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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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November documentaries and specials spotlight the life and times of a former U.S. senator, the global popularity of instant noodles, and how young women rate news media coverage. Connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives.

Coming soon to ContentDepot, complete with promos and billboards:

From Truman to Trump
November 13-19, 2018
Half hour

Former Maryland Senator Joe Tydings died in October, but the BBC secured the 90-year-old’s final broadcast interview. Audiences will hear about one of the most exciting periods in U.S. history, including his memories of the protests, assassinations and political upheaval which marked the 1960s – and why Tydings never forgave Donald Trump for pinching the family crest. It’s a look back at a remarkable career and the profound changes in how America is run.

The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle
November 18-24, 2018
One hour

The most traded legal item in U.S. prisons? Instant noodles. According to the World Instant Noodles Association, 270 million servings are eaten around the world every day – that’s 16-17 portions for every man, woman and child every year.

Celia Hatton explores how students, travelers and prisoners helped to make instant noodles a global phenomenon.

Reporting Women
November 25-December 1, 2018
One hour

Lyse Doucet hosts this hour-long exploration of how young women around the world perceive news coverage – and which stories they think media are missing.

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