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BBC World Service - Fifth Floor


bbcff_2013_07-12zoomOriginal 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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0705 05.07 1) A WORLD OF COUPS This week Egypt plunged into chaos. There were protests, defiant speeches and a swift military coup. But when do you know if a coup really is a coup? Magdi Abdelhadi from BBC Arabic, BBC Mundo's Carolina Robino and Mohammed Hanif of the Urdu Service, dissect the colourful world of coups from Egypt, Latin America and Pakistan. 2) AFRICA'S FIRST LADIES The First Ladies of several African countries gathered together at a summit in Tanzania. What do they talk about? BBC Africa's Veronique Edwards and Bilkisu Labaran delve into some secrets. 3) LOVE IN A KAZAKH AIRPORT What would you do if you were stuck in an airport transit lounge, with no visa, no passport, and no way out? Rayhan Demytrie, from the Central Asian desk, went to meet one such man - a Palestinian national who came to Almaty for love but found himself stuck in the airport. 4) THE ART OF EXILE BBC Arabic's Wissam Sayegh reports from a new London exhibition of Arab artists exploring the world of exile, called Celebrating Sanctuary. 49:55
0712 12.07 1) LEBANON ON THE BRINK BBC Arabic's Nahed Abouzeid, born and brought up in Lebanon, explores why, after successfully rebuilding itself following a vicious civil conflict, his country is on the edge of war again - this time of someone else's fight. 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 Bishkek roads and Kabul swimming pools. 3) PAKISTAN POWERCUTS 'No one in Pakistan has ever shown up on time for anything. But the only thing that comes and goes on time - and as it pleases - is the electricity.' In Karachi, writer Saba Imtiaz wrestles with power outages - and wins. 4) MEETING BARYSHNIKOV Mikhail Baryshnikov was one of the world's greatest ballet dancers. Depending on your age and interests, you will know him either as one of the most graceful creatures that ever set foot on a stage, in the same league as Nureyev and Nijinsky, or as that Russian bloke from Sex and the City. BBC Russian's Alexander Kan went to meet him. 5) LANGUAGE OF CORRUPTION From 'greyhound puppies' in Russia to 'greased elbows' in Somalia, why are there so many euphemisms for bribery? From the Russian Service, Ilona Vinogradova explores the language of corruption around the world. 6) SUPERSTITIONS AND POLITICIANS They say two kings can't wear the same crown, but can they consult the same astrologer? Political opponents in Sri Lanka have been taking advice from the same oracles - and all around the world many leaders of nations are known to seek spiritual advice in challenging times. Are politicians more superstitious than the rest of us? BBC Urdu's Shafi Naqi Jamie, Swahili Service's Kassim Kayira and BBC Sinhala Saroj Pathirana dust off their amulets. 46:56
0719 19.07 1) STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: MOGADISHU BBC Somali's Mohammed Moalimu has been reporting from troubled Mogadishu for nine years but last week faced his closest encounter with death. An al-Shabab suicide bomber, targeting a convoy of Amisom cars in the city, detonated his explosives just as Moalimu was driving past. He was wounded by shrapnel in his shoulder and then the body of the bomber landed on the top his car. 2) IRAN: HEAR MY COUNTRY How do you find one piece of music that sums up what it is to be Iranian? BBC Persian's Behzad Belour, Ali Hamedani and Golnoosh Golshani battle it out to pick one song that defines their country. 3) THE MYSTERY OF THE ILL-FATED NORTH KOREAN SHIP BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace investigates the intrigue around the Chong Chon Gang - the North Korean ship that was detained in Panama with an undeclared cache of Cuban weapons on board. 4) A BRIEF HISTORY OF RUSSIAN TRIALS From Moscow to the obscure town of Kirov, the Russian Service's Oleg Boldyrev reports on the twists and turns of the trial of the anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny. Plus, Editor Olexiy Solohubenko and journalist Mark Grigoriyan wade through the annals of some of Russia's most infamous trials. 5) THE GLOBAL APPEAL OF BRUCE LEE It is 40 years since the death of Bruce Lee, but the global adoration for the martial arts superstar lives on. Why is he so popular? Stories of adoration from Nairobi to Sindh via Zimbabwe, Ghana and Iran. 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 perfumed underpants and Turkmen holiday allowances. 49:56
0726 26.07 1) ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS As Zimbabwe prepares for its presidential polls, a report from Harare correspondent Brian Hongwe on why police have been seizing shortwave radios in the run up to elections. Plus, BBC Africa's homesick reporter, Lewis Machipisa gives an insight into the country's relationship with international media. 2) AFGHAN DOOMSDAY Why are Afghans so afraid of 2014? It's the year foreign forces leave and has many Afghans comparing the moment with "doomsday." BBC Persian's Tahir Qadiry explains why so many people are so anxious. 3) OH BABY What would Royal Baby Cambridge do with a Kyrgyz wolf paw? 4) REMEMBERING CHIWONISO BBC Africa journalists pay tributes to Chiwoniso Maraire, the 37 year old Zimbabwean singer who died this week of suspected pneumonia. 5) NAIROBI PEE PATROL In Kenya, reporter Emmanuel Igunza reflects on the effectiveness of a new "anti-urine squad" on preventing the problem of public peeing on the streets of his beloved Nairobi. 6) PRISON BREAKS Earlier this week gunmen stormed two high security prisons outside Baghdad - mortar rounds and car bombs were used, and hundreds of inmates set free, among them senior members of al-Qaeda. How does this dramatic jailbreak compare with others around the world? BBC Arabic's Lofti Habib, Kasim Kayira of the Swahili Service and Juan Carlos Perez of BBC Mundo get behind bars in Iraq, DR Congo and Mexico. 7) 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 Bamako's refurbished zoo and Peruvian maggots in your ear. 49:51
0802 02.08 1) ALL CHANGE IN IRAN? From boogeymen and breasts to bottoms on fire - what have been some of the fruity phrases used by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his time at the helm of Iranian politics? BBC Persian's Hossein Sharif and Ali Ahmadi recall some of their favourite 'Mahmoudisms'. And as Ahmadinejad leaves office to make way for Hassan Rouhani, reporter Rana Rahimpour reflects on what Iranian presidents go on to do after their stint at the top is over. Meanwhile her colleague Fariba Sahraei goes on a quest to find Iran's new First Lady. 2) THE MALAWI COMEDY SCENE Daliso Chaponda - arguably Malawi's only stand up comedian - drops in on the Fifth Floor. 3) SYRIA WATCH For the last month BBC Arabic's Rafid Jabboori has been monitoring footage coming out of Syria's key battlegrounds - including Homs and Aleppo. It has been an intense and at times overwhelming experience. 4) RWANDA: 20 YEARS ON This week marks 20 years since the end of the Rwandan civil war, which opposed the Hutu-dominated government to the mainly Tutsi rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. One man who watched the conflict unfold on his doorstep is Ally Mugenzi, head of BBC Great Lakes service. As fighting went on, Ally kept filing his reports for BBC Swahili - but he came to pay a very high price for his work. 5) VODKA TALES Gay communities in the US and UK are boycotting Russian Vodka to show their anger at a new anti-gay law and other policies that discriminate against homosexuals. BBC Russian's Mark Grigoryan reflects on how it might not be so easy to give up that particular tipple. 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 sexist stickers in Cuban cabs and a self-taught javelin thrower from Kenya. 49:55
0809 09.08 1) LETTER FROM KAMPALA Ugandan MPs have passed a controversial bill limiting public protests. Police approval will now be required if three or more people want to gather to discuss political issues - which could make meeting friends for a chat quite a complex operation. Catherine Byaruhanga reports. 2) WAR GAMES Patriotism, profits, and plenty of adrenalin - what lies behind the appeal of video war games? And with the lines blurred between fantasy and reality, should Iran, and Japan be worried by the latest gaming titles like Battlefield Three and Glorious Mission? Zhuang Chen of BBC Chinese, Hossein Sharif of the Persian Service and BBC Mundo's David Cuen get on their consoles. 3) LIFE IN THE FREEZER Antartica is the coldest place in the world - the lowest temperature recorded was minus 89C. BBC Mundo's Anahi Aradas reflects on what it's like to be a reporter on the cusp of the south pole. 4) BURMA 88 The Burmese Service this week has been marking 25 years since "8888" - the start of Burma's pro-democracy movement in August 1988. At the time, Thin Htar Swe was in London, a new recruit to BBC Burmese; Yee Yee Aung was teaching at a university when the protests against the military government began; and Soe Win Than was a student in Rangoon. 5) FESTIVAL FEVER? BBC Africa's Audrey Brown and BBC Brasil's Monica Vasconcelos share stories about the highs and lows of going to - and performing at - music festivals. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Our internet guru Thomas Pappon is away this week so his distant cousin Marco Silva gives a rundown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including the sporting prowess of the Turkmen president and an unexpected home for Vietnamese coffee. 49:59
0816 16.08 1) EGYPT IN CRISIS It's been quite a turbulent year for the Muslim Brotherhood. They have ridden on the crest of power and now plummeted to an uncertain future. From Cairo, writer Ashraf Khalil presents a potted history of the Islamist movement. Plus, BBC Arabic editor Edgard Jallad reflects on the challenges for his Egyptian reporters in putting personal views aside while reporting the turmoil. 2) BAKASSI DISPUTE This week, Cameroon has officially assumed sovereignty over the Bakassi peninsula, an oil-rich area in the Gulf of Guinea, and the residents - who are mostly Nigerian - face the choice of giving up their nationality. BBC Africa's Veronique Edwards and Mansur Liman debate the rivalry between the two countries. 3) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Our Portuguese producer Marco Silva has the lowdown of the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including Oslo's mysterious cab driver and the tracking powers of Chinese pickles. 4) HAIR AND HIERARCHY The beard count in Iran's new, all-male cabinet is high - so can sporting facial fuzz ever be an indicator of political prowess? BBC Persian's Rana Rahimpour decodes Iran's hairy hierarchy. 5) READ MY COUP: IRAN How did Iran's 1953 transform the Persian literary landscape? With Golnoosh Golshani and Masoud Behnoud. 6) A TRIBUTE TO UKRAINIAN CHOCOLATE After wine and cheese, chocolate is the latest culinary product caught up in the controversial trade wars between Kiev and Moscow. Russia has recently banned imports from Ukraine's largest confectioner for falling below safety standards. BBC Ukrainian's Nina Kuryata puts up a defence for the sweets of her homeland. 49:47
0823 23.08 1) BO XILAI ON TRIAL How are China's social networking sites discussing the trial of one of the country's most prominent politicians? From Hong Kong, Martin Yip of BBC Chinese has been glued to Weibo. Plus, BBC Monitoring's Qiang Zhang gives a background to some of the political powerplay behind the scenes in Beijing. 2) AF-PAK FOOTBALL Afghanistan and Pakistan aren't necessarily known for their footballing rivalries - or indeed prowess - but this week the neighbours met on the pitch for the first international match played in Kabul for a decade. The Afghan Service's self-confessed 'football pundit' Emal Pasarly and BBC Urdu's Shafi Naqi Jamie chart their love of the beautiful game. 3) CELIA CRUZ: A TRIBUTE Carlos Chirinos of BBC Mundo tells the story of the woman known as the "Queen of Salsa" and "La Guarachera de Cuba" - the legendary Celia Cruz, the most popular Cuban recording artist of her day. 4) UZBEK AIRPORT RAGE Flying to Uzbekistan? Getting on a plane might not be as easy as you think - even if you have a ticket. BBC Uzbek's Ibrat Safo reports. 5) REMEMBERING THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR It's been 25 years since the end of the Iran-Iraq war - a bitter eight-year conflict which destabilised the region and devastated both countries. BBC Persian's Bahman Kalbasi and BBC Arabic's Rafid Jaboori were only small boys at the time, living in Tehran and Baghdad. They share memories of how the war shaped their childhood and perceptions of 'the enemy'. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Our Portuguese producer Marco Silva has the lowdown of the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including smuggling through Kazakh pipelines and make-up-wearing Kenyan policewomen. 49:56
0830 30.08 1) SYRIA: THE POWER OF IMAGES Filmmaker Darius Bazargan and BBC Monitoring's Faisal Irshaid are two World Service journalists who, on a daily basis, trawl through horrific images and graphic footage coming out of Syria - pictures that were often too upsetting to broadcast. How do they decide what makes it to air - and how do they deal with what they've seen? 2) POLYANDRY IN KENYA Forty-five wives or two husbands? In Nairobi, BBC Africa's Frenny Jowi reflects on the unusual case of a woman who chose to have more than one spouse. 3) MEMORABLE SPEECHES This week marked 50 years since Martin Luther King addressed crowds in the US with the words "I have a dream" - now one of the world's most memorable as well as heavily copyrighted speeches. From Serbia to Pakistan and Ghana, language service journalists recall other orators and monologues that have captured the public imagination. With Dejan Radojevic, Yuwen Wu, Komla Dumor and Aamer Ahmed Khan. 4) SPOTLIGHT ON BUENOS AIRES BBC Mundo's Ignacio de los Reyes reports on the extraordinary career of Cesar Gonzalez - a young Argentinian filmmaker who went from prison to movie-making. His latest work attempts to challenge negative stereotypes of kids growing up in the slums or "mean" barrios of Buenos Aires. 5) DARFUR - THE FORGOTTEN WAR This year 20,000 refugees from Darfur have fled to neighbouring Chad - BBC Afrique's Laeila Adjovi remembers a forgotten war. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Our Portuguese producer Marco Silva has the lowdown of the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including naked Putin, and mass Sri Lankan dog weddings. 49:55
0906 06.09 1) FEARLESS IN DELHI BBC Hindi's Divya Arya is a born and bred Delhi-wallah - a new play about sexual violence in her city is making her re-think her attitudes about her hometown. 2) GREAT LAKES: LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR There's a diplomatic row brewing between Tanzania and Rwanda - BBC Africa's Kasim Kayira gives a lowdown on the power-tussle between the neighbours, and an insight into why Tanzania is such a key player in the volatile Great Lakes region. 3) ECUADOR'S PUNK ROCKERS Irene Caselli gives a crash course on the flourishing punk rock scene in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. 4) INDIA'S ONIONS: THE SOB STORY India is in the midst of an onion crisis - inflation and crop damage has meant that this essential food staple is in shortage. Can Indians and their curry pots handle life without the mighty onion? In Delhi, BBC Urdu's Suhail Haleem peels back the layers and finds that his country has been there before. 5) CINEMA IN CUBA The experience of going to the movies can be different depending on what country you're in. For instance, watching the latest Bollywood flick in a Mumbai picture house one may expect a lot of audience interaction, whereas in London just opening a packet of crisps provokes angry shushing. But what about in Havana? From Cuba, Fernando Ravsberg recalls his fondest big screen experiences. 6) INDONESIA'S DARK HISTORY A chilling and inventive new documentary, called The Act of Killing recreates the atrocities of 1960s Indonesian death squads - in which around 500,000 people were killed in so-called anti-communist purges. Liston Siregar, editor of the Indonesian Service looks back at this dark episode in his country's history. 49:56
0913 13.09 1) AFRICA AND THE ICC As the spotlight lands on the ICC and Kenya, BBC Africa's Kasim Kayira and BBC Monitoring's Juliet Njeri discuss why the International Criminal Court's "most wanted" list features so many Africans. 2) HISTORIC HANDSHAKES Twenty years ago Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn in Washington - it was meant to symbolise the beginning of the Israel-Palestinian peace process. We take the Fifth Floor microphone to BBC Arabic's Issam Ikirmawi, BBC Africa's Audrey Brown, BBC Chinese's Yuwen Wu and BBC Persian's Rana Rahimpour to find out about other historic handshakes, hugs and kisses. 3) EGYPT ISN'T PAKISTAN! Saba Imtiaz in Karachi has been sitting quietly, politely listening to all the comparisons that have been made over recent weeks between Egypt and her home country Pakistan - but she can't hold her tongue any longer. 4) LETTER FROM DETROIT Detroit, the motor city, gave rise to the music label Motown. Now one of its suburbs is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the US. Journalist Rana Abbas tells us how her family and her heart is rooted in the city that has been plagued by financial troubles. 5) BURKA AVENGER The Burka Avenger came to the TV screens of Pakistan a month ago. She's a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills and uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls' school where she works. Saba Eitizaz from BBC Urdu has been following her secret missions and her story. 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 Kazakh mermaids and Ukrainian vodka vending machines. 49:43
0920 20.09 1) IRAN'S MOMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA FREEDOM When the censor's block on social media in Iran was lifted earlier this week, Iranians were able to gain free access to Facebook and Twitter for several hours. So what did they say? BBC Monitoring's Camelia Sadeghzadeh was glued to her screen. 2) LEADERS ON TWITTER How are the big shots on the world's political stage using social media? Who is the most prolific tweeter? Who follows who and who befriends or de-friends the most? Answers from BBC Mundo's Hernando Alvarez, BBC Arabic's Mohammed Abdul Qader and BBC Africa's Naziru Mikailu. 3) DILMA AND OBAMA Something of a tiff transpired this week between Dilma and Obama when the President of Brazil announced she wouldn't be coming for a planned state visit in October. BBC Brasil's Pablo Uchoa tells the story of this rocky relationship 4) PAKISTAN'S YOUTUBE BAN It's a year since the video sharing platform was banned in Pakistan and Nosheen Abbas from BBC Urdu tells us how she's been coping. 5) THE KING'S VISION During a recent lightning storm King Mswati of Swaziland said he had a vision of a 'monarchical democracy'. It's election day in his kingdom and BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley explains what might happen. 6) VIETNAM HEAR MY COUNTRY What song defines your country? Journalists from BBC Vietnamese share the songs that they believe represents Vietnam. With Ha Mi, Ly Truong and Quynh Le. 49:48
0927 27.09 1) REPORTING TERROR Dodging bullets on live TV: BBC Africa's Anne Soy on reporting from the Westgate shopping mall siege in Nairobi. What is it like to interview Al Shabab right after you've covered a story about their victims? Journalistic dilemmas and difficult times for Frenny Jowi in Nairobi and Mohammed Moalimu in Mogadishu. Tell a story first, deal with your emotions later: the BBC's Serena Chaudhry on how she saw a familiar face among the victims in the Westgate mall, but had to continue editing the footage until the end of her shift. 2) UN DOS AND DON'TS Snubs, counter-snubs, gaffes and hasty diversions along the UN General Assembly corridors. And who has time to listen to an eight hour speech? We take the Fifth floor microphone to BBC Russian's Famil Ismailov, BBC Mundo Natalio Cosoy, South Asia editor Kumar Malhotra, BBC Persian's Mohammad Vaziri and BBC Africa's Rachael Akidi. 3) LADAKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL How far would you go to watch a good movie, or how high? A unique international film festival in Ladakh welcomed guests almost 11,000 feet above sea level. Vandna Vijay from BBC Hindi describes breathtaking movies and oxygen masks. 4) MYTHOLOGY VERSUS JOURNALISM A big mining company wants to start digging in a place regarded as sacred by the inhabitants of India's Niyamgiri hills. Faisal Mohammed Ali from BBC Hindi reports on his struggle to get anyone to speak to him thanks to a local superstition in Orissa State. 5) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon with some of the most quirky, salacious, seditious and seductive stories from the BBC's language service websites. 49:57
1004 04.10 1) MILLIONS DISPLACED BBC Persian's Jiyar Gol has just returned from a trip to Northern Iraq. He tells us about the anger towards journalists among those displaced by the civil war across the border in Syria. 2) BIKE BAN Calcutta is bucking the trend and telling people to get off their bikes to stop clogging up the roads. Rahul Tandon sends his report from the chaotic streets. 3) RING ROAD RELAY The BBC Afghan Service is launching a major new series, Life Along Highway One, which follows the people who live along the 3,360km ring road connecting Afghanistan's major cities. BBC Kabul editor, Meena Baktash, who was born in the same year that building began on the road, tells us what the project means to her. 4) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon brings us some of the stories that have caught our eye this week from the BBC's website. 5) CHILD'S PLAY A gunshot is never far away in Brazil - but the federal government in Brasilia has just banned toy pistols. BBC Mundo's Gerardo Lissardy asks whether the measures will have any impact on gun violence. 6) RETURNING HOME BBC Africa's Sihem Hassaini grew up in a Tunisian 'cocoon' in France. She describes how deep divisions that have grown in Tunisian society since the overthrow of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali have affected those close to her. 7) SINGING FOR HOME BBC Arabic's Soumer Daghastani speaks to renowned Syrian opera singer Razek-François Bitar, who is raising money for refugees from his home country. 49:56
1011 11.10 SYRIAN KURDS IN IRAQ This week The Fifth Floor is guest-presented by Lina Sinjab, a Syrian journalist who for many years has been reporting for the BBC from Damascus. Lina travels to Iraqi Kurdistan's largest refugee camp, Domiz - just an hour from the Syrian border - to meet some of the 60,000 refugees who are trying to build new lives. How do people live, love and die here away from home? Lina meets people at important moments in their lives: a mother with a newborn child, a couple preparing to marry, the doctor running the MSF clinic, and the man who deals with the dead and the bereaved. There's also Lukman, an army defector who had to fake his own death in order to leave Syria. The majority of those crossing the border are Kurds, and their arrival in Iraqi Kurdistan has been championed by some as something of a homecoming - but for most of the people we meet, living in a tent with the barest of essentials, they still feel very far from home. 49:40
1018 18.10 1) CHALLENGING COURT REPORTING Uncovering the facts or burying the truth? BBC Russian's Oleg Boldyrev and Zhuang Chen from BBC Chinese discuss the challenges of court reporting in their respective countries. The high profile trials of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny and China's former Communist party boss Bo Xilai have posed different problems. How tempting is it to speculate and make your own interpretations when decisions are made behind closed doors? 2) FOOTBALL FOES BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace tells us why he thinks Mexico is the most despised football team in Latin America. Apparently their difficulties during the World Cup qualifiers this week were cause for celebration for the rest of the continent. 3) LONELY OFFICE DAYS This week, all of Surendra Phuyal's colleagues were at home with their families, celebrating Nepal's annual Hindu festival, Dashain. He got the short straw and had to look after the BBC's Kathmandu newsroom on his own. Surendra tells David that at least his journey to work was quick on the empty roads. 4) UZBEK WRITER BBC Uzbek's Pahlavon Turgunov tells David the extraordinary story of how prominent writer Mamadali Mahmudov survived in Uzbekistan's most notorious prison. He watched fellow inmates being tortured to death and had to write his novels in secret, exchanging food for paper and pens. 5) DENGUE IN SWAT VALLEY Authorities in Pakistan have declared a health emergency in the north-western Swat Valley after almost 5,000 cases of dengue fever were reported in a month. Adnan Rashid lives there and tells The Fifth Floor how this outbreak has affected his family and why he's had to resort to burning cow dung outside his front door. 6) MIAMI ENGLISH What you might hear in downtown Miami is not English, Spanish, or even Spanglish. It's a new phenomenon - Miami English. BBC Mundo's Eulimar Nunez explains what 'irregardless' and 'supposebly' mean. 7) ONLINE HITS Fifi Haroon brings us some of the most surprising and intriguing stories from the BBC's web pages. 49:56
1025 25.10 1) WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE It's a big week for the World Service - 100 women from all corners of the world have been brought together to talk about the challenges and opportunities they face. In the studio with David we bring together two female journalists who've reported some of the biggest stories of recent years. World Service journalist, Lina Sinjab, was reporting from her home city Damascus as it descended into civil war. And BBC Kinyarwanda's Florentine Kwizera was based in Burundi during the country's 12-year civil war. 2) THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SPACE EXPLORATION Ethiopia isn't known as a big player in space exploration but this week it joined Africa's space race, opening an astronomy observatory tower. So could Ethiopians in Space soon be accompanied by Indians on Mars and Iranians on the Moon? The Fifth Floor mic goes star-gazing to find out more about the language-service links to all things astronomical. 3) ROOKIE REPORTER IN AZERBAIJAN Leyla Najafova is a reporter just starting out on her career at BBC Azeri. The 23-year-old has been working here on the Fifth Floor for the past year. Earlier this month she got the chance to go on her first reporting trip, when she was sent to Baku in Azerbaijan to cover the presidential elections. 4) RANA PLAZA SIX MONTHS ON The Bengali Service have been marking six months since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, which killed over 1,000 people. Masud Khan recalls some of the most haunting moments in sounds and words. 5) MUSICAL FEVER IN NIGERIA This week a theatre in Lagos opens its doors for the first ever western style musical. Tomi Oladipo has been to see what it's all about, in a place where dance and music form a backdrop to everyday life. 6) ONLINE HITS Fifi Haroon brings us some of the most surprising and intriguing stories from the BBC's web pages. 49:57
1101 01.11 1) DODGING THE SPIES With Europe still reeling from the revelations of the extent of the tentacles of America's National Security Agency, our man in Karachi - BBC Urdu's Mohammed Hanif (who has had the odd run-in with intelligence officials himself) - offers some useful words of advice on how to avoid the snoops. 2) DODGING DRONES Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal region is an area that is constantly watched by US military drones. At least four drones hover in the sky at any given time of day - which is stressful enough but especially difficult if you are interviewing the head of the Taliban at the same time. The BBC's Ahmed Wali Mujeeb describes a tricky assignment in Pakistan's drone country. 3) PRONUNCIATION HEADACHES There's a new president in Georgia - so it's goodbye Mr. Saakashvili, hello Mr... Margvelashvili. Or it would be if we knew how to say his name. Calls poured in to the BBC's Pronunciation Unit on how to handle that one this week - but his is not the only difficult name to pronounce, in fact some names are deliberately mispronounced in order to avoid embarrassing mishaps on air. 4) UNDERNEATH THE BOSPHORUS This week, trains started to carry passengers under the Bosphorus Strait, linking the Asian and European sides of Istanbul by rail for the first time. It's a journey that only takes four minutes and the Turkish Service's Rengin Arslan has a ticket. 5) MINISTRY OF HAPPINESS Venezuela announced a brand-new government department - the Ministry of Happiness run by the Under-Secretary for Supreme Happiness. So if you are cranky in Caracas and an all-around miserable Venezuelan, do not fear - help is apparently on its way. BBC Mundo's Yolanda Valery explains the logic behind this new venture. 6) THE STORY OF BOSSA NOVA BBC Brasil's Monica Vasconcelos dips into the history of the beats, sambas and rhythms that make up Brazil's iconic music - bossa nova. 49:57
1108 08.11 1) REPORTING REBELLION BBC Africa's Maud Jullien and Ignatius Bahizi have been stationed on opposite sides of the Congolese-Ugandan border, busy reporting the demise of the rebel group M23. They share experiences and anxieties of watching the battle unfold and surviving on pure adrenalin. 2) SUPERHEROES Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Kamala Khan - the latest female, muslim superhero to be unleashed by Marvel Comics. Journalists from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan combine their own magical powers to conjure up a custom made superhero from their own countries. 3) ARGENTINA'S BLACKLIST Secret files relating to Argentina's 'Dirty War' were discovered this week gathering dust in an air force building in Buenos Aires. Among the 1,500 documents is a blacklist, almost exclusively made up of well-known artists, singers and writers. BBC Mundo's Valeria Perasso and Natalio Cosoy remember their favourite performers targeted by the junta. 4) JUDICIARY IN OVERDRIVE Bangladesh's judiciary has been in overdrive this year, with everything from war crimes trials to soldiers on trial for their role in a mutiny. How does BBC Bengali keep up with the overwhelming number of stories from the law courts? Editor Sabir Mustafa gives a run-down of some of the most prominent and heated cases. 5) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites, including Siberian cats and mass weddings in Bishkek. 6) RUSSIAN SERVICE REUNION Sevaborot was the first live, unscripted programme on Russian radio and it broke new ground in the country when it launched in 1987. The three main presenters - Seva Novgorodsev, Leo Feigin and Leonid Finkelstein, now in their 70s and 80s, are reunited on air and recall an era of broadcasting that involved red wine in the studio. 49:49
1115 15.11 1) FAREWELL TO SACHIN Did the cricketing legend ease tensions between India and Pakistan? BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava is in Mumbai watching Sachin Tendulkar's last match, he discusses with BBC Urdu's Aamer Ahmed Khan how politicians use cricket to promote diplomacy and whether it really works. 2) LIFELINE REPORTING How does broadcasting change in the aftermath of a natural disaster? BBC Somali's Yonis Nur and BBC Urdu's Shafi Naqi Jamie give insights into how lifeline radio works - including tracing missing people on air. 3) VENEZUELA'S SHOPPING FRENZY Shopping isn't always the most relaxing of pastimes - especially so if you are in Venezuela, which is currently in the grip of shopping fever after President Maduro dramatically announced that he was slashing prices of electrical goods in the country. He claims this is in order to regulate the economy and combat corruption. But will BBC Mundo's Daniel Pardo buy a new knocked down television? 4) AN IMPOSTOR ON THE AIRWAVES Who is that journalist on your radio - is it BBC or an impostor? Our reporter in Cameroon, Mahaman Babalala, recently discovered he was being impersonated on air, on a completely different radio station by a man in Nigeria. He describes what happened and head of the Hausa Service reveals that this isn't an entirely uncommon practice. 5) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites, including Putin's latest macho achievement and a Ukrainian pothole fixer. 6) MUSICAL MAESTRO The reigning master of Bollywood music AR Rahman speaks to BBC Hindi's Deepti Karki about making the soundtracks that a modern generation of Indians have grown up with. 49:58
1122 22.11 1) STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC This week the UN Security Council warned that the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) was spiralling out of control. It was affirmation of what some journalists had seen recently - like Laeila Adjovi reporting from the town of Bossangoa for BBC Afrique. She was there earlier this month, and had been there before - in January when the loose alliance of rebels known as Seleka were about to take control. 2) REPORTING ASSASSINATIONS Today marks 50 years since President John F Kennedy was assassinated and the world's media went into overdrive. What are the challenges of reporting the assassination of your country's leader? It's a tough beat if you're a reporter on the day - we go to DR Congo, Pakistan and Lebanon to talk to the language service journalists covering the deaths of Laurent Kabila, Benazir Bhutto and Rafik Hariri. 3) BUYING BLING AT A NARCO AUCTION Ever wondered what a Colombian drug baron buys with his loot? Arturo Wallace from BBC Mundo will tell you. He has just been to the first public auction of goods collected in police drug raids. 4) MIGRANTS AT SEA The shocking reality of migration - an 11-year-old Iranian boy describes the boat accident that killed all his family. BBC Persian's Fariba Sahraei reports this harrowing tale. 5) HEAR MY COUNTRY: GHANA If you had to pick one song to define your country what would it be? This time we're going to Ghana - a tricky question for Komla Dumor and Vera Kwakofi, not to mention David Amanor himself. 49:57
1129 29.11 1) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR: UKRAINE AND RUSSIAIt's been a long week for Ukraine with passions running high over the issue of whether the country should cosy up to western Europe with the offer of a historic free trade and political association agreement, or remain in bed with Russia. BBC Ukraine's Svyatoslav Khomenko sends a postcard from the protests in Kiev. While in London BBC Ukraine's Irena Taranyuk and the Russian Service's Janina Litvinova discuss the love hate rivalry between the two countries. 2) TIPS FOR IRAN-US FRIENDSHIP Tehran and Washington seem to be talking a similar language these days, with positive talk on the nuclear issue and sanctions. So does Iran's new foreign affairs minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have something that his predecessors did not? BBC Persian's Siavash Ardalan imagines what might have been running through Mr Zarif's mind during negotiations. 3) AFGHAN LOCAL POLICE BBC Afghan's Khoshal Taib tells us about his hard won interview with the head of the Afghanistan Local Police. Will his force be ready to take more responsibility when Nato withdraws next year, despite a number of them being arrested on suspicion corruption, murder and kidnapping? 4) PAKISTAN: NEW CHIEF IN TOWN As Pakistan's new army chief, General Raheel Sharif, is sworn in BBC Urdu's Aamer Ahmed Khan tells us the three things we need to know about the top job. 5) CHINESE NOBEL LAUREATE Award-winning Chinese writer, Gao Xingjian talks about writing in secret and having to burn his own books during China's cultural revolution. He also describes trying to cope with fame after receiving the Nobel Prize for literature. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon whizzes around the World Service language sites to bring us some of the best stories of the week, including: hoof salads, Brits having less sex and finding 24 bars of gold in an aeroplane toilet. 49:54
1206 06.12 REPORTING NELSON MANDELA'S DEATH Presenter David Amanor is joined by journalists from across the BBC's language services in a special programme reflecting on how Mandela's life and death has been reported around the world. We start with Mandela's favourite poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley, read in Hindi by Rajesh Joshi. As a rookie reporter Rajesh had an extraordinary meeting with Mandela at the site where Mahatma Gandhi was killed. The Chinese Service bring a musical tribute to Mandela. As an 18 year old Daisy Harper from BBC Chinese remembers rocking to the beats of Beyond and their song for Mandela. From Latin America, Pablo Esparza takes us back in time to reflect on Madiba's relationship with Cuba and the Cuban soldiers who fought for African liberation. From BBC Indonesia Endang Nurdin reveals how Mandela's love of batik began. And South African journalist Lebo Diseko who met Mandela as a child talks through her memories, reflects on the coverage of the day and picks out the liberation songs that defined the anti-apartheid era. 50:24
1213 13.12 1) REFLECTIONS FROM DHAKA: A CITY UNDER SIEGE Tense times in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka as anti-government blockades and violent attacks has left the city stresse. And, the execution of a senior opposition leader accused of war crimes, ratchets up the pressure. Head of the BBC Bengali Service Sabir Mustafa sends his observations from his hometown "under siege". 2) ON THE MANDELA DESK Planning editor Nick Ericsson has been at the heart of BBC Africa's coverage following the death of Nelson Mandela - an obit he has been preparing for the last seven years. He reflects on his first week of a life without Mandela. Plus, the final extract from Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. 3) THE 100TH PROGRAMME Today is the Fifth Floor's 100th programme - if you missed the last 99 episodes we give a potted history in 100 seconds. 4) PROFILE: JOSE MUJICA BBC Mundo brings us the back story on Jose Mujica - the man who some claim to be the world's poorest president. He shuns gold and silver, legalises marijuana, abortion, and gay marriage. He is also the president of Uruguay. 5) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Marco Silva gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the Language Service websites including the latest in invisibility technology and why a gold dress disrupted Iran's view of the World Cup draw 6) SIBERIAN FOLKTALES BBC Russian's Alexander Kan uncovers the mysteries of the Olonkho, as the first ever English translation of these ancient Siberian tales are revealed. 49:50
1220 20.12 1) WATER WARSAs China and Japan continue to eye each other cautiously over the disputed East China Sea we hear about legendary maritime rivalries - dipping our toes into the Baltic Sea and the Brazilian waters off Pernambuco. With Howard Zhang, Rodrigo Pinto and Olexiy Solohubenko. 2) PAKISTAN'S FUMING FEMALES New statistics suggest more women are taking up smoking in Pakistan than ever before - a country where women smokers have been frowned upon. So are they taking up the cigarettes out of defiance, pleasure or something else? BBC Urdu's Iram Abassi swaps her cigarette for her pen to explain. 3) PRESIDENTIAL POWER STRUGGLES The backdrop to the troubles this week in South Sudan has been the long-running power struggle between the President and his former Vice President, who was sacked back in July. So how well does a president have to get on with his deputy? Alexander Kan remembers Russia's first - and so far only vice president - and from Afghanistan Abdullah Shadan talks about his country's defining presidential-vice presidential power struggle - with one man plotting to kill the other, but getting assassinated himself. 4) REMEMBERING SHERKO BEKAS Paying tribute to Sherko Bekas, one of Iraqi Kurdistan's most celebrated poets who died this year. With BBC Monitoring's Kareem Abdulrahman and poet Choman Hardi. 5) GREAT LAKES BABY NAMES Florentine Kwizera and Ally Mugenzi are two of the most popular presenters in the Great Lakes Service. So popular in fact that new born babes in the Kibumba camp in eastern DR Congo are being named after them. Florentine and Ally tells us why. 6) ONLINE GREATEST HITS Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including a semi-naked Mexican congressman and an Indian granny running champion. 7) BBC BURMESE DRAMA Every year the Burmese Service broadcasts a specially commissioned Christmas play, and this year - for the first time ever - the play was recorded inside Myanmar. Soe Win Than gives us a behind the scenes preview with a synopsis of the plot - involving a double-dealing transsexual. 49:51
1227 27.12 THE BEST OF THE FIFTH FLOOR A hamper full of highlights from the past year on the Fifth Floor, including memories of the passing of Mandela with South African journalist Nick Ericsson who spent seven years waiting for the call to report Nelson Mandela's death. Nick shares his struggles with reporting this particular piece of news. Also, a little word dominated headlines this year, but is the word "Islamist" overused and do we deploy it correctly? Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson meets the man who dubs him in Persian. And vivid memories of living through the war in Vietnam: how the children would make lamps out of fire flies and egg shells. There's top tips from Pakistan on how to avoid spying; getting down to the Bollywood bop with BBC African journalists; blushes from BBC Persian as they explain the perils of translating Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's colourful speeches and a moving diary of a journey through the apocalyptic landscape of the Central African Republic. A drama-filled tour of the best of our programmes this year presented by David Amano 49:57

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