Coming in December 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 discover plans to prepare for first contact with extra-terrestrials, learn about pro-women’s surfing and evaluate why standing can be more tiring than walking. See below for details and more unique stories.
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The Documentary: First Contact
Dec 17, 2022 – Jan 6, 2023
For thousands of years we have gazed up at the stars and wondered: is anybody out there? But today, thinking about meeting life on, or from, other planets is no longer dismissed as pure make-believe – it’s the focus of political consideration and cutting-edge space science. Farrah Jarral presents the story of the fantasy and the reality of preparing for first contact with extra-terrestrials.
The People Vs J Edgar Hoover
Two, one hour documentaries
Episode 1: Dec 24, 2022 – Feb 10, 2023
Episode 2: Dec 25, 2022 – Feb 11, 2023
J Edgar Hoover built then ran the FBI for almost five decades. He turned it from a bureaucratic backwater into a premier crime fighting and counterintelligence force. In the process, he arguably became America’s most powerful man. Today’s fears of a ‘deep state’ – often expressed by Donald Trump and his supporters – of unaccountable government officials working against the public in their own interest – can be traced back to J Edgar Hoover. His job was to enforce the law…but he would not always be bound by it.
The Documentary: Fighting The Waves
Dec 31, 2022 – Jan 20, 2023
Today, women’s surfing has equal prize money for men and women, and women are an accepted part of the pro-circuit. Wind the clock back 50 years and things were very different – no wetsuits designed for women, barely a sponsorship deal in sight, and undisguised chauvinism from the male surfing establishment. We bring together today’s surf stars, and yesterday’s legends, to tell the story of the first pro-women’s surf tour in 1976.
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- Description: Dads on Duty are a team of fathers who patrol Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. They got together after more than twenty students had been arrested for fighting. With a friendly face and a few dad jokes they’ve helped to reduce the level of violence. Ben Wyatt finds out more about the initiative.
- Suggested social copy: Dads on Duty are a team of fathers who patrol a school in the US.
- Duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds
- Description: Walking takes more energy than standing still, so why isn’t it more tiring? Sports scientist Dr François-Xavier Li explains.
- Suggested social copy: Walking takes more energy than standing still, so why isn’t it more tiring?
- Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds
- Description: Better Shelter have made thousands of flat-pack homes for refugees around the world. Supported by the Ikea Foundation, the charity aims to improve on the canvas tents in which millions of displaced people have to live. Myra Anubi Syria finds out more.
- Suggested social copy: A shelter for displaced people that comes in a flat-pack and takes a few hours to assemble.
- Duration: 2 minutes 41 seconds