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.

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Assignment: America’s Dropbox Babies

November 3 - 23
Half hour

Safe Haven laws allow troubled mothers to anonymously abandon infants at designated sites shortly after giving birth, without risk of prosecution. Safe Havens were never intended as an alternative to termination – they were an attempt to counter infanticide. But as the options for women who are unhappily pregnant have become far more limited, some are anticipating an increase in the number of babies left by desperate mothers in hospitals and specially designed Baby Boxes at local fire stations.

The Documentary (Weekend): The Health Wagon

November 19 - December 9
One hour

On the road with The Health Wagon in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. We join them as they provide no-cost medical, dental and vision care to one of the most vulnerable, medically underserved communities in the United States. In 2021, they treated over 10,000 patients.

The Documentary (Weekend): The Reluctant Millionaires

November 26 - December 16
One hour

Why would anyone want to pay more tax? Film maker, activist and multi-millionaire Disney heiress Abigail Disney presents a very personal introduction to the millionaires campaigning against their own wealth. From Morehead, Kentucky to Davos, Switzerland, Washington DC to Orlando, Florida, Abigail tells the story of contemporary wealth inequality, focusing particularly on the United States. What harm is wealth inequality doing to society and democracy and what can be done about it?

The Documentary: First Contact

December 17 - January 6
One hour

For thousands of years we have gazed up at the stars and wondered: is anybody out there? But today, thinking about meeting life on, or from, other planets is no longer dismissed as pure make-believe – it’s the focus of political consideration and cutting-edge space science. Farrah Jarral presents the story of the fantasy and the reality of preparing for first contact with extra-terrestrials.

The People vs J Edgar Hoover

Episode 1: December 24 - February 10
Episode 2: December 25 - February 11
Two, one hour episodes

J Edgar Hoover built then ran the FBI for almost five decades. He turned it from a bureaucratic backwater into a premier crime fighting and counterintelligence force. In the process, he arguably became America’s most powerful man. Today’s fears of a ‘deep state’ - often expressed by Donald Trump and his supporters - of unaccountable government officials working against the public in their own interest – can be traced back to J Edgar Hoover. His job was to enforce the law...but he would not always be bound by it.

The Documentary: Fighting The Waves

December 31 - January 20
One hour

Today, women’s surfing has equal prize money for men and women, and women are an accepted part of the pro-circuit. Wind the clock back 50 years and things were very different - no wetsuits designed for women, barely a sponsorship deal in sight, and undisguised chauvinism from the male surfing establishment. We bring together today's surf stars, and yesterday's legends, to tell the story of the first pro-women’s surf tour in 1976.

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