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01The Documentary20161214

01The Documentary20161214

Sheila Cook presents the Kafkaesque story of the brutal killing of a Swedish woman.

01The Documentary20161214

Sheila Cook presents the Kafkaesque story of the brutal killing of a Swedish woman.

02The Documentary20161221

Why did Indonesians flock to a remote mountain shrine to have sex with strangers?

Why did Indonesians flock to a remote mountain to have sex with strangers? Gunung Kemukus is a hilltop Islamic shrine in Java where, every 35 days, Muslims from across Indonesia arrive to conduct a ritual that involves adulterous sex. As darkness shrouds the hillside, candles are lit and people sit on mats around the sacred dewadaru trees and the twisting roots of massive fig trees. There are lots of women standing by themselves and men in groups. The single grave here is believed to hold a legendary prince and his stepmother. Legend has it that they ran away together and lived at Gunung Kemukus. It is believed that if you do something even more shameful there, like have adulterous sex, then you will be blessed with good fortune. Rebecca Henschke tells the story of this extraordinary ritual.

Open Ear features documentaries from producers across the world being rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. It originally aired as a 360 Documentary on ABC Radio National in Australia.

Presenter/producer: Rebecca Henschke

Executive producer: Claudia Taranto

Image: Indonesians attending the ritual at the Gunung shrine, Java. Photo credit/ABC

02The Documentary20161221

Why did Indonesians flock to a remote mountain to have sex with strangers? Gunung Kemukus is a hilltop Islamic shrine in Java where, every 35 days, Muslims from across Indonesia arrive to conduct a ritual that involves adulterous sex. As darkness shrouds the hillside, candles are lit and people sit on mats around the sacred dewadaru trees and the twisting roots of massive fig trees. There are lots of women standing by themselves and men in groups. The single grave here is believed to hold a legendary prince and his stepmother. Legend has it that they ran away together and lived at Gunung Kemukus. It is believed that if you do something even more shameful there, like have adulterous sex, then you will be blessed with good fortune. Rebecca Henschke tells the story of this extraordinary ritual.

Open Ear features documentaries from producers across the world being rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. It originally aired as a 360 Documentary on ABC Radio National in Australia.

Presenter/producer: Rebecca Henschke

Executive producer: Claudia Taranto

Image: Indonesians attending the ritual at the Gunung shrine, Java. Photo credit/ABC

Why did Indonesians flock to a remote mountain shrine to have sex with strangers?

03The Documentary20161228

03The Documentary20161228

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients being cared for in Thailand.

03The Documentary20161228

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients being cared for in Thailand.

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients whose care has been “subcontracted� to nursing homes in Thailand. We hear from inside a home in a suburb of Chiang Mai where Thai staff care for patients from Switzerland and Germany. It costs perhaps between a third and a half of equivalent, or arguably better, care in the patients’ home countries. We hear the funny and warm interactions between the two very different cultures – and the astonishment of the Thai staff at the way that Europe treats its senior citizens.

Open Ear features documentaries from producers across the world being rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. This programme originally aired in German on ORF in Austria.

Author/Producer: Franziska Dorau

Sound Design: Christian Gortz

Special sounds: Stefan Weber

Commissioning Editor: Monika Kalcsics

English-language presenter: Sheila Cook

English-language producer: Arlene Gregorius

Image: Resident Elizabeth and her carer Wikanda. Photo Credit/ORF

03The Documentary20161228

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients whose care has been “subcontracted� to nursing homes in Thailand. We hear from inside a home in a suburb of Chiang Mai where Thai staff care for patients from Switzerland and Germany. It costs perhaps between a third and a half of equivalent, or arguably better, care in the patients’ home countries. We hear the funny and warm interactions between the two very different cultures – and the astonishment of the Thai staff at the way that Europe treats its senior citizens.

Open Ear features documentaries from producers across the world being rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. This programme originally aired in German on ORF in Austria.

Author/Producer: Franziska Dorau

Sound Design: Christian Gortz

Special sounds: Stefan Weber

Commissioning Editor: Monika Kalcsics

English-language presenter: Sheila Cook

English-language producer: Arlene Gregorius

Image: Resident Elizabeth and her carer Wikanda. Photo Credit/ORF

03The Documentary20161228

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients whose care has been “subcontracted� to nursing homes in Thailand. We hear from inside a home in a suburb of Chiang Mai where Thai staff care for patients from Switzerland and Germany. It costs perhaps between a third and a half of equivalent, or arguably better, care in the patients’ home countries. We hear the funny and warm interactions between the two very different cultures – and the astonishment of the Thai staff at the way that Europe treats its senior citizens.

Open Ear features documentaries from producers across the world being rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. This programme originally aired in German on ORF in Austria.

Author/Producer: Franziska Dorau

Sound Design: Christian Gortz

Special sounds: Stefan Weber

Commissioning Editor: Monika Kalcsics

English-language presenter: Sheila Cook

English-language producer: Arlene Gregorius

Image: Resident Elizabeth and her carer Wikanda. Photo Credit/ORF

An intimate portrait of European dementia patients being cared for in Thailand.

04The Documentary20170104

The story of Trey Thompson, an ordinary man confronting a terrifying choice.

What happens when an individual confronts a life-changing piece of news? What decisions does he have to make? How do you rebuild your world? That’s the story at the heart of this episode of Open Ear, where we bring you the best documentaries made by producers around the world. This one is from the Arrvls podcast in Southern California and it’s about the dilemma facing a young man called TreyThompson.

Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch

Associate Producer: Norah Linde

Illustration: Steph Tan

Thanks to Jenny Plass for bringing the story to Arrvls

Arrvls is a founding member of The Herd audio collective

(Illustration by artist Steph Tan)

04The Documentary20170104

What happens when an individual confronts a life-changing piece of news? What decisions does he have to make? How do you rebuild your world? That’s the story at the heart of this episode of Open Ear, where we bring you the best documentaries made by producers around the world. This one is from the Arrvls podcast in Southern California and it’s about the dilemma facing a young man called TreyThompson.

Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch

Associate Producer: Norah Linde

Illustration: Steph Tan

Thanks to Jenny Plass for bringing the story to Arrvls

Arrvls is a founding member of The Herd audio collective

(Illustration by artist Steph Tan)

The story of Trey Thompson, an ordinary man confronting a terrifying choice.