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The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2007

The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2007.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

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The Clinton Years Part 4

Gavin Esler tells the story of Bill Clinton's controversial and colourful presidency, from epic victories to personal turmoil. The final part addresses the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

22mins

17 Sep 2007

Rank #1

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Heritage, The Balkans - Part Two: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Malcolm Billings explores the reconstruction projects slowly restoring the region's cultural legacy.

21mins

22 Aug 2007

Rank #2

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Assignment - Leila's story

Leila is a young woman in Iran, sold into prostitution by her family at the age of 9, later forced into a temporary marriage, and then sentenced to hang at the age of 18.She was finally reprieved, but what does her story tell us about Iran's ability to legally protect its own children.

22mins

7 Dec 2007

Rank #3

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Assignment - Eritrea's persecuted Christians

Assignment reports on the persecution of Christians in Eritrea - home to one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, dating back 1,600 years. Thousands have fled torture and arrest to take refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia.

22mins

28 Sep 2007

Rank #4

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On the road in Iraq

Many ordinary people in Iraq continue to live in extraordianry circumstances. World Affairs coresspondent, Mike Woolridge follows the story of a taxi driver whose life has been turned upside down.

21mins

14 Sep 2007

Rank #5

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Seeing Iraq, Thinking Vietnam Part 2

Jonathan Marcus explores the impact of these two conflicts on the american political psyche.

22mins

3 Dec 2007

Rank #6

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Heritage, The Balkans - Part One: Kosovo

Malcolm Billings explores the reconstruction projects slowly restoring the region's cultural legacy.

21mins

14 Aug 2007

Rank #7

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Press for Freedom - part three

Building democracy: What is the role of radio in building democracy? In Papua, a new radio station is being installed as part of Indonesia's 68H network. 68H has introduced electricity by building a dam to power the station in the village. How did 68H get around censorship under Suharto? And why is radio such a key player in building civil society?

23mins

19 Dec 2007

Rank #8

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The Clinton Years - part 2

From authorising emergency bailout during the Mexican economic collapse to balancing the budget, Clinton's strategic use of the Presidential veto would enable his White House to start working again.

21mins

3 Sep 2007

Rank #9

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The Clinton Years - Part 1

When William Jefferson Clinton was elected President of the United States on 3 November 1992, hope was in the air. Though the honeymoon did not last long, it was at moments of great adversity that his political skills were at their greatest.

22mins

27 Aug 2007

Rank #10

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Maids: The Untold Story Part 1

It reads like a soap opera, but this is not fiction: round-the-clock confinement, crippling illness, rape, escape, suicide and murder - women who go overseas to work as maids often encounter unforeseen terror and tragedy.

22mins

10 Aug 2007

Rank #11

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Assignment: Ghanaian Drug Mules

Gabby O'Donnell goes to Ghana to meet some convicted drugs mules, and hears how they, as much as the users, can end up being the biggest victims in the multi-billion dollar drug trade.

22mins

9 Aug 2007

Rank #12

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Maids: The Untold Story - Part Two

In the second programme, Judith Kampfner looks at women who work as maids in their own countries. Children, sometimes as young as ten years old, are sent from villages to distant towns to be shut in as domestic servants.

21mins

8 Aug 2007

Rank #13

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Sudan: The Lost Boy Returns

Jane Little follows one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" who goes back to be reunited with his mother and to marry a girl from his own Dinka tribe.

22mins

23 Aug 2007

Rank #14

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Zimbabwe Out of Control - Part 2

In the second of these two programmes, Paul Bakibinga considers how Zimbabwe might become prosperous one more.

22mins

16 Aug 2007

Rank #15

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We're No Angels

Karin Wells investigates controversial new laws in Poland that require over 35s to prove they never collaborated with Communists.

21mins

21 Sep 2007

Rank #16

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Top of the Class - Part 2

Owen Bennett-Jones visits two of the world's leading educational establishments - Harvard University and Westminster School - to ask how they get such good results.

22mins

19 Sep 2007

Rank #17

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Press For Freedom Part 1

BBC's Roy Greenslade looks at how far reporting 'the truth' can be endangered by governments, corporations and the new wave of internet publishing.

22mins

12 Dec 2007

Rank #18

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Assignment - Inside Gaza

Six months ago, the radical Palestinian faction Hamas took total control of the Gaza Strip. Israel and Egypt responded by closing their borders with Gaza. Magdi Abdelhadi travelled to the Gaza Strip to see how the 1.5 million Palestinians living there are coping.

22mins

29 Nov 2007

Rank #19

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A Journey from Conflict to Brotherhood

John McCarthy looks at how the Kaduna Declaration in Kaduna, Nigeria, has had some success in bringing Muslims and Christians together amidst violence.

22mins

26 Sep 2007

Rank #20