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. NEW: Videos are available for select specials for embedding on your website to pair with the radio specials.

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Germany's Refugee Teachers

April 11 – June 25
One hour
Germany's refugees: A tale of three teachers (26:15)

Five years on from the refugee crisis of 2015, Germany is now home to over a million refugees. In Germany's Refugee Teachers, Naomi Scherbel-Ball explores a classroom experiment with a difference, a scheme to retrain refugee teachers and place them in German schools to help the country with a shortage of 40,000 teachers.

What Can We Do with Our Waste

April 18 - June 25
Waste: what can we do about it? (27:33)

The Landfill Orchestra in Paraguay performs concerts on musical instruments made out of plastic waste: the orchestra's creator wants to raise awareness that the growing amount of plastic waste needs to be recycled, or transformed into music. We then travel to US to see the second biggest landfill in the country, seen from space, transformed into the entertainment park, and discuss how Sweden manages to successfully recycle most of its waste.

In Search of the Quarter Life Crisis

April 25 – June 25
One hour
Millennials: In search of the quarter life crisis (29:40)

We're told that our twenties are a time when we're meant to be finding ourselves, having fun, living our best lives and making the most of our freedom before settling down. But are the twenties really like this for millennials around the world? Or are they feeling crushed by a weight of conflicting expectations and pressures that are throwing them into turmoil?

Reporting in the time of Coronavirus

June 13 – 19
One hour

As the pandemic continues to impact the world, BBC World Service follows journalists from two daily newspapers in India and the United States as we explore its impact, in real-time, on people. Working with journalists from the daily Mumbai Mirror and Kentucky's Courier Journal, this documentary gets under the skin of two newsrooms during this time of great uncertainty as each country comes to terms with coronavirus, handling lockdowns in their different ways to suppress transmission.

The COVID Generation

June 20-26
One hour

We meet the class of 2020 - school leavers and graduates from around the world - who would be, in normal circumstances, entering the labor market now.

A View on the Virus - Burying the dead in New York City

June 26 – July 2
One hour

In a series of audio diaries sent from his New York apartment, Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides his unique insight on the unfolding situation around the world – and in New York.

Then, we hear from a funeral director in New York about how he is coping during the coronavirus pandemic. Clive Anderson has been struggling to keep up with the sheer volume of new coronavirus cases coming to his small funeral home in Pelham, New York. Normally he would average four funerals a week, now he is doing six a day.

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