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Saving the "blue heart" of the planet: the Ocean podcast

Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean as a little girl.

“I got knocked over by a wave on the New Jersey Shore when I was three-years-old and the ocean got my attention,” says the veteran oceanographer, who has also earned the sobriquet “Her Deepness.”

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Podcast: A tale of happiness, biking from India to Sweden for love

An Indian man who cycled across eight countries to be reunited with his sweetheart in Sweden has shared his story at the United Nations.

Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as PK, made the incredible journey in the mid-1970s.

He and his wife Charlotte Von Schedvin, known as Lotta, have been together ever since.

Their story is told in the book ‘The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love’ by Swedish journalist and travel writer, Per J. Andersson.

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The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, “rape was as much a tool of genocide as the machete,” the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura has said.

Women from the ethnic minority Tutsi group in the African country were “systematically targeted and raped” during that period, investigations by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or ICTR uncovered.


A look back at one year of our new podcast series 'The Lid is On'

Listen to a special holiday season programme: a look back at the best of our new podcast series launched in 2016, The Lid is On. It’s the phrase you hear at the close of business each day at UN Headquarters, when the meetings are over. We thought it was a distinctive name for our more relaxed, in-depth and conversational-based show that highlights some of the extraordinary personal stories that surface here at the UN. Matthew Wells highlights three of our favourite interviews from the series.

Duration: 10'00

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Countering young violent extremists: one ex-jihadist talks to The Lid Is On

The “virulent spread” of violent extremism is posing a “direct assault” on the UN Charter and human rights around the world according to the UN, led by a new generation of young terrorists.

In the latest edition of our podcast The Lid Is On, we’ve been talking in-depth to a former supporter of the Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mubin Shaikh, about how the UN and Member States can turn the terrorist tide.

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Ending AIDS is within reach: The Lid is On, with Kenneth Cole

Ending AIDS means controlling the spread of spread of HIV and lessening the impact on people’s lives, says the UN agency fighting the epidemic, UNAIDS.

It says the number of people on anti-retroviral treatment today has surpassed the amount of new infections each year.

In our latest podcast, you’ll hear from fervent advocates who are battling HIV and AIDS, like fashion designer Kenneth Cole, singer and songwriter Annie Lennox and the charismatic Loyce Maturu, a young girl living with HIV.


Hunting an indicted war criminal in the former Yugoslavia: The Lid is On podcast

Two United Nations policemen have been talking about the “horror stories” they heard from the families of victims of an indicted war criminal from the former Yugoslavia.

The two policemen, Vladimir Dzuro from the Czech Republic and Kevin Curtis from the United Kingdom, made history in 1997 when they delivered the very first alleged war criminal to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague.

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'Film can change the world': The Lid is On, with Gillian Anderson

A “weapon of change” against the global scourge of human trafficking: that’s how the director of the film that’s the focus of our latest podcast, hopes his movie that’s fuelling a movement, will be used.

SOLD is the story of one 13-year-old Nepalese girl’s journey into sexual slavery, and eventual emancipation.

One of the stars of SOLD, Gillian Anderson, the actress best-known for her role in television’s X-Files, says it’s a shining example of how “film can change the world”.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Three comedians walk into the UN: Our seriously funny new podcast

You’ve heard all the jokes about comedians walking into a bar, but what happens when a trio of self-described “chuckleheads” dedicated to fighting climate change, walk into the UN?

We recorded the result, for our latest episode of The Lid Is On, UN Radio’s new podcast series.

Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph are the stars of The Angry Birds Movie, due to be released in May.


The Lid is On: Oscar-nominated "Brooklyn" proves perfect platform for UN Radio podcast

The decision by the star of Oscar-nominated movie, Brooklyn, to accept the UN’s invitation to visit, provided the perfect opportunity for UN Radio to pilot its first full-fledged podcast.

The moving story about one young woman’s migration from small-town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1950s, led to a screening and discussion on the whole issue of modern migration and the refugee crisis, at UN Headquarters in New York, earlier this month.