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Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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BBC Minute
Daily+
 
One minute of the world's most shareable news - updated every half an hour, 24/7
 
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Discovery
Weekly
 
Explorations in the world of science.
 
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The Inquiry
Weekly
 
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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BBC News
Daily+
 
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.
 
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Science in Action
Weekly
 
The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
 
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CrowdScience
Weekly
 
We take your questions about life, Earth and the universe to researchers hunting for answers at the frontiers of knowledge.
 
The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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Business Daily
Daily
 
The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
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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Digital Planet
Monthly+
 
Technological and digital news from around the world.
 
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The Why Factor
Weekly
 
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
 
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The Compass
Monthly+
 
The Compass - exploring our world.
 
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
 
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World Football
Weekly
 
BBC World Football leading the conversation on the global game.
 
The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
 
Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.
 
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Tech Tent
Monthly+
 
How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
 
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HARDtalk
Weekly+
 
In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
 
What's been happening around the world and why it matters
 
Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.
 
The world seen through the eyes of artists
 
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The Science Hour
Monthly+
 
Science news and highlights of the week
 
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The Real Story
Weekly
 
Global experts and decision makers discuss, debate and analyse a key news story.
 
Amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom. Inspiring, fascinating, bingeable.
 
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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WorklifeIndia
Weekly
 
From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Catch the show live every Friday at 2100 IST/1530 GMT on BBC World News and BBC World Service.
 
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In the Balance
Monthly
 
The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.
 
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Sportsworld
Monthly
 
Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.
 
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The Conversation
Weekly
 
A conversation between two women about their paths to success
 
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Stumped
Weekly
 
The weekly cricket show from BBC Sport in association with ABC and All India Radio.
 
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Sportshour
Weekly
 
Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.
 
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Over to You
Monthly
 
Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.
 
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Business Matters
Monthly
 
Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.
 
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Newshour
Daily+
 
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
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In the Studio
Monthly+
 
In the Studio takes you into the minds of the world’s most creative people, with unprecedented access.
 
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Sporting Witness
Monthly+
 
The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history
 
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Gus Poyet discusses Jose Mourinho's appointment as coach of Tottenham Hotspur. And Mani Djazmi reports from Helsinki as Finland's national team qualifies for Euro 2020.(Picture: New Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho, during a training session at Tottenham's Training Centre, via Getty Images)By BBC World Service
 
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.By BBC World Service
 
Health ministry says there have been nearly 250,000 cases since January. This is the world's worst current outbreak of the disease.Also, why Russian women struggle to address domestic abuse, and the band Coldplay they'll stop performing abroad - to help save the planet.By BBC World Service
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service
 
Two senior US officials testify as impeachment hearings continue in Washington.Also on the programme; the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo says a measles outbreak ravaging the country has killed 5,000 people. And; Colombia is bracing itself for a nationwide general strike today, as protests continue against the government of P ...…
 
Domestic abuse in Russia is endemic with thousands of women dying at the hands of their partners every year. Despite this a controversial law was passed in 2017, which scrapped prison sentences for first-time abusers. Beatings that do not cause broken bones or concussion are now treated as administrative offences rather than crimes. As one acti ...…
 
Domestic abuse in Russia is endemic with thousands of women dying at the hands of their partners every year. Despite this a controversial law was passed in 2017, which scrapped prison sentences for first-time abusers. Beatings that do not cause broken bones or concussion are now treated as administrative offences rather than crimes. As one acti ...…
 
Rema Rajeshwari is an Indian police office. In 2018, rumours of child kidnappers and violent murders spread throughout her district via messaging apps. Locals were scared and started forming mobs and attacking strangers. Rema had an unorthodox solution: traditional storytelling, inspired by her grandmother. She told to Outlook’s Emily Webb how ...…
 
Rema Rajeshwari is an Indian police office. In 2018, rumours of child kidnappers and violent murders spread throughout her district via messaging apps. Locals were scared and started forming mobs and attacking strangers. Rema had an unorthodox solution: traditional storytelling, inspired by her grandmother. She told to Outlook’s Emily Webb how ...…
 
Reflections on the opening exchanges in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand.The Pakistan cricket chief Wasim Khan tells Alison Mitchell how he convinced Sri Lanka to return for a Test series, 10 years after the deadly attack on their team bus.And the Romanian cricketer who became an internet sensation through his unorthodox bowling and ...…
 
In 1998, India hosted the inaugural edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup – a format of the game based on sound. Seven nations took part in the tournament, which was supported by cricketing greats such as Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, and is credited with changing perceptions of the blind and partially-sighted in India. Claire Bowes talks to t ...…
 
One of the continent's most neglected issues is finally getting some attention. Africa is affected by mental illness just like everywhere else, but with the added challenges associated with past civil wars and poverty, and a rapidly growing and urbanising population. Yet just 1% of government health budgets have typically been spent funding men ...…
 
One of the continent's most neglected issues is finally getting some attention. Africa is affected by mental illness just like everywhere else, but with the added challenges associated with past civil wars and poverty, and a rapidly growing and urbanising population. Yet just 1% of government health budgets have typically been spent funding men ...…
 
The Russian Civil war was a struggle for power at every level – from the villages to the imperial centre, with more than 11 foreign powers involved as well as nationalists, from Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states, fighting for independence. This conflict, which took place a hundred years ago, between a small group of revolutionaries known as ...…
 
If there was a serious illness that we knew thirty percent of us would experience in our lives, wouldn’t we do everything in our power to address it? Well research suggests that one in three of us will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in our lives; it’s a topic many are uncomfortable about discussing but one that shows n ...…
 
If there was a serious illness that we knew thirty percent of us would experience in our lives, wouldn’t we do everything in our power to address it? Well research suggests that one in three of us will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in our lives; it’s a topic many are uncomfortable about discussing but one that shows n ...…
 
Australian listener Lizzy is trying to reduce her footprint on this planet and is particularly interested in palm oil. It is everywhere - in shampoo, lipstick and face cream and even food stuffs like biscuits and spreads. In fact, WWF say it is used in 50% of all supermarket products so it's something most of us will come into contact with ever ...…
 
With Presidential impeachment hearings the talk of US politics -- and the UK in the throes of the Brexit election campaign -- you might not think the risks to growth and investment have eased much. But they just might have. And that's according to the US Federal Reserve, the central bank that sets Americas's interest rates. The Fed says it has ...…
 
The Duke of York says he is stepping back from royal duties because the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family. Also: US diplomat says Trump directed Ukraine pressure, and what is the best passport to own in the world?By BBC World Service
 
A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Ambassador Gordon Sondland said the instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani - we examine the fallout for the Republican party.Also on the programme: Q ...…
 
A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Ambassador Gordon Sondland said the instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani - we examine the fallout for the Republican party.Also on the programme: Q ...…
 
Some countries struggle to provide clean water and sanitation, so how can it be improved? Some countries struggle to provide clean water and sanitation, so how can it be improved? Gillian Clayton and Dr Darren Reynolds at the University of the West of England explain cutting edge technology under development that can help turn river water into ...…
 
A former employee of the UK consulate in Hong Kong has said he was tortured in China and accused of inciting unrest in Hong Kong. Also in the programme: The US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, gives evidence to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and Hallie Rubenhold wins this year's prestigious Baillie Gifford non-fi ...…
 
A former employee of the UK consulate in Hong Kong has said he was tortured in China and accused of inciting unrest in Hong Kong. Also in the programme: The US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, gives evidence to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and Hallie Rubenhold wins this year's prestigious Baillie Gifford non-fi ...…
 
Simon Chen says he was abused for allegedly inciting unrest in Hong Kong. Also: Malta businessman arrested in an investigation into killing of journalist, and a nine-year old is set to become world’s youngest university graduate.By BBC World Service
 
Growing up in California, Rachel Mason and her brother Josh didn't know exactly what was sold in their unassuming and straight-laced parents' bookstore. They had no idea the bookshop was actually one of the biggest distributors of adult material, specifically gay porn, in the US. The bookshop became a haven for the queer community as Karen and ...…
 
Growing up in California, Rachel Mason and her brother Josh didn't know exactly what was sold in their unassuming and straight-laced parents' bookstore. They had no idea the bookshop was actually one of the biggest distributors of adult material, specifically gay porn, in the US. The bookshop became a haven for the queer community as Karen and ...…
 
Greece hopes to regain the ancient sculptures from the British Museum, which were taken from Athens two centuries ago by the Earl of Elgin.Tamasin Ford is given a personal tour of the marbles by the museum. But Dr Elena Korka of the Greek Ministry of Culture expresses the outrage felt by her country at the loss of these national treasures, incl ...…
 
Greece hopes to regain the ancient sculptures from the British Museum, which were taken from Athens two centuries ago by the Earl of Elgin.Tamasin Ford is given a personal tour of the marbles by the museum. But Dr Elena Korka of the Greek Ministry of Culture expresses the outrage felt by her country at the loss of these national treasures, incl ...…
 
Andrew Harding travels to Angola, and the site of Africa’s largest battlefield in the Cold War. When Portugal relinquished its colonies in 1975, it looked as though a Communist-backed government would take over in Angola. Instead, there followed nearly 30 years of fighting: American and South African-backed rebels on one side, Cuban and Soviet- ...…
 
Juul Labs, the biggest vaping firm in the US, has been hit with a lawsuit by the state of New York. State Attorney General Letitia James accused the firm of misrepresenting the safety of its products and targeting teens in advertisements. Her action follows similar actions by officials in California and North Carolina, as well as federal warnin ...…
 
Lt Col Alexander Vindman told Congress that President Trump made "inappropriate" political demands of his Ukrainian counterpart. Also: Sweden drops Assange alleged rape investigation, and does Marie Kondo's online store spark joy?By BBC World Service
 
Juul Labs, the biggest vaping firm in the US, has been hit with a lawsuit by the state of New York. Attorney General Letitia James accused the firm of misrepresenting the safety of its products and targeting teens in advertisements. Her action follows similar actions by officials in California and North Carolina, as well as federal warnings.…
 
Two White House aides who listened in on Trump-Ukraine call that sparked impeachment inquiry are testifying. One of them, Lt Col Vindman, says Trump’s request to Ukraine to look into Joe Biden was 'improper'. Also in the programme: The Jordanian Foreign minister tells us what he makes of the US declaring it no longer sees Israeli settlements on ...…
 
Two White House aides who listened in on Trump-Ukraine call that sparked impeachment inquiry are testifying. One of them, Lt Col Vindman, says Trump’s request to Ukraine to look into Joe Biden was 'improper'. Also in the programme: The Jordanian Foreign minister tells us what he makes of the US declaring it no longer sees Israeli settlements on ...…
 
Iran internet shutdownIran is now almost entirely offline as authorities try to stem the spread of protests that started last week. The government increased fuel prices by as much as 300% and since people took to the streets online access has been restricted. We find out the latest from online monitoring group NetBlocks.US Election emails unsaf ...…
 
Iran internet shutdownIran is now almost entirely offline as authorities try to stem the spread of protests that started last week. The government increased fuel prices by as much as 300% and since people took to the streets online access has been restricted. We find out the latest from online monitoring group NetBlocks.US Election emails unsaf ...…
 
Iran internet shutdownIran is now almost entirely offline as authorities try to stem the spread of protests that started last week. The government increased fuel prices by as much as 300% and since people took to the streets online access has been restricted. We find out the latest from online monitoring group NetBlocks.US Election emails unsaf ...…
 
After Microsoft in Japan offered workers a four-day week we ask if the idea could spread. Ffyona Dawber is chief executive of Synergy Vision, and explains why her business has introduced a four-day work week. Lord Robert Skidelsky is an economic historian who discusses how we used to work significantly longer hours each week in the past. Ryan C ...…
 
The protests in Iran started on Friday and were sparked by a sharp rise in petrol prices. US and Australian hostages are freed in a Taliban prisoner swap.Do you know what the gayageum is?By BBC World Service
 
As the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong becomes the frontline in the pro democracy protests, the Chinese authorities crack down on the students. We hear from a member of Hong Kong's executive council.Also on the programme, the government in Kabul releases significant Taliban insurgents, in exchange for two foreign hostages - American and Aus ...…
 
As the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong becomes the frontline in the pro democracy protests, the Chinese authorities crack down on the students. We hear from a member of Hong Kong's executive council.Also on the programme, the government in Kabul releases significant Taliban insurgents, in exchange for two foreign hostages - American and Aus ...…
 
Police officer Grant Edwards was once Australia’s strongest man. He was known for incredible feats of physical strength—like pulling trains, planes and trucks. Meanwhile, at work, he fought online child exploitation and human trafficking for years. It was a harrowing job, and eventually it took its toll on Grant. He told Outlook’s Jo Fidgen how ...…
 
Police officer Grant Edwards was once Australia’s strongest man. He was known for incredible feats of physical strength—like pulling trains, planes and trucks. Meanwhile, at work, he fought online child exploitation and human trafficking for years. It was a harrowing job, and eventually it took its toll on Grant. He told Outlook’s Jo Fidgen how ...…
 
After a day of daring escapes and negotiated releases, we hear from one of the students involved in Hong Kong's university siege.Also in the programme: An unexpected fuel price rise leads to deadly protests in Iran, and the Israeli film maker taking one of his creations from the screen to the stage.(Picture: Protesters run for cover after riot ...…
 
After a day of daring escapes and negotiated releases, we hear from one of the students involved in Hong Kong's university siege.Also in the programme: An unexpected fuel price rise leads to deadly protests in Iran, and the Israeli film maker taking one of his creations from the screen to the stage.(Picture: Protesters run for cover after riot ...…
 
It sounds violent, but this phrase might surprise you!By BBC Radio
 
What impact has it had on the continent's tech startup scene? Tamasin Ford speaks to Bosun Tijani, founder of the CcHub in Lagos, about why tech hubs have been so important in driving innovation in recent years, and Ghanaian entrepreneur Charles Ofori Antipem who discusses what tech hubs can do better. The BBC's Massa Kanneh reports from Liberi ...…
 
What impact has it had on the continent's tech startup scene? Tamasin Ford speaks to Bosun Tijani, founder of the CcHub in Lagos, about why tech hubs have been so important in driving innovation in recent years, and Ghanaian entrepreneur Charles Ofori Antipem who discusses what tech hubs can do better. The BBC's Massa Kanneh reports from Liberi ...…
 
Almost 30% of women experience violence from a partner at some point in their lives. If they manage to escape the immediate crisis, it can be hard to get long term support to rebuild their lives, and survivors often continue to be harassed and threatened for years after leaving their abusers. A security dog firm in Spain is giving these people ...…
 
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