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The Global Story

The one big story. Making sense of the news with our experts around the world. Insights you can trust, Monday to Friday, from the BBC. Episodes will be ready by 10:30 GMT.Host Katya Adler and our BBC teams guide you through one major global news story each episode.From Beijing to Boston, Baghdad to Bangalore, our unrivalled reach will take you beyond the headlines to help understand and explore what’s happening.The Global News Podcast brings you the latest updates and, on The Global Story, we will drill deep into a single story.From the climate emergency, to the burning questions around Artificial Intelligence, to the movements of money and markets, and the power of the ballot and the bullet.Katya Adler has been a BBC correspondent and editor for more than 25 years, covering conflicts in the Middle East, political and economic crises in Europe, and drug cartels in Mexico. The Global Story team would like to hear your stories and experiences on the issues that we’re covering on the podcast. Please get in touch: theglobalstory@bbc.com #TheGlobalStory and tell us your thoughts on what you would like us to talk about.

Will Argentina's new president nicknamed 'The Madman' deliver his radical promises?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 28:17

Javier Milei is far from your average politician. His critics call him ‘El Loco’, meaning The Madman and he certainly plays up to that reputation having claimed that he ‘hears voices’ and frequently ‘talks to his dead dog.’ Milei ran his campaign mostly on TikTok where he became known for his fiery and sometimes wild campaign promises. He has claimed he was going to shut down the central bank and axe a whole host of government departments. Lot’s of Argentinian’s who have suffered through the long economic crisis in Argentina were won over by his anti-establishment stance, passionate proclamations and seemingly simple solutions to big problems. We explore whether Javier Milei can deliver on those radical promises and what does his election mean for South America? With our South American Correspondent Katy Watson and Luis Fajardo from BBC Monitoring.The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory we want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com you can also message us or leave a voice note on Whatsapp +44330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Farhana Haider and Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty. The technical producer was Jack Graysmark. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

What we know about Hamas and its military capacity

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  • 8 months ago
  • 25:09

Israel has vowed to eliminate the perpetrators of the October 7th attack, which killed more than 1,200 people and saw around 240 taken hostage. Hamas - which governs the Palestinian territory of Gaza and is viewed as a terrorist organisation by many western governments – has been the target of unprecedented force from Israeli military. So, what damage has been done? And is it really possible to defeat the group? The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you wherever you are in the world.#TheGlobalStory we want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story.Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com you can also message us or leave a voice note on Whatsapp +44330 123 9480.Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Richard Moran, Neal Razzell and Bethan Ashmead Latham. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

A risky escape from North Korea

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  • 8 months ago
  • 23:55

North Koreans are forbidden from making contact with the outside world. But what happens when one family decides they want to leave?Our Seoul Correspondent Jean Mackenzie tells us the story of one defector who we're calling Mr Kim. He and his relatives made a dangerous escape from the tyrannical state in a boat and are now adjusting to life in South Korea.The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory we want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com you can also message us or leave a voice note on Whatsapp +44330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Alice Aylett Roberts, Neal Razzell and Beth Timmins. The technical producers were Ricardo McCarthy and Jonny Hall. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Elon Musk’s global satellite ambition

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  • 8 months ago
  • 24:28

Elon Musk is the world's richest person. He leads Tesla, Twitter and SpaceX and he owns half the satellites in Earth’s lower orbit; with over 5,000 already operating in space. They make up a global internet constellation called Starlink, which is set to grow rapidly in the coming years. We explore how big his ambitions for space are with our science correspondent Jonathan Amos and our North America technology reporter James Clayton. The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory we want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com you can also message us or leave a voice note on Whatsapp +44330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Alice Aylett Roberts, Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty and Richard Moran. The technical producers were Gareth Jones and Mark Regaard. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Could Europe defend Ukraine on its own?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 24:01

With the war in Ukraine dragging on, continuing military aid has become a contentious political issue in the United States. So, if support from Kyiv’s biggest military backer was to waver, could its other allies make up the difference? The BBC’s defence correspondent Jonathan Beale and Berlin correspondent Jessica Parker assess whether there is the political will and military capacity for Europe to defend Ukraine on its own. The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler.We’re keen to hear from you, wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory What are your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story.Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480.Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Richard Moran and Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty. The technical producers were Matt Dean and Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Is Europe a hotbed for the far-right?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 24:19

After populist politician Geert Wilders wins the most seats in the Netherlands election, we ask if his success is part of a broader European pattern. We also explore why voters are turning away from mainstream politics with our correspondent in the Netherlands, Anna Holligan, and Professor Timothy Garton Ash.The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you, wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story.Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Alice Aylett Roberts and Beth Timmins. The technical producers were Phil Bull and Jack Graysmark. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Inside COP28: a climate summit in an oil state, a BBC exclusive and a UAE fightback

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  • 8 months ago
  • 24:32

World leaders are arriving in Dubai for COP28 – the most significant annual climate summit. The BBC’s climate editor, Justin Rowlatt, takes us behind the scenes of the summit and talks us through the expectations, and the fallout of a BBC investigation pointing out that the UAE planned to use climate talks to make oil deals. The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. What questions do you have about climate change? And what solutions do you think deserve more attention? #TheGlobalStory We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Richard Moran and Emilia Jansson. The technical producers were Mike Regaard and Phil Bull. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

How did tiny Qatar become a global hostage negotiator?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 26:12

How has a small country in the Middle East managed to become a key player in the negotiations between Israel and Hamas? Today, with the BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner, and BBC Monitoring’s Jaidaa Taha in Cairo.The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you, wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Richard Moran and Emilia Jansson. The technical producers were Jack Graysmark and Phil Bull. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Joe Biden’s ageing brain

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  • 8 months ago
  • 32:31

Democrat Joe Biden, 81, is America’s oldest president. His chief rival, Republican Donald Trump, is 77. Polls consistently show voters are more worried that Mr Biden lacks “mental sharpness.” Today, why President Biden’s age matters, with our Medical Editor, Fergus Walsh, and our Special Correspondent in Washington, Katty Kay. The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We’re keen to hear from you, wherever you are in the world. #TheGlobalStory We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480. Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Neal Razzell and Emilia Jansson. The technical producers were Matt Dean and Tom Brignell. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

Israel-Gaza conflict: The social media battles

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  • 8 months ago
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The Global Story brings you trusted insights from BBC experts around the world. Today, why the battle on your social media feed matters, with our Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, and our Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent, Marianna Spring.It’s been seven weeks since Hamas, which governs Gaza and is labelled a terrorist group by the US and many other western governments, murdered 1200 people in southern Israel. Israel’s response has left Gaza in ruins - an emphatic symbol of its military prowess. But this war isn't only being fought on the ground. There’s a battle online to control the narrative and influence opinions on losses and suffering, rights and wrongs, facts and fake news. Host Katya Adler gets insight on the big picture from Lyse. And Marianna reveals the findings of her latest investigation into what you might be seeing about the war on TikTok, X and Instagram.Thanks for listening to our first episode. We’re keen to hear from our listeners across the world. We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at theglobalstory@bbc.com You can also message us or leave us a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480. We’ll love to hear from you. Please get in touch: #TheGlobalStory and tell us your thoughts on what you would like us to talk about.Today’s episode of The Global Story was hosted by Katya Adler. It was made by Neal Razzell with Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty. The technical producers were Matt Dean and Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall. The Global Story is an exciting collaboration between the BBC World Service, BBC Studios and the BBC Long Form Audio News Podcast team who also make Americast and the critically-acclaimed Ukrainecast. The Global Story builds on the huge success of the Global News Podcast from the BBC World Service, which is the BBC’s most popular international news podcast.