BBC News Special

Airs Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 1 p.m. This week at The BBC Proms we feature the National Youth Choir of Great Britain with the Bournemouth Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 1; Die Frau ohne Schatten by Strauss, Prokofiev's Seven, They Are Seven; and Belshazzar’s Feast by Sir William Walton.

Airs Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This program was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho.
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Airs Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 12 noon. Could trees be better at reducing air pollution? This question from listener Ciao in Brazil prompted presenter Marnie Chesterton to scale the branches of tree science to discover the answers. Then, how many people can Earth support? In just over 200 years, the global population has exploded from 1 billion to almost 7.5 billion – and the best estimates suggest continued growth. But just how far can it go? When will we reach 'peak human'? 

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Airs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. Dawood Azami talks to the British, Russian, American and Afghan fighters and soldiers who fought in what some historians have called the Graveyard of Empires. From a U.S. general whose ancestor also governed in Afghanistan in the 19th century, to an infantryman caught up in a close quarter's fire fight with the Taliban, to a Mujahid fighter staking out a Soviet military convoy from the mountains, a portrait of Afghanistan through the eyes of fighters and soldiers who have fought there.

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Airs Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 6 p.m.  Type-2 diabetes is taking on epidemic proportions around the world, and South Asia is at its epicentre – a visit to Sri Lanka shows a country where one in ten adults have the disease. Then we head to the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, home to some of the most obese people on the planet. With around 90% of Tongans overweight or obese, and with rates of diabetes in adults approaching 40%, these isolated paradise islands are the unlikely setting for an acute health crisis.