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Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best BBC World Services podcasts we could find
Updated December 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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Witness History
Daily
 
History as told by the people who were there.
 
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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.
 
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World Football
Weekly
 
BBC World Football leading the conversation on the global game.
 
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
 
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.
 
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The Real Story
Weekly
 
Global experts and decision makers discuss, debate and analyse a key news story.
 
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In the Balance
Monthly
 
The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.
 
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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Over to You
Monthly
 
Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.
 
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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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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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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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The Conversation
Weekly
 
A conversation between two women about their paths to success
 
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Sportshour
Weekly
 
Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.
 
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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Sportsworld
Monthly
 
Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.
 
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Newshour
Daily
 
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
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The Food Chain
Weekly
 
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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The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.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
 
German Chancellor makes her first trip while in office to Auschwitz death-camp in Poland. She says Germany has an unending responsibility to remember the Nazis' war crimes. Also, Indian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young woman, and how a British woman was revived after a six-hour cardiac arrest.…
 
Mobile phone buyers in China are made to provide facial recognition data when they get a new plan. But are Chinese citizens comfortable with the rapid rollout of such tech? Plus, how advances in machine learning could help patients with Parkinson's Disease manage their symptoms better. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe ...…
 
The four men were accused of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week. Police say the suspects were taken back to the scene of the crime in order to reconstruct the incident, but were shot when they tried to steal the officers' guns and escape.Also in the programme: An interview with the deputy leader of Lebanese Shia Muslim ...…
 
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne was a concussion substitute for Steve Smith at Lord's in August - now he's leading from the front with back to back Test hundreds. Plus, why do so many right-handed cricketers choose to bat left-handed? We speak to an expert on human movement who says a reversed stance could mean higher scores for batsmen at every ...…
 
The BBC's Kizzy Cox in New York tries out the technology developers say can instantly translate any language into any other. Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley describes what happened when one Chilean company switched from Spanish to English overnight. And Melanie Butler, editor of the English Language Gazette, explains why there's ...…
 
The BBC's Kizzy Cox in New York tries out the technology developers say can instantly translate any language into any other. Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley describes what happened when one Chilean company switched from Spanish to English overnight. And Melanie Butler, editor of the English Language Gazette, explains why there's ...…
 
Eighteen years since the 9/11 attack on the United States, and the impact still reverberates even as memories fade. The US Government responded by adopting a counter-terror strategy embracing ‘enhanced interrogation’, a euphemism for torture. Stephen Sackur interviews Daniel Jones, who led a six year investigation into the CIA’s darkest secrets ...…
 
Scrooge is getting used to the company of ghosts, but here's one he doesn't expect.By BBC Radio
 
On 7 December 1990 the dissident Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas killed himself in New York after years of suffering from AIDS. Before fleeing Cuba, Arenas had been jailed for his homosexuality, sent to re-education camps and prevented from writing. He left behind his autobiography - Before Night Falls - a powerful denunciation of Fidel ...…
 
Eighteen years since the 9/11 attack on the United States, and the impact still reverberates even as memories fade. The US Government responded by adopting a counter-terror strategy embracing ‘enhanced interrogation’, a euphemism for torture. Stephen Sackur interviews Daniel Jones, who led a six year investigation into the CIA’s darkest secrets ...…
 
The world’s rich linguistic tapestry is unravelling. Around a third of the world’s languages now have fewer than a thousand speakers left. The UN says more needs to be done and, to raise awareness, it declared 2019 the year of indigenous languages. The numbers of languages heading for extinction number in the thousands and are spoken by small t ...…
 
The world’s rich linguistic tapestry is unravelling. Around a third of the world’s languages now have fewer than a thousand speakers left. The UN says more needs to be done and, to raise awareness, it declared 2019 the year of indigenous languages. The numbers of languages heading for extinction number in the thousands and are spoken by small t ...…
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will file impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power. Also: The World Health Organisation says the cases of measles are rising at dangerous levels, and six rowers are planning to make a trip from Cape Horn in South America to Antarctica.…
 
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's huge state-owned oil production company is up for sale. 1.5% of its stock will be on offer on the Riyadh stock exchange which Aramco hopes will raise $25 billion, valuing the company at $1.7 trillion. The BBC's Sameer Hashmi has been following this highly anticipated IPO from Dubai. A lot of Chinese companies have b ...…
 
Speaker Pelosi said impeachment charges would be filed against the president for his alleged abuse of power. She said the nation's democracy was at stake. Also in the programme: the latest unrest in the Middle East and parallels with the Arab Spring of 2011; and what is causing a worldwide resurgence in a preventable disease, measles?(Photo: US ...…
 
Speaker Pelosi said impeachment charges would be filed against the president for his alleged abuse of power. She said the nation's democracy was at stake. Also in the programme: the latest unrest in the Middle East and parallels with the Arab Spring of 2011; and what is causing a worldwide resurgence in a preventable disease, measles?(Photo: US ...…
 
Since 2001 the UK has lost a quarter of its pubs. They've shut their doors for good. High taxes, high prices, supermarket competition, even the smoking ban have all been blamed. But there are new types of pub, the micropub, and community-owned pubs, which are bucking the trend. While larger, traditional establishments have been under pressure, ...…
 
66 million years ago, a huge asteroid hit the earth, wiping out most of the dinosaurs that roamed the land. It would still be tens of millions of years before the first humans appeared - but what if those dinosaurs hadn’t died out? Would we ever have evolved?CrowdScience listener Sunil was struck by this thought as he passed a Jurassic fossil s ...…
 
Extracts from unpublished papers on the methods used by a Chinese scientist to genetically modify the embryos of two girls reveal a series of potentially dangerous problems with the procedure and ethical shortcomings. We look at the mechanism behind the formation of our facial features and how this is linked to our evolution, scrutinise the imp ...…
 
Since 2001 the UK has lost a quarter of its pubs. They've shut their doors for good. High taxes, high prices, supermarket competition, even the smoking ban have all been blamed. But there are new types of pub, the micropub, and community-owned pubs, which are bucking the trend. While larger, traditional establishments have been under pressure, ...…
 
Former Rangers coach and Scotland Alex McLeish looks back on his career. And we find out more about Zamalek's controversial President, Mortada Mansour, who has sacked 25 coaches in 5 years since taking over the Cairo club.Picture: Egypt's Zamalek players celebrate after they won the CAF Confederation Cup final against Morocco's RSB Berkane (Pho ...…
 
BBC's Ivana Davidovic hears from the boss of a manufacturing company and an internet entrepreneur, both of whom contributed anonymously for fear of repercussions from talking to the BBC. Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of Boursa Bazaar, a publication which tracks developments in Iran's economy discusses why ordinary Iranians feel so let down a ...…
 
Transport workers, teachers and other public sector workers join demonstrations. Also; an Indian woman who was raped has been attacked and set on fire on her way to court, and scientists have developed a pioneering new vaccine against typhoid.By BBC World Service
 
Hiram Johnson is a policeman who decided to use his investigative skills on his own family. He set out to find who his grandfather was but what he discovered was a killing that changed the course of his African-American family's future. Hiram's written a book about his journey called: Reason to Fight: A Search for Truth.Presenter: Emily WebbPro ...…
 
Hiram Johnson is a policeman who decided to use his investigative skills on his own family. He set out to find who his grandfather was but what he discovered was a killing that changed the course of his African-American family's future. Hiram's written a book about his journey called: Reason to Fight: A Search for Truth.Presenter: Emily WebbPro ...…
 
Workers are angry at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions. School and transport workers have been joined by police, lawyers and hospital staff for a general walkout that could include millions of people.Also in the programme: Chinese telecoms firm Huawei launches a legal challenge to the US government's decision to label it a ' ...…
 
Workers are angry at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions. School and transport workers have been joined by police, lawyers and hospital staff for a general walkout that could include millions of people.Also in the programme: Chinese telecoms firm Huawei launches a legal challenge to the US government's decision to label it a ' ...…
 
There’s a new climate of fear in Sri Lanka. This time it’s the Muslim community who are fearful of the future. The Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka - targeting churches and international hotels - horrified the island. It’s suffered civil war but never known jihadi violence. But the attacks also intensified a creeping campaign by the Sinhala Bud ...…
 
There’s a new climate of fear in Sri Lanka. This time it’s the Muslim community who are fearful of the future. The Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka - targeting churches and international hotels - horrified the island. It’s suffered civil war but never known jihadi violence. But the attacks also intensified a creeping campaign by the Sinhala Bud ...…
 
A prison camp called Jaslyk opened in the desert in western Uzbekistan in 1999. Even by the standards of the Uzbek prison system it would become notorious for torture and human rights abuses, including reports of a prisoner being boiled alive. Journalist Muhammad Bekjanov was imprisoned in Jaslyk during the 18 years he spent in Uzbek jails. He ...…
 
Although the name conjures up the image of a swashbuckling poet with an enormous nose, little is known about the life of the maverick 17th-century writer and philosopher Cyrano de Bergerac. Born four centuries ago, he left behind a play, love letters and a handful of strange travelogues that imagine a journey to the moon.The sketchy details of ...…
 
English language proficiency has become a basic skill worldwide, and kids are picking it up in some surprising places.Manuela Saragosa - herself trilingual - asks Melanie Butler, long-time editor of the English Language Gazette, how English has become the unavoidable common currency of global communications. Meanwhile linguistic sociologist Jan ...…
 
English language proficiency has become a basic skill worldwide, and kids are picking it up in some surprising places.Manuela Saragosa - herself trilingual - asks Melanie Butler, long-time editor of the English Language Gazette, how English has become the unavoidable common currency of global communications. Meanwhile linguistic sociologist Jan ...…
 
An estimated 2.6 billion people use social media, but in the online world not everything is what it seems. Fake accounts and automatic programmes can be used to spread disinformation and influence political narratives. We hear from experts across the world about how elections have been fought, and won, with the help of this electronic – and som ...…
 
An estimated 2.6 billion people use social media, but in the online world not everything is what it seems. Fake accounts and automatic programmes can be used to spread disinformation and influence political narratives. We hear from experts across the world about how elections have been fought, and won, with the help of this electronic – and som ...…
 
Sommeliers are to a restaurant’s wine what a head chef is to its food. These waiters taste and study thousands of bottles, and the best can even tell you exactly where a wine was grown and when its grapes were harvested, just with a sniff and a slurp. But to some they can seem part of a stuffy, exclusive and mysterious club. We meet three somme ...…
 
As the investigation entered a new phase, law experts testified to the House Judiciary Committee which began hearings aimed at drawing up articles of impeachment. Also: Greenpeace accuses the Japanese government of covering up hotspots near the starting point of the 2020 Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, and New York launches a test-run for car ...…
 
A Christmas advert from exercise bike company Peloton has been widely mocked on social media as being "sexist", "out of touch", and even "dystopian". Matthew De Silva of Quartz explains how this translated to a hit to the company's share price. Plus we'll have a regular look on the US markets from Chris Low at FHN financial in New York.…
 
Legal experts in the United States have been testifying on whether Trump's actions are impeachable.Also on the programme; We meet the skipper of the boat that brought climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic; and we go to New York City where we learn about transport officials' latest plan to reduce the number of delivery trucks on th ...…
 
Legal experts in the United States have been testifying on whether Trump's actions are impeachable.Also on the programme; We meet the skipper of the boat that brought climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic; and we go to New York City where we learn about transport officials' latest plan to reduce the number of delivery trucks on th ...…
 
An onion crop failure led to soaring prices in India where it can cause political turmoil. Vivek Singh of London's Cinnamon Club restaurant explains how significant the onion is to South Asian cuisine. Kolkata-based journalist Sandip Roy tells us that a fivefold price increase means the onion has become a valuable target for thieves. We hear fr ...…
 
Despite a joint condemnation of Russian aggression, the French president Emmanuel Macron repeated his belief that NATO should not be structured around treating Russia and China as enemies. Also: Germany expels Russia diplomats over Berlin murder, and researchers suggest that people should check their cholesterol from the age of twenty-five.…
 
Nato's celebration of its seventieth anniversary has ended with a statement of unity.Also on the programme; impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump move to the next stage. And; Germany expels two Russian diplomats because it suspects a murder was ordered by Russia or Russia's Chechen republic. (Photo: US President Donald Trump ...…
 
Nato's celebration of its seventieth anniversary has ended with a statement of unity.Also on the programme; impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump move to the next stage. And; Germany expels two Russian diplomats because it suspects a murder was ordered by Russia or Russia's Chechen republic. (Photo: US President Donald Trump ...…
 
Teodora Vásquez is from El Salvador and in 2007 was pregnant and planning her future. However, when she had a stillborn baby Teodora was arrested and eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison for the baby's murder. She then found out she wasn't the only woman this had happened to. Teodora spoke to Emily Webb about her fight for freedom. Presen ...…
 
Teodora Vásquez is from El Salvador and in 2007 was pregnant and planning her future. However, when she had a stillborn baby Teodora was arrested and eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison for the baby's murder. She then found out she wasn't the only woman this had happened to. Teodora spoke to Emily Webb about her fight for freedom. Presen ...…
 
The work of GCHQ started just after the end of World War One as telegraph became a vital means of military communications. We hear from people who worked at the listening station in the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough during World War Two and the Cold War. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals how Government Communications He ...…
 
The work of GCHQ started just after the end of World War One as telegraph became a vital means of military communications. We hear from people who worked at the listening station in the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough during World War Two and the Cold War. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals how Government Communications He ...…
 
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