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Rio de Janeiro's ties to slavery

When you think of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, what comes to your mind first? The carnival celebrations, the samba dances? Its famous beaches? Did you know that Rio was one of the biggest slave hubs in the world? Historians have unearthed some gruesome details.

Where is all the water going?

Water shortages are on the rise as drought grips more and more countries across the globe. On this week’s show, we take a closer look at who has the right to water, where water is being weaponized and what governments can do to help people cope.

The place we used to call home

All over the world, people are being pushed out from their homes. Some areas have become uninhabitable because they are running out of the very essentials, like water. Elsewhere, economic prospects are so bleak that people risk it all to start a better life. And war and conflict make it unsafe for people to stay.

The aftermath of historic protests in Cuba, one year on

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets over a year ago. These protests were the largest anti-government demonstrations in decades, a truly historic moment. More than 1400 people were detained in the aftermath of the protests. In recent months, hundreds of demonstrators have been sentenced to long prison terms, in some cases up to 25 years.

Rallying resistance

In this week's show, we hear about how different groups around the world are fighting back: Mexican women helping American women with their unwanted pregnancies; the trans community in Brazil fighting ostracization and oppression with sewing machines and the church; and how one Ugandan freedom fighter is using her privilege, and her internet connection, to stand up for those without it.

Tackling the wheat crisis & managing microbial resistance

In Cameroon, global wheat woes are forcing the African nation to rethink the way it farms. Meanwhile in Argentina, a new genetically modified wheat variety claims to withstand climate extremes. And, in Ghana, farmers are ditching local seed breeds for foreign varieties — but why? Plus — how we can fight antimicrobial resistance.

Surviving as trans in Iran

What if the identity you were given at birth didn’t fit with how you felt on the inside? And try as you might, dressing, speaking and existing in a certain way just didn’t feel right — in fact, it felt wrong. Millions of people share this struggle worldwide, and for those living in Iran, the fight for transgender equality is shaped by the country’s determination to prevent same-sex relationships.

Speaking truth to power

As the war in Ukraine rages on, we look at the fallout in Ukraine's neighboring countries Belarus and Russia. Russians in opposition to President Vladimir Putin have fled the country in fear of repression. And in neighboring Belarus, Putin's ally Alexander Lukashenko is clamping down on Belarusian language and heritage. Many were arrested and their books destroyed.

Breaking Free: New Starts and Big Ideas

How Freddie Mercury inspired youth behind the iron curtain/ Meet African climate activist Adenike Oladosu from Nigeria/ Italian restaurant projects helps migrants' integration and enhances culinary diversity

Brazil's Karipuna fighting for their forest

On this show: In Brazil, the Karipuna people are threatened by criminal gangs as they try to protect their ancient forest from destruction, despite death threats ++ From her exile in the US, a journalist from Iran is fighting for women's rights ++ Nigerian tiktok star uses humour to expose people's strange ideas about Africa

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