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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.

Air Windows: The BBC World Service has blanket contractual arrangements in place, typically offering a seven-day rebroadcasting window for non-news programs. If you would like to request an air window extension, please contact your Station Relations Representative. Extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted subject to rights.

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Rocking the Stasi
November 2 – December 13
One hour

Did music help to end the Berlin Wall conflict? For the first time, we hear recordings of secret meetings in which Stasi chief Erich Mielke discussed the threat of punk and heavy metal. Against the backdrop of a stellar soundtrack, we hear from those who organized secret and illegal concerts in East Germany and from a former member of the Stasi who tried to stop them. Chris Bowlby uncovers this fascinating aspect of Cold War history.

Living the Star Wars
December 22 – 28
One hour

Living The Star Wars details the making of the film from original conception in 1973, through to shooting in England in 1976, to its anxious last hours as a depressed George Lucas and an exhausted special effects crew finally transferred their project into cinemas. Mark Burman draws on his own interviews – including George Lucas, Mark Hamill and John Williams – gathered over the past 20 years, from many key people who have long since passed away.

Desert Island Discs: Lin-Manuel Miranda
December 28, 2019 – January 24, 2020
One hour

Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist, actor and creator and original star of the musical, "Hamilton," shares with Lauren Laverne the eight tracks, book and luxury item he'd want to take with him if he found himself on a desert island.

The Arts Hour Holiday Comedy
December 28, 2019 – January 3, 2020
One hour

Some of the brightest and best comedians from around the world join together for a festive celebration. Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda hosts the international line up.

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