Ideas Episodes

Music and Freedom

Music and Freedom

At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom", a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.
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It's not all bad news!

It's not all bad news!

According to a group of young Oxford University researchers, it's your own fault if you think life is getting worse. In terms of poverty, life expectancy and infant mortality, global statistics show positive improvement.
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Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Traditionally, the Maasai people's women don't hold jobs - least of all as wildlife conservationists. But now several Maasai women are being trained as park rangers in Amboseli National Park.
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Deutsche Welle
A living room in Iceland

A living room in Iceland

Soffia Theodorsdottir lives in a typical Icelandic home in the south of the country. She campaigns against water in plastic bottles, and in her spare time she likes to play on her old Bluthner piano.
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Morocco: Recognizing the importance of insects

Morocco: Recognizing the importance of insects

Scientists and farmers in northern Morocco are measuring the number of remaining insects. Populations of butterflies, wild bees and flies have fallen, which could have a dramatic impact on food production.
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Iraq: Saving the Persian leopard

Iraq: Saving the Persian leopard

Kurdish biologist Hana Raza was worried the Persian leopard hadn't survived the wars in Northern Iraq. But her fears were put to rest when the animal was spotted in the mountains in 2011. Since then she's been campaigning for a reserve for them.
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Khalil Gibran musical The Broken Wings makes regional debut at Lebanon's Beiteddine Art Festival

Khalil Gibran musical The Broken Wings makes regional debut at Lebanon's Beiteddine Art Festival

Lebanon’s iconic 19th century palace of Beiteddine, was the setting for the regional debut of The Broken Wings musical at the annual Beiteddine Art Festival.
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Euronews
How is the Beitedinne Art Festival bringing tradition and youth culture together?

How is the Beitedinne Art Festival bringing tradition and youth culture together?

The Beiteddine Art Festival is one of the most prestigious annual music festivals in the Middle East.
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Euronews
Jordanian community rallies to support local theatre to promote the arts in Amman

Jordanian community rallies to support local theatre to promote the arts in Amman

A passion for the performing arts, and a desire to bolster his country’s cultural scene, saw Dr. Abdelsalam Qubailat set up the Al Shams Theatre in Amman three years ago.
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Euronews
Pune tries to tame its traffic

Pune tries to tame its traffic

The Indian city is growing fast but public transportation isn't keeping pace. Congestion and pollution are problems. A green transport policy is in the works to make the city cleaner and more liveable.
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Deutsche Welle
Here’s what is pushing the right buttons with MENA gaming developers

Here’s what is pushing the right buttons with MENA gaming developers

The Middle East and North Africa gaming market is one of the least developed worldwide, but that’s changing fast as promoters and developers are taking it to the next level.
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Euronews
Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell launches new game

Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell launches new game

Being the co-founder of Atari, and the inventor of the smash-hit 1970’s arcade game Pong, earned Nolan Bushnell the nickname of, “the father of video-gaming”.
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Record breakers are rising in the Middle East and North Africa

Record breakers are rising in the Middle East and North Africa

The Guinness World Records is a benchmarking institution best-known for having authenticated and catalogued feats of human endeavour since 1955.
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Record breaking Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra talks triumphs and tragedy

Record breaking Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra talks triumphs and tragedy

Sixteen years ago, Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra turned his back on a successful career in finance to pursue his love of the great outdoors.
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How is Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi using music to fight terrorism?

How is Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi using music to fight terrorism?

Iraqi musician & conductor Karim Wasfi is working to bring music to war-torn countries.
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License to influence: UAE law regulates social media players

License to influence: UAE law regulates social media players

In a bid to regulate the social media marketing industry, the UAE has made licenses for commercialised influencers mandatory.
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North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia

North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia

The National School of Tattooing, which opened its doors in Tunisia in January, is the only one of its kind in North Africa.
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Global Teen: Madagascar

Global Teen: Madagascar

Lolita Hantantiana lives in Madagascar in a house she shares with nine other people. In her free time, the 15-year-old likes playing soccer. One of her goals is to improve her English.
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WHO calls for greater action to fight diabetes & obesity in the Middle East

WHO calls for greater action to fight diabetes & obesity in the Middle East

The World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, is calling for united action to strengthen health systems in the the Levant.
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UAE targets growing childhood obesity rates in MENA

UAE targets growing childhood obesity rates in MENA

Eighteen-year-old UAE-resident Nouran Fouad lost ten kilograms in two months after changing her eating habits and overhauling her lifestyle.
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Will an Emirati businessman succeed in towing an iceberg to the UAE?

Will an Emirati businessman succeed in towing an iceberg to the UAE?

An Emirati businessman wants to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf.
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Euronews
What are some Middle East inventions that helped shape the world?

What are some Middle East inventions that helped shape the world?

Since the beginning of humankind, inventions have helped move civilizations forward, with many creations coming from Middle East and North Africa.
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Little inventors come up with big ideas in the UAE

Little inventors come up with big ideas in the UAE

Investing in inventors is how some countries in the Middle East and North Africa are looking to enrich and enhance their societies.
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Peru: Sustainable farming in the rainforest

Peru: Sustainable farming in the rainforest

Deforestation in the Amazon jungle is destroying human and animal habitats at an alarming rate. An NGO in Iquitos is helping local farmers adopt methods that protect more trees and yield better harvests.
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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Global Snack

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Global Snack

Meat is often on the menu when dining in Banja Luka. One favorite is cevapi, kebabs of ground beef served in flatbread. We visit the Obelix Restaurant to see how it is made.
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Brazil: Global teen

Brazil: Global teen

Beatriz de Abreau Soares Schmitz is 15 and lives in Brasilia. She loves to play guitar and to party with her friends, but she is also concerned about global problems such as water scarcity.
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Why is honey in Oman creating a business buzz?

Why is honey in Oman creating a business buzz?

In the Al-Hajar mountain chain of northern Oman, what appears to be just a pile of logs is actually an apiary of beehives. This is a centuries-old method of beekeeping which has been passed down from one generation to the next.
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Rising Syrian songwriter-rapper Moh Flow talks challenges for regional artists

Rising Syrian songwriter-rapper Moh Flow talks challenges for regional artists

Singer-songwriter Moh Flow is hoping to hit the big time with his most recent releases from an upcoming album called Faith.
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How are Egyptians leading the way for American Football in the region?

How are Egyptians leading the way for American Football in the region?

Egypt is the only nation in North Africa which is home to a domestic American Football League.
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Philippines: Minimizing food waste

Philippines: Minimizing food waste

Over 2,000 tons of food are thrown away every day in Manila even though one in three Filipinos lives below the poverty line. A chef from the vacation resort of Tagaytay wants to change that.
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Deutsche Welle
Can coral species in Jordan save other reefs from global warming?

Can coral species in Jordan save other reefs from global warming?

Scientists in Jordan have discovered that corals in the Gulf of Aqaba are resisting the rise in water temperatures.
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Euronews
Deep sea explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau teaches UAE children about ocean conservation

Deep sea explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau teaches UAE children about ocean conservation

Oceanographer and environmentalist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, paid his first visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his educational conservation programme.
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Euronews
Wildlife trafficking in Peru

Wildlife trafficking in Peru

The famous Belen market in Iquitos, Peru specializes in bushmeat. Animal conservationists do what they can to rescue endangered species from wildlife traffickers.
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Deutsche Welle
Shady dealing in endangered wildlife

Shady dealing in endangered wildlife

The sale of illegal wildlife has grown into a $20 billion business along with narcotics, arms sales and human trafficking. Online sales make wildlife trafficking even easier.
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Deutsche Welle
Uganda's southern white rhinos

Uganda's southern white rhinos

There were no rhinos left in Uganda until the Rhino Fund imported a few and started a breeding program. Now there are 24 at its sanctuary in Ziwa, protected by a large team of rangers.
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How is Disney’s remake of Aladdin good news for the Middle East?

How is Disney’s remake of Aladdin good news for the Middle East?

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin is amongst the latest additions in Jordan’s contribution to the international film industry.
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Euronews
Film mogul Tarak Ben Ammar urges expansion of Arab cinema industry

Film mogul Tarak Ben Ammar urges expansion of Arab cinema industry

Tunisian producer Tarak Ben Ammar has been in the international movie business for almost 50 years.
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Israel: Helping people with mental health issues

Israel: Helping people with mental health issues

People with mental health issues have little hope of finding a job, but social entrepreneur Irad Eichler believes in their potential. He's set up a training center to prepare them for working life - overcoming their isolation at the same time.
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Rwanda: Global Teen Mutoni Favour loves books

Rwanda: Global Teen Mutoni Favour loves books

17-year-old Mutoni Favour lives with her two younger sisters and their uncle and aunt. Her father works as a driver, her mother died while she was still young. She loves to read novels and listen to music.
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Brazil: Indigenous peoples show the way

Brazil: Indigenous peoples show the way

The Satere-Mawe people grow the Guarana plant using traditional methods in the Amazon basin. They are hoping others will follow their example and prevent further damage to the rainforest.
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How did Sharjah become the 2019 World Book Capital? H.E. Bodour Al Qasimi explains

How did Sharjah become the 2019 World Book Capital? H.E. Bodour Al Qasimi explains

The emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates was recently elected the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.
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Kumzari: the Omani language on the verge of extinction

Kumzari: the Omani language on the verge of extinction

The tiny fishing village of Kumzar lies in the northern tip of Oman at the strategic trade artery called the Strait of Hormuz, and as a result, has developed an uncommon identity.
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India: Empowering women to earn money

India: Empowering women to earn money

Men still dominate many aspects of life in India, with women traditionally staying at home. A cooperative is helping to get women into work and strengthen their position within society.
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Deutsche Welle
Mexico: Coastal protection, Aztec-style

Mexico: Coastal protection, Aztec-style

Famers in Veracruz have cleared large areas of mangroves in recent years that used to protect the coast. The region is now defenseless against storms. A traditional style of crop called a Chinampa could save it.
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Syria: The Shammar look to the future

Syria: The Shammar look to the future

The Shammar are one of the largest Arab tribes in northern Syria. Its forces fought the IS, and now that the civil war is coming to an end, the Shammar hope to help shape the country's future. he largest Arab tribes in northern Syria. Its forces f...
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Japan: Strict rules for asylum seekers

Japan: Strict rules for asylum seekers

In 2018, around 10,000 people applied for asylum in Japan. Only 42 were approved - fewer than in any other industrialized country. The rejected applicants are often held in camps with poor living conditions. We went to meet some of them.
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Africa's underground forest

Africa's underground forest

The Sahel is hot, dry and barren. Trees have been cut down to make charcoal and building materials. Tony Rinaudo, winner of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, shows farmers his method of growing new trees from stumps.
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Mali: Returning to a destroyed land

Mali: Returning to a destroyed land

Mali was gripped by terrorist conflicts for decades. More than 100,000 people fled to neighboring countries. The 2015 peace treaty led many of them to return. But religious extremists still govern many aspects of everyday life - even in schools.
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