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Woke

By Mjpism_VII - Jul 22 2019
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You’ll look back on this and ask yourselves why you chose to highlight 2019’s Hitler—Omar.

2016

By SuckeredByItunes - Feb 10 2016
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Has it been cancelled? No new ones have come out in a month now.

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Woke

By Mjpism_VII - Jul 22 2019
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You’ll look back on this and ask yourselves why you chose to highlight 2019’s Hitler—Omar.

2016

By SuckeredByItunes - Feb 10 2016
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Has it been cancelled? No new ones have come out in a month now.

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An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

Rank #1: Oprah Winfrey

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Following her barn-storming speech about sexual harassment at the Golden Globe awards, Mark Coles charts the rise of talk show host, philanthropist, media proprietor and actress Oprah Winfrey.

With calls urging Winfrey to run for President, close friends and former colleagues recount their favourite moments with her on-set and at home. We learn about the woman behind the screen and her remarkable tale of rags to riches, from clothes made out of potato sacks to one of the richest black women in the world.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Jan 13 2018

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Rank #2: Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders is a socialist and a grump. But is he also a future US president?

Some 20,000 people recently turned out to hear Sanders speak - the sort of crowd Barack Obama would have been proud of in 2008. He is, it seems, an increasingly viable contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders has spent the last forty years attacking inequality and he is known for giving loud and impassioned speeches. But he can also be prickly with the media and he doesn't do small talk.

So could Bernie Sanders, the self-styled socialist and "grumpy old guy", beat Hillary Clinton - and the Republicans - to become the next President of the United States? Chris Bowlby reports.

Producers: Keith Moore and Ben Crighton

The song "Feel the Bern", used in this programme, was performed by Tony Tig and produced Corbett.

Oct 10 2015

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Rank #3: Vladimir Putin

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Russian president Vladimir Putin's motives and aims are at the heart of the Ukraine crisis.

In this week's Profile, Mary Ann Sieghart speaks to those who've watched him closely to explore how his life has shaped his view of the world, and Russia's place in it.

We hear about his life as KGB agent, his volatile temper, and the role religion now plays in his life and politics.

Producer: Chris Bowlby
Editor: Richard Knight.

Mar 08 2014

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Rank #4: Maajid Nawaz

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This week saw the surprising exit from the English Defence League of its leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll. Instrumental in their decision to leave was Essex-born Maajid Nawaz, a former activist for the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. Arrested in 2001 for attempting to revive the group in Egypt, he served four years in a Cairo jail. Today, he has renounced his old beliefs and now runs the Quilliam Foundation, a 'counter extremism' think tank run by former activists. He has also been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight a marginal parliamentary seat in 2015. Mark Coles looks at his life.Producer: Ben Crighton.

Oct 12 2013

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Rank #5: Mike Pence

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Becky Milligan profiles the man who could be the next President of America. Mild mannered, disciplined and a seasoned politician, Mike Pence was largely unknown until he was selected by Donald Trump to serve as his Vice-President.

PRODUCERS: Beth Sagar Fenton and Joe Kent
EDITOR Penny Murphy.

Jan 22 2017

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Rank #6: Donald Trump

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Billionaire Donald Trump, leading Republican candidate in the US Presidential race was in Scotland this week. Mark Coles asks if he has what it takes to get him to the White House.

Aug 01 2015

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Rank #7: Kendrick Lamar

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Mark Coles profiles Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose concepts and ideas are changing hip-hop culture.

Lamar won the award for his latest album Damn, which also collected five Grammy awards in January and is praised for lyrics which reveal the complexity of modern African-American life.

Growing up in the deprived city of Compton, California, Lamar credits his father with keeping him on the right path and providing the balance that some of his peers were missing. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city tells the stories of young black men trying to escape the negative influences surrounding them.

Lamar's lyrical journey explores violence, depression, religion and also the limits of fame and fortune, he's the rapper who says that helping the next generation find positivity and God is where it's at.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Apr 21 2018

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Rank #8: Serena Williams

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Serena Williams has dominated the tennis scene since 1999 with 23 grand slam titles to her name. Last year she added marriage and motherhood to her achievements.

In September 2017, Serena Williams nearly died in childbirth. Ten months on she's back on Wimbledon's Centre Court hoping for her 8th title at the All England Club.

Becky Milligan speaks to Serena's first tennis coach and hears how tennis has been in her blood since a young age.

But this Williams sister doesn't just put on a performance on the court, as you'll hear she's partial to karaoke.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Clare Spencer
Researcher: Bethan Head.

Jul 07 2018

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Rank #9: Donald Glover

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You may know him as Childish Gambino, the creator of viral video hit 'This is America' or as the Emmy award winning actor and director of comedy drama Atlanta.

Mark Coles profiles Donald Glover, the multi-talented American comedian, record producer, songwriter, rapper and DJ who is forcing the world to confront racism, violence and societies contradictions.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

May 19 2018

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Rank #10: Idris Elba

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After playing Baltimore drug boss Stringer Bell in The Wire, and Detective John Luther on British television, Idris Elba is now appearing in a very different role - Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom. Chris Bowlby profiles the British actor who some think will one day be the first black James Bond.

Producer: Smita Patel.

Dec 28 2013

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Rank #11: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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The story of the youngest woman ever elected to the US congress. Five months ago, nobody knew who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was. Now she’s been dubbed the future of the Democratic Party. When she dared to challenge a long standing Democratic congressman in June’s primaries, she had no money and no experience. But against all odds she won by a staggering 15 points. She was catapulted into the spotlight and in this week's mid term elections she won a place in the House of Representatives, breaking records to become the youngest woman ever to be voted into Congress.

She grew up in the Bronx but her parents worked hard to send her to a good school in the suburbs. Her father died when she was in her twenties, leaving her working at a taco restaurant to help her Puerto Rican mother pay the bills. She didn't let that stop her and campaigned for Bernie Sanders while waiting tables and serving Margaritas. Fast forward a year, this waitress is now billed as the future of the Democratic Party.

Mark Coles follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s journey to Congress, speaking to her friends, supporters, critics and those she’s inspired.

Thank you to New York One TV news for the footage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning the Primary.

Nov 10 2018

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Rank #12: Megan Rapinoe

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The US women’s football team has made it to the World Cup final. One American newspaper has described the team's iconic player - Megan Rapinoe - as the most important athlete on the planet right now. But she isn't only a sensation on the pitch. She's a controversial figure off it.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Viv Jones

Jul 06 2019

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Rank #13: Billy Connolly

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Comedian Billy Connolly has announced new film and touring plans despite facing ill health. Mark Coles explores how Connolly has long used humour to defy serious adversity. Childhood abuse and alcoholism have been countered by a rich musical, comedy and acting career.

In this profile of the Glasgow welder who became a global star, Connolly's own performances and voice are mixed with the thoughts of those who know him well - including singer Barbara Dickson and producer John Lloyd.

Producers: Heba Ayoub, Chris Bowlby.

Sep 21 2013

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Rank #14: Angela Merkel

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Chris Bowlby profiles German Chancellor Angela Merkel - always underestimated, physicist and ruthless politician, the woman at the centre of the eurozone crisis. What has shaped a figure who grew up under East German communism, came to dominate united German politics and proclaims her love of football and opera? And as her friendship with David Cameron deepens, might she be key to Britain's EU future?

Producer: Chris Bowlby
Editor: Richard Knight.

Sep 07 2013

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Rank #15: Dr Dre

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Dr Dre's first album for 16 years is top of the charts and a film charting the rise of NWA - his breakout 90s gangsta rap group - is playing to packed cinemas.

Over the past 25 years Dr Dre has made an indelible mark on popular culture. After NWA he founded a record label and turned producer - making global stars of artists like Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

And he's a hugely successful businessman. His Beats brand - whose headphones have become a ubiquitous fashion accessory - was sold last year to Apple for $3bn (£1.8bn).

It's all a long way from his start in life as a poor child to a teenage mother in Los Angeles. But, as Mark Coles hears, there's a dark side to Dr Dre's story of almost unimaginable success.

Producers: Keith Moore and James Melley.

Aug 22 2015

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Rank #16: Nancy Pelosi

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On Profile this week, Mark Coles looks at the most powerful woman in American politics – the veteran Democratic congresswoman and new Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

It’s a remarkable comeback for her…it puts her third in line to the Presidency itself.

Having first done the job back in 2007 when George W Bush was Commander in Chief – now 78, many thought Pelosi was too old this time round.
But only a week into the role, she’s already engaged in a bitter war of words with President Trump over his demand for Congress to fund his Mexico border wall.
For many, with the Democrats now controlling Congress, Nancy Pelosi is set to become the face of opposition to the President for the next two years.

We hear from childhood friends, former colleagues and those who’ve followed her career down the decades.

From campaigning for her dad when he was Mayor of Baltimore back in the 1940s to helping President Obama reform American health care, we examine Nancy Pelosi’s life and career and – in these turbulent times – look at the challenges that lie ahead for her.
Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Darin Graham
Editor: Penny Murphy

Jan 12 2019

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Rank #17: Gibraltar

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Becky Milligan profiles Gibraltar, the tiny British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of the Iberian coast which made headlines this week. First, Spain raised its 300-year-old claim on the territory in draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations. Then Michael Howard, a former Conservative Party leader, appeared to suggest Britain would go to war to keep it. So what is the story of 'the rock'?

Producer: Smita Patel.

Apr 08 2017

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Rank #18: Rudolph Giuliani

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This week's Profile is the tale of two Rudys: a divisive figure fighting for his - and Donald Trump’s - political life. And a man who united his nation in its darkest hours.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Neal Razzell

Oct 05 2019

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Rank #19: Maggie Smith

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Millions will miss Lady Violet's withering one-liners now that Downton Abbey is over. Chris Bowlby profiles one of Britain's most successful actors: Maggie Smith. Her extraordinary career has spanned Shakespeare on stage, Hollywood films and, of course, popular televison drama.

Producer: Smita Patel

Photo credit: "Downton Abbey" / Carnival Films.

Dec 26 2015

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Rank #20: Stormy Daniels

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Taking on Trump, horse trials and dancing dogs. Presenter Mark Coles explores the life of Stormy Daniels, the award winning adult film actress who's revolutionising the porn industry and has previously considered a career in politics.

Presenter Mark Coles
Producers: Jordan Dunbar and Diane Richardson.

Mar 31 2018

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