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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Behind the Hong Kong Protests

March 15 – 21
One hour

Laura Westbrook travels to her birthplace to find out what's behind the protests. She finds a city which is divided, protesters who are willing to die for freedom, a former police officer who has switched sides, and an entrepreneur who supports the police and is suffering online abuse for her views.

The Evidence: Coronavirus

March 21-23
One hour

As the rapid global spread of the coronavirus continues, for this episode of The Evidence, we gather together a panel of world leading experts, including Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome to understand what we have learnt so far about this novel virus and what more needs to be done. As audience members ask their questions, we discuss the latest research on the coronavirus, testing, treatment and vaccine development.

Life Changes: The Celebrity Defectors of North Korea

March 29 – April 25
One hour

In this special we look at the North Korean defectors who become celebrities in South Korea. The lack of access to North Korea makes defectors one of the few windows to what life is like in the secretive regime. As a result, the defectors and their stories have become a hugely valuable commodity in South Korea's popular culture and media.

Capitalising on their status as defectors to gain fame, these celebrities cannot move on from being defined by their past. They strive to fit into South Korean society, while emphasising their otherness to South Korean audiences.

Germany's Refugee Teachers

April 11 – June 25
One hour

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.

The Landfill Orchestra

April 18 - June 25

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 – TBC
One hour

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?

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