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  • Blood speaks

    What is life like when having your period puts your health at risk and means you are shunned by society? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

    19
    min
  • Death in the Outback

    Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord between very different cultures. Georgina Kenyon discovers the story of one young woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since.

    13
    min
  • Doing disability differently

    Doing disability differently

    In Canada, wheelchair basketball brings people together regardless of their abilities. Lesley Evans Ogden asks whether this kind of integration could help dispel stigma, discrimination and misconceptions about disability more widely.

    13
    min
  • Life and death under austerity

    In times of economic trouble, governments can choose to cut public services to save money. But at what cost? Mary O’Hara meets those on the sharp end of austerity in the UK to find out what it means for mental health.

    15
    min
  • The women that kill, abuse and torture

    Marian Partington is working to forgive Rosemary West – one of her sister’s killers – because she thinks the only way to break the cycle of female violence is to understand it. Katharine Quarmby reports.

    17
    min
  • From left: Maeve Higgins, Stephen K Amos, Alfie Moore, Josie Long, Liz Carr and Jon Ronson

    A serious business: what can comedy do?

    Mary O’Hara meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.

    14
    min
  • The man who gave himself away

    How discovering an equation for altruism cost George Price everything.

    16
    min
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    Better protected

    How can sanitary pads be made more widely available in low-income countries?

    4
    min
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    Understanding health in remote communities

    The Royal Flying Doctor Service is trying new ways to improve healthcare in Aboriginal communities.

    3
    min
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    Flipped worlds

    A few of the kids at a school in Montréal are different: they’re able-bodied.

    4
    min
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    Dark table, cloudy views

    Does eating in the dark help you to understand visual impairment better?

    5
    min
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    Dancing together

    Freedom and fun at a dance class for all abilities.

    3
    min
  • Can-do attitude (gallery)

    Gallery

    Behind the scenes at Candoco, where disabled and non-disabled dancers together show how dance can be different.

    2
    min
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    Should fewer women be behind bars?

    Exploring the challenges women in prison face, and moves to reduce the number jailed.

    3
    min
  • Mangu Bika, age 14. Surkhet district, Nepal. Menstruating women are not allowed to bathe. In certain villages, the luckier women are allowed to, but only after the third day of menstruation. Even then they must use a separate source of water from the rest of the village.

    Nepal in pictures

    Meet the women and girls affected by menstrual taboos.

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    min