The world's most toxic food: Norwegian salmon

Chef Marcus Guiliano is an award-winning chef, green restaurateur, author, real food activist, professional speaker, restaurant consultant & ultra-marathoner. In addition to successfully owning and operating the first Green Certified restaurant in the Hudson Valley, Aroma Thyme Bistro, Chef Marcus has begun to devote his time consulting and trouble shooting for other restaurants. 

Children for sale in Columbia in 'world's biggest brothel'

The barrios of Medellin are controlled by criminals and are full of prostitutes, with virgins commanding the highest prices. Guillermo Galdos meets one woman who fears for her daughter's future.
 

Sophie Scholl was beheaded for standing up to the Nazis

Like most German children in the 1930s, Sophie Scholl and her 5 siblings joined Nazi youth groups. But Sophie and her brother Hans were furious that Germans went along with Nazi policies. In 1942, the two siblings, along with their friend Christoph Probst, started a secret society known as the “White Rose Resistance.” They painted anti-Nazi slogans at the University of Munich and distributed pamphlets about the genocide of Jewish people.

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Inside France's young far-right - BBC News

A new generation of far-right activists are trying to get the Front National's Marine Le Pen elected as France's president. We follow them as they campaign in northern France, witnessing hatred on both sides. We also meet those terrified of them and the alt-right extremists who want nothing more than their victory. 

Britain First: The "most dangerous far-right party"?

Britain First are far-right political party who want Islam to be banned and would hang their enemies if in power. They  have more followers on Facebook than any other political party in the UK and their leader is trying to be elected Mayor of London.The anti-racism group Hope Not Hate say they're "the most dangerous group for several years” The Victoria Derbyshire programme’s Benjamin Zand finds out who they are and meets them at one of their protests in Rotherham. 

The English Magazine: Grenfell: Unpacking your old life

One year ago, the Grenfell tower-block fire in London killed 72 people. This week a government inquiry starts to find out what happened and who is to blame. 

Survivors of the fire, Andreia Perestrelo and Marcio Gomes escaped from their flat on the 21st floor of  the tower block. Almost one year later they were sent boxes of their belongings that survived the fire. After six weeks, they found the courage to open the boxes. The BBC was with them.  

How plastic waste is killing the oceans

Current estimates show that at least 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day, and if left unchecked plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. Here are some shocking figures on how plastic pollution is affecting our oceans and our underwater wildlife. 

How architecture can create dignity for all

If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never again stand in line for the bathroom . Queues like these are a  serious issue: men dominating design leading to bad places to live and work in.  Cary calls for architects and designers to serve the public, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or aesthetics," he says. "They shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." And we all deserve better.
 

The English Magazine: Top UK minister caught in phone joke

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the second most powerful politician in the UK, was tricked into an 18-minute telephone call with a Russian comedians  Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov. They pretended to be the Armenian Prime Minister,  Nikol Pashinyan and his assistant, and asked Johnson for advice on how to deal with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and about Britain’s response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

One year later: Europe's worst fire & how 72 people died

The fire in Grenfell Tower in London shocked the world. On 14th June 2017, the 67 metre block of apartments caught fire, killing 72 people and injuring 70 people. It was Europe's worst ever home fire. Families were videoed saving their children by throwing them out of the window. The government was blamed for refusing to spend money to make Grenfell Tower fire-safe. One year later, we look at what happened.  

The English Magazine: Liverpool in the Champions League

 From Liverpool to Manchester to Rome, #NoFilterUCL follows the Reds on their remarkable road to the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. 

The oldest living things in the world

The oldest person, Jean Calment, lived to be 122. When she was 13, she met Vincent van Gogh. By the time she died, we were using the internet. But even the oldest humans are just babies compared to the oldest trees and plants, some of which are 100,000 years old. 

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. 

British Museum: How to make 4,000 year old bread

In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe. 

It was one of the Romans’ great boasts that they could serve white flour bread at fine banquets (at normal tables they might well have eaten poorer grades of wheat or other grains, such as spelt or barley, and even beans, lentils or chestnuts.) 

The English Magazine: Did austerity cause the Grenfell fire?

Last year, 72 people died in the Grenfell tower-block fire in London. It was the worst tower-block fire in recent European history.  The BBC asks if there a link between government spending cuts, called austerity, and the Grenfell fire?  BBC policy editor Chris Cook finds that the cladding used on Grenfell Tower barely saved any money at all.  

The English Magazine: The video that united Poland.

Poland is facing a frightening rise in hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, refugees, gays, women and disabled people.  A campaign against hate-crimes in Poland decided to do something about it. 

They made a video watched by more than one million people. 

It showed a day in a local bakery as a Jew, a gay, a Muslim and a refugee make bread. When they give it to people, the ask the simple question: Does it taste the same as bread made by  a Polish baker? The answers united Poland. 


Refugees on their new homelands: 'The Germans sneeze loudly'

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 A record number of refugees arrived in Europe between 2015 and 2016. First comes the excitement but soon they realise it is not entirely like home. Two years have passed and refugees living in UK, Spain, France and Germany tell whether reality met their expectations. 

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The English Magazine: Ireland's abortion referendum

On Friday, Ireland will decide whether to make abortion legal. At present, a mother can only abort if her life is at risk. As a result, around 3,500 Irish women travel to the UK for abortions every year. 

It is the sixth referendum on abortion in 35 years. Few issues are so personal and yet so political too. 

Two women talk about their experiences.  One had an abortion after she was told her child would die as she gave birth. The other continued with her pregnancy even though her child would die. 

The English Magazine: Murder at America's border

A brutal murder shook a little border town in Southern Arizona late one night in 2009. Three people pretending to be US Border Patrol agents shot a father and his 9-year-old daughter. The double homicide was the idea of anti-immigrant vigilante Shawna Forde. We look at Shawna Forde in a story about racism, the American Dream and fake news.