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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The Response USA: The Return

October 17 - 23
One hour

In 2016 in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, The Response USA took the temperature of the areas of middle America that made the difference. With another election on the horizon, Angela Davis of Minnesota Public Radio asks, how do they feel now?

The TikTok Election

October 17 - 23
One hour

TikTok has become one of the political stories in the run up to the US Elections, exposing America’s distrust of China. But its users and influencers could help decide who takes the White House.

Fighting Together in Korea

October 24 - 30
One hour

We look at how the Korean War forced the US military to desegregate. This is the story of why President Truman, who had himself expressed clear racist views earlier in his career, took the decision to issue his executive order to desegregate the armed forces, and how the US armed forces reacted. It is also the story of how African American military personnel were treated as they fought for their country.

A Perfect Match / Missing and Murdered: America’s Forgotten Native Girls

October 27 – November 2
One hour – two documentaries

In A Perfect Match, Ibby Caputo reveals some of the deep inequities in the American medical system through a highly personal story - asking why her friend died nine years after a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Then, Leandra Nephin from the Omaha tribe of Nebraska tells the story of America’s forgotten native girls, and how a new generation of warrior women is fighting back against abuse.

Back Down to Earth

October 31 – November 6
One hour

Beatriz De La Pava talks to astronauts, anthropologists, scientists, doctors and philosophers to investigate if it’s time to abandon the dream of human space travel and come back down to Earth. Featuring a near-mutiny in space, genetically modified astronauts, sentient robots and the challenges of haircuts on Mars, Beatriz questions whether we are cut-out for life beyond our beautiful home world.

World Questions: Environment

November 14 – December 11
One hour

Why is it proving so difficult to stop climate change and the destruction of the natural world? The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt chairs a remote debate with leading scientists, businesspeople and activists from around the world – to try to come up with some answers to the most pressing issue of our times.

The Big Idea

November 14 – 20
One hour

New research, new theories, new data and new experiments are redefining how we behave as individuals and in our communities and societies. But where do these big ideas come from, who’s behind them and what do they say? This hour-long program provides a simple guide to the big ideas reshaping our understanding of both mind and body – and how the two are linked.

Archiving Black America

November 18 - 24
Half hour (26 mins 30 secs)

Maya Millett is a writer and the editor and founder of Race Women, an archive project dedicated to honoring early Black American feminists. She speaks to the archivists who are working to ensure the voices and stories of African-Americans are not forgotten. As racism and violence against African-Americans continues, collecting, cataloging, and preserving the truth has never been so vital in preventing the distortion of history. The historical record has the power to preserve legacies and shape identities - but it doesn’t write itself. History is an activity, and what makes it into the archives depends on the actions people take now.

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