been suspended.The migrant workers form the backbone of the big city economy. They mostly work in informal sect…
 
As the world adjusts itself to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest changes is enforced home working.Quarantines and social distancing measures have become the new norm in India, the world's second-most populous country. As companies adapt to remote work amid a health crisis and a government-imposed nationwide lockdown, fresh new challenges…
 
Companies around the world are rolling out mandatory remote work due to the coronavirus outbreak. Is shifting to the remote office the new normal? And how is it impacting the business of sharing your workplace with other companies, freelancers and startups?India is one of the biggest markets for shared workspaces with over 200 players in the indust…
 
In 1990, NASA launched the historic mission which put into orbit the Hubble Space Telescope. The orbiting observatory has revolutionized astronomy and allowed us to peer deeper than ever before into the Universe. We hear from astronaut, Kathryn Sullivan. Plus, China's cure for malaria, the "Red Scare" in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s, and a pionee…
 
Worried customers were seen queuing up outside Yes Bank's branches in India earlier this month. The reason? The country's fifth largest private bank suspended its operations and was placed under a 30-day moratorium by the Central Reserve Bank of India. The troubled lender's collapse comes after the fall of another big bank in 2019.In the last four …
 
A special edition looking at how the world has battled deadly viruses over the past 100 years, We have eyewitness accounts of the 1918 flu, and the recent struggle against SARS, we hear how a vaccine saved millions from Polio, and the moment the world discovered the killer viruses known as Marburg Fever and Ebola in the 1960s and 70s.(Photo: An Ame…
 
India has more than 90 million Muslim women. A majority of them are poor and uneducated. Even those at the top of the table of the society feel that they have to face too many established narratives, whether it’s about domestic violence, forced marriage or the burqa, preventing real discussions on more important issues.In recent years, India has al…
 
How the British army helped rebuild the German car industry after WW2, plus the fight to ban leaded petrol, psychiatry as punishment in the USSR, striking South Asian women in 1970s Britain and 'Womenomics' in Japan.Picture: Major Ivan Hirst (right) driving the 1000th Beetle off the production line at Wolfsburg in March 1946 (Credit: Volkswagen AG)…
 
Globally, more than 82,000 people in more than 50 countries are now infected with the coronavirus. Close to 2,800 have died, mostly in China’s central Hubei province. While countries battle to control the outbreak, the World Health Organisation has warned it will be ‘fatal’ for any country to assume it will not get any cases.In this edition of Work…
 
Many of us love the natural world. We find animals cute, majestic and even fascinating - but rapid urbanisation and deforestation are threatening their population all over the world.As India hosts an international UN summit to discuss new measures to protect endangered wildlife, it is also facing an increasing risk of extinction of three of these s…
 
A look back at some of the most influential books of modern times, including an interview with the publisher who first spotted Harry Potter's potential. Plus, Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, Brazilian bestseller Diary of a Favela, and dating handbook The Rules.Picture: JK Rowling signs copies of the final Harry Potter b…
 
India has won 13 Olympic medals since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and women account for five of them. In contrast, all 13 medals claimed by India pre-Sydney belong to men, signifying a change in paradigm in the nation's sporting landscape.But several challenges remain. In a country with a skewed sex ratio, gender discrimination, and striking disparit…
 
The prejudice faced by London's first black policeman, how a new sign language emerged in 1980s Nicaragua, the Native American casino boom, plus the release of Nelson Mandela and China's much maligned 19th-century dowager empress.Photo: London's first black policeman PC Norwell Roberts beginning his training with colleagues at Hendon Police College…
 
The hurried signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 which led to greater European unity, plus 1992 - when the British royal family started to reform its role after a year of scandal and disaster. Also on the programme, the horrific gang rape which prompted India to rethink its laws, the storm that helped British tree experts make an important scienti…
 
This week we're looking at extinction. The deadly fungus that's killing amphibians, the story of the Dodo, plus why discovering that whales 'sing' helped to save them. Also, the book that changed attitudes to the environment and the 'Frozen Zoo' that aims to preserve endangered DNA for future generations.(Photo: dead frog infected with Chytrid Fung…
 
Walking on the streets in many Indian cities is often likened to an adventure. People are seen jostling for space in narrow lanes, hawkers shouting, traffic zooming past and of course cows squatting in the middle of the roads.But there is very little chance of finding a walkway with a ramp for people with disabilities, or markers to help the visual…
 
It’s a new year and the start of a fresh chapter. It is also the time we make resolutions to bring changes into our lives.So what’s on your list? Are you thinking about buying that dream car or home, but don’t have enough funds? Or are you looking at quitting your job to be your own boss, but aren’t sure how to start and what to do?#WorklifeIndia s…
 
In 2009, Uruguay became the first country in the world to give a laptop computer to every child in state primary schools. We hear from the man whose initiative is credited with transforming the lives of students and teachers. Plus, a US soldier's account of the battle for the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, and memories of the Brazilian rubber-tapp…
 
In 1972 a book which outlined the possible future of the world became a best-seller. 'The Limits to Growth' was based on computer modelling which suggested that if economic growth remained unfettered, there'd be a 'traumatic' decline in civilisation from 2020. It also suggested global policy changes which could prevent a downward trend. Find out wh…
 
Remember the times when you planned your day such that you could catch your favourite show on television? If you missed an episode, you would call others to fill you in. Streaming services and video-on-demand have changed all that. We now consume content on web series, television shows and films anytime and anywhere we like.How does content differ …
 
On 24th December 1979 Soviet troops poured into Afghanistan in support of an anti-government coup. The Soviet occupation would last for nine years. Plus, the hidden history of the board game Monopoly, the invention of chemotherapy, the heaviest aerial bombardment of the Vietnam war at Christmas 1972, and the street-performer origins of the global c…
 
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