Afro-Germany: Being Black and German

Journalist Jana Pareigis has spent her life being asked about her skin colour. What is it like to be black in Germany? What needs to change? Where are you from? Black people have been living in Germany for 400 years and today there are one million black Germans. But they still face racism.

Jana Pareigis takes us through Germany from its colonial past to the present day, talking to black people about their experiences, including a singer, a footballer and a man who survived Adolf Hitler. 

Drugs Map of Britain

It's a drug for treating anxiety, epilepsy and nerve pain but there has been a huge increase in the use of Pregabalin. In Belfast there is an illegal trade of the drug on the streets. This documentary follows the lives of some young people in Northern Ireland who are using and at times abusing these  medications.
 

The third industrial revolution: a new sharing economy

The global economy is in crisis. Where do we go from here? Expert Jeremy Rifkin suggests a new economic system: an ultra-fast 5G internet,  renewable energy, driverless vehicles, all connected to the Internet of Things. This 21st century idea could transform how we live. But it needs to happen fast.  

What I Learned I Conquering the World's Toughest Triathlon

A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between. The legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a bucket list goal for champion athletes. But when Minda Dentler decided to take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she conquered this epic race, and what it inspired her to do next.  ASK YOUR FIRST SCHOOL TUTOR FOR A WORKSHEET ABOUT MINDA DENTLER! 

The Beauty of Disability

Shelly Baer tells audiences about disabled women, body image and sexuality. Shelly  works at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Mailman Center for Child Development as Coordinator of the Emerging Transformational Leadership Program and is Director of Understanding the Family Perspective.

ASK YOUR FIRST SCHOOL TUTOR FOR A WORKSHEET ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF DISABILITY TO HELP YOU LEARN ENGLISH!  

What you didn't know about coffee

Asher Yaron explains why the coffee you drink is ... dead. In Bali, he created a local, organic, sustainable coffee business.  His company is involved in every part of the coffee business. Asher wants to use pure spring water and return profits to community projects. 

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Dating the Asian way

The BBC looks at the different ways Asians have been looking for a husband or wife - 'speed dating', 'family introductions' and a 'Suman Marriage Bureau'
 

A Kumari Goddess:The Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground

In Nepal, some people worship Kumari, a goddess who lives in the body of a young girl. It is an ancient tradition. We look at how life is for the children who are worshipped as Kumari and spend their lives in a temple, and ask what happens to them when they grow up? 

The Land of No Men: Inside a women-only village

In Kenya, the people of Samburu have had a strict patriarchy for over 500 - until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village forwomen. Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, is a village only for women - men are not allowed to enter. it is a refuge from abuse, like genital mutilation and forced marriages. Now other women-only villages are opening. 

Sweden: Most father-friendly country in the world

What's life like in the most father-friendly country in the world? Swedish parents get 480 days of paid leave after having a baby shared between mum and dad (and same-sex couples). But when photographer Johan Bävman became a dad, he found only 14% of dads share parental leave equally with their partner. So what difference has parental leave for dads made? 

Your biological clock doesn't give a @#$! about your career

For the first time in history, women are more likely to have a college degree than men. At the same time, women are delaying becoming mothers longer and getting pregnant later in life, with the help of technology. Lisa Ling investigates how women are having babies from frozen eggs.

Why 30 is NOT the new 20!

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a message for women in their 20s:  Your 20s are an important decade. In this talk, Jay says that even women are getting married, having kids and working in their careers until later in life, you have to start planning your life now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twenty-something women can change their lives. 

Being 35 and single - female freedom has an expiration date

An Argentine woman, documenting her relationships, begins an intimate investigation searching for love and answers: must she settle down or continue to be a free spirit in order to be happy? When you reach your thirties many questions start being asked. Why aren't you married? Why don't you start a family? Being single in your thirties is never an ask easy task. 

Love and stuff

After her mother passes away, the filmmaker Judith Helfand struggles to pack up her things — figuring out what to keep and how to let go. 

Lullaby - mothers & their children

In this short documentary, young mothers in a homeless shelter write lullabies to bond with their babies. 

Meet me on the bridge in 20 years

Discovering the truth about my parents after 20 years.

Kati Pohler was abandoned in a market in China when she was three days old. Her parents left a note saying they would meet her on a famous bridge 10 or 20 years later.

When the time arrived, it became a huge story in China, but Kati was living in America and had no idea. This is how she finally met her biological family.

Four-legged library

In Columbia, they have found a novel way of getting books to children in rural areas - a mobile library on the back of a donkey!   

A 4,000-year old tale of trade and crime

From the British Museum, curator  Mathilde Touillon-Ricci talks about 4,000 year-old letters by Old Assyrian traders, how they avoided paying taxes and other surprising stories from the British Museum. 

The English Magazine: Guatemala volcano

The Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala, on Sunday, spewed a fountain of scorching-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke and ash over several regions of the country. Victims, including children, struggle with the aftermath of the volcano eruption.