BBC DOCS AND SPECIALS

Each month, the BBC World Service offers new documentaries and specials selected specifically for U.S. audiences, with in-depth, relevant reporting. Typically one-hour, or two half-hours on a similar topic, they offer great content for any time of day, and satisfy audiences' needs for deeper narratives and more reflective listening.

Monthly offerings are available via ContentDepot, complete with promos and billboards. Click on individual titles to visit and subscribe to unique ContentDepot pages, where you can access programs as air windows open.

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World Book Cafe: PEN

October 9 – 31
One hour

Ritula Shah and her guests discuss the centenary of the English PEN organization, along with current threats to Freedom of Expression for writers around the world.

The Story of AIDS

Four, one hour documentaries
Episode One: October 9 - November 5
Episode Two: October 16 - November 5
Episode Three: October 23- November 5
Episode Four: October 30 – November 5

We go back to the beginning of the AIDS crisis, to tell the story of an emerging pandemic which would be defined by confusion, stigma, fear, and anger. We hear first-hand accounts of the early years of the crisis in both the USA and South Africa.

The Climate Question

October 25 - 31
One hour

We investigate the recent research that has analysed how oil companies - subtly and systematically - have shaped public discourse about climate change over decades. Then, we ask what the world’s least developed nations want from the upcoming Cop26 climate conference.

On the Covid Ward

November 13 - 19
One hour

How medical teams look after the emotional well-being of COVID patients and families; including efforts to keep up the will to live, and enable families to stay connected with these patients.

World Questions: What the World Makes of Cop26

November 16 – December 13
One hour

From Glasgow, a global panel and questions from around the world on the outcome of the UN climate summit, COP26.

Black Tomatoes

November 27 – December 3
One hour

Black, female and shaking up Country music Americana-folk singer Lady Nade explores the roots of Country and Americana and its debt to black music. And she reflects on her own place in a genre that is only now starting to confront its history.

Air Windows

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