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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines.


  • Friday, August 28, 2015 7:00pm
    The news behind the news. In this edition: severe turbulence in the financial markets in China: why the country's leadership makes no mention of it and the mainstream media avoids the subject; what's it like living on Little Diomede, the American island in the Bering Strait, just a few miles from Russia? Our correspondent has been talking to fishermen trying to pursue their livelihoods amid mounting tension between the two superpowers; hundreds of migrants have been arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos. Some there, we find, are treating the new arrivals as business opportunities; we've been meeting some of the hermits and holy men still living in caves amid the sandy wastes and rocky mountains of the West Bank and have been touring Jamaica in search of a moonshine rum with a particularly notorious reputation.
  • Friday, August 21, 2015 7:00pm
    The full story - correspondents with despatches from around the world. Today: from Bangkok, scene of a devastating bomb attack earlier in the week, it's the smallest detail which makes the deepest impression; there's a visit to the coastline of Somalia where a thriving piracy industry has been closed down but myriad problems still remain; we're in the Panamanian highlands talking about cocoa beans -- the experts may not be entirely convinced that eating chocolate is good for you, but there's no doubt the business is proving beneficial to the economy of that central American nation; we examine Sri Lanka's relationship with the sweet heart of the country, otherwise known as the coconut and our reporter sweats and strains in the shop where Andy Warhol and generations of New York rockers have gone shopping for their leather trousers and other stage gear
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 7:00pm
    The stories behind the news. In this edition: the government in Tanzania warns of the dangers of black magic as the country prepares to go to the polls in October; how the presence of militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, who are allied to the so-called Islamic State, marks an ominous turn for the authorities in Cairo; in the Czech Republic there's a plan to extend overcast mining in what was once a largely-undisturbed landscape of pine forests and deep valleys -- and it could have severe consequences for some of the people living there; an island community pulls together as a medical emergency descends on distant Tristan da Cunha, six days' sail away from specialist health treatment. And the music, the cars, the sunshine and the history - they're all part of the daily drive to work enjoyed by our man in the Cuban capital, Havana.
  • Friday, August 7, 2015 7:00pm
    Insight and colour from around the globe. In this edition: Syrian tears for the waste and suffering of a lost generation; the migrants crossing into Europe via the border between Serbia and Hungary -- they say it'll take more than the steel fence, currently being constructed, to stop them. It's Happy Birthday Singapore! The island state's fifty years old and big business hasn't been slow to join the party. We meet a count in Transylvania who dreams that this part of Romania can one day be as famous for its meadows and its hospitality as it is for Count Dracula. And we're out with a postman in the Malian capital, Bamako, who has a very special delivery.
  • Friday, July 31, 2015 7:00pm
    Story-telling from reporters around the world. In this edition, as the UN, EU and others voice criticism of the number of executions now being carried out in Pakistan, our correspondent meets a hangman who talks frankly about his job; a colleague visits a far-right militia group's training camp in Ukraine and hears why it's against not only the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country but also the government in the capital, Kiev; we gaze at a minaret in Tunisia and consider the forgotten history of a town where migrants FROM Europe once arrived in search of a new life. A reporter tours the capital of Albania, Tirana, and discovers why soft toys have been pressed in to service against the 'evil eye.' And we find out how a posse of elderly Italian ladies raised enough money to enjoy a holiday by the sea