Outlook Podcast from BBC World Service

True life stories. Join Matthew Bannister, Monday to Thursday. Includes our daily history programme Witness. Or join us for the best of Outlook on Saturdays.

Outlook Weekend: Survival, Solitude and Singing

American mudslide survivor Robin Youngblood; English sheep farmer and champion dog handler Emma Gray; the Indian village where you're given a tune as well as a name when you're born; the dangers of documentary-making in Syria; and Laura Schwengber, bringing music alive for people with hearing impairments.

Outlook: I Was Buried by a Mudslide

Mudslide survivor Robin Youngblood, writer David Adam and his struggle with OCD, Jamaican Dayne Buddo waging war on lionfish, and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on the film Half of a Yellow Sun.

Outlook: A voice for the 'Untouchables'

Indian writer Meena Kandasamy on fighting violence against women and the caste system; English sheep farmer and champion dog handler Emma Gray; former undercover policeman Christian Plowman; and Laura Schwengber, bringing music alive for people with hearing impairments.

Outlook: I witnessed the Hillsborough tragedy

British novelist Danny Rhodes on his memories of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 people were crushed to death in a football stadium; the number one table tennis player in the Maldives on the song that inspires her; the 'lost generation' of Syrian children living in exile in Lebanon; the Japanese priest helping people who are possessed by the spirits of those who died in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; and the South African writer Damon Galgut on the childhood cancer that nearly killed him.

Outlook: Trafficked into prostitution at 14

Kidnapped and forced to become a teenage sex worker; The Indian village where you're given a tune as well as a name when you're born; The dangers of documentary-making in Syria; And American photographer Nan Goldin on the honesty of analogue.

Outlook: Music, Magic and Antarctic Babies

Singing Samoan New Zealanders Sole Mio join Matthew in the studio; George Lamson Jr on being the sole survivor of a plane crash; bringing up a baby in Antarctica; leaving city life behind to create Mexico's most diverse natural reserve; and the magical game of Quidditch translated into the real world.

Rwanda: How Do I Tell My Child?

Women who had children after being raped during the Rwandan genocide tell us about the legacy of that violence; the artist who took a Picasso to the Palestinian territories; the knitwear designer who created an international business from her hobby; bringing up a baby in Antarctica; the British couple who've had 65 weddings in 50 countries.

Paraglider Guy Anderson survives near-fatal crash

British paraglider Guy Anderson talks about surviving a near-fatal crash in a remote area of Idaho. Sole Mio are tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati, and their cousin, the baritone Moses Mackay. They talk about their debut album, also called O Sole Mio, was the biggest selling album last year in New Zealand. In 2009, Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner, who had a record of violence against women- although this was not known at the time. Clare's father Michael Brown campaigned for Clare's law, to allow someone to ask the police about a partner's previous history of violent acts. We hear how the fictional game of Quidditch is also a sport which is popular on college campuses throughout the United States.

Outlook: the child star who grew up

Charlotte Church on becoming a famous singer aged just eleven; American Aaron Fotheringham describes how he performs daredevil stunts in his wheelchair; Pati Ruiz, one of Latin America's most respected environmentalists talk about protecting one of Mexico's most diverse and protected natural areas, and Kiran Khan, one of Pakistan's first international female swimmers, talks about the music that inspires her.

Outlook: Being a sole survivor of a plane crash

George Lamson Jr on being the sole survivor of a plane crash; Australian Felicity Finlayson on protecting coral reefs on Pom Pom island in Malaysian Borneo; Californian-born musician Janice Miller talks about singing in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi, despite not speaking a word of any of those languages; Sarah Henshaw, the British woman who started a bookshop on a canal barge.

Outlook: 05 Apr 14: Forgiveness, freedom and botany

Rwandan singer Jean Paul Samputu tells how he forgave his close friend for killing his parents; British horticulturist Tom Hart Dyke was kidnapped by guerillas in the Colombian jungle; John Bosco Nyombi is a gay man from Uganda forced to flee when his sexuality was revealed on public radio; and we hear the music of Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo.

Outlook: Rwanda: Forgiving My Parents' Killer

Rwandan singer, Jean Paul Samputu tells how he forgave his close friend for killing his parents; Brazilian birdwatching guide, Daniel Ravanelli Losada, explains how rare scarlet ibis birds are thriving in the once highly polluted city of Cubatao; Swedish museum curator, Torsten Nilsson discusses his project to collect sounds that are dying out; athlete Maziah Mahusin, from Brunei Darussalam, on the song that most inspires her.

Outlook: French sheep farmer fighting wolves

French sheep farmer Caroline Bourda on her fight against wild wolves; Scottish Yemeni film maker, Sara Ishaq discusses her new film, The Mulberry House; Leonardo Padura, one of Cuba's most famous writers; the disabled American actor, Teal Sherer on trying to make it big in Hollywood in a wheelchair.

Outlook: Our Freedom Journeys

Live from the BBC's Radio Theatre, hear British horticulturist Tom Hart Dyke on being kidnapped by guerillas in the Colombian jungle; the Alliouagana Singers, who are all exiles from island of Montserrat; Humaira Awais Shahid, once described as Pakistan's 'most unmanageable woman'; Bahraini human rights blogger Ali Abdulemam, who was imprisoned by the government; Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo; and John Bosco Nyombi, a gay man from Uganda forced to flee when his sexuality was revealed.

Outlook: San Francisco: City of Freedom?

Meet some of the people who've helped build San Francisco's reputation: a former hippie, a gay rights campaigner, a legendary music journalist and two tech entrepreneurs share their stories. But are the free spirits under threat?

Outlook: Silver surfers, sand-art and word-taste

Beach art in California with Andres Amador; Pakistan's polio angel; soldier who left army for theatre; the man who "tastes sounds"; Brazil's silver surfers.

Outlook: Sochi Medallist - Skiing Blind

Sochi blind skiing medallists Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans; San Francisco bassist and composer Marcus Shelby; Israeli Western Wall campaigner Anat Hoffman; and Jamal Mahjoub who writes mysteries as Parker Bilal.

Outlook: Risking my life to stamp out polio

Pakistan's polio angel; The man who "tastes sounds"; The up-and-coming sprinter from Sierra Leone; And living with the aftermath of war and injury.

Outlook: My struggle to be an Afghan Judge

Afghan judge and women's rights campaigner Najla Ayubi. Brazilian street artist Panmela Castro. Beach art in California with Andres Amador. And a wedding brought about by two guide dogs for the blind.

Outlook: Sri Lanka - War Through Women's Eyes

How Sri Lankan wives and mothers experienced the civil war. The missing musician who was rediscovered by his fans. The silver surfers of Brazil. And the Rocky impersonator.

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