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August 10, 2020
Hoyt Richards has been called the first male supermodel. In the 1980s and 90s he jet-setted around the world doing shoots for Versace and Ralph Lauren, and moving in the same circles as stars like Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Madonna. But outside of working hours he was involved with a cult called Eternal Values. They believed there would be a catastrophe at the turn of the century and the group would have a crucial role to play. This episode was first released on 29th March 2018. Presenter: Jo Fidgen. Producer: Catrin Manel. Picture: Hoyt Richards. Credit: Fabrizio Gianni.
August 8, 2020
The Recycled Orchestra run by Favio Chavez, began as a safe haven for kids living in the Cateura slum. It turned into a global phenomenon when it caught the attention of rock royalty and actual royalty around the world. Playing instruments made from the trash thrown away at the local landfill site, teenagers who once only knew the streets around their homes now travel across the planet performing with bands like Megadeth, Metallica and Stevie Wonder. But despite their success, they still play the same instruments made of garbage and remain in the shanty town, putting everything they make back into their community. Archive in this programme is from the documentary Landfill Harmonic. Presenter: Clayton Conn Producer: Mariana Des Forges Picture: Favio Chavez Credit: Landfill Harmonic Movie
August 6, 2020
Nicole Fosse is the daughter of two American dance superstars – Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Their legendary collaboration led to the reinvention of the modern musical, and huge stage and screen successes like Chicago and Cabaret. They were one of the most influential couples in show business and their style has inspired even Beyonce and RuPaul. The Fosse-Verdon relationship was remarkable but, as Nicole recalls, life wasn’t always as smooth as her parents’ celebrated choreography. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Bob Fosse, Nicole Fosse and Gwen Verdon Credit: Getty Images
August 5, 2020
In 1988 Li Jingzhi’s 2-year-old son was abducted from a hotel lobby in China and disappeared without a trace. She never stopped looking for him, appearing on numerous Chinese television shows and distributing more than 100,000 flyers. Through her many years of searching she was able to help reunite many other parents with their missing children. Then this year, after 32 years she was finally reunited with her son. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: Mao Yin reuniting with his mother Li Jingzhi Credit: Getty Images
August 4, 2020
Jack Sim is a Singaporean multi-millionaire tycoon with an unusual nickname: Mr Toilet. His obsession with toilets has had him mingling with presidents, A-list celebrities, he's even had a resolution passed at the UN. After growing up without a working toilet in Singapore he's now on a global mission to make sure others don't go through the same. Presenter: Emily Webb Picture: Jack Sim aka Mr Toilet Credit: Jim Orca
August 3, 2020
When Judy Heumann was growing up in the 1950s, expectations for someone like her were low. Her disability wasn't her main problem, it was other people's prejudices. Judy Heumann was the first person in a wheelchair to become a teacher in New York, and she went on to dedicate her life to fighting discrimination. In doing, so has helped shape history. In April 1977, she helped orchestrate the longest ever occupation of a federal building in the history of the US. As a result of that, important regulations were brought in which made it both illegal and costly to discriminate against disabled people in many areas. And those regulations paved the way for further victories. Her book is called Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Fiona Woods. Picture: Judy Heumann.  Credit: Rick Guidotti/Positive Exposure.
August 1, 2020
Growing up, Julie Lindahl felt a sense of shame hung over her family, but had no idea why. Her father’s dying words confirmed she needed answers. And so began a seven year search for information. She started at the German Federal Archives where she was handed a file that exposed her grandfather’s Nazi past. Her findings sent her on a life-changing journey to track down and make amends with people who had fallen victim to her grandfather’s brutality. Julie has written a book about her story called The Pendulum. Presenter: Andrea Kennedy Producer: Mariana Des Forges Picture: Julie Lindahl aged three and her grandfather in Brazil Credit: Julie Lindahl
July 30, 2020
A few years ago, writer Mira Feticu received an anonymous letter with instructions on how to find a stolen Picasso, buried under a tree in a Romanian forest. The painting, the Tête d'Arlequin or Harlequin Head, had been stolen in 2012 from the Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum. Within days, Mira had found the spot where the artwork was supposed to be hidden. But a shock was in store.   Presenter: Jo Fidgen. Producer: Fiona Woods. Picture: Pablo Picasso's Harlequin Head. Credit: The Triton Collection Foundation.
July 29, 2020
When war broke out in Somalia in the 1990s, Omar Mohamed’s dad was killed and he was separated from his mum. Omar, who was only four at that time, picked up his disabled younger brother Hassan and started running. The brothers eventually ended up in Kenya’s vast Dadaab refugee camp - the biggest refugee camp in Africa. For years, they never stopped looking for their mother. Until one day, rumours spread around the camp that a woman was looking for them. Could this stranger be Omar and Hassan’s mum?    Omar's extraordinary story has been turned into a graphic novel co-written by Victoria Jamieson, and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy. It’s called When stars are scattered. Omar has set up his own charity called Refugee Strong.   Presenter: Jo Fidgen. Producers: Katy Takatsuki and June Christie. Picture: Omar Mohamed. Credit: Patrick Blain.
July 28, 2020
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is very well known in Africa, even though almost no one knows what he looks like. Anas is a trained lawyer-turned-investigative reporter in Ghana, and a frequent presenter of the BBC's Africa Eye. In his nearly 20 years working undercover, he's exposed judges taking bribes for a not guilty verdict; top football officials fixing matches; sex trafficking rings; organ harvesting. To do so, he had to disguise himself as a psychiatric patient, as a janitor in a brothel and as a rock in a barren landscape. His work has led to numerous convictions, but his methods are sometimes dangerous and controversial. His latest investigation for BBC Africa Eye is called Corona Quacks, exposing the sale in Ghana of fake 'cures' for coronavirus. Presenter: Jo Fidgen. Producers: Andrea Kennedy and Harry Graham. Picture: Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Credit: BBC Africa Eye.
July 27, 2020
Colin Foord and Jared McKay are childhood best friends with a passion for aquatic life. As a kid Colin developed a strong love of sea life and would construct his own aquariums. Later, when Jay was suffering from depression, Colin would send him equipment needed to build his own reef aquarium in his living room. Eventually they became partners in a coral business, growing home grown corals in their living rooms. Their love of coral life led them to create bespoke films, music and artwork, an eventually install Coral City Camera, a webcam streaming live from an urban coral reef in Miami which since lockdown has attracted thousands of dedicated daily viewers. Presenter: Clayton Conn. Producer: Maryam Maruf. Picture: Colin Foord (R) and Jared McKay (L). Credit: Karli Evans.
July 25, 2020
Arlene Violet served as a nun for 23 years in the US state of Rhode Island. When she was there she realised that there were big problems locally: the mob ruled the streets and a Colombian drug cartel had moved in. Arlene thought it was her duty to fight the injustices she saw every day, so she decided to run for State Attorney General. She went on to become the first woman in that role, and she sent 18 top criminals to jail. This podcast was first released on 31st March 2018. Presenter: Emily Webb Image: rosary and bible Credit: Don Bayley/Getty Images
July 23, 2020
Joël Karekezi is a Rwandan director, scriptwriter and producer with a string of awards to his name. His films, such as Imbabazi: The Pardon, and The Mercy of the Jungle, deal with issues around the brutality of conflict and war, but also the possibility of forgiveness and hope. And they are themes that were set in his mind from a very young age. Because when he was a boy, Joël lived through the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by extremist Hutu militias. Making films has given Joël a chance to make sense of what he and his family went through during that time. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Rebecca Vincent. Picture: Joël Karekezi during filmmaking. Credit: Ali Musoke.
July 22, 2020
British diver Chris Lemons was working on an oil well underwater in the North Sea in Scotland. He was connected to a boat with something called an 'umbilical chord', which also provided him with air and heat. But he ended up getting tangled in the line and was stuck on the sea bed with only five minutes of air left in his tank. A rescue team was over 35 minutes away. How he was able to survive has left medical experts baffled. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: June Christie First published on April 23rd, 2019 Picture: Diver Chris Lemons Credit: Courtesy of Dogwoof
July 21, 2020
Arshay Cooper likens his childhood on the westside of Chicago to "what soldiers experience in war." His father absent, his mother battling an addiction to drugs, Arshay and his three siblings struggled to put food on the table, or to heat their tiny one-bedroom apartment. From a young age Arshay was aware that in his neighbourhood, “the big question wasn’t what college you were going to go to, but what gang you were going to join.” Still, he knew the life of a gang member wasn't for him. So when Arshay came across an unusual sight in his school cafeteria one day - a rowing boat with a notice: "Join the Crew Team" - he was intrigued, but wary. The next day the boat was still there, and this time they were offering free pizza to anyone who signed up. The decision to join would lead Arshay to become captain of the first ever African-American high school rowing team in the US, take him and his team-mates into the elite, white-dominated world of amateur rowing - and change their lives for ever. Arshay Cooper has written a memoir, A Most Beautiful Thing, which has been turned into a film of the same name. The memoir is available now, the film will be released on 31 July. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Arshay Cooper during rowing practice with the Manley high school crew. Credit: Heather Stone courtesy of Tribune Content Agency
July 20, 2020
“Ana” (not her real name) lives in Georgia and is a single mother with two children of her own. She has also given birth to two other children for couples who couldn’t carry them themselves. In return, she received a payment. In Georgia, commercial surrogacy is legal but it carries a stigma so great that Ana didn’t even tell members of her own family what she was doing. She spent the final months of her pregnancy almost entirely behind closed doors. Just a few months ago Ana was carrying a baby for Patrick and Enitan, they’re from Zimbabwe and Nigeria respectively and live in Canada, around 8,500 km away from Ana, but their connection belies that distance. Throughout the pregnancy Ana, Patrick and Enitan would talk over the internet. They told us, “It was beautiful from the first time we talked to her.” Ana would send them photos of her growing belly and then, nine months later, she would deliver them a baby boy. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Jo Impey Image by Alice Haworth-Booth for BBC Woman's Hour
July 18, 2020
What is it like to be the daughter of a sporting legend? To many, Muhammad Ali was known as The Greatest, whether as a boxing hero, a pioneering civil rights campaigner, or a world-class entertainer. To Hana Ali though, he was the man who put on magic shows for strangers and recorded interviews with her crushes at school. This podcast was first released 13th October 2018 Image: a young Hana Ali and her father Muhammad Ali Credit: Hana Ali Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Katy Davis
July 16, 2020
Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda’s office is a war zone, she goes to meet warlords and military commanders to persuade them to release the children in their ranks and from prisons. And it’s not always just the military leaders who need convincing, sometimes the children are too afraid to leave, so she often shares her own story of growing up as a Congolese Iranian during the violence of the Iran-Iraq war. Priscillia is a human rights lawyer and the co-founder of the Collective for Black Iranians, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to represent Black and Afro-Iranians' voices within the Iranian diaspora. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Jo Impey Picture: Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda at work Credit: Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda
July 15, 2020
Violin virtuoso Min Kym was at the height of her career when she became the victim of a crime that made headlines around the world. She was a child prodigy whose family moved from South Korea to London to help her to develop her talent. Then, at 21, she met the love of her life: a Stradivarius violin. She would joke that she was 99% violin and 1% human. But then her violin was stolen. We first spoke to Min in 2017. It’s been a long journey to find a new soulmate but next week she picks up her brand new, specially commissioned, violin that she has watched grow from a piece of wood. She’s hoping it will be the new perfect partner. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Emily Webb Photo: Min Kym with her Stradivarius violin Credit: Toby Jacobs/courtesy of Min Kym
July 14, 2020
60 years ago this week a young British woman called Jane Goodall entered the Gombe Stream National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika - where she made a discovery that changed our understanding of what it is to be human. She'd gone there to observe chimpanzees, our close relatives. But we didn't know just how much we have in common until Jane had studied them. Now 86, Dame Jane Goodall is still devoted to chimps, and campaigns for a more enlightened attitude towards them. She spoke to Outlook's Jo Fidgen in 2016 Image: Dr.Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Uruhara at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary in Kenya Credit: Michael Neugebauer
July 13, 2020
Ishmael Beah was just a boy when war reached his village in Sierra Leone and he was forced to flee. In the chaos, he was separated from his family. He ended up with a group of other children at what they thought was the safety of an army base. But instead he was taught to become a hardened killer and sent out to fight. Nearly three years went by before he was finally rescued by child protection specialists from Unicef but he was so brainwashed that he didn't want to leave. It took months of careful rehabiliation and the support of a very special woman to break through his defences. In 1996, at the age of just 16, he gave a speech at the UN in New York where he spoke out about his experiences. His testimony formed part of a pivotal report about the impact of armed conflict on children. A decade later, he would become the first Unicef Advocate for Children Affected by War. Today he is a bestselling author, who has just written his second novel, Little Family. He is also married, with three children of his own. This interview contains disturbing descriptions of violence. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Jo Impey Photo: Ishmael Beah Credit: Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda
July 11, 2020
Blood, gold and secrets at the Olympic pool. Greg Louganis is one of the most celebrated divers in the US, and a record-breaking athlete. But Greg is also famous for one of the biggest shocks in Olympic history – cutting his head on a diving board, and the revelations that followed. This podcast was first released on the 17th November 2018. Presenter: Sofia Bettiza Producer: Maryam Maruf Image: Greg Louganis Credit: Pascal Rondeau Allsport/Getty Images
July 9, 2020
Sam Mills is a British writer who has always turned to fictional characters for answers in her life. Whether that was Roald Dahl's Matilda when she was younger or Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway as an adult, they've always been the language she's used to interpret her situation. As a child, Sam didn't understand why her dad would disappear for long stretches of time so she'd tell her classmates he'd been abducted by a gang and was being held hostage. These were stories inspired by some of her favourite authors. When she was 14 years old she found out what was really happening, her father had schizophrenia. Sam's favourite storybooks continued to help her to process the world and when she became her father's primary carer, they became a lifeline. Sam has written a book about her experience called Fragments of My Father. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Pages of a book Credit: BBC
July 8, 2020
Rufus Wainwright was once described by Elton John as 'the greatest songwriter on the planet'. He's the son of two North American folk music legends – Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle but went on to forge his own prolific career. He's got 12 albums under his belt including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall where he sang Over the Rainbow with his mother Kate on stage, a song they’ve performed since his childhood. Rufus was especially close to his mum, early on in his songwriting career he looked to her for advice and approval, and her support helped him through a destructive crystal meth addiction. They sang together often, right up until she died from cancer in 2010. Rufus' latest album is called Unfollow the Rules. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Rufus Wainwright with his mother Kate McGarrigle Credit: Getty Images
July 7, 2020
Elizabeth Anionwu spent her earliest years in a British children’s home. Her mother, a promising Cambridge University student, got pregnant by accident following a relationship with a Nigerian law student at the same university and was forced to give her baby up. Although Elizabeth’s mother was loving and always kept in touch, Elizabeth’s childhood was unsettled. For many years she was the only mixed-race child in the children’s home, and when she left the institution, to live first with her mother and stepfather, and later with her grandparents, Elizabeth never felt wholly accepted. Despite her academic potential, Elizabeth’s family ended her schooling at 16. She quickly found a job as a nursing assistant, and from there went on to train as a nurse. It’s a profession on which she has had a huge impact, championing the rights and care of patients with sickle cell anaemia and becoming Britain’s first sickle cell nurse specialist. Now Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, she’s regarded as a pioneer in her field, but it was only later in life that she felt a true sense of belonging. A question to her mother about her father’s identity set a chain of events in motion that would lead to a treasured reunion – not just with her father, but with a wider Nigerian family who treated her from the start as one of their own.
July 6, 2020
It's Outlook's 54th year on air and to celebrate, we're letting our listeners take over today's programme. Margo Perin is an Outlook listener with a story of her own. As a child in the USA she was constantly on the move, with a new surname and address every few years. Unsure of what her father really did for a living, her childhood was shrouded in mystery. It wasn't until she was much older that she'd come to understand her family's secrets, and why they were on the run. She spoke to Outlook's Emily Webb. Peter van Straten is another listener who sent a remarkable story our way, this time about a friend of his Mandisa Gushu. Mandisa grew up in a dysfunctional home in one of the poorest parts of South Africa. After naming herself at the age of six, she managed to make her way through school and nursing college and is now working at a hospital in the UK. We always love to receive stories from our listeners. If you have a story you want told, or know somebody else who does, email us at outlook@bbc.co.uk Picture: Margo Perin Credit: Margo Perin
July 4, 2020
Daniel Lofredo Rota is an Ecuadorian DJ and musician on a quest to unravel a decades-old family mystery. His eccentric grandfather has left a clue: a grimy, battered suitcase filled with old tapes. Inside are songs, secret loves, and the resurrection of a long-lost record label. This was first released on 21st October 2018. Check out Daniel's Soundcloud page - Quixosis - if you want to listen to all the songs featured in this programme. Produced and presented by Maryam Maruf Image: Records from the Caife catalogue Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Lofredo Rota
July 2, 2020
Dr Rachel Clarke spends her working life in the company of people who are dying, and she says they’ve taught her everything she needs to know about living. She works in palliative care for England’s National Health Service, providing support for people at the end of their lives. She adores her job - she's written a book about how much she gets out of it. But when her beloved father became terminally ill, she had to face his decline as a daughter, not a doctor. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Katy Takatsuki Photo credit: Sarah Oscroft
July 1, 2020
Lien de Jong was a young girl living in The Hague in the Netherlands when the Second World War broke out. The country was occupied, and her parents took a desperate decision to protect their child, sending her to live with the Van Es family, passionate anti-Nazis who raised Lien as their own. After the end of the war Lien remained with her adoptive family. Her biological parents had been murdered in Auschwitz, and she had nowhere else to go. But the trauma of the war took a heavy toll on Lien, and over time she became increasingly estranged from the Van Es family. Then, years later, she received an email from Bart Van Es. He was the son of Lien's adoptive brother, and he wanted to tell her story. Lien and Bart spoke to Outlook's Jo Fidgen. Photo: Nazi Germany occupies the Netherlands Credit: Getty Images/Three Lions
June 30, 2020
Roman Dial is a science professor and explorer who's travelled to some of the toughest places on Earth. His son Cody Roman was raised to love the wilderness too, and used to join his father on expeditions around the world. As he grew older, he went on adventures of his own. But in 2014, whilst trekking in the Costa Rican jungle, Cody Roman went missing. Roman Dial began a two year search for his son. He spoke to Outlook's Jo Fidgen. Born in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Elza Soares overcame poverty, child marriage and public scandal to become one of her country's most beloved singers. She started out in the smokey nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s and with her unique raspy voice and the intensity of her dancing, she quickly became a hit on the club scene. In the 1960s a highly publicised relationship with a footballing legend briefly made her a national hate figure, but she came back and now into the seventh decade of her career she continues to be a Brazilian icon. She spoke to Outlook's Harry Graham. Photo Credit: Roman Dial
June 29, 2020
In January 2020, Dagmar Turner was woken up in the middle of her brain surgery and handed a violin. It was her idea. She was an amateur but committed violinist and was willing to go to drastic lengths to keep playing the instrument. Dagmar had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in her right frontal lobe. It was dangerously close to areas of her brain that were responsible for coordinating delicate movements in her left hand - essential for her musical talent. So she sought the help of Dr Keyoumars Ashkan – he was a respected neurosurgeon but also an accomplished musician, so he understood her love of music. Dr Ashkan agreed to perform an incredibly rare procedure where Dagmar would play the violin during surgery so that he and his team could remove only brain tissue that would not damage her music skills. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Becky Vincent Picture: Dagmar Turner with her violin during her brain surgery Credit: King's College London
June 27, 2020
Would you hire someone to impersonate one of your relatives? Yuichi Ishii is a former actor who runs Family Romance, a 'family rental' business in Japan. He pretends to be people's fathers, husbands and ex-lovers. Over nine years, he's played spouse to a hundred women and organised 8,000 fake weddings. But, it's an ethical minefield when you're living a lie. This programme was first broadcast on 11th of August 2018. Image: Japanese anime fan poses with his virtual reality wife Credit: Getty Images Presenter: Saskia Edwards Producer: Maryam Maruf
June 25, 2020
As a child in the US, Ian Powell had two great loves: art and rock climbing, and he was good at them both. By the early 1990s he had made a name for himself as a sculptor and professional climber, and had taken part in global competitions. He even combined his two great passions by designing climbing holds – objects that climbers grab and stand on as they make their way up a climbing wall. But by 2010, aged 39, Ian was a homeless drug addict and facing prison for credit card fraud. He tells Emily Webb how the climbing world came to his rescue and helped him get his life back on track. He now runs a successful multimillion dollar business making a popular brand of climbing hold. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Harry Graham Picture: Ian Powell Credit: Jackie Hueftle
June 24, 2020
Magicians who used their craft to overcome social awkwardness, sexism and bullying - stories from the UK, Russia and Singapore. British illusionist and writer Derren Brown talks to Emily Webb about some of his famous stunts - like the time he hypnotised almost an entire audience at one of his shows - and how he survived a controversial Russian roulette stunt on live TV. He describes how magic has transformed his understanding of the way humans work and how he lives his own life. Gemma Cairney in conversation with Ekatarina Dobrokhotov, a Russian-born magician who learned magic from the internet and is the most watched female magician on Youtube and Adeline Ng, who incorporates elements of her Chinese culture into her show and is the only practising female magician in Singapore. Steven Frayne, aka Dynamo, isn't your usual white-gloved magician pulling rabbits out of hats. His tricks have seen him walk on water and stroll down the side of a huge building. He's one of the world's most celebrated magicians but it hasn't been an easy path to success. His entire life has been hampered by Crohn's disease, a debilitating inflammatory bowel disease. But he tells Saskia Edwards that this adversity has been the source of inspiration for some of his best tricks. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: June Christie, Andrea Kennedy, Saskia Edwards Picture: Magician or illusionist is showing magic trick Credit: Getty Images
June 23, 2020
Antonio Roncolato was one of the last survivors to escape London’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. He had lived on the 10th floor for 27 years, and was only alerted to the fire when his son Christopher called him at around 01:40. He tried to leave the building but the corridors were filled with black smoke, and then came the official instruction – to stay put. He stayed there for over four hours and as the flames began to creep closer to his home, he called his son in desperation. Outside the building, Christopher took drastic action – crossing police lines to find a firefighter who could bring his father out alive. In the years since the fire, Antonio was one of the first residents to give evidence to the public inquiry into the disaster. He now has a new home and is continuing his fight for justice for the survivors. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: Antonio Roncolato Credit: Alessandro Allocca – LondraItalia
June 22, 2020
In 1979, a teenage Carina Hoang and her siblings boarded a rickety boat with other refugees fleeing Vietnam after the end of the war. They thought they were heading to a refugee camp, but when their boat was turned away from Malaysia, they found themselves stranded on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. They awaited rescue while more and more boatloads of people filled up the beach. Sleeping out in the rain and fighting off starvation and disease, Carina knew that she had to stay alive to keep her younger siblings safe. They were finally rescued three months later and were reunited with family members who'd faced similar ordeals on nearby islands. Not all of them had survived. Many years later, Carina's aunt was still haunted by the fact she hadn't been able to give her son a proper burial. So Carina decided to return to the island, determined to find his grave and bring peace to their family. It would be the first of many such trips, because when other refugees heard of Carina's mission, they started calling her, asking for help in finding their loved ones. Carina's book is called Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996. Presented by Emily Webb Produced by Mariana Des Forges Photo: Carina Hoang on her return to the islands Credit: Carina Hoang
June 20, 2020
Steven Frayne, aka Dynamo, isn't your usual white-gloved magician pulling rabbits out of hats. His tricks have seen him walk on water and stroll down the side of a huge building. He's one of the world's most celebrated magicians but it hasn't been an easy path to success for the British entertainer. His entire life has been hampered by Crohn's disease, a debilitating inflammatory bowel disease. But this adversity has been the source of inspiration for some of his best tricks. His latest TV show Dynamo: Beyond Belief is available now on Sky One. Presented and produced by Saskia Edwards Picture: Dynamo in a city street at night Credit: courtesy of Clare Britt
June 18, 2020
Hamed Amiri's family knew they would one day have to leave their home in Afghanistan to travel to the city of Southampton in the UK. It was one of the few places in the world where doctors were able to perform the heart surgery that could save his brother Hussein's life. Then, suddenly, the need to leave became even more urgent. This was the year 2000, and Hamed’s mother was being threatened by the Taliban for speaking out in support of women’s rights and education. The family had to sell their belongings and flee into the night, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey at the mercy of people smugglers. Hamed has recently published a book about his family’s experiences called The Boy With Two Hearts: A Story of Hope. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Harry Graham / Becky Vincent Picture: Hussein (left) and Hamed Amiri as children Credit: Amiri Family
June 17, 2020
Alex Lacamoire is the award-winning orchestrator, arranger and conductor for the hit musical Hamilton. This hip hop homage to the revolutionary US statesman Alexander Hamilton - which was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda - has become one of the most successful musicals of all time. But Alex has his own story to tell. He's the son of Cuban immigrants, and although he's now one of the world's most celebrated composers, as a child he was diagnosed with a hearing impairment. It was even suggested he go to a school for deaf children. But his mother was determined he would stay in mainstream school. And despite his hearing challenges, his passion and talent for music grew. Alex first encountered Lin-Manuel Miranda back when he was a lyricist and rapper trying to create his first professional show. They joined forces. Lin would dream up the songs, and Alex would work out how the music would sound. And the chemistry between them would form part of the magic behind the development of Hamilton. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda Credit: Theo Wargo / Wire Image / Getty Images
June 16, 2020
Patrick and Enitan Goredema's baby was born to a surrogate mother in Tbilisi, Georgia at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. They travelled across the world to meet him. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: June Christie Picture: Patrick and Enitan Goredema and their baby son Credit: Pearly Jacob
June 15, 2020
Robert Bilott is an American lawyer who, in the 1990s defended big corporations, including chemical companies. One day he got a call from a farmer called Wilbur Earl Tennant, whose cattle were dying. Mr Tennant thought something was wrong with his cattle's drinking water. Robert took on what he thought would be a simple case. But what he uncovered was an environmental crisis affecting thousands of people. It became a fight against one of the world’s biggest chemical companies, DuPont. A chemical called PFOA - used in the production of Teflon - had been making its way into the water supply of several towns along the Ohio River. Now this was an unregulated chemical, but studies obtained by Robert as part of the lawsuit against DuPont appeared to show that it could cause cancer in rats and that it could make its way into human blood. Robert became concerned people didn’t realise the chemical could be found in drinking water. He launched a class-action lawsuit against DuPont on behalf of 70,000 people whose water was affected by PFOA. It took six years for a team of independent scientists to conclude a "probable link" between PFOA and a list of health conditions including kidney cancer and thyroid disease.  In 2017 DuPont settled over 3,500 PFOA lawsuits for a total of 671 million dollars. DuPont denies any wrongdoing - the company told us: "We are committed to upholding the highest standards for the wellbeing of our employees, our customers and the communities in which we operate.  In 2006, historical DuPont announced its commitment to discontinue manufacture, purchase, or use of PFOA.” Robert has written a book about what happened called 'Exposure', and a major feature film has been made about his story called 'Dark Waters' where Rob is played by the actor Mark Ruffalo. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: June Christie Picture: Robert Bilott Credit: Getty
June 13, 2020
In 2017, Freya Lewis was just 14 when she was injured in a bomb blast after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in the U.K. She woke up in intensive care to the news that her best friend had been killed. With the support of her family, her community and even her favourite pop stars like Harry Styles and Ariana Grande herself, Freya began to rebuild her life and find joy again in the songs that had become too painful in the aftermath. Hers is a story of a teenage friendship, fandom and the strength to carry on. Freya's book is called What Makes Us Stronger. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Mariana Des Forges Picture: Freya Lewis in Manchester Credit: Courtesy of Nick Lewis
June 12, 2020
In 1988, when he was just 17 years old, Marty Tankleff woke to find his mother dead and his father dying. Police immediately took him in for questioning. During the investigation, a detective lied, claiming that Marty’s father, before he’d died, had named Marty as the killer. After hours of interrogation Marty falsely confessed and was charged with the murders. Despite his protestations of innocence at the trial, the prosecution hinged on an unsigned confession the police submitted. Marty was found guilty and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Inside, he taught himself the law so he could fight his case. In 2007, after 17 years in prison, an appeals court found key evidence in his trial was overlooked – and all charges against him were dismissed. Marty sued the State of New York and the Suffolk County police department for wrongful conviction and was awarded compensation of more than 13 million US dollars. Adapting to a new life in a new era wasn’t always easy, but he completed his legal training and was sworn in as a lawyer earlier this year. South African teenager Mzwandile Twala was hoping his musical talent would be a passport to a better life. And the signs were promising - with performances abroad, and a very real chance of studying music in Europe. But then came the pandemic and lockdown. Now he finds himself shut indoors, unable to play his violin for an audience. But, as he told Outlook's Mpho Lakaje, he's not one to mope. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Picture: Marty Tankleff Credit: Benny Migs
June 10, 2020
Victor Vescovo and John Ramsay are key members of the team behind the Five Deeps expedition, which took a one-person submarine to all of the deepest points in the world's five oceans. Victor, a multimillionaire, funded and piloted the submarine. John designed it. They spoke to Outlook's Jo Fidgen. Picture: Victor's submarine Credit: Triton Submarines
June 9, 2020
Michael J Johnson has a beard that can reach his chest, but he usually styles it to look like a pair of walrus tusks. His facial hair has won him awards at the US National Beard & Moustache Championships four times. The beard took him about eight years of work, but because of coronavirus its days might be numbered. He's an essential worker, and masks don't fit well, so he may be forced to shave soon. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Beard champion Michael MJ Johnson Credit: Elena Stanton
June 8, 2020
From 26th May same-sex couples have been able to marry for the first time in Costa Rica. Legislation ruling that a ban was unconstitutional has finally come into effect after eighteen months.  But there is one couple who managed to marry even before the ban was lifted. Jazmin Elizondo and Laura Flores Estrada wed back in 2015. They found a legal loophole. Someone made a mistake on Jazmin’s birth certificate and noted that she was male. That small error enabled Jazmin and Laura to make history. Producer: Andrea Kennedy Presenter: Jo Fidgen Credit: Jazmin Elizondo and Laura Flores Estrada
June 6, 2020
Inge Ginsberg has had many lives. After escaping the Holocaust, she ended up as a songwriter to the stars in Hollywood. Now, with perhaps her most unlikely incarnation yet, she performs heavy metal music to screaming fans. First broadcast on 06/10/2018. Presenter: Emily Webb Image: Inge performing with her band, whose faces are painted as skeletons Credit: Lucía Caruso and Music Pedro da Silva
June 4, 2020
Thierry Durand helped to set up the only dedicated covid-19 hospital in the city of Aden. He was working as a coordinator for the aid organisation Medécins Sans Frontières in the capital, Aden, when the virus hit. But as the numbers of coronavirus patients turning up in his hospital began to rise, it became clear that his skills as a nurse were needed on the front line. The challenges faced by the team are huge and Thierry says that half of the patients they have admitted to their hospital have died. To make matters worse they are also having to deal with rumours circulating on social media that people are dying due to negligence on the part of doctors and nurses. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Jo Impey Photo Credit: Agnes Varraine-Leca MSF
June 3, 2020
From a young age, Julie Powell had been enthralled by a book in her mother’s pantry: Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was co-authored by one of America’s culinary titans - the eccentric but pioneering TV chef, Julia Child. Years later when Julie was working as a secretary and suffering from depression, she returned to Julia Child’s book, but this time she decided she was going to master its recipes - all 524 of them, and she would do it in a single year. Her fridge soon became packed with endless leftovers, as she methodically worked her way through Child's great canon. It was a project that puzzled some, including her mother, but before long she and her project had legions of passionate followers. Would Julia Child herself be one of them? Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture Credit: Alamy, Granger Historical Picture Archive.
June 2, 2020
In June 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by militants. The plane and its 248 passengers were flown to Entebbe airport in Uganda, where all the Israeli and Jewish passengers on board were held hostage in an old terminal building. The hostage takers were members, or allies, of a Palestinian armed group, and the hijacking was tied to the on going Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Back in Israel, Rami Sherman, who was an officer in an elite military unit, started making plans to get the hostages back. The situation was challenging, and they knew they needed the element of surprise to pull off a rescue. The idea they came up with involved a low altitude flight across East Africa, and a fake presidential motorcade. Picture: Commando team in aftermath of Entebbe raid Credit: Getty Images, Keystone, Stringer
June 1, 2020
Today we're travelling to the places you can't get to right now, like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Brazil's National Museum and a treasure trove of cinema memorabilia in London. We meet the incredible people who devote their lives to caring for these places of culture and who are now working hard to keep them alive during lockdown. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Florence Museum Credit: AFP photo, Florence Museum press office handout
May 30, 2020
Ben McMahon from Melbourne, Australia, has had an unlikely career in Chinese reality TV after waking up from a coma speaking Mandarin. When he was 18 years old, Ben suffered a head injury during a car crash. During his early recovery he was unable to speak his native English, and could only communicate with confused doctors in Mandarin, a language he’d studied in high school. Ben regained his English but his Mandarin stayed strong and helped him secure a spot on a Chinese dating show he was obsessed with.
May 28, 2020
In 1994 Robert Clerx was studying in Colombia, when an old school friend, Miles Hargrove asked him for a very large favour. To help him buy back his father. The boys had been friends since Miles and his family had moved to Colombia from America for his dad’s job. Then Miles’ dad was kidnapped by the Farc guerrilla group, who demanded a six million dollar ransom and would only negotiate with family, or a friend. But the family didn’t feel confident that their Spanish was good enough to take on such a delicate and risky task. So they asked for Robert's help. Miles' film about their ordeal is called: Miracle Fishing. Picture: Miles Hargrove and the team planning his dad's hostage negotiations Credit: Miles Hargrove
May 27, 2020
Pauline Dakin is a Canadian journalist, broadcaster and a professor of journalism in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, her childhood was marked by many mysterious incidents and unexplained getaways - where her family suddenly had to flee at a moment's notice and she couldn't talk to anyone about what was going on. Pauline tells Jo Fidgen how she managed to uncover her family's extraordinary secret - including a hidden community called the 'weird world'. This interview was first broadcast in December 2017 Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producers: Becky Vincent, Thomas Harding-Assinder, Maryam Maruf Picture: Pauline Dakin Picture credit: Penguin
May 26, 2020
Nakuset only goes by one name and it means "The Sun" in her indigenous Canadian culture. Born into an abusive household, her early days were difficult and it wasn't long before she and her sister Sonya were taken into care by social services. This was the 1970s, and there was a widespread policy of taking indigenous children and putting them up for adoption with white families, removing them from their culture in the process. Nakuset was adopted, her sister wasn't. It was a painful process for Nakuset, but her eventual reunion with Sonya as an adult helped her get in touch with her heritage. The two sisters became close, but sadly their respective childhood experiences had left them scarred, and the reunion didn't have a fairy-tale ending. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Harry Graham Photo credit: Nakuset
May 25, 2020
Caitlin Henderson loves spiders. For the last few months, she was working for a travelling spider exhibition in Australia. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, she had reached Queensland – the venues shut down and the spiders needed somewhere to go. Suddenly Caitlin found herself living in lockdown with 70 spiders in her rented bedroom. Welcome to ‘Hotel Arachnid’. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Caitlin Henderson surrounded by spiders Credit: Caitlin Henderson
May 21, 2020
Gene Luen Yang grew up in a Chinese family in the United States, and when his mum bought him his first Superman comic, the story immediately resonated with him. Gene went on to become a cartoonist, and he even helped create the first Chinese Superman character. He is also the first graphic novelist to be a finalist for the National Book Award and his most recent book is called Dragon Hoops. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Katy Takatsuki. Picture: Gene Luen Yang. Credit: Courtesy of Gene Luen Yang.
May 20, 2020
Rez Gardi grew up in a refugee camp - the child of Kurdish human rights activists who had fled to Pakistan. For years she was denied an education, but she excelled anyway. Now she is a Harvard educated lawyer and she is fighting to prosecute IS war crimes in Iraq. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Harry Graham. Picture: Rez Gardi. Credit: Courtesy of Rez Gardi.
May 19, 2020
Cheyne Flanagan is the clinical director of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in New South Wales, Australia. When the bushfires started raging across the country in 2019, her team mounted a huge rescue operation to save as many animals as they could. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Andrea Kennedy. Picture: Cheyne Flanagan tending to Paul the Koala. Credit: Nathan Edwards/Getty Images.
May 18, 2020
Wynton Marsalis grew up in New Orleans in what’s been called America’s ‘first family of jazz’. His pianist father Ellis gave him a trumpet when he was six years old, but there was a slight issue - he didn't like playing and he didn't like jazz. But when Wynton started listening to his dad’s records, he had a musical epiphany. Mentored by his father, Wynton began a ground-breaking career. He’s sold millions of records worldwide, hosted jazz clinics on Sesame Street and at the White House, and made history by becoming the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize. After Ellis died last month from coronavirus, Wynton led a virtual jazz parade in memory of his beloved father. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Mauf Picture: Wynton Marsalis Credit: Getty Images
May 16, 2020
When filmmaker Ray Klonsky was a teenager he received a letter from David McCallum, an inmate at a New York prison who was already more than 10 years into his sentence for a murder he said he did not commit. The pair became penpals and after a while, Ray and his father Ken started searching for evidence that could prove their new friend's innocence. In a remarkable story of chance encounters, a decade-long fight for justice began, with the help of the world-famous boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. Ray has made a film about their story, it's called Fight for Justice: David and Me Presented and produced by Saskia Edwards Picture: David McCallum and Ray Klonsky at the beach Credit: Ray Klonsky
May 14, 2020
Kalista Sy is on a mission to show Senegalese women that they can be themselves. She’s created a TV series called “Maitresse d'un homme marié” which tackles subjects which are normally off limits in Senegal – such as sex, infidelity, domestic abuse and polygamy. The series is hugely popular, even though it has been criticised by religious clerics and TV regulators in the country. Kalista tells Jo Fidgen how she learned to write a TV series via the internet and how women get in touch with her all the time to tell her their stories. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Jo Impey Picture: Kalista Sy Credit: FDF Paris Creative Agency
May 13, 2020
Francois Clemmons is a singer and founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble in America, but he became famous as an actor when he played the role of Officer Clemmons in the hit children’s TV programme 'Mister Rogers Neighborhood'. He joined the show in 1968, and was an important role model for young African-American children, but then he had to make a difficult decision. As a gay man he was told that his sexuality was not compatible with his TV role, so he had to choose between his sexuality and his TV career. Although he chose the latter, he was able to be open about his sexuality years later. He tells Jo Fidgen how much the show meant to him over the years and how forming his spiritual ensemble was a dream come true for him. He's written a book called Officer Clemmons: A Memoir. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder Picture: Clemmons with King Friday and Queen Sara Credit: The Fred Rogers Company
May 12, 2020
Jessel Recinos loved the skate park in his hometown in Honduras, but it was there that he got drawn into a gang. When he was 16, Jessel was shot in the back - and barely survived, but as soon as he could walk again he went back to rollerblading. He created a club called Skate Brothers which offers young people an alternative to crime. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: In-line skater flies off the ramp Credit: LawrenceSawyer/Getty Images
May 11, 2020
Daniela Tejada said goodbye to her husband at the start of his work trip to the United Arab Emirates. She expected to see him in two weeks – but he disappeared. Picture: Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada Credit: Daniela Tejada Credit: audio clip used from animation series, Archer created by Adam Reed for the basic cable network FX. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Fiona Woods
May 7, 2020
Joy Harjo survived prejudice and abuse, failed marriages and single motherhood to become one of America's most acclaimed poets. In 2019, she was appointed the US Poet Laureate, becoming the first Native American in history to be awarded the post. Her poetry is deeply rooted in indigenous histories and myths but part of her inspiration comes from jazz, including the Miles Davis tracks her father played in the car when she was a child. Joy's latest poetry collection is called An American Sunrise and in April 2020, she was appointed to a second term as Poet Laureate. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Joy Harjo Credit: Getty Images
May 6, 2020
Around the world nurses are risking their lives to treat coronavirus patients. Intensive Care Units in particular have been described as the frontline of this pandemic. It's there that the sickest Covid-19 patients are looked after round-the-clock by highly specialised nurses. Today two of those nurses from two different continents are sharing their stories with Kim Chakanetsa. Hannah Gray is a 23-year-old nurse working in an Intensive Care Unit at a major London hospital. Her unit has rapidly expanded to accommodate extra patients, and all the staff are getting used to working in full PPE or Personal Protective Equipment. Bianca Dintino is a 26-year-old critical care nurse based at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She was among the first to volunteer to work with coronavirus patients when they started arriving at her hospital in mid-March. She describes the camaraderie that has developed among her co-workers during this difficult time. Presenter: Kim Chakanetsa Producer: Jo Impey Picture: (L) Bianca Dintino & (R) Hannah Gray Credit: Anne Marie & Simi Sebastian
May 5, 2020
When Harry Turner left the UK for Peru to clear his head, he never expected to become a father... and to a very unlikely baby. He told Rajan Datar how he helped save a baby ocelot in the Peruvian jungle and how the ocelot saved him in return. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this programme, you can find details of organisations offering information and support at this address: bbc.co.uk/actionline. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: June Christie Picture: Harry Turner and a baby ocelot Credit: Harry Turner
May 4, 2020
Cuban principal ballet dancers Mayara Piñeiro Contido and Etienne Díez found love in exile. They now perform as a couple on stages around the world. Reporter: Colm Flynn Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Mayara Piñeiro Contido and Etienne Díez Credit: Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet
April 30, 2020
Il Postino: The Postman, was a hugely successful Italian film made in 1994, but behind the scenes tragedy had played out during production. The lead, Massimo Troisi was plagued by heart problems relating to a childhood illness. The film’s British director, Michael Radford, was faced with a difficult decision, to finish the film or stop, as Massimo’s health deteriorated on set. He opted to push on with the production, but Massimo didn’t quite make it. He died the day after principle filming ended. Michael went on to complete the film, wanting to make it something that Massimo would have been proud of. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Harry Graham Photo: Massimo Troisi Credit Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archive
April 29, 2020
Ted Ngoy was among the first Cambodians to find refuge in America from the Khmer Rouge. He was scratching a living at a petrol station when he got a whiff of a donut and something clicked in him. He learned to bake, then trained and supported other refugees like himself, and was soon presiding over a multimillion dollar business. He was known as the Donut King, and had the deep respect of his family and his community. But he struggled to hang on to his crown. Ted’s story is featured in the documentary The Donut King. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Ted Ngoy Credit: Getty Images
April 28, 2020
The dramatic turnaround of a carnival runaway and drug addict who spent more than 20 years living on the streets. Today Anthony Brown is a psychiatric nurse and college professor. He has written a book about his remarkable journey called: From Park Bench to Park Avenue. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: Anthony Brown Credit: Rik Boose
April 27, 2020
Knut Kreuch was a 13-year-old schoolboy in 1979 when his town in East Germany was shaken by an audacious and baffling art heist. Five very old and valuable paintings were stolen from a museum within the local castle and simply disappeared. Not even the feared secret police, the Stasi, could solve the crime. The mystery fascinated Knut and years later, when he became the town's mayor, he was determined to track down the missing artworks. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Becky Vincent Picture: Knut Kreuch Credit: DPA
April 25, 2020
In the 1970s, American helicopter pilot Jerry Foster changed the face of modern news reporting. He was often first on the scene at emergencies and daring rescue operations in the Arizona wilderness - sometimes even getting personally involved. Jerry was seen as a hero, but throughout his life, he struggled to live up to the image. There were secrets, scandals and accusations about his behaviour that threatened to ruin his career and life. (First broadcast 29/07/2018.) Presenter: Emily Webb Image: Jerry Foster in his helicopter taking part in a rescue at Arizona's salt river Credit: Courtesy of Jerry Foster
April 23, 2020
Jamaican-born Derrick Evans also known as Mr Motivator is a fitness instructor who became famous in the 1990s for his TV appearances in the UK. But his journey to fame wasn’t easy. He was given up for adoption at just three months old, and when he moved to the UK in 1958 he faced bullying and racism. He only stumbled into fitness in his mid 20s, when he was struggling to find a job as a single dad in London – and he admits he’s learnt everything he knows from a book on aerobics. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, he made an extraordinary comeback to help people work out while in lockdown. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Harry Graham. Picture: Derrick Evans a.k.a. Mr Motivator. Credit: BBC.
April 22, 2020
German artist Carlotta has a severe form of prosopagnosia, or face blindness, a brain disorder that means she can’t recognise faces, not even her own. Her condition went undiagnosed for years, and as a result Carlotta tried to avoid other people as much as she could. But she had always loved painting, and she came up with a creative way of creating self-portraits. It was through Carlotta’s art that neuroscientist and filmmaker Valentin Riedl came to meet her. After all these years seeking solitude, Carlotta agreed to work with Valentin and together they made a documentary called Lost in Face. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Fiona Woods. Picture: Carlotta. Credit: Corso Film.
April 21, 2020
Lynsey Crombie, also known as the 'Queen of Clean', is a successful media personality in the UK. On TV and in her social media posts she gives tips on how to keep your home sparkling clean. Cleaning is now a career for her, but for a long time it was her way to deal with the traumatic discovery that her former husband committed sexual offences against children. Lynsey has now written a book called 'How to Clean Your House and Tidy Up Your Life'. Presenter: Emily Webb. Producer: Thomas Harding-Assinder. Picture: Lynsey Crombie. Credit: Michelle Hardingham.
April 20, 2020
Jim LeBrecht experienced four blissful and free summers during the 1970s at a place called Camp Jened. This was a progressive camp for disabled teenagers in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York that was filled with music, love and parties. It was a radical break from the way many of the kids there had been treated in the past and for many of the campers, including Jim, it transformed the way they approached their adult lives. Jim went on to become a sound recordist in California and has co-directed a film, with Nicole Newnham, about the camp and his happy memories there. The film is called Crip Camp and it was released on Netflix. Presenter and producer: Emily Webb. Picture: Camp Jened (Steve Honigsbaum). Credit: Netflix.
April 18, 2020
For most teenage boys who play American football in high school, the National Football League is the dream goal. They will practice for hours every day to get that one chance to make it to the big time. But for Ryan O'Callaghan, he was training for a different reason. Ryan was gay and desperate to hide his sexuality from everybody. He knew the masculine world of football was the perfect place to hide. His career inadvertently took off and he was catapulted into stardom playing for the New England Patriots. But his secret was becoming unbearable, until an unlikely intervention from a kind stranger. Ryan's book is called 'My Life on the Line.' If you are looking for support for any of the issues discussed in this programme, you can find links to useful organisations here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline Presenter: Katy Davis Producer: Mariana Des Forges Picture: Ryan O'Callaghan in his New England Patriots kit Picture Credit: Courtesy of the New England Patriots, Keith Nordstrom-Katie Luther Photography
April 16, 2020
When Holly Fitzgerald and her husband Fitz’s plane crash-landed in the Peruvian rainforest, their honeymoon of a lifetime travelling across South America quickly became treacherous. Holly was desperate for adventure so instead of waiting 3 months for the next boat out, they decided to build a raft and sail downstream towards the Amazon River. But when a storm washed away their food and their makeshift raft got stuck in a swamp, their adventure became a nightmare. With no supplies and no end in sight, Fitz edged closer towards death. Their relationship, sanity and strength would be pushed to the absolute limit. Holly has written a book called Ruthless River. Picture: Jerry ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald and plane that crashed Credit: Peter Pereira
April 15, 2020
In 1994 Tony Cicoria was struck by lightning, and it had the strangest effect on him. Not only did he develop an insatiable desire to listen to piano music - something he'd never been interested in before - but he ended up composing his own sonatas. Reporter: Daniel Gross Producer: Maryam Maruf This interview was first broadcast on 7 August, 2017. Picture: Tony Cicoria Credit: BBC
April 14, 2020
Cliff Devries was a talented young diver hoping to make the US Olympic team when he discovered he had a life threatening tumour on his spinal cord. He was given less than a year to live. He opted to try an experimental and risky surgery, and when he woke up he was paralysed from the neck down. But he realised that his diving training had prepared him for the gruelling recovery, and eventually enabled him to walk again, become a coach to new young divers and dive each year to celebrate his birthday. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Cliff Devries on the diving board Credit: ESPN
April 13, 2020
Claire Guest always loved dogs, but she didn’t realise that a dog might save her life one day. She’s a psychologist and animal behaviourist who began researching whether dogs could smell illness in people. Claire set up a charity to train dogs to detect diseases such as cancer in humans. She had a special bond with her Labrador Daisy, who started acting strangely around her one day. The dog alerted Claire to a lump in her breast, which Claire says saved her life. Daisy detected over 500 cases and won a Blue Cross medal for dogs. Now Claire is working with doctors and scientists to try and sniff out Covid-19 as well as working as the CEO for her charity Medical Detection Dogs. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Deiniol Buxton Photo: Dr Claire Guest Credit: Janine Warwick
April 11, 2020
When Sally Bayley was 14, she hit rock bottom. She was in care, had been rejected by her family and she wasn't eating. So who did she turn to when she was at her lowest? Shakespeare. Through reading, she was taken to places she could have never imagined. (First released 9th June 2018) Image: open book on the beach Credit: Eskemar/iStock /Getty Images Plus Presenter: Emily Webb
April 9, 2020
Covid-19 has claimed thousands of lives in New York, and medical professionals are working around the clock to treat patients coming into the emergency room. Rob Gore is one of those doctors fighting the battle against the virus, wearing a hazmat suit for long shifts at the hospital. He’s even taking care of friends, neighbours and co-workers in intensive care. Outlook last spoke to Rob in 2018 about his work preventing the gun violence he saw around him in his community. He set up an organisation called KAVI – Kings Against Violence Initiative. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: Rob Gore and his colleagues Credit: Courtesy of Rob Gore
April 8, 2020
Catherine Cho had a difficult birth with her son Kato, but she was recovering and excited to introduce the new baby to her family back home in the US. She and her husband James were stressed, travelling with a two-month-old child, and she was exhausted. Her family and friends were full of warnings about the dangers of parenting, but none could have predicted the terrifying things she started to experience. She believed she was trapped in the circles of hell and saw horrible things which weren’t there. Catherine was experiencing post-partum psychosis. She’s written a book about her journey back to reality and learning to love her son again, which is called Inferno: A Memoir. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Becky Vincent & Alice Gioia Picture: Catherine Cho Credit: Alastair Levy
April 7, 2020
Brisa de Angulo is no stranger to home-schooling; in fact she’s something of an expert. She teaches her three young children at home, on top of running A Breeze of Hope – the charity she founded to help young survivors of sexual assault. Brisa established that organisation because as a teenager in Bolivia, she was raped by a relative and when she came forward about her ordeal, she spent years going through the courts fighting for justice. Outlook’s Jo Fidgen first spoke to Brisa in 2017, and recently caught up with her to hear how the children she works with are getting on, and for some much needed tips for parents and guardians home-schooling their kids during the coronavirus lockdown. Emma Laukitis knows all about the pleasures and pitfalls of home-schooling. She grew up on a remote island of Alaska and, along with her sister, learned by exploring the seashore and working with their parents on the land. Presenter: Jo Fidgen Producer: Maryam Maruf Photo: Brisa de Angulo home-schooling her children Credit: Courtesy of Brisa de Angulo
April 6, 2020
Now a household name in international rugby, Nigel Owens grew up in a small village in Wales. At the time, he didn’t know any openly gay people, so when he started feeling attracted to men he felt he had to hide it. Nigel struggled for years with bulimia, steroid addiction and even a suicide attempt before accepting himself. Through it all, rugby refereeing became his passion and as his career took off, he realised he had to reveal who he was publicly to achieve his dream. But Nigel still didn’t know how the rugby world would accept him as the first in the professional sport to come out. North Korean defector Mi-Hyang Park (not her real name) remembers her life there as a child, and how after escaping the country to China her family were still not safe. She tells Outlook reporter Je Seung Lee about bringing her children to Europe and how her eldest formed a special friendship with another refugee. Photo: Referee Nigel Owens during the 2020 Six Nations France v England game Credit: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
April 4, 2020
John Corcoran grew up in the US during the 1940s and 50s. As a kid, John was really looking forward to going to school like his older siblings. But once he got there, he realised he had a problem: he couldn’t learn to read or write. John felt demoralised and degraded, but he kept his secret for more than 40 years. During that time he managed to finish school, graduate and he even became a high school teacher. How did he do it? This episode was first broadcast on 14 April, 2018. Producer: Alice Gioia Presenter: Maryam Maruf Image: books with letters flying off the page Credit: efks/Getty Images
April 2, 2020
Cliff Morrison moved to San Francisco to work as a nurse in the late 1970s, when people around him started dying from a mystery illness. It was the beginning of the Aids epidemic and Cliff found himself on the frontline. He saw how Aids patients were discriminated against and kept in isolation, so he established a special ward where he pioneered a new compassionate approach to caring for them. Cliff went on to implement that model in hospitals across the world. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Harry Graham & Tom Roseingrave Photo: Cliff Morrison Credit: 5B Film
April 1, 2020
On the 2nd October 2018 Hatice Cengiz and journalist Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The purpose of their visit was to collect some papers they needed to get married. They had only known each other for months but quickly realized they wanted to spend their lives together. Hatice waited outside the Consulate, dreaming of their wedding, but Jamal never came out of that building. What happened to him became worldwide news. Now, 18 months later, the international uproar has died down but for Hatice life is forever changed. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Fiona Woods Photo: Jamal Khashogg pictured with his fiancee Hatice Cengiz Credit: Courtesy of Hatice Cengiz
March 31, 2020
At nearly 14 years old, Christian Picciolini was recruited into a neo-Nazi group in his hometown of Chicago. Throughout his 8 years of membership, he took part in violent attacks, actively enlisted new members and even became a leader of the movement. He wrote and recorded racist music, opening a record shop to sell their music promoting white supremacy. But it was in that store where he would meet the people who would challenge his beliefs, leading him to abandon the movement. Now he uses his unique perspective to dismantle the very groups he was once a part of, helping hundreds to disengage from extremism. Christian is the founder of the Free Radicals Project and has written a book called Breaking Hate. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Alice Gioia Photo: Christian Picciolini Credit: Peter Tsa
March 30, 2020
Marzia Salam Yaftali is the Chief Physician of the only hospital in Kunduz - she discusses her experience of the Taliban, misogyny and the threat of coronavirus. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Maryam Maruf Picture: Dr Marzia Salam Yaftali Credit: courtesy Dr Marzia Salam Yaftali
March 28, 2020
Tito Quiroz used to wave up at the inmates of the prison next door to his university in Ensenada, Mexico, and they'd wave back from their cell windows. Then, one day, he got the opportunity to go inside to teach them his passion, the violin. Tito endured the somewhat intimidating atmosphere inside, and found an audience desperate to learn. One man in particular would use the music he was imbued with to turn his life around. Image: Tito Quiroz Credit: Clayton Conn
March 26, 2020
Kim Cheol-woong grew up in an elite family and excelled at the piano. When he was interrogated by North Korean authorities for playing a western song, he decided to defect. But to find safety, he had to brave freezing temperatures, treacherous borders, and the Chinese police. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Nathan Gower
March 25, 2020
Jennifer Hosten was the first woman of colour to win the Miss World contest, taking victory against a backdrop of protest. She became a heroine for women all over the world, and then became her home country Grenada's High Commissioner to Canada. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Alice Gioia & Nathan Gower Picture: Jennifer Hoston wins Miss World Credit: BBC
March 24, 2020
Jonathan Shurin is an ecologist with an unusual research brief. He studies a group of hippos in northwestern Colombia who trace their origins to the private zoo of drug lord Pablo Escobar. When Escobar was shot dead by police in 1993, the Colombian government seized his entire estate - but his four hippos were left to fend for themselves. They’ve lived wild in the area since then, and the group now number between 80 and 100. Along with biologist Nelson Aranguren-Riaño, Jonathan has published his study on the impact of the hippos - considered an ‘invasive species’ - on the local ecosystem. It will help to determine the future of the hippos in the area. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Alice Gioia Picture: Hippos at the Hacienda Nápoles ranch in Colombia Credit: Getty Images
March 23, 2020
Many listeners will be staying home at the moment – following the advice of some governments around the world to slow the spread of coronavirus. The sense of confinement will be familiar to a team of scientists who spent a year living on a Hawaiian volcano. Cut off from the outside world, they were part of a Nasa sponsored experiment to investigate how humans might adapt to living on Mars. Mauricio Hoyos Padilla spends time living and conducting research in some of the most isolated spots around the world. It’s part of his job as a marine biologist studying great white sharks – and he’s become known for high-fiving the fearsome creatures. Producer: Harry Graham & Saskia Edwards Presenter: Rajan Datar Picture: The scientists' base at the Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii Credit: Neil Scheibelhut / AFT / Getty Images
March 21, 2020
Hans and Nancy Benning met in Germany while studying the art of lutherie-repairing stringed instruments. Their love and work gave Hans the happiness he longed for growing up homeless and malnourished in West Germany during World War 2. Now living in California, they have been making and preserving the world’s most priceless violins for four decades. Presenter: Clayton Conn Producer: Deiniol Buxton Picture: Hans Benning in his workshop Credit: BBC/ Clayton Conn
March 19, 2020
José Gregorio Márquez entered a love letter contest with a letter to his neighbourhood in Caracas. He won the contest - but it pushed him further away from his childhood home. Presenter: Emily Webb Producer: Tom Roseingrave Picture: José Gregorio Márquez Credit: courtesy José Gregorio Márquez
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