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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 Salvad…
 
On the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's transfer from British to Chinese rule, we ask how things have changed for businesses in the territory. Speaking at an event to mark the occasion, President Xi said the "one country two system" model of ruling Hong Kong must continue. He also oversaw the inauguration of Hong Kong's new pro-Beijing leader John L…
 
China marks 25 years since the end of British rule in Hong Kong. What has changed in that time? We'll hear from a pro-Beijing official and from an activist in exile.Also on the programme: in Sri Lanka, people are waiting in petrol station queues for days; and how a Bulgarian crypto-queen found herself on the FBI's most wanted list.(Photo: Mr Xi (ri…
 
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake last week in Afghanistan destroyed hundreds of homes and left around 1,000 people dead - including at least 155 children. The country, now ruled by the Taliban, was already struggling to feed and provide health services to its people just 10 months after the United States and its allies completed their hasty withdrawal. T…
 
On Tech tent this week, Professor Gina Neff and Eva Blum-Dumontet on how individuals and tech companies should react to abortion becoming illegal in parts of the US. David Martin Ruiz from the Eurpoean consumer group BEUC on what it calls Google's "fast track to surveillance" for its users, and making virtual reality sound immersive, with Professor…
 
Apple technology has revolutionised the world. The US company says there are now more than 1.5 billion Apple devices in active use globally - a billion of those are iPhones. It was 15 years ago this week that the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, first unveiled the iPhone.So how do you come up with such a world-changing idea? We find out from Tony F…
 
Greg Jenner is joined in Ancient Greece by special guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Alice Fraser as they examine the start of democracy with the Athenians. Aside from it obviously being a system that only benefitted men, they find out why you’d want to avoid red ropes and broken pots and why the Romans disliked the very idea of it. And they t…
 
In today’s ever-evolving digital world, social media can sometimes feel like a frightening place. But is it all bad? As our online and offline lives are becoming increasingly blurred perhaps it is time we looked at the ways social media can be used for good?Ruby Rare is a sex educator and author who has delivered relationships and sex education wor…
 
China celebrates the 25th anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong. But critics regret loss of liberties during Beijing's rule despite commitments to the 'one country, two systems' policy. We hear from Hong Kong’s former Chief Executive, C.Y Leung, the BBC's Martin Yip, and former Chinese diplomat Victor Gao. We also talk to local business …
 
When the UK handed Hong Kong back to China 25 years ago, the last words of the departing British Governor to the people of the territory were: “Now Hong Kong people are to run Hong Kong. That is the promise. And that is the unshakeable destiny.” Sarah Montague speaks to Lord Patten, the man who made that pledge, to ask if that promise has been brok…
 
Joe Biden's climate strategy suffers a major setback after the US Supreme Court rules that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to set standards on polluting emissions from existing power plants. A White House spokesperson says the ruling is a "devastating decision," we ask the BBC's John Mervin about the potential consequ…
 
Ben Haines, former Premier League defender Stephen Kelly and The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards bring you reaction to England’s 4-0 thrashing of Switzerland – their final warm-up match before the start of the Euros. BBC commentator Vicki Sparks joins the pod to discuss England’s strength in depth and who might have made a claim for a starting spot As Tot…
 
A US Supreme court ruling has weakened Washington's ability to cut carbon emissions and meet the US’s commitments on climate change. We ask how great the impact will be. Also in the programme: Juliana Lumumba talks to us on the day a tooth belonging to her father - the assassinated Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba - was buried in Kinshasa; and how …
 
A new analysis of deaths in cities across Latin America suggests rising global temperatures could lead to large numbers of deaths in the region and elsewhere in the world. Even a 1-degree rise in extreme heat can add 6% to the risk of dying. Lead researcher Josiah Kephart at Drexel University tells Roland Pease the lessons from Latin America should…
 
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