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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. 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. Click on individual titles to visit and subscribe to unique ContentDepot pages, where you can access programs as air windows open.

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Two one hour episodes
Episode one: Mexico - February 5 – 25
Episode two: Poland - February 19 - 25

At a pivotal point in gender relations, Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan head to Mexico and Poland to hear what's on the minds of women and men. They speak to a wide range of people, building a nuanced and stereotype-defying mosaic of the gender experience.

Beats, Rhymes and Justice: Hip Hop on Rikers Island
Two one-hour episodes
Ep.1: February 23 - 29
Ep.2: March 1 - 7

Behind bars on Rikers Island, New York's notorious jail inmates rap to help them create a new future for themselves.

The Beats, Rhymes and Justice program, organised by Columbia University's Centre for Justice, is one of many attempts to reform the jail. Ryan and the team from Columbia University use hip hop to take the inmates out of their cells and their immediate surroundings, to encourage self-expression and to give them hope.

The Detransitioners
March 10 – 16
One hour

In this special we hear the stories of several "detransitioners" – people who once identified as Trans,  but have returned to the gender they were assigned at birth. Some may also re-identify as non-binary or gender-fluid. There are no figures revealing how many people reverse or change their gender journeys – we only know that more people are telling their stories.

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.

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.

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