BBC Os Conversations [World Service]

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Addiction During A Pandemic2020081620200817 (WS)Covid-19 has forced social isolation upon many of us. Nuala McGovern considers alcohol and drug addiction relapse during the pandemic. We hear from two men, in Kenya and the United States, about how they have fought their addictions while under lockdown.
Nuala also talks about the importance of family in these times and hears how one man travelled more than 2,000 km across the US to play his trombone for his brother, who was recovering in a rehab centre after a fall.
She also talks about how hobbies are helping us and joins a wrestler, a dancer and a musician in conversation about social distancing.

(Photo: Hand rolled cannabis joint)

How two men fought their addictions during lockdown

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Coronavirus Global Conversations20200809Coronavirus Global Conversations is a place to talk about the impact of the disease.

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How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

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Coronavirus: Back To Normal In Wuhan?2020092620200927 (WS)We hear a conversation about what life is like now in the Chinese city where Covid-19 was first detected. Officials have declared Wuhan virus-free. Lots of people have been sharing pictures from bars in the city, which suggest life has gone back to the way it was before. It's a huge contrast to much of the rest of the world, which is still dealing with high infection rates and associated restrictions. Two people who live in Wuhan tell Nuala McGovern about their newly restored freedoms. Are they confident that they've seen the back of the virus?

We also spend some time in countries at very different stages of their epidemics. There were street parties in the Czech Republic at the end of June to say "farewell" to coronavirus, including one on the famous Charles Bridge in the capital, Prague. As cases surge again, we speak to one of the organisers of that party as part of a group of Czechs, who talk about their tolerance for restrictions and how their lives have been changed.

Meanwhile, people in Panama have only just emerged from one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, which lasted many months and had one unusual feature. Men and women were allowed out of their homes on alternate days. We hear how three Panamanians feel about what they've been through and the implications for the future.

(Photo: Inside a bar in Wuhan, China, 18 September 2020. Credit: Getty Images)

What life is like now in the Chinese city where Covid-19 was first detected

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Coronavirus: Children With Special Needs2020083020200831 (WS)Children around the world are starting to return to school after months of absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nuala McGovern talks to Unathi in South Africa and Jamie in the US - both have a child with special educational needs - about the unique challenges their families have faced during this period. They are joined by Tzofia, a teacher at a special education high school in Jerusalem. We also hear a conversation with mental health professionals from the US, Canada and Sweden about how school closures have affected children.

(Photo: Unathi Dyantyi Credit: Unathi Dyantyi)

How parents of children with special educational needs have coped in lockdown

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Coronavirus: Friendships During Lockdown2020091920200920 (WS)Covid-19 is affecting our relationships - some are better, others are more challenging. A jewellery designer in India and a lawyer in the United States share their experiences and discover they have a lot in common when it comes to changing friendships and building your ‘Covid tribe’.

For those wishing to meet someone special, this is an especially difficult time. Three single people from Zimbabwe and the US discuss dating during a pandemic.

And an Israeli doctor airs concerns about the social effects of isolation, as the country becomes the first in the world to undergo a second national lockdown.

(Photo and Credit: Danyl Patterson)

A conversation about friendships during the pandemic

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Covid-19 'long-haulers'2020082320200824 (WS)Thousands of people across the globe are experiencing a worrying cycle of Covid-19 symptoms months after recovering from the disease. Four of the so-called 'Covid long-haulers’ - from South Africa, Canada, Bangladesh and New Zealand - share their persistent symptoms, from dizziness to brain fog, with Nuala McGovern.

Education is also a long-term concern and US parents discuss the different paths they’ve chosen for returning their children to school during a pandemic. For one teacher in Arizona, however, it resulted in a difficult decision. He explains why he chose to resign rather than return to the classroom.

(Photo: Freya Sawbridge Credit: Andrew Dickie)

People who have had Covid-19 but are still suffering from debilitating symptoms

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Covid-free Nations2020090520200906 (WS)Vanuatu, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands are among a handful of nations that have no registered coronavirus cases. Yet, despite this enviable status, the pandemic is introducing other problems with people suffering from economic and psychological distress.

But for two couples in the United States the pandemic has produced an unexpected positive. Chloe Tilley meets those who found love during lockdown.

In Europe, the recent rise in coronavirus cases across the continent is causing some doctors to be concerned about a second wave. We share conversations with a doctor in Italy and France who are especially worried about the number of young people now being infected.

(Photo: Liz Pechan in Vanuatu)

We hear about life on Pacific islands with no coronavirus cases

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Death Of Elijah Mcclain2020072620200727 (WS)Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man, was killed after an encounter with police in Colorado last year. He had been put in a chokehold and injected with ketamine. No-one has been punished over what happened. Following the outcry over the killing of George Floyd, a petition gathered millions of signatures calling for justice for Elijah McClain. The state of Colorado has now said it is re-examining what happened. Elijah's mother, Sheneen McClain, explains what happened to her son.

And a conversation with two women - both white - with a shared experience of adopting a black child. Cath Duncan from Cape Town, South Africa and Noelle Palmer from Minnesota, USA, exchange what they have learned about racism in raising their children.

(Photo: Elijah McClain Credit: McClain family handout)

We hear from Sheneen McClain, whose son Elijah died after being detained by police

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Remembering Those Lost To Covid-192020091220200913 (WS)It is six months since the outbreak of a new coronavirus was declared a global pandemic. Very few lives around the world have not been affected by Covid-19. More than 27 million people have been infected. More than 900,000 have died with the virus and the numbers increase daily. Behind every case, there is a story.

Since March, BBC OS has been hearing those stories. The programme has been bringing people together from around the world with a shared experience of living through the pandemic. It has also been collecting audio messages from friends and relatives of loved ones lost to the virus. Those messages span different continents and different languages. Each articulates the memory left by each individual; the thing that made them special. And in many cases, they highlight the shared shock and speed of their passing and the feeling of helplessness.

Presenter Nuala McGovern guides you through those messages and remembers the names and the stories of those we have lost, through the words of those who love them.

Image: Faylita Hicks and her Uncle Fudge (Credit: Linda Gamez)

The stories behind the numbers in the coronavirus pandemic

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

Spain's Tourism Industry2020080220200803 (WS)We hear from Spanish business owners as the UK adds Spain to its quarantine list

How major news stories are affecting the lives of people around the world

The Beirut Explosion2020080920200810 (WS)Beirut has been left destroyed by this week’s massive explosion: more than a hundred are dead; thousands injured and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless. It has devastated lives, belongings, buildings, businesses… the country. Lebanon was already struggling from challenges on several fronts, including covid-19. With many questions still to be answered, it is unclear what the longer term effect of this week’s tragedy will be.

Nuala McGovern has been talking to people in Beirut. Among her conversations, she has been hearing from eye witnesses who experienced the blast, three young adults who share their fears for the future of Lebanon, and the doctor who helped a mother give birth after the hospital was badly hit by the blast.

(Photo: Woman wearing a protective face mask views the damage near the site of blast in Beirut, Lebanon August 7, 2020. Credit: Reuters/Aziz Taher)

We speak to people in Beirut following a massive explosion at its port

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Us Election: A Test Of Democracy2020111420201116 (WS)Joe Biden is the projected winner of the race to be the next president of the United States. Donald Trump, however, refuses to concede the election and many of his supporters continue to believe that he’ll remain in power after the inauguration in January.

Host Ben James shares conversations among Trump supporters in Georgia, Florida and Washington DC, who believe President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud. One of them changed from a Democrat because she felt Trump treated immigrants better.

Plus women from both political sides come together to consider the impact of Kamala Harris as America’s first female Vice-President elect.

(Photo: Trump supporter Bobbie. Credit: Bobbie Donnelly)

US voters discuss the election

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Us Election: Divided Nation2020110720201109 (WS)The US election has amplified political and racial divisions across the nation, so how do voters feel about the splits in their society?

Host Nuala McGovern is in Reno, Nevada, speaking to people across the political spectrum to hear how they feel about the vote and the state of their nation. In this election assumptions have been overturned and expectations upended. Double the number of Black voters are believed to have supported President Trump at the polls compared to 2016, and several prominent Republicans publicly declared they were voting for Joe Biden, instead of the leader of their own party.

Among our conversations, we hear from three Black Trump supporters about why they voted for him, and two women from opposing sides of the political fence on the controversy surrounding the voting and counting.

(Photo: Trump voter Marcia. Credit: Patrick McManus)

Voters from across the country share their thoughts and feelings about the election

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Us Election: Losing Your Job2020101720201018 (WS)Our conversations reflect the impact Covid-19 has had on the US economy and on people’s jobs and wellbeing.

We introduce a cook in northern California and a PBX switchboard operator in Massachusetts. They both lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and pay the bills. They talk about how they feel forgotten, how the social system isn’t working for them, and how the main presidential candidates are not talking to them.

And we bring a conversation between three flight attendants, who all lost their jobs after an economic relief plan in Congress stalled. They are all trying career changes but it’s not easy. They also share experiences of how passengers’ attitudes changed amid the pandemic, around issues such as wearing a face covering. One of them, Breaunna Ross, posted a video of her emotional farewell to passengers on her final flight, which has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube.

(Photo: Flight attendant Breaunna Ross. Credit: Breaunna Ross)

People across America talk about losing their jobs during the pandemic

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Us Election: Race And Policing2020103120201102 (WS)As the presidential election campaign nears its conclusion, another American city witnesses protests for racial justice after police officers shoot dead a black man on the streets of Philadelphia.

Host Nuala McGovern shares several conversations on the prominence of race in this election campaign including two police officers from New York and Missouri and several Black Lives Matter protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

After the presidential debates promoted controversy around white supremacy groups, we also hear the individual stories of a man and woman who joined Neo Nazi groups in the US and their fears for post-election America.

Picture: Joseph Imperatrice

Conversations with serving officers, Black Lives Matter protesters and former Neo-Nazis

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Us Election: Testing Positive For Covid-192020101020201011 (WS)The President of the United States is recovering from Covid-19, after a week when the world watched him leaving hospital briefly in a motorcade to wave supporters and - on his return to the White House - moving his mask on a balcony. Donald Trump then told the country there was nothing to fear from the disease. So how were his words received by the Americans across the country? Nuala McGovern hears from those in California, Iowa and Alabama who were thrilled by the president's show of strength against Covid-19 and from others less enamoured by his attitude.

As well as coronavirus, race remains a divisive issue in the US. Nuala returns to Charlottesville, a city scarred by race protests, and brings together a Deacon and a student activist to get their thoughts on race in this election.

(Photo: President Donald Trump pulls off his protective face mask as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House Credit: Erin Scott/File Photo/Reuters)

Americans discuss President Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis

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Us Election: Trucking And Farming2020102420201026 (WS)Nuala McGovern speaks with truck drivers and farmers in the United States as they share their thoughts on how their lives and livelihoods have been under the past four years of the Trump presidency.

Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland. It’s an important state in this election, where the vote could go either way, and where more than one in ten of the electorate are farmers. Three farmers in Wisconsin explain how trade deals by the US have impacted what happens on their farms and how that affects their votes this time.

And three truckers -Michael in Arizona, Pat in Indianapolis and Sunny in California - describe what they have seen driving across the country over the past four years. For some of them, the coronavirus pandemic had led to an upturn in their business prospects.

(Photo: Michael Ware Credit: Michael Ware)

Truck drivers and farmers talk about the past four years of Trump presidency

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Us Election: Trump And Coronavirus2020100320201004 (WS)The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the US and there are more than 7 million confirmed cases. President Trump, whose approach to the virus divides opinion, has now himself tested positive for the virus. As the Americans prepare to vote for a new president or give Donald Trump four more years, coronavirus is one of the issues that will inform voters' thinking.

During the election campaign Nuala McGovern will be hearing from those Americans right across the country.

We bring together Republicans and Democrats in Texas, Georgia and Florida who have all seen their lives impacted by the virus. They share how they think the president has handled the coronavirus crisis. And, two mothers from Idaho and South Carolina discuss how Donald Trump’s presidency has affected their families’ lives - for better and worse - as well as their hopes for the future.

(Photo: US President Donald J. Trump Credit: Yuri Gripas/EPA/POOL)

President Trump and First Lady have tested positive for coronavirus

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