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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.

Docs and specials are 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.

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December documentaries and specials explore the influence of American music and videos, cultural shifts in India and comedy from around the globe. Connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives.

Coming soon to ContentDepot, complete with promos and billboards:

Black Fire
December 1-29, 2018
One hour

Broadcaster and jazz writer Kevin Legendre talks to musicians and artists across generations, including hip hop pioneers The Last Poets, singer Carleen Anderson, jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, rapper Jasiri X, percussionist Questlove, Black Power poet Sonia Sanchez, and Gil Scott Heron’s writing partner Brian Jackson, and asks: Has black music resumed its status as protest music in America?

India’s Battle with Online Porn
December 9-15, 2018
One hour

This special explores the sudden and widespread access to pornography though mobile phones – access some believe is far too sudden for this conservative society, and the cause of sexual violence against women. Others argue that online pornography is the wrong target, pointing out that approximately one-third of Indian viewers are women. Where will India draw the line on freedom of expression, including sexual expression?

The New Year International Comedy Show
December 29, 2018 – January 4, 2019
One hour

The Arts Hour celebrates the new year with a show of international stand-up comedy.

Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda introduces a selection of the hottest global comedy talent, including Hari Kondabolu, Evelyn Mok, Anuvab Pal, Ria Lina and many others. This New Year’s treat boasts a rich mix of ethnically-diverse comics who all speak the universal language of funny.

This is 2018
December 30, 2018 – January 6, 2019
One hour

Earlier this year, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video spawned cover versions in Nigeria, Iraq and other countries.

“This is 2018” examines the global impact of “This is America,” and asks those who made their own versions why they did so and how they chose their themes, offering insights into the issues that resonate in those countries.

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