Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

By BBC World Service

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends.

Episodes

Alexei Navalny's mother is shown body

Mrs Navalnaya finally saw his remains on Wednesday after investigators secretly took her to a morgue outside the remote prison in Russia where he collapsed and died. Also: Firefighters in the Spanish city of Valencia have been trying to rescue people from a 14-storey building that's gone up in flames, and scientists finally work out the mystery surrounding why some of the largest whales in the ocean produce their haunting and complex songs.
23/02/24·29m 39s

Albania approves deal to hold migrants in Italy

Albania has agreed to host two migrant processing centres that will be fully run by Italy, under a deal that worries many human rights activists. Also: Former Brazilian footballer Dani Alves is jailed in Spain for four and a half years for a sex attack, and the mystery of a village menaced by poison pen letters 100 years ago is turned into a film.
22/02/24·35m 21s

Ukrainian air strike 'kills dozens of Russians'

A Russian official confirmed that a strike took place but described the reports as 'grossly exaggerated'. Also: Israel's parliament overwhelmingly backs a resolution by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting any unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, and why young women are key to creating new words.
21/02/24·32m 26s

UK deterrent missile fails second test in a row

The missile's booster rockets are reported to have failed and it landed in the sea close to the launch site. The failure is highly embarrassing for both the UK and the US manufacturer of the Trident missile. Also: new research links some of the world's largest meat-packing companies to illegal deforestation in Brazil, and the Premier League tackles online abuse of players and their families.
21/02/24·33m 32s

WHO transfers patients out of Nasser hospital in Gaza

UN doctors were granted access to the hospital in southern Gaza, days after it was raided by Israeli forces. Also: Pakistan political parties reach formal coalition agreement, and does exercise have the same benefits for both men and women?
21/02/24·32m 2s

US calls for temporary Gaza ceasefire

The draft resolution was proposed at the UN Security Council. Also, countries address the International Court of Justice on the legality of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, makes another attempt to halt his extradition to the US.
20/02/24·31m 13s

Brazil recalls its ambassador to Israel amid diplomatic tensions

Brazil recalled its ambassador after a row developed following President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial statements about Israel's military operation in Gaza. Also: Navalny's grieving widow vows to continue his work, and British Museum's social media flooded with calls regarding return of Easter Island statues.
20/02/24·33m 52s

Navalny's widow vows to continue husband's fight

Yulia Navalnya accuses Putin of killing Alexei Navalny, because Russian President couldn't break him. Also: Africa bans slaughter of donkeys for their skin, and conjoined twins given days to live are proving world wrong.
19/02/24·28m 17s

Israel condemns Lula likening Gaza to Holocaust

The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said Israel's military campaign was between a "highly prepared army and women and children". Also: former Thai prime minister Thaksin freed on parole, and Shane Rose, an Australian Olympic showjumper, competes in a mankini.
19/02/24·26m 8s

Navalny's team accuses Russia of 'hiding his body'

The mother of the dead Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was told by the authorities his body would be handed over, once a post-mortem examination had been completed. Also: President Biden blames US Congress for the fall of the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka to Russian forces, and Harrison Ford's Star Wars script sells for $12k.
18/02/24·25m 44s

The Happy Pod: Eight-year-old steals the show at the Six Nations

This week, the eight-year-old boy who sang in front of tens of thousands of people at a rugby international. Also: the campaign encouraging appreciation of the people who do the vital job of waste picking in India. And how a penguin helps out his short-sighted friend.
17/02/24·27m 11s

Biden blames Putin for Alexei Navalny's death

The US President says people worldwide are mourning Mr Navalny because he was everything the Mr Putin wasn't, and it was more evidence of the Russian leader's brutality. Also: Donald Trump is ordered to pay more than $350 million in penalties in his civil fraud case in New York, and the British rom-com that's been a big hit on Netflix.
16/02/24·32m 42s

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dead, says Russian prison service

Domestic and international critics of President Putin accuse the Kremlin of killing Mr Navalny. He was serving a lengthy prison term on numerous charges. Also: The UN warns that the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is becoming a regional war, and Paul McCartney is reunited with a bass guitar stolen 51 years ago.
16/02/24·30m 7s

'Dozens of suspects' detained in Gaza hospital raid

The director of the Nasser hospital said conditions were very dangerous and appealed to the UN and Red Cross for help. Also: Senegal's constitutional court annuls a presidential decree and vote in parliament delaying the election until December, and Greece becomes the first Orthodox Christian-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage.
16/02/24·32m 39s

Israeli special forces raid Gaza's Nasser hospital

The Israel Defence Forces says it has 'credible intelligence' that Hamas held hostages at the medical facility in Khan Younis. Also: Ukrainian soldiers say there are severe shortages of weapons and ammunition in the town of Avdiivka, which could fall at any moment; and how a stingray pregnancy is puzzling scientists.
15/02/24·33m 3s

Ukraine's campaign against Russia 'extremely difficult'

The comments from Ukraine's new commander-in-chief come as a senior US official says some units have run out of ammunition. Also: At least one person is killed and more than twenty wounded in a shooting at a victory parade for the American football Superbowl winners in Kansas City, and how great apes - like humans - like to tease each other.
15/02/24·32m 55s

Former military strongman poised to win Indonesia's presidential election

State-approved samples show Prabowo Subianto winning more than half of the votes cast. Human rights groups have voiced concerns about his past support for the former dictator Suharto. Also today: we hear what it's like to be trapped in Rafah amid the looming threat of an Israeli ground attack. And Ivory Coast's victorious manager looks forward to a well-earned rest after winning the Africa Cup of Nations.
14/02/24·31m 44s

Biden urges House to back Ukraine aid package

The $95 billion bill has been approved by the Senate and includes aid to Taiwan, Israel and humanitarian relief for Palestinians. Also: scientists say polar bears in the Arctic face an increasing risk of starvation as melting ice affects their ability to hunt seals, and the oldest intact egg in the world is discovered in England.
14/02/24·31m 25s

Cairo meeting to discuss Gaza ceasefire

The meeting of US, Egyptian and Qatari officials comes as aid groups warn of bloodbath if Israel attacks Rafah. Also: US Senate passes huge funding package of aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and Greece set to become the world’s first Orthodox majority country to legalise same sex marriage.
13/02/24·33m 11s

Biden appeals for protection of Palestinians in Rafah

The US president again urged Israel not to carry out a big assault on the city in southern Gaza. Also: large gatherings are banned in Delhi ahead of a threatened farmers' march, and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is 100 years old.
13/02/24·31m 37s

Two Israeli hostages freed from Gaza

The men - held by Hamas - were rescued from a residential building in the city of Rafah. Also: Kenyans mourns the tragic loss of their world record breaking marathon runner, and how Taylor Swift's boyfriend is looking forward to a special celebration after his Super Bowl win.
12/02/24·30m 16s

Nato says Trump comments 'undermine all of our society'

The US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, suggests Washington will not protect Nato allies if they fail to meet defence spending targets. Also: President Biden says Israel must have a safety plan for civilians in Rafah, and a friend helps Squid - the partially sighted penguin
12/02/24·32m 4s

The Happy Pod: Model Maker Outmatches Guinness World Records

This week, the French model-maker celebrating a world record that he nearly missed out on due to a technicality. Also: a guide to the Lunar New Year celebrations. And can you tell the mood of a chicken by its cluck?
11/02/24·27m 23s

Six-year-old Palestinian girl found dead days after plea for help

Hind Rajab was last heard from trapped in a car under fire in Gaza. Also: Hungary's president resigns over child abuse pardon, and Qatar beats Jordan in Asian Cup final.
11/02/24·34m 57s

Special episode: Eight Numbers To Understand China

Why are millions of apartments in China sitting empty? How has the country managed to produce as much cement in two years as the US did in the last century? For a special edition celebrating the Lunar New Year, the BBC's Asia Pacific editor Celia Hatton looks at the significance of eight numbers representing different aspects of modern China. Celia teams up with some of the BBC's China correspondents and analysts to look at topics ranging from China's marriage rates to its zodiac calendar.
10/02/24·34m 14s

Netanyahu orders military to plan Rafah evacuation

The Israeli PM's order comes after the US warned against an unplanned invasion of the Gazan city. Also: Imran Khan's candidates are said to be leading the count in Pakistan election, and where is the missing radio tower in Alabama?
10/02/24·30m 45s

'My memory is fine' says Biden

An investigation by a US prosecutor found the President struggled to remember key life events, including when his son died. Also: Israel ramps up its attacks in Rafah in southern Gaza, and what did we learn from Tucker Carlson's interview with Russia's President Putin?
09/02/24·30m 9s

US: Israel's operation in Rafah 'could be a disaster'

The rare public warning comes a day after the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said he'd instructed Israeli forces to prepare to operate in that part of Gaza. Also: President Zelensky sacks the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, saying a new approach is needed, and why Tracy Chapman's classic track Fast Car is in the driving seat on iTunes.
09/02/24·32m 49s

Warnings of irreversible climate damage as global temperatures rise

The globe has endured 12 months of temperatures 1.5 degrees above the level before industrialisation. That figure is significant, because it featured heavily in the landmark 2015 Paris climate talks. Also: an anti-war politician hoping to run against Vladimir Putin in Russia's general election has his bid blocked, and could the drug Viagra reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's?
08/02/24·29m 43s

Netanyahu rejects Hamas' ceasefire proposals for Gaza

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said while there were some clear non-starters in the Hamas response, the US did think it created a base for an agreement to be reached. Also: The United Nations again highlights the plight of Sudan, ravaged by ten months of civil war but largely forgotten by the international community, and a Guinness world record failure for a matchstick Eiffel Tower that was eight years in the making.
08/02/24·30m 24s

Deadly blasts in Pakistan one day before election

Two explosions kill more than twenty people ahead of an election that has been marred by violence. Also: a fentanyl crisis grips Mexico's border cities, and the sacked Fox News host who has interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
07/02/24·29m 16s

Trump denied immunity in electoral interference case

It means the former US President can be prosecuted on charges of plotting to overturn the 2020 election. Also: The European Commission abandons proposals to cut pesticide use by half, in a concession to protesting farmers and Prince Harry returns to London, a day after the announcement that his father King Charles has cancer.
07/02/24·32m 39s

A Kenyan court has charged a doomsday cult leader with mass murder

Prosecutors say Paul Mackenzie urged his followers to starve to death to enter heaven. Mackenzie and suspected accomplices pleaded not guilty in court. Also: There have been protests in Turkey on the first anniversary of a devastating earthquake, and Spanish farmers join the Europe-wide protests in anger at high costs and other challenges to agriculture.
06/02/24·29m 15s

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Buckingham Palace says he remains "wholly positive" about his treatment -- which began on Monday. The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has wished the monarch a full and speedy recovery. Also: The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in Saudi Arabia for talks on a truce in Gaza, and an independent body says the social media giant, Meta, should label fake posts rather than taking them down.
05/02/24·30m 26s

US Secretary of State visits the Middle East - his fifth trip to the region since 7 October

Anthony Blinken's trip follows days of US airstrikes against Iranian linked targets in Syria and Yemen. Also, riot police in the Senegalese capital Dakar fire tear gas to disperse protesters after the postponement of the election and, Taylor Swift makes history at the Grammy's by winning her fourth Album of the Year award.
05/02/24·32m 23s

At least 99 killed in Chile wildfires

A state of emergency has been declared as forest fires rage in the Valparaiso region. Also: why the footballer Lionel Messi was booed by his own fans, and the Russian cosmonaut who's broken a world record.
05/02/24·28m 44s

Michelle O'Neill makes history as Northern Ireland's new first minister

The Sinn Féin vice-president is the first Irish nationalist to hold the position in the assembly at Stormont. Also: US and UK launch strikes on Iran-backed Houthi targets in Yemen, and raccoon mischief triggers a blackout in Toronto.
04/02/24·26m 57s

The Happy Pod: Time's up for monkey on the run

This week, the adventures and safe recapture of a runaway monkey in Scotland. Also: how scientists tracked down four previously undiscovered penguin colonies. And, the "Motorbike Grandma" riding the length and breadth of China.
03/02/24·28m 35s

US strikes Iran-linked targets in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon says it struck scores of targets in response to a drone attack which killed three American soldiers. Also: western officials in protest over Israel-Gaza policy, and scientists discover that clownfish count stripes to distinguish friend from foe.
03/02/24·32m 22s

Several die in gas explosion in Kenya

A lorry caught fire close to homes and businesses in Nairobi. A former Malaysian prime minister, jailed for involvement in a financial scandal, has his prison sentence halved and, millions of people in Germany have their travel plans disrupted by industrial action.
02/02/24·32m 0s

US approves plan for strikes on Iranian-related targets

US officials tell CBS News that the strikes in Syria and Iraq will take place over a number of days. Also: WHO predicts that global cancer rates will rise by more than 75% by 2050, and the F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is to leave Mercedes and join Ferrari in 2025.
02/02/24·27m 29s

War in Ukraine: EU unlocks $54 billion 'lifeline'

There had been fears Hungary's PM would block the package again. Also, people in Myanmar find a new way to protest the military coup there, Spain's anti-feminist movement grows in strength and how one DJ is changing the face of ballet...
01/02/24·33m 33s

Big tech accused of 'having blood on its hands'

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises to families who say their children have been harmed by social media. Also: The UN says eighteen million people in Sudan are facing an acute hunger crisis, with almost eight million displaced since the war between rival military factions began, and the search for a Japanese macaque that escaped from a wildlife park in the Scottish highlands at the weekend.
01/02/24·32m 27s

Thailand’s reformist party Move Forward at risk of being dissolved

The party that won last year’s election in Thailand is told to stop its plans to amend strict laws against royal insults. Also: UN organisations urge donor countries to restore funding for Palestinians in Gaza, the French farmers protest rages on, and tributes are paid to Broadway star Chita Rivera after her death aged 91.
31/01/24·32m 9s

More than half of Gaza's buildings damaged by war

Experts say the pace of the damage in a conflict zone is unprecedented in recent times. Also: The Israeli military confirms that it's been pumping sea water into tunnels in Gaza to flood Hamas's underground hideouts and, we mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Russia's famous motion picture studio - Mosfilm.
31/01/24·32m 30s

Pakistan court jails ex-PM Imran Khan for 10 years over leaked state secrets

His party described the trial as a sham and says it will appeal the verdict. Also: Israel says it's killed three Palestinian militants in an undercover operation at a hospital in the occupied West Bank and what's next for E. Jean Carroll, after her victory over Donald Trump in court
30/01/24·32m 23s

US vows 'consequential' response to killing of three soldiers

Washington says it's not seeking war with Iran or a wider conflict in the Middle East, but the Biden administration is under political pressure to react forcefully. Also: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says both sides in Sudan's civil war appear to be committing war crimes in the Darfur region, and the baby great white shark that's been filmed in the wild for the first time.
30/01/24·31m 52s

Iran denies involvement in killing of three US servicemen

President Biden said the US would choose when and how to respond to the attack. Also: The UN aid agency for Palestinians says its operations will have to stop next month if funding isn't restored, and a Japanese moon lander has unexpectedly sprung into life after initial problems with its solar panels.
29/01/24·31m 21s

Three US troops killed on Jordan-Syria border

President Joe Biden blamed the attack on radical Iran-backed militant groups. Also: The military rulers of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger announce their withdrawal from the West African bloc, ECOWAS, and we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ground-breaking music label Def Jam.
29/01/24·32m 42s

UN aid agency in Gaza under pressure after a number of countries suspend funding

The donations have been halted following Israeli allegations that some UNRWA staff were involved in the 7th of October Hamas attacks on Israel. Also: outraged Kenyans march to denounce violence against women, and the world's largest cruise ship sets sail from Miami.
28/01/24·29m 19s

The Happy Pod: Pioneering ultrasound treatment for Alzheimer's and addiction

This week, pioneering work using ultrasound In the treatment of both Alzheimer's and addictions. Also: a water skiing world record, and how a chatbot for a parcel delivery service went rogue
27/01/24·27m 19s

Israel’s PM says a charge of genocide against Israel was 'not only false but outrageous'.

South Africa brought the case at the International Court of Justice in the Hague accusing Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. Also: Trump ordered to pay $83.3m damages in defamation trial, and Jennifer Lopez is to bring the cartoon character Bob the Builder to the big screen.
27/01/24·32m 7s

UN's top court rules Israel must prevent genocide in Gaza

The court doesn't call for a ceasefire, but rules Israel should do everything in its power to prevent acts that could be considered genocidal and ensure humanitarian access to Gaza. Also, how hermit crabs are making their homes in plastic waste, and a missing Klimt portrait is found in Austria
26/01/24·27m 23s

Biden appoints CIA chief to broker Israeli hostage deal

US officials say the director of the CIA, William Burns, will take part in high level talks in coming days on efforts to free Israeli hostages seized by Hamas. Also: Apple to allow rival app stores on iPhones in European Union, and a woman is arrested in Thailand after pet lion is taken on car ride.
26/01/24·31m 25s

Russia: Reports claim missile fragments found at site of plane crash

Emergency workers have found black boxes from the crashed military transport plane. Kyiv has not directly admitted shooting down the aircraft but said it hadn't been told to ensure safe airspace ahead of a prisoner swap. Also, Britain has called for an immediate pause to the fighting in Gaza, and why fungi can grow faster if sound is blasted at them.
25/01/24·31m 28s

Russia accuses Kyiv of shooting down plane with Ukrainian prisoners

Moscow says the Russian aircraft was carrying sixty-five Ukrainian prisoners of war on their way to be exchanged. Also: president Milei faces mass protest in Argentina against worker rights cuts, and a fertility breakthrough offers hope for saving the northern white rhino from extinction.
25/01/24·30m 39s

A Russian military transport plane crashes, killing all on board - Moscow says

Video footage shows the aircraft going down in Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border. Also, Donald Trump wins the New Hampshire primary and, Thailand’s Constitutional Court has cleared the reformist opposition party leader of charges of breaking electoral law.
24/01/24·29m 27s

The Happy Pod: Heroic teens save couple from drowning

This week, we meet the teen rescuers who saved a couple from drowning in Barbados. Also: the pioneering heart transplant for a newborn hailed as a success. And, ending homelessness the Finnish way.
20/01/24·27m 21s

The Happy Pod: Trapped tourists saved from flooded caves

Five people were rescued from a system of underground lakes in southern Slovenia. Also: scientists say they've decoded a baby's cry. And, the mouse that's been caught tidying up a garden shed.
13/01/24·26m 48s

The Happy Pod: Art student's lost work recovered thousands of kilometres away

Grace Hart's artwork was accidentally thrown away, only to end up in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Also: the jewellery store owners in Hawaii helping to restore precious items damaged in wildfires. And, the teenage darts player, 'Luke the Nuke', taking the sport to new audiences.
06/01/24·28m 3s

The Happy Pod: Mobile coverage reaches remote Norwegian town

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how a settlement in Norway is taking a unique approach to mobile phone etiquette, after getting signal for the first time. Also: the man who composes music on TikTok to tell short stories. And we look ahead at what's to come in the worlds of sport and music in 2024.
30/12/23·31m 5s

Happy News Review 2023

Our annual review of the happiest stories in the world. We look back on the successful rescue mission from a dangling cable car in Pakistan. Also: the children who survived forty days lost in the Colombian jungle. And a round-up of our favourite animal stories from around the world.
25/12/23·35m 11s

The Happy Pod: Cooking for togetherness

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how cooking is bringing generations together in the Netherlands. Also: how polar bear pawprints can help conservation efforts. And an unexpected visitor found in a Christmas tree.
23/12/23·26m 34s

The Happy Pod: Refugees share their stories of hope

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the Somalian man who has brought the power of books to children living in refugee camps. Also: how a fascination with electricity inspired a Congolese woman to create a robotic medical tool. And the cyclist who took to the Olympic track after fleeing Afghanistan.
16/12/23·26m 46s

The Happy Pod: The giant Christmas 'tree' made of trees

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the Italian town of Gubbio lights its world record breaking Christmas Tree. Also: how a medical clinic in Borneo is helping to reduce deforestation. And the loneliest manatee, lonely no more.
09/12/23·27m 32s

The Happy Pod: India Tunnel Rescue Success

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how hope and perseverance prevailed in the rescue of 41 workers trapped in a tunnel in India. Also: a set of earbuds that could revolutionise wheelchair mobility. And celebrating 100 years of Scottish dancing.
02/12/23·26m 54s

COP 28 special: Your climate questions answered

Our climate editor Justin Rowlatt and The Climate Question presenter Graihagh Jackson address issues including whether the oil-producing UAE is the right host for the meeting, what one thing we can all do to save the planet, and is a plant-based diet on the agenda?
26/11/23·28m 38s

The Happy Pod: It's never too late to graduate

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the war veteran from Texas who's graduated from high school 60 years after he left. Also: the comic book that is educating girls all over the world about periods and menstruation. And: the cat meowing her way to a Christmas hit.
25/11/23·28m 25s

The Happy Pod: Kenya's tree-planting holiday

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, Kenya hands out 100 million saplings and calls a public holiday to plant them. Also: a new drug to treat two rare blood disorders, and a woman from Scotland who walked across Europe and met the Pope.
18/11/23·27m 30s

The Happy Pod: Protecting penguins in South America

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the biologist who's dedicated his life to protecting penguins in South America. Also: the award-winning Frenchman they call the Michelangelo of tattooists. And Peanut, the world’s oldest chicken
11/11/23·28m 14s

The Happy Pod: The 'Bee' song creating a buzz

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the Ukrainian musician whose bee-inspired song captured the hearts of millions. Also: the band pushing sustainability by walking 1400 kilometres between gigs. And, a new type of seal discovered in Greenland.
04/11/23·27m 14s

The Happy Pod: Spreading joy: Finland's most positive person

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, we meet Finland's happiest person, a giant tortoise is on the loose in Canada. And the pigeon set to fly off on a world book tour.
28/10/23·27m 28s

Israel-Gaza War: Your Questions Answered

We've teamed up with The Conflict podcast to answer your questions. These include Russia's role, the reaction from Israel, and what we can all do to be part of the solution.
27/10/23·28m 57s

The Happy Pod: Why whales wear seaweed

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, why are whales wearing seaweed on their heads? We celebrate 100 years of Disney. And a listener shares her children's orchestra in Colombia.
21/10/23·27m 15s

Israel-Gaza War: Your Questions Answered

These include why Hamas attacked Israel, the fate of the hostages, Israel's response so far, and whether both sides can overcome the trauma of their past.
20/10/23·26m 28s

The Happy Pod: Bill Gates: Looking on the bright side

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how tech giant Bill Gates stays optimistic when it comes to climate change, what goes into growing the world's biggest pumpkin. And, what makes Alaska's perfect bear.
14/10/23·27m 18s

Gaza Special: Your Questions Answered

The build up to the Hamas attack, why now and what happens next? Is there any hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians?
13/10/23·33m 32s

The Happy Pod: Biles is back with a bang

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the extraordinary comeback of US gymnast Simone Biles, an author who proves there is no age-limit on learning to read. And, solving the mystery of how cats purr.
07/10/23·27m 15s

The Happy Pod: Uncovering the wonders of the universe

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, will asteroid dust give clues to the origins of the universe? Jubilation in East Africa as the 2027 Cup of Nations is awarded to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. And, celebrating words of hope and joy from around the world.
30/09/23·27m 16s

The Happy Pod: Teamwork and pride - Saudi women's football

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the extraordinary growth of women's football in Saudi Arabia, ambitious plans to rewild southern rhinos in Africa, and the fierce competition to be crowned Montenegro's "laziest citizen".
23/09/23·27m 17s

The Happy Pod: Superhero dog saves family from fire

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the superhero hero dog who saved a family from a fire finds a forever home, the international effort to rescue a man from a cave in Turkey. And the electronic bra that can spot signs of breast cancer.
16/09/23·27m 16s

Special Edition - Artificial Intelligence - who cares?

What is AI? What can it do and what are its current limitations? A tool for good - or should we be worried? Will we lose our jobs? Are we ready to be cared for by machines? Our Tech Editor, Zoe Kleinman, and a panel of international experts explore AI's impact on healthcare, the environment, the law and the arts in a special edition recorded at Science Gallery London.
15/09/23·51m 53s

The Happy Pod: The little boy making a big difference

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the blind schoolboy who helped rebuild his school in Yemen, a new app teaching people literacy skills in the Horn of Africa. And, how Tilos has become the world's first zero-waste island.
09/09/23·27m 17s

The Happy Pod: The gift of sight

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the extraordinary difference a pioneering stem cell treatment has made to one of its patients, the man who saved a toddler as she fell from an apartment block in Italy. And, a chance to hear our politics correspondent, Rob Watson, like you've never heard him before.
02/09/23·27m 5s

The Happy Pod: Relief and joy: Pakistan cable car rescue

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, huge relief in Pakistan after the rescue of two adults and six schoolboys after a cable car line snapped, the volunteers in Switzerland protecting livestock from wolves and therefore wolves from people, and some of the very best things about this year's Women's football world cup.
26/08/23·27m 21s

The Happy Pod: The disabled TV director pushing for change

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, Jordan Hogg and his campaign to get more disabled people working in the film and TV industry, the Ukrainian soldier who became a ballet star after losing both legs in the war, and the surfers rescued after 36 hours adrift off Indonesia.
19/08/23·27m 31s

The Happy Pod: Six months on, revisiting the baby born under the rubble

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, Afraa, the newborn rescued from the debris of Syria’s earthquake, is a symbol of hope, the mother and daughter who won the lottery to travel to space, and the dog who surfed to victory at the world championships.
12/08/23·27m 19s

The Happy Pod : The Norwegian Nepali duo reaching new heights

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, smashing the record for climbing the world's fourteen highest peaks, the remarkable musician who plays the French horn with his toes, and an eight-year-old chess prodigy from Nigeria - sharing her passion for the game.
05/08/23·27m 33s

The Happy Pod: Farmers strike truce with bears

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the deal to get Colombian coffee growers and bears living in harmony, the power of sound in restoring Australian coral reefs, and how sending a fax can win you a fortune in Taiwan.
29/07/23·27m 14s

The Happy Pod: New hope for Alzheimer's treatment

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, a "breakthrough" drug that could slow down Alzheimer's, and the men remaking trees. Plus, solving a puzzle that stumped mathematicians for over 50 years.
22/07/23·26m 58s

The Happy Pod: The portable incubator saving lives in a war zone

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the portable incubator saving lives in Ukraine, a tale of heroics on the streets of Taiwan. And, how putty might help to preserve Australia's coral reefs.
15/07/23·27m 0s

The Happy Pod: Everyone has a story to tell

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how sharing life stories is helping elderly patients connect with their carers. Also, the baby born onboard an express train in Kenya, and China’s “butterfly father” dedicating his life to protecting the beautiful insects.
08/07/23·26m 42s

The Happy Pod: Monkey rescue mission

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, 100,000 Sri Lankan monkeys saved from export to China. Also: an Australian man born in a taxi seeks the driver, and the 16-year-old fulfilling a dream by playing Glastonbury.
01/07/23·26m 40s

The Happy Pod: Magical voice from the past

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, an old cassette tape brings a mother's voice back to life, researchers find that napping is good for your brain. And: The mission to bring light to bombed houses in Ukraine. Presented by Jackie Leonard and music produced by Iona Hampson.
24/06/23·26m 40s

The Happy Pod: Saved from skin cancer

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, thanks for the eagle eyed doctor in Australia who spotted a serious medical problem on a TV interview and issued a very timely warning.  Praise in Colombia for the big sister who kept her little siblings alive in the jungle after their plane crashed. And the Mongolian women re-invigorating an old art-form for the twenty-first century. Presented by Jackie Leonard. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
17/06/23·26m 52s

The Happy Pod: Rescue mission in Sudan

Around 300 children and babies rescued from an orphanage in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Also: We hear from one of the researchers helping a paralysed man to walk again, and why some people in Japan are relearning how to smile.
10/06/23·26m 35s

The Happy Pod: Back to class for Afghan girls

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, educating girls in Afghanistan, the Finnish octogenarian mastering Taekwondo, and dogs enjoying art in Greece. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
08/04/23·26m 28s

The Happy Pod: Striking gold

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how an amateur digger in Australia hit the jackpot, the boy who spent three years camping out for charity, and could the secret to happiness lie in our sweat? Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
01/04/23·26m 28s

The Happy Pod: The smiling cow

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, an unusual cow brings joy to Australia, the happiest places in the world are revealed and how shrimps are saving lives. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
25/03/23·26m 28s

The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how a computer data centre could heat pools around the globe, Paris Opera appoints its first black star ballet dancer, and a robotic elephant helping to improve animal rights in India. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
18/03/23·26m 28s

The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, sharing the things about your home country that make you happy, NASA's new head of science on how her dad gave her a love of space, and how bees can not only solve puzzles, but teach each other how to do it. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
11/03/23·26m 28s

The Happy Podcast

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world along with the sounds that bring joy to our listeners. This week, the naughty Finnish huskies who've found a new home, the Caribbean sailor who survived 24 days at sea on ketchup, and the crafty octogenarian who knits for Hollywood. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
04/03/23·26m 28s

Special episode: Abortion rights around the world

In June, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion in America. In a special episode, we investigate the changing dynamic of abortion rights globally in countries like Colombia, China and Ireland. We'll also be examining the restrictions still faced by women in Africa and places like Malta and El Salvador.Audio for this episode was updated on 4 July 2022, due to a factual error in an earlier version.
01/07/22·31m 38s

Young voices special

Is the nuclear threat real? What does Putin want? Who is winning the war in Ukraine? We took questions on the invasion from young people around the world and looked for answers from BBC correspondents.Jackie Leonard speaks to Martin Forster, a senior child psychologist with the healthcare company, Kry, in Sweden. Listeners' questions are tackled by Vitaliy Shevchenko, Paul Adams, Theo Leggett, Lyse Doucet and Mark Lowen.
25/03/22·35m 22s

Special: Global News Ukrainecast part 2

A month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we are collaborating with Ukrainecast again. We answer more of your questions.Jackie Leonard, presenter of the Global News Podcast, alongside Gabriel Gatehouse and Vitaliy Shevchenko from Ukrainecast, guide us through questions about civilian life in the country, military tactics, and the international response to the invasion. BBC chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, joins us from Kyiv to talk through what is happening on the ground there, and BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, tells us the latest on the physical and information war. This episode was made by Chris Flynn. The studio director was Ash Taylor. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
24/03/22·32m 49s

Russia-Ukraine: On the brink of war?

Our experts in Moscow, Kyiv and London answer your questions about the crisis.
28/01/22·34m 2s

Omicron versus the world: Your questions answered

As the Omicron variant spreads around the world and cases surge, BBC correspondents tell us how Covid-19 is impacting our lives, our businesses and our economies.
21/12/21·33m 36s

Afghanistan Special: Your Questions Answered

BBC correspondents answer your questions about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. We ask how did the Taliban overthrow the Afghan government so quickly? What now for human rights, the economy and international relations?Photo:People on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport, August 21, 2021 Credit:MoD/PA Wire
30/08/21·35m 17s

Global News Brexitcast

We team up with the award-winning Brexitcast team to bring you a special update on what Britain leaving the EU means for you. You’ve sent us questions from around the world and Jackie Leonard puts them to the experts from the podcast that’s all about Brexit. There’s also cake, phew. Spread the word! #GlobalNewsPod #Brexitcast Find the Brexitcast podcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/brexitcast
25/10/19·50m 39s
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