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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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April documentaries and specials explore China's impact on the global economy, U.S. missions to the Moon, and whether artificial intelligence can help developing countries.

With reporting from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives.

Coming soon to ContentDepot, complete with promos and billboards:

Global Questions: China on the World Stage
April 1-7, 2019
One hour

China’s extraordinary economic boom is finally cooling. It’s locked into a damaging trade war with the United States. Is the Chinese economic miracle grinding to a halt? If so, what will be the impact on the global economy?

Will AI Kill Development?
April 6 - May 3, 2019
One hour

Will robotization prevent poorer countries from taking the traditional route to growth and prosperity?

Professor Ian Goldin of the Oxford Martin School is one of the world’s most respected development economists. He investigates on the ground in Kenya, and hears evidence from across the world, to examine opportunities for developing countries in the new global AI economy.

10, 9, 8, 7
April 20-26, 2019
One hour

As we count down to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, astronaut Nicole Stott tells the story of Apollo missions 10, 9, 8 and 7. She speaks to surviving astronauts and travels to Cape Canaveral to meet the people that made these giant leaps possible.

Left Behind
May 12-18, 2019
One hour

Millions leave their homes each year as economic migrants, in search of jobs or a better life, but we rarely hear about those who stay behind. In Senegal, men leave behind large extended families that rely on remittances. In Guatemala, parents stay behind in hopes that their children will survive perilous journeys to the United States. In Indonesia, millions of women leave their children behind to become foreign workers, creating what have become known as 'motherless villages.'

Presented by Jo Dwyer, with insights from international migration expert Ann Singleton.

Me, the Refugee
May 18-August 10, 2019
One hour

Reporter Sahar Zand became an Iranian refugee at the age of 12. It was a devastating experience for Sahar, her sister and her mother, who had to leave after her father got into political trouble with the regime – and who had to fend for themselves as they sought a new life.

From months of limbo in a Danish refugee center, to days on the run across Europe, to life in the United Kingdom, Sahar explores the complex roles, deceptions and sacrifices she and her female family members experienced during those often desperate days.

Beyond Borders
Episode one: May 19-26, 2019
Episode two: May 26-June 1, 2019
One hour each

British-Lebanese journalist Zahra Mackaoui has been following the stories of a group of Syrians who have scattered the globe in search of safety. She originally met and interviewed them in the early years of the country's long-running civil war. In these two documentaries, she revisits the refugees to hear how they have coped – or not – often in conditions of incredible adversity.

Amar: Alone in the World?
May 25-August 17, 2019
One hour

After a bombing in Iraq, an "orphaned" Amar is taken to the U.K. His mother Zahra survives, and her search begins.

One day, clutching a picture of her missing boy, she interrupts a live TV report to share her story, which generates appeals on social media and a message to Amar, who is living alone, unemployed, in South West England.

BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay joins Zahra and Amar as they search for the truth – and discover if they are really the missing mother/son they've each yearned for over three decades.

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