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WorldLink: Fifty years of Sesame Street

This month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the longest running children's TV shows in the world. Sesame Street has delighted generations of kids, with colourful puppets teaching them about numbers and letters in songs many remember all their lives. Iain Mackness met two of the artists who helped make the show a global success. An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © picture-alliance/United Archives

Witness History: The first Indian to win Miss World

Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World beauty competition in 1966. She was studying medicine in Mumbai when a spur of the moment decision to take part in the contest turned her life upside down. Orna Merchant has been speaking to Reita Faria about her win, and whether she believes there is still a place for beauty contests in the 21st Century. An MIM production for the BBC World Service

Photo: Reita Faria wearing the Miss World crown in November 1966. Credit: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

WorldLink: No longer welcome in Brexit Britain

An estimated 3.6 million EU-born migrants live in the UK. But as Britain prepares for BREXIT, EU citizens must apply for a new legal lifeline to remain, known as settled status. A growing number of EU nationals who ought to qualify automatically are being refused for bureaucratic reasons. Like 55-year old Anna Amato, who has lived in England since she was two years old. An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © AFP / T.Akmen

Sporting Witness: Muhammad Ali - The 'Last Hurrah'

In October 1980, Muhammad Ali came out of retirement in an attempt to regain a world heavyweight title at the age of 38. Ali’s opponent in a fight dubbed “The Last Hurrah” was his former sparring partner, Larry Holmes. To the horror of the crowd and the dismay of Holmes himself, an aging, unfit Ali was pummelled for 10 rounds until his trainer belatedly stopped the fight. Larry Holmes speaks to Ashley Byrne. An MIM production for the BBC World Service

PHOTO: Muhammad Ali in the ring in October 1980. Credit: Getty Images

WorldLink: Canada’s liberals fight for survival in election battle

Despite the rise of extremism and nationalism around the world, Canada has so far managed to buck the trend and is often seen as a beacon of liberalism. But on the brink of a federal election, it seems even Canada can't escape the reactionary trend. Will the country’s reputation as a defender of liberal values survive? An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © picture-alliance/empics/The Canadian Press/D. Dyck

Sporting Witness: Eamonn Coghlan and the four-minute mile at forty

In 1994, the legendary Irish middle-distance runner Eamonn Coghlan came out of retirement in a bid to become the first person over forty to run a sub-four minute mile. He talks to Ashley Byrne.  An MIM production for the BBC World Service

PHOTO: Eamonn Coghlan, centre (Getty Images)

WorldLink: Brexit uncertainty inspires Irish music

Relations between Ireland and Northern Ireland have been largely peaceful since a truce set out by the Good Friday Agreement nearly 20 years ago. But with the possibility of renewed border checks after Brexit, many people worry about a return to violence. Musicians on both sides of the border are also becoming more vocal, with the uncertainty fueling a creative surge. An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © Wrapped In Plastic

Archive on 4: Beating Hitler with Humour

On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, German writer Timur Vermes examines how the BBC used humour throughout the war to counter Nazi propaganda. Historians have poured over Joseph Goebbels and his reputedly efficient propaganda machine - particularly the Nazi manipulation of radio to gain and maintain power. But few have explored the leading opponent of his propaganda - the German Service of the BBC. Fewer still have acknowledged that the BBC's radio transmissions to Germany contained not only news and comment but also drew on an unusual method of British psychological warfare, satire and humour, as a form of counter-propaganda. From mid-1940 until the very end of the war, pioneering satire feature programmes were written by German exiles under the close supervision of British authorities. They included Frau Wernecke - a sketch fronted by a fictional Berlin housewife, Kurt and Willi - a double act depicting two bungling Nazi propagandists, and Letters from Corporal Hirnschal - a soldier writing to his wife. Meanwhile another popular feature, Hitler on Hitler tried to point out inconsistencies in the Fuhrer's rhetoric. What did the authors of these programmes, the BBC officials and the relevant governmental institutions hope to achieve with satire as a weapon of war? Timur Vermes pours over the archive with experts, hears testimony from those who risked their lives listening to the satire, and tries to work out if satire is effective as wartime propaganda. An MIM production for BBC Radio 4

WorldLink: Celebrating Spanish maestro Joaquin Rodrigo

It's been 80 years since Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo wrote what would become one of the most popular pieces of classical music of the modern era — the Concierto de Aranjuez. Rodrigo lost his sight at a young age and, as his daughter Cecilia tells DW, he led a truly extraordinary life.  An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © picture-alliance / dpa

A Healthy Future with Alice Roberts - Series 2

Academic and broadcaster Alice Roberts presents the programme looking at health care development research in Wales. In episode one, Alice travels to Swansea University to meet experts looking into new developments around motor neurone disease (ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Episodes two and three of the series look at diabetes and mental health. An MIM production for BBC Radio Wales.

Witness History: I helped liberate Paris from the Nazis

On August 25 1944 General Charles De Gaulle, who had been in exile in London for the majority of World War 2, finally entered Paris at the head of the Free French forces. But the French capital was far from secure. Ashley Byrne hears from Charles Pegulu de Rovin, who as an 18-year-old student fought with other resistance fighters against the Nazis in the final battle for Paris.  An MIM production for the BBC World Service

Photo: Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet via Getty Images

WorldLink: Woodstock’s 50th anniversary

The late 1960s were a time of social upheaval in the West and, perhaps fittingly, the era that gave birth to one of the most famous peace protests of all time: Woodstock. The "three days of peace and music" left an indelible mark on the American political psyche and also on its musical soul, changing the way people experience music.  An MIM production for DW

PHOTO: © Getty Images / T.Ransom

Witness History: The daily disposable contact lens

The contact lens was once a precious and expensive piece of eyewear which had to be looked after and carefully cleaned every night. But that all changed in the 1990s. Ron Hamilton was involved in developing lenses and packaging which could be made so cheaply they could be worn just once and then thrown away.  An MIM production for the BBC World Service

Photo: Ron Hamilton (L) with his business partner Bill Seden (R) and their wives with their original contact lens machine. Courtesy of Ron Hamilton.

Peterloo: The Massacre That Changed Britain

Guardian Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner charts the story of the infamous - a devastating event 200 years ago in Manchester, which would have a huge impact on how Britain was run. Up to 80,000 people had gathered in an area that was then known as St Peter's Field in the heart of what is now city centre Manchester. Many had walked from as far afield as Bolton, Stockport and even from over the hills in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Their mission - to peacefully demand more democracy and representation in parliament. There was tremendous unrest in working-class communities at the time. In the cotton trade, technology had started to replace what was largely a cottage industry with huge mills. Life was hard and poverty was widespread. Areas like Manchester had no direct representation in parliament. An alliance of middle and working class people united in a common effort to find ways of raising these issues with the Government. In the meantime, the authorities, aware of what had happened in the French Revolution, were nervous the same thing could happen in Britain. And so any sign of revolt or rebellion, however peaceful, was quashed where possible. On August 16th 1819, troops charged the crowds in St Peter's Field - 18 people lost their lives and around 700 were injured. Within days, the press were referring to it as The Peterloo Massacre, after the battle of Waterloo just four years earlier. Katharine meets descendants of people who were there that day. She examines the background and build-up and hears graphic accounts of the slaughter, death and injury. There are contributions from leading historians as well as dramatic reconstructions of real testimony from the time. She hears about those who lost their lives, the survivors, the press and public reaction and the attempts at a cover up. She also looks at the impact Peterloo had on British life and politics in subsequent years and decades – how the Government tightened controls on the people but how, gradually, things began to change and the franchise was extended. An MIM production for BBC Radio 4

Witness History: Humanity's earliest ancestor

In July 2001 a team of palaeontologists led by Michel Brunet discovered a seven million year-old fossilised skull in the Djurab desert in Chad. Ahounta Djimdoumalbaye was the member of the team who first uncovered the skull which has been nicknamed Toumai. Freddy Chick has been speaking to Professor Brunet about his hunt for hominid fossils in West Africa. An MIM production for the BBC World Service

Photo: French palaeontologist Professor Michel Brunet, holding Toumai's skull along with Ahounta Djimdoumalbaye who discovered the skull. (Photo credit Patrick ROBERT/Corbis via Getty Images)

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