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BBC World Service - Fifth Floor


bbcff_2013_01-06zoomOriginal insights, playful perspectives and surprising stories from the World Service's 27 language sections. Every week with David Amanor. - Ein wöchentlicher Blick hinter die Kulissen der 27 Sprachdienste des Weltdienstes der BBC, moderiert von David Amanor.

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0105 05.01 1) A NAMELESS VICTIM How do you humanise a nameless tragedy? A 23 year old student died after she was abducted, raped and thrown off a bus in Delhi. Vineet Khare, who covered the story for our Hindi and English language streams, interviewed the girl's father in a remote village in India's Uttar Pradesh. Talking to David he reveals how he put the most difficult questions of his career to her father. 2) THIS TRAINING COURSE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE In any job, training can be a drag, but at the BBC you can be literally dragged off, kidnapped and taught to administer life-saving treatment. The BBC's notorious Hostile Environment course teaches reporters how to deal with dangerous situations. BBC Africa's Catherine Byaruhanga, based in Uganda, is preparing for an assignment in the volatile eastern DR Congo. She kept an audio diary of her experience. 3) ONLINE GREATEST HITS The BBC World Service's Marco Silva gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites - including bursting aquariums, restored aircraft and the most expensive street in London. 4) SATIRE IN THE BURMESE SERVICE 2012 was an eventful year for our Burmese section, with easing political restrictions, Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Broadcasting House and the ugly sectarian violence in Burma's Rakhine state. Even so, the Burmese decided to continue an age-old tradition - a drama, written, produced, and acted out by staff members. But as their head Tin Htar Swe told David, they wanted to do something different this time. 5) LET'S GET FISCAL The Fiscal Cliff is the new buzzword referring to the US spending cuts, now averted by the Senate and House of Representatives negotiating a new financial compact. But how was the story covered by the language services and did it get lost in translation? David explores the Fifth Floor with his microphone. 26:53
0112 12.01 1) TROUBLE IN BALOCHISTAN Violence against Pakistan's Shia community is once again making tragic headlines. This week it was double bomb blasts in Quetta, capital of the Balochistan province, which have so far left over 80 people dead. Imran Ali is a journalist with BBC Pashto, and his family live in the Hazara neighbourhood, one of the targeted areas. 2) THE LIFT PITCH There's only five floors to go - and BBC Mundo's Yolanda Valery finds herself amidst a mock inauguration for Hugo Chavez. 3) STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE - SRI LANKA'S CIVIL WAR This week the civil war is back in the news for both Sinhala and Tamil Services - they've been marking the anniversary of the still unsolved murder of a newspaper editor during the conflict. Priyath Liyanage and Thirumalai Manivannan, the heads of those two sections, have been friends and colleagues for many years now - and have lived and worked through some very dangerous moments while covering the war. They discuss how they covered both sides of the conflict - as well as the challenges and the condemnation they faced from their own community, and what happened when one of their own reporters was killed on duty. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including family assassinations, baths and alien abductions. 5) INSIDE CHINA'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE It's no secret that propaganda is a mighty industry within China, but how does it really work? Raymond Li, head of BBC Chinese, explains the different layers of the media control as well as his own close shaves and personal encounters with the Chinese propaganda machine. 26:54
0119 19.01 1) AN INSIGHT INTO ISLAMABAD This week thousands of demonstrators, led by the colourful cleric Tahirul Qadri, marched on Islamabad demanding the resignation of the government and an end to corruption. The Urdu Service's Mohammed Hanif was watching the proceedings - is it time for revolution to strike Pakistan? 2) SPOTLIGHT ON MALI As the conflict in Mali deepens, what have been the challenges for BBC Africa in covering such a fast unfolding story? Ibrahima Diane of BBC Afrique, Ahmed Abba Abdullahi of the Hausa Service and BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley reflect on the issues and the impact on audiences from Nigeria to Somalia, and the Sahara to the Great Lakes. 3) DIARY FROM CAR "A market is always a small window to a society", and so BBC Afrique's Leila Adjovi takes us to Bangui market in the Central African Republic to unearth the local reactions to a peace accord between a perpetually shaky government and a rebel coalition threatening to topple it. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including permits for snowball fights, Kiev's carnival of disguise and saving bears in Vietnam 5) THE TAJIK DRUGS TRADE Reporter Rustam Qobil takes us behind the scenes at the Afghan-Tajik border, a transit point for one of the most lucrative drug trade routes in the world. 26:59
0126 26.01 1) REPORTING FROM NIGERIA We speak to reporter Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar in northern Nigeria about the task of reporting on and verifying this week's attacks carried out by gunmen believed to be members of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram. He describes the challenges of reporting this region. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including a sleeping judge in Russia, a club for abandoned men in Argentina and the young man in Kyrgyzstan with extraordinary strength. 3) REMEMBERING VIETNAM As the Vietnamese service marks the 40th anniversary of the Paris accord, a landmark ceasefire agreement that led eventually to the end of the war in Vietnam, we speak to BBC journalist Ha Mi who was a ten year old girl at the time. She has vivid memories of sirens and fireflies. 4) THE HUNT FOR PHONEY: PART ONE Has the notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony been found? Not yet, but his fictional alter ego - Joseph Phoney - has. He's set up school in the forests of central Africa and his number one pupil is Captain Zoomzoom, the failed coup plotter from Mali. The first of a three-part drama by BBC Africa's Robin White imagining what rebel leaders get up to in their spare time. 5) STREET NAMES This week the Afghan service reported that Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan's fourth largest city, has begun introducing street names and house numbers. So will that help the postal system and delivery of other services, and do street names and numbers really matter? We sent the microphone around the fifth floor. 26:54
0202 02.02 1) EGYPT'S DéJà VU There are curfews, canal cities in revolt, battles around Tahrir Square and angry speeches from the president. What year is it again? Cairo-based journalist Ashraf Khalil describes why recent events in Egypt are reminding him of 2011 all over again. 2) HUNT FOR PHONEY: PART TWO Has the notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony been found? Not yet, but his fictional alter ego - Joseph Phoney - has. He's set up school in the forests of central Africa and his number one pupil is Captain Zoomzoom, the failed coup plotter from Mali. The second of a three-part satire by BBC Africa's Robin White. 3) DEBATING "ISLAMIST" What does the term Islamist mean and when is it appropriate to use it in news reports? This was a heated debate taking place in the BBC Africa newsroom last week as French troops marched into Mali against the so-called "islamist rebels". Three World Service Language heads talk about the editorial dos and donts and difficulties when reporting religion and war. With BBC Urdu's Aamer Ahmed Khan, African Service's Josephine Hazeley, and Artyom Liss of BBC Russian. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including Persian high heels and a Ukrainian car fit for a Queen. 5) THE WORLD OF WEIBO BBC Chinese producer Jinxi gives a crashcourse lesson in how to use Weibo, China's microblogging site to get news and circumvent Beijing's censorship restrictions. 26:54
0209 09.02 1) A DIARY FROM SANTA MARIA How do you go from reporting a heart-breaking tragedy to covering one of the most famous parties on earth? Two weeks ago a fire in a Santa Maria night club killed more than 200 young people, this week Julia Carneiro has been covering the Rio carnival. She reflects on an extreme change of gear from covering a tragedy to reporting celebration. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including Russia's new cosmonauts, the dance craze in Jordan and the Mexican bones that aren't all they seem. 3) MEETING MORTAZAVI One of Iran's most controversial figures, the former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was this week in the headlines following his surprise arrest and even more surprising release. Persian Service reporter Hossein Bastani remembers two extraordinary personal encounters with Mortazavi. 4) UNDERSTANDING IRAN A shouting match in parliament, a growing political rift ahead of the elections, and monkeys in space. It's been a tumultuous and gripping week for Iran. BBC Persian reporters Rana Rahimpour and Siavash Ardalan shed light on what the messy political situation says about the country right now. 5) THE HUNT FOR PHONEY: PART THREE Poor Joseph Phoney - sprung from his central African hideout in last week's programme along with his protege, Captain Zoomzoom, he is now sharing a cell at The Hague. What will be his fate? And does he like Dutch cheese? From the pen of BBC Africa's former editor Robin White, this is the last act of The Hunt for Phoney - a three part drama featuring actors Jude Akuwudike and Ali Sichilongo. 26:55
0216 16.02 1) LAUNCHING BBC URDU TV BBC Urdu leapt onto Pakistani television screens this week with an all-woman team fronting its hour long current affairs programme, Sairbeen. Presenters Aliya Nazki, Irum Gillani, Nosheen Abbas and Tabinda Kokab talk about how their show has gone down. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including Azeri's Olympic wrestlers, crocodile tears in the Philippines, and ghoulish surprises in the Attacama desert. 3) ELECTION TIME IN KENYA As Kenya prepares to vote, two Swahili journalists - Odiambo Joseph and Robert Kiptoo - reflect on a legacy of election violence. What's in store for next month's presidential polls? 4) AN ODE TO HORSEMEAT Horsemeat may not be the flavour of the month in Europe - but it certainly is in Central Asia where it's considered a delicacy. From the Uzbek and Kyrgyz Service's Diloram Ibrahimova and Gulnara Kasmambet tantalise the taste buds with their culinary tips for the best horse-meat sausage. 5) LOVE ACROSS THE BORDER A torrid tale of two young lovers - connected by a mobile phone but divided by an ancient river that marks the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Rustam Qobil tells the story of the man who swam to unite with his sweetheart. 26:55
0223 23.02 1) REPORTING PISTORIOUS - A SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE The case of the paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been occupying headlines in Africa and across the world. How has BBC Africa - and the media in Pretoria - been handling the story? Two South African journalists at BBC Africa, Nick Ericsson and Lebo Diseko, share their insights. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites. This week Thomas takes on a Chinese challenge, tucks into a Kenyan feast and has a work out in Taiwan. 3) POET'S CORNER: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF PABLO NERUDA Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is said to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Forty years after his death we speak to Carolina Robino and Constanza Hola from BBC Mundo, and Priyath Liyanage of the Sinhala Service which goes out to Sri Lanka about Neruda's life and works. 4) THE MUSIC OF MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS BBC Mundo's reporter Juan Carlos Perez Salazar in Mexico has been telling us about the phenomena of 'narcocorridos' - songs in praise of the drug barons and narcotics trade. 5) THE NAME GAME IN AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijan has a "Terminology Commission" - an authority to regulate the use of language - and the commission now has a plan to stop non-Azeri names from being given to new born babies. As a former Soviet republic Azerbaijan is said to be going through a post-colonial re-orientation, but how do you solve a problem like the name Maria? Leyla Najafova reports. 26:54
0302 02.03 1) RETURNING TO KENYA Ruth Nesoba was reporting the elections in Kenya back in 2007 and watched parts of her country descend into chaos. Back at the Nairobi bureau this week, she shares some of her hopes and fears for what the next elections might bring. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites. This week Thomas counts small change in Uzbekistan, scales Sri Lankan Mountains and takes a view on Egypt, from Space... 3) THE LAST CASTRO? The first Castro, Fidel, swept in to power in the 1959 revolution and now his brother Raul has announced that this will be his last term in office. Is it the he beginning of the end of the rule of the Castros and what does that mean for Cuba? We speak to Cuban journalists Liliet Heredero and Manuel Toledo and receive a postcard from Cuba from Fernando Ravsberg. 4) THE FIFTH FLOOR FAG BRAKE President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation banning smoking in most public places in Russia. David Amanor joins Artyom Liss on his cigarette break to find out what this bill will mean for Russians. Also, joining them for a quick puff and to talk about the role of smoking in their working day are Juliana Iootty and Olivier Webber 5) SHAKING TO THE HARLEM SHAKE The Harlem shake shook Tunis this week, as it was danced semi-naked or wearing mock beards in front of a Muslim Brotherhood building. Arrests were made in Egypt, and the dance craze has been condemned by Tunisia's education minister. Ahmed Sareyelidin of BBC Arabic has been following the gyrations. 26:54
0309 09.03 1) REMEMBERING CHAVEZ When Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday the announcement rocked Venezuela and sent news waves rippling around the world. How will he be remembered by the journalists who reported his politics, laughter and songs? Yolanda Valery, Fernando Ravsberg and Lourdes Heredia of BBC Mundo share their memories. 2) RETURN TO KARACHI Shahzeb Jillani is heading home for Karachi, one of Pakistan's major commercial hub's. The city was rocked by a huge bomb last week bringing death and destruction to a Shia neighbourhood, but the troubles there are more complex and Shahzeb needs to convince his family that he's doing the right thing. Is he? 3) PAPPON BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites. This week Thomas is saving snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan, gobbling porridge in Ghana, getting hot and bothered at Gaza's marathon and sipping Georgian wine with the Russians. 4) AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST LADIESThe husbands and wives of Prime Ministers and Presidents normally have a prominent role in public life but not in Afghanistan. In fact there are barely any pictures of Mrs Karzai. Maryam Ghamgusar from BBC Persian TV decided to interview the elusive First Lady and the wives of other senior figures in Kabul. Guess what? She succeded. We hear how... 26:55
0316 16.03 Friday 15th March marks two years since the start of the uprising in Syria. It was the start of a dramatic change in the story of the country and for Syrians working for the BBC Arabic service they and their families started living the news.This weekend the Fifth Floor focuses on the work of those journalists who for the last two years have been telling the story of Syria. 1) THE BBC'S MAN IN DAMASCUS Assaf Abboud is the BBC's only person permanently based in Damascus and has lived through all two years of the conflict. He brings us a 'sound picture' of a week in the city and talks about reporting the conflict from within. 2) REFUGEES: THE FALL OUT IN LEBANON Carine Torbey has been reporting the influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring Lebanon since the start of the crisis. It's a story she has told often but still feels is unreported. 3) MUSTAFA RETURNS HOME In December last year Mustafa Hamo returned to Syria, not to work but to see his Mum. He describes the Syria he found and the conditions that people are living in. 4) SONGS FROM THE STREETS: TWO YEARS OF PROTEST CHANTS Wael Tamimi looks at the protest chants that have come out of Syria over the last two years and the ever changing story they tell of the revolution 5) REPORTING THE CONFLICT Edgard Jallad is an Editor at BBC Arabic TV. He joins us to talk about the challenges and surprises of reporting Syria. With a divided audience and personal journeys in the newsroom, how do you sail a steady ship while events continue to unfold? 26:55
0323 23.03 1) TERMINATOR TANGO: WHEN THE CHASE IS UP Democratic Republic of Congo war crimes suspect Bosco 'Terminator Tango' Ntaganda has handed himself over to the US embassy in Rwanda capital Kigali. At some point, for every wanted leader, the chase will be up. From tennis in the Congo to Serbian masters of disguise, we've been gathering the tales of some of the worlds most wanted from around the language services. With BBC Swahili's Kassim Kiyra, Leonid Louneev from the Russian service, European Editor Dejan Radojevic, and BBC Pashto's Dawood Azami. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including some damp late night drinkers, nannies around the clock and top tips to happiness. 3) MALI: ONE YEAR ON One year ago a coup d'etat in the south of Mali prompted an uprising in the north. BBC Afrique's Leila Adjovi visited the country recently and sent through some thoughts from her diary. 4) TENSIONS IN BURMA As fighting broke out in central Burma this week the head of the Burmese Service Tin Htar Swe talks to the programme about pulling their BBC reporter out because of threats to his safety. 5) THE LEGENDS OF NOWRUZ It's Persian New Year, and BBC Azeri's Konul Khalilova has been celebrating Nowruz with colleagues across the Language Services and finding out the legends behind the traditions. 26:55
0330 30.03 1) WHAT IF? NEWS FROM THE FUTURE Pakistan becomes an Island Nation, human beings are born on Mars, and no more commuting into work, just send your hologram instead. We take a look at what the world will be like in 2050 with World Service journalists Olexiy Solohubenko and Amber Shamsi from BBC Urdu in Islamabad. As part of the BBC World Service 'What If?' season. 2) BANGLADESH - GHOSTS OF WAR More than four decades on, a war crimes tribunal that was meant to bring closure has instead exposed the growing pains that haunt a new generation in Bangladesh. We explore the legacy of independence with Mahfuz Sadique, Sabir Mustafa and Shahzeb Jillani. 3) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including summer time from BBC Russia, inflatable wedding dowries on the Hindi service and an old wound from BBC Brasil. 4) GREEN-ON-BLUE – AFGHANISTAN Why does a policeman working with foreign soldiers in Afghanistan suddenly turn his gun against them? Known as green-on-blue attacks, the incidents have been rising as the US prepares to pull out. BBC Uzbek's Firuz Rahimi on reporting these insider attacks and the challenges he faced. 26:55
0405 05.04 1) PERSIAN CLARKSON Top Gear is huge in Iran, but while the face that presents the show is Jeremy Clarkson's, the voice is that of Mozaffar Shafeie - an actor who's been dubbing Clarkson into Farsi since the show began. But how good is he compared to the real Jeremy Clarkson? We introduce the two to find out. 2) DRIVING DYNAMOS You rarely hear about the man at the wheel who gets the reporter to his location, sometimes saving their lives in the process, and occasionally doing just opposite. With Kassim Kayira of BBC Swahili, Artyom Liss from the Europe Hub and Arturo Wallace of BBC Mundo. 3) SRI LANKA CENSORSHIP Repeated jamming led the BBC to pull its FM services off air this week claiming repeated interference by Sri Lanka's state broadcaster SLBC. Thirumalai Manivannan and Priyath Liyanage, editors of the Tamil and Sinhalese Service tells us all about it. 4) ARGENTINA'S DISAPPEARD During Argentina's Dirty War an estimated 30,000 people disappeared. Vladimir Hernandez of BBC Mundo met the people who live in a river delta where in the late 1970s it has emerged that the military government dumped countless bodies out of air planes. 5) HEAR MY COUNTRY: BRAZIL BBC Brasil love their music and there are a few musicians among them too. But how do you find one piece of music that sums up what it is to be Brazilian? We speak to Thomas Pappon, Bruno Garcez, and Monica Vasconcelos. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including; word from a bird in Venezuela, a stoned fox in Russia, and mobile phones across the world. 49:44
0412 12.04 1) SABRE RATTLING RHETORIC North Korea's Kim Jong-un is not alone when it comes to rattling his sabre. We hear about other regimes who have used rhetoric as a bargaining tool from East Asia Hub's Yuwen Wu, Artyom Liss from the Europe Hub, Diana Kola of the former Albanian Service, BBC Arabic's Sam Farah and Simona Kralova from BBC Monitoring 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week. 3) AFGHAN DRUG ADDICTION Persian TV's Tahir Qadiry was back home in Kabul recently to make a documentary about the perils of drug addiction. Afghanistan has proportionately the highest rate of addicts in the world. Tahrir recalls meeting and filming some of them. 4) CAMEL COOKING Are you preparing a banquet? Don't know what to feed your guests? Well the Fifth Floor might have the answer. We're on the trail of Francois Hollande's missing camel, presented to him as a thank you gift from the people of Mali, which may have met a more edible fate. Olivier Weber from BBC Afrique takes up the story. 5) HADDAD'S BAGHDAD Haddad was born and bred in Baghdad and has lived through many different eras and faces of the city. He's watched other BBC reporters come and go whilst he remains to report on the turbulence of a country that has been wracked by conflict. 6) ARTS DAILY: Make way for the 5th floor musical mic! This week we're looking at the appeal of Bollywood in Africa with BBC Swahili's Kassim Kayira and Focus on Africa TV's Serena Chaudhry. 7) WITNESS It's 21 years since Disney opened its first theme park in mainland Europe, just outside Paris. But from the outset the venture was plagued with problems. Rebecca Kesby has been speaking to the first CEO of EuroDisney Bob FitzGerald. 49:47
0419 19.04 1) THE AFTERMATH This week has seen bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Baghdad and the Boston marathon. How do journalists on the scene deal with the challenges of covering acts of violence on location? With Bahman Kalbasi in Boston, Zubair Ahmed in Mumbai, and Rafid Jaboori in Baghdad. 2) SWINGING JUBA In South Sudan, BBC Africa's Nyambura Wambugu has been discovering the nightlife growing beneath the fear on Juba's city streets. 3) ARTS DAILY: BOLLYWOOD AND THE SOVIETS Why did Soviet central Asia succumb to the charms of Hindi cinema? Rustam Qobil, Firuz Rahimi, Priyath Liyanage, Mirza Waheed and Famil Ismailov reveal their love for Raj Kapoor. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including; 5) MY HOME: ALEXANDRIA Middle East editor Shaimaa Khalil introduces the Fifth Floor to her home town and to her granny. 6) THE BIG BELLY CRICKET CLUB BBC Islamabad has a cricket team that they affectionately call The Big Belly Cricket Club. They're dedicated but not exactly successful - so far this season they have lost every match. Zaheer Babar is on the crease. 49:51
0426 26.04 1) STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE From Grozny to Moscow, Chechen journalist Aset Vatsueva on how she became a news anchor on Russian TV at the height of the Chechen conflict. 2) CHESS WARS Azerbaijan and Armenia go head to head in the batte for chess supremacy, in the form of BBC Russian journalists Famil Ismailov and Mark Grigoriyan. 3) WILD TIMES IN NEPAL BBC Nepali's environment reporter Navin Singh Khadka has quite a gig - a regular day's work could involve sleeping in caves, rides elephants and chases snow leopards across the Himalayas. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including motorised wheelbarrows, a sex guide for ultra-Orthodox Jews; and goat rehab. 5) LETTER FROM MOGADISHU Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters and BBC Somali's Mohammed Moalimu knows it: he has been reporting from the capital for nine years. 6) ARTS DAILY: NEW WRITING FROM TURKEY Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran talks about how BBC Turkish's Cagil Kasapoglu ended up as a character in her latest novel The Women Who Blow on Knots. 7) NIGERIA: ANATOMY OF A HEADLINE Reporting an alleged massacre by soldiers in northern Nigeria - BBC Africa editors Mansur Liman and Rachael Akidi dissect a difficult headline 8) WITNESS The confessions of a coup plotter: 50 years after a conspiracy to overthrow the government of Panama 49:55
0503 03.05 1) IRAQ: LANGUAGE OF WAR This week marks ten years since the Americans ended official combat in Iraq, and Bush declared it a "Mission Accomplished". BBC Mundo's Inma Gil looks back at a decade of controversial language and rhetoric surrounding this conflict. 2) MAGICAL MARIINSKY? BBC Russian's culture correspondent Alexander Kan is in his home city of St Peterburgh to welcome, with some trepidation, the opening of the revamped Mariinsky - the city's most famous theatre. 3) STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: YEMEN "I'm a journalist for the BBC I said, but it still didn't stop me from being beaten." BBC Arabic's Abdullah Ghorab talks about the intimidation and assault that comes with the job of reporting Yemen. 4) SPOTLIGHT ON BANGLADESH It's been two weeks of intense news coverage following the collapse of a building housing a garment factory near Dhaka, BBC Bengali's Sabir Mustafa gives an insight into a surprising twist to the tale that raised a few hackles in Bangladesh. 5) CAN JAZZ SAVE THE WORLD? The UN has declared jazz its new champion of human rights and wants the musical genre to be used more widely in the fight for peace and the betterment of all mankind. Is Jazz up to this mighty task? BBC Russian's jazz aficionado Seva Novgorodsev dusts off his trumpet. 6) A POET AND BIN LADEN It's been two years since Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed in a dramatic raid by US Special Forces in Pakistan, and the head of the Central Asian Service Hamid Ismailov has been weaving fiction, fact and poetry in his latest novel about the world's most wanted man. 7) WITNESS How a retired postman gave the US National Gallery a priceless modern art collection for free. 49:54
0510 10.05 1) THE SILENT PARTY There's a silent party that holds great sway in these elections - the Tehrik e Taliban. Writer Mohammed Hanif explains the Taliban's particular brand of electioneering. 2) ACRONYM EXTRAVAGANZA Pakistani party politics is mired in maze of acronyms, so just mind your Ps and Qs. Plus, the battle of the symbols - the story of how the parties got their pictures. 3) I CAN HAZ MY TV BACK PLZ Television channels in Pakistan are showing wall-to-wall party advertising - "paid political content". It's all a bit too much for Saba Imtiaz - she's desperate to have her TV back. 4) TRAILED BY THE ISI On the campaign trail in Sindh, why Shahzeb Jillani and Almeena Ahmed give their perspectives from Karachi - including a run in with the Pakistani security services. 5) PAKISTAN'S GREATEST POLITICAL HITS? From Faiz to Beghairat Brigade via Junoon, the defining political songs across generations. With Arif Waqar, Umber Khairi and Nosheen Abbas. 6) CHAI TIME What do journalists in Islamabad talk about during their tea breaks? Aamer Ahmed Khan hobnobs with Irum Abbasi and Saba Eitizaz. No dunking please. 49:53
0517 17.05 1) REVENGE OF THE INSECTS The UN has released a report urging people to eat more insects to solve world hunger. But how do claims like these go down in the insect world? The Fifth Floor gives us the view of the bugs. 2) FRANCO-AFRIQUE RELATIONS It's been a year since Francois Hollande took power in France - a year which has left him more popular with the outside world than at home. But how much love is there between France and Francophone Africa? We bring together a Frenchman and a Guinean to find out. With BBC Africa's Stephane Mayoux and Ibrahima Diane. 3) LETTER FROM REYHANLI "For the first time I felt nervous, for the first time I felt like I could have been there." The BBC's Zeynep Erdim has spent the last two years reporting from Turkish cities along the Syrian border. In the town of Reyhanli, the restaurant where she lunched with her colleagues was destroyed in a twin bomb attack that killed over 40 people - a hard reality check for our reporter. 4) WORLD OF WRESTLING This week New York's Grand Central station played host to a show match of wrestling as part of campaign to keep the sport in the Olympics. Teams from Iran, Russia and the US - unlikely allies perhaps - came together, donned leotards and took to the ring. BBC Persian's Bahman Kalbasi and the Russian Service's Rafael Saakov reveal the attraction. 5) INDONESIA BABY-TRAFFICKING Baby-trafficking is a long-running issue in Jakarta, with trafficking syndicates targeting parents from different socio-economic backgrounds. BBC Indonesian's Dewi Safitri describes it as the most heart-breaking story she's covered. 6) THE ART OF SYRIAN REFUGEES BBC Arabic's Carine Torbey reports on the Syrian artists living as refugees in Lebanon - trying to make a new home in a world of hip-hop and art. 49:54
0524 24.05 1) GOOD TALIBAN, BAD TALIBAN Just two weeks after the bloodiest elections that Pakistan has ever seen at the hands of the Taliban, the winner of those very same elections has called the Taliban to the table for talks. There has been an ongoing media debate about who are the good Taliban and who are the bad Taliban. Who would we like to bring to the negotiating table and who are the bad ones spilling blood? How do you differentiate between the two? We hear from Mohammed Hanif in Karachi and Saqlain Imam from BBC Urdu talks us through how we have come to this point so fast. 2) FAREWELL ACHEBE As Chinua Achebe is buried this week, BBC Africa's Bilkisu Labaran and Veronique Edwards remember the great Nigerian writer. 3) LOO PAPER POLITICS In an attempt to avert an economic crisis, the Venezuelan government imported 50 million toilet rolls last week. Apparently the lack of toilet paper was one of the final indignities that put the nail in the coffin of the Soviet bloc almost 25 years ago. A Fifth Floor Venezeulan, Vietnamese and Azeri wonder what it is about toilet rolls and communism. 4) KYRGYZ UNDERWORLD One of the stories that has recently been dominating the Kyrgyz section is the row over the release from prison of a criminal boss Aziz Batukayev. Questions have been raised over why he was set free. Batukayev was running most of Kyrgyzstan's prisons. The tradition dates back to Soviet times but is still very much alive. Hamid Ismailov, Olexiy Solohubenko and Alexander Kan explain. 5) ERITREA AT 20 It's officially 20 years since Eritrea's independence from Ethiopia. We bring together the only Eritrean working at the BBC, Efrem Gebreab with Hewete Hailesellasie an Ethiopian who works for BBC Africa to talk about identity issues and growing up in the diaspora. 49:50
0531 31.05 1) WEAPONS AND THE MEDIA What separates an M16 from an AK47? BBC Editor Olexiy Solohubenko and Rafid Jaboori of BBC Arabic unpick the language of weaponry. 2) FOOTBALL CHECHEN STYLE As Grozny stadium hosts the Russian Football Cup Final, the Fifth Floor's Natia Abramia looks into what the game means for Chechnya and its leader. 3) BEING AN ARAB JEW What does it mean to be a Mizrahim - an Arab Jew? BBC Arabic's Omar Abdel-Razek has been trying to unravel a tricky question of identity. 4) COLOMBIAN BURIAL Arturo Wallace of BBC Mundo meets a Colombian man who for the past ten years has been fishing bodies out of the river near his home, victims of the violent struggle waged upstream. 5) NEW RIO GALLERY Conflict in art, an exhibition at Rio's newest gallery has had more than 24,000 visitors. BBC Africa's Manuel Toledo was one of them. 49:55
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0614 14.06 1) REPORTING TURKEY David Amanor links up with two reporters on the ground in Istanbul who've spent a week reporting clashes and a festival atmosphere in Gezi Park. Selin Girit is a TV anchor with the BBC's Turkish service and Jiyar Gol has been reporting there for BBC Persian. 2) FAREWELL AHMADINEJAD Iranians have gone to the polls to choose a new president. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be stepping down. He's a character that has made an unforgettable impact on the world stage. Journalists from BBC Persian remember his presidency. With Saeed Barzin, Rana Rahimpour and Kasra Naji. 3) HEAR MY COUNTRY: RUSSIA As part of the Hear My Country series, the Fifth Floor goes to the Russian service to ask a tricky question: if you had to pick one song that defines your country, which would it be? With Pasha Kanevsky, Anya Dorodeyko; Kirill Skorodelov 4) GOVERNMENT MONITORING Edward Snowden revealed the existence of US project Prism, capable of storing vast amounts of phone and web data. But what about surveillance by other governments - are there other prisms out there? David speaks to Zhuang Chen at BBC Chinese, Lewis Machipisa from BBC Africa, and Ramaa Sharma of BBC Hindi. 5) KREMLIN HEARTBREAK There's been a very public divorce announcement in Russia. Vladimir Putin and wife Lyudmila brought 30 years of marriage to an end live on television - during the interval at a ballet. Famil Ismailov of BBC Russian tells the Fifth Floor about the legacy of love and marriage in the Kremlin. 49:54
0621 21.06 1) PROTESTS AROUND THE WORLD As protests in Brazil gain momentum, Bruno Garcez of BBC Brasil tells us about the things that get Brazilians out on the streets. We find out what makes a protest newsworthy and who the most creative protesters are - with Dejan Radojevic, Mark Gregorian and Shaima Khalil. 2) ASSANGE ONE YEAR ON This week marks the first year since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy fleeing a possible extradition to Sweden. But how will he survive a second year ? The Fifth Floor offers an inside guide to being holed up in a tiny embassy. 3) DOG MEAT EATING As one of the largest dog meat festival takes place in China causing outrage from animal activists, Yuwen Wu from the Chinese service reflects on the changing attitudes towards the eating of dog meat in the country. 4) TEACHING THE TALIBAN The recent announcement of peace talks between the US and the Taliban has been heralded as a new chapter in the history of the country. But as Moheb Mudessir from the Afghan service tells us, the news is associated with strong memories, some painful, of living under the Taliban as a teenager and even becoming their teacher. 5) TURKEY ARTS PROTEST Zenep Erdim from the Turkish service based in Istanbul explains why artists have been so involved in the recent protests that shook the country. 49:53
0628 28.06 1) WHO'S MIDDLE CLASS? The middle classes in Brazil, China and India are among the fastest growing in the world - but what defines today's so-called "middle class"? BBC Brasil's Ruth Costa, Raymond Li of the Chinese Service and Suhail Haleem from BBC Urdu breakdown the social statistics - and stigmas. 2) ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week, including driving monks and Egyptian ghosts. 3) POP IDOL POLITICS This week a Palestinian singer from Gaza returned home to huge celebrations after winning Arab Idol. BBC Arabic's Dina Demdarsh and the Hindi Service's Divya Arya explore the popularity of reality TV music contests in the middle east and India. 4) FOLLOW THE LEADER? It's been a week for presidential visits, Barack Obama in Africa, and South Korea's president, Park Geun Hye in China. What makes an official visit a success and what makes it a disaster? Insights from Russia, Tanzania and Rwanda with Yuwen Wu, Ali Saleh, Famil Ismailov, and Kassim Kayira. 5) INDIA: UTTARKHAND FLOODS Nearly 3,000 people are still stranded in India's northern Uttarakhand state where more than 800 people have died in floods and landslides, BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava talks about the dilemmas of disaster reporting. 6) EMBRACING ARGENTINIAN FOOTBALL Argentina is one of the heartlands of world football, but it's a place where the beautiful game also has an ugly face. BBC Mundo's Ignacio de los Reyes reports. 49:54

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