Podcast The Lid is On

Appalachian cellist ditches the van, to pedal against climate change

Growing up close to the famous Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, made musician Ben Sollee appreciate natural beauty, and also spurred him into action when he saw the destruction caused locally by mountaintop coal mining. For this edition of our podcast, the Lid Is On, the American cellist and political activist Ben Sollee explained to UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, that even though “music can’t stop the bulldozer” it can definitely raise awareness.

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14'45"

Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless: Jamie McGoldrick reflects on two years in charge of the UN’s humanitarian effort

This year’s UN Response Plan for Yemen, describes the war-torn country as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis” in the world, with more than 22 million people – around three-quarters of the total population – in need of help.

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26'57"

Looking forward to feminism’s future: “Step it Up” to Planet 50/50

2017 was a watershed year for women and women’s rights around the world.

From the Global Women’s March last January, to the #MeToo movement, women around the world stood up and demanded their right to be heard.

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24'40"

Tea and empathy: ZamZam Yusuf shares her refugee experience

Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.

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21'38"

Podcast: UN “will save the world”: still passionate for peace at 90

He was one of the UN’s very first staff members, and 72 years on, Robert Kaminker is still advocating for peace and the power of the organization to ultimately “save the world”.

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23'45"

Podcast: Japanese pioneer reflects on her first “business trip” to space

Astronaut Chiaki Mukai broke all the way through Earth’s stratosphere to become the first Japanese woman in space.

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25'12"

Podcast: Peacekeeping and protection in South Sudan

Defending the vulnerable from attack is one of the important duties of a UN peacekeeper, but what do you do when you come across a secret safe that may contain weapons, hidden away in a camp designed to protect civilians?

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21'11"

Podcast: Inside the world’s worst humanitarian “nightmare”

The UN chief has called the plight of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh a “humanitarian and human rights nightmare”.

So what has it been like trying to ease the suffering on the ground?

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Podcast: Surviving sexual slavery - Grizelda’s story

How do you overcome years of sexual slavery, despite scars which will always remain?

Grizelda Grootboom knows the answer, and in September, she joined the Secretary-General at the UN’s main podium, to tell her story.

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Podcast special: We need "a surge in diplomacy for peace" Guterres

In his first interview for UN News, Secretary-General António Guterres tells us there needs to be a "surge in diplomacy for peace", and that global problems need global solutions beyond the capacity of any superpower.

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