BBC Monthly: February Docs, Specials and Video Selections | January 19, 2022

Coming in February 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we look into African-American experiences, discover the traditions maintained by community radio, and evaluate companies’ commitment to climate change and how the natural world can bolster space exploration and accessibility. See below for details.

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Docs and Specials

Witness History: Black History Month

One hour
February 1 – 28, 2022

A special hour-long edition of Witness History, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. We revisit the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, meet the African American woman who broke barriers in American news, and hear a first-hand account from when Nelson Mandela visited Detroit.

World Wide Waves 22 – The sounds of community radio

One hour
February 12 – 18, 2022

For World Radio Day 2022, we tune in to some more small radio stations around the world that connect communities, spark conversations, and keep traditions alive.

The Climate Question: Can we believe companies’ promises on climate, and what can we do about the world’s melting glaciers?

One hour
February 13 – 19, 2022

Ahead of COP 26, there was a rush of businesses declaring their commitment to “net zero” emissions targets. But how much can we believe in companies’ promises on climate? Then, as the world’s glaciers melt faster than ever, what can we do?

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The pink dolphins giving people their lives back

  • Description: Physiotherapist Igor Simões Andrade gives monthly sessions to children with a range of physical and mental disabilities by taking them swimming with wild freshwater pink dolphins in the Amazon. The scheme is supported by the Brazilian government’s environment agencies on the condition that the dolphins are not harmed. For the past 13 years, Mr Andrade has helped more than 600 kids for free, with a range of conditions from Down’s Syndrome to cerebral palsy in the city of Novo Airão on the Rio Negro. Born without arms, Leonardo Araujo began swimming with wild pink dolphins in the Amazon when he was seven. At the time he was unable to walk, but now, aged 21, he just passed his driving test. Filmed by Gibby Zobel Edited by Gibby Zobel and Baya Cat.
  • Suggested social copy: A physiotherapist working with freshwater dolphins in the Amazon river has helped over 600 children.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds
Photo credit: BBC.

The link between climate change, seaweed and ice cream

  • Description: Seaweed – we’ve been using it for centuries in food and toiletries. It can help to keep toothpaste and ice cream soft. But in some parts of the world, supply has been affected by climate change. Now people in Zanzibar are learning new methods of farming through the help of outreach projects like Milele Zanzibar Foundation and the Panje Project. A video for People Fixing the World by Celestina Olulode, Esther Namuhisa, and Nicholaus Mtenga.
  • Suggested social copy: Seaweed production has been affected by warming seas – this is how farmers are adapting.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds
Photo credit: Celestina Olulode, Esther Namuhisa, and Nicholaus Mtenga.

How lobsters are helping us see into space

  • Description: X-ray space telescopes can be used to study big events, like the formation of black holes. But until recently, their field of vision has been relatively narrow – making it difficult to capture this unexpected activity. By mimicking the way lobsters’ eyes work, scientists around the world have designed new telescopes that can survey much larger areas.
  • Suggested social copy: X-ray space telescopes can survey much larger areas by mimicking lobster vision.
  • Duration: 1 minute 32 seconds
Photo credit: BBC/Jules Bartl.