Zum neuen Jahr habe ich einmal die Homepage des BBC durchforstet, auf der sich ein umfangreiches Angebot an Podcasts findet. Aus diesem habe ich die Podcasts herausgesucht, die von kriminologischem Interesse sind.
Wer das Angebot einmal selbst ansehen möchte, kann dies hier tun.
Meine Favoriten, grob thematisch sortiert, sind:
Extremes of Corruption
Does Sweden live up to its squeaky clean image? In the first of a two-part series looking at perceptions of state corruption, Pascale Harter investigates whether Sweden – consistently ranked among the least corrupt countries in the world – is quite as it seems.
Does Somalia deserve its bad reputation for corruption? In the second of a two-part series, Pascale Harter asks if, after nearly two decades of civil war, is it even fair to talk about corruption in Somalia? Or has it now begun to drive the conflict?
„We like our crooks, our fast Eddies, and we find them entertaining.“ Steve Edwards takes to the mean streets of his hometown Chicago – asking why the Windy City is such a hotbed of corruption.
For Assignment Angus Stickler tracks how money has gone astray across the 27 member states of the European Union and asks why funding continues in regions with proven records of mismanagement and fraud.
The BBC’s Central Asia correspondent, Rayhan Demytrie, explores the relationship between drugs and politics in Kyrgyzstan.
A series of recent arrests across Europe has highlighted the growing threat of match-fixing in European football. How are the games rigged? David Goldblatt investigates.
MI6 – A century in the shadows
Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, marks its centenary this year and BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera talks to senior intelligence figures as well as their former arch enemies about the shadowy world of espionage.
The second part in this series describes what went on behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Former MI6 Chief John Scarlett describes his clandestine meeting with an agent and the Russian defector Oleg Gordievsky talks about his reasons for coming over to the other side.
In the final part of this series, Sir John Scarlett, the former head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service talks about the interrogation of terrorist suspects and MI6’s role in the run up to the war in Iraq.
„They teach you how to steal and they teach you how to kill and they teach you to do things which normal people don’t do.“ Security Correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story behind Israel’s secret service.
The BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera gains exclusive access to Britain’s ultra secret listening station where super computers monitor the world’s communications traffic.
During the cold war, more than thirty west German women were prosecuted after been tricked into handing over secrets to Romeo spies sent by the Stasi, the East German secret police. For Assignment, Angus Crawford asks if twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, they deserve to be forgiven.
For Assignment Rob Walker travels to the city of Tijuana on Mexico’s border with the United States on the trail of one of Mexico’s most controversial law enforcement officers.
In the midst of a financial crisis, Maywood, a small city near Los Angeles, took the radical step of firing all city employees. Policing in Maywood is now handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and many of the other city’s services in operation are being handled by the nearby city of Bell. Mayor Ana Rizo claimed that it was either this or declaring bankruptcy. Simon Pitts discovers what went wrong in Maywood and explores why this decision was taken, and whether Maywood might be a model for other city governments facing financial hardship.
The Legal World
It is claimed that thousands of people of Haitian descent are suffering systematic discrimination by authorities in the Dominican Republic. Brian King meets the local lawyers who are fighting individual cases of injustice.
Incompetence and corruption in Uganda’s justice system is leading to countless numbers of prisoners being left to rot, and even die in Ugandan jails before their cases come to court. Meet the lawyers trying to get justice and freedom, amidst the chaos in Ugand
Amoret Whitaker is a forensic entomologist. She is called in to help on cases where it is difficult to determine the time of death. How does the study of insects help to solve crimes?
A war is raging between rival drug cartels along Mexico’s border with the United States. Last year more than 7000 people were killed in the drug related violence and 2010 has already got off to a bloody start. For Assignment Katya Adler reports on the shocking consequences of the conflict on Mexican society.
A life sentence for stealing a pair of socks. In California the tough ‚three strikes‘ law is sending people to prison for life even if their third crime is a non-violent one. Now a group of law students is trying to change things. Rob Walker reports.
Former Beirut hostage John McCarthy has never thanked Giandomenico Picco, the United Nations negotiator who arranged his release. In this documentary John at last travels to meet him and explores the development of the role of the crisis negotiator.
In Pakistan, the Taliban are continuing to attract recruits, despite the fact that their violent methods have outraged most Pakistanis. For Assignment, Owen Bennett-Jones investigates the Taliban’s appeal – and asks how much it’s based on class conflict, rather than religious faith.
In the first of a three-part series, Peter Taylor investigates the terrorist threat from young Muslim extremists radicalised on the internet
Peter Taylor investigates the terrorist threat from young Muslim extremists radicalised on the internet. In part two he finds out how a network of young jihadists – that stretched across three continents – were plotting together with murderous intent.
Peter Taylor investigates the terrorist threat from young Muslim extremists radicalised on the internet. In part three he looks at why the British government is now investing big money in trying to combat the appeal of radical Islam. But will its strategy work?
“That’s what my role was. I was taken around and shown things as a useful idiot.” – Doris Lessing In this two part series, the BBC takes a look at the intellectuals – or Lenin’s ‘useful idiots’ – who have praised tyrants, and rewritten history. How was it that so many supposedly intelligent people were manipulated by dictators over the 20th Century into saying good things about bad regimes?
In this two part series, the BBC takes a look at the intellectuals – or Lenin’s ‘useful idiots’ – who have praised tyrants, and rewritten history. How was it that so many supposedly intelligent people were manipulated by dictators over the 20th Century into saying good things about bad regimes?
Arizona has passed a law cracking down on illegal immigrants — the toughest of its kind in the US. It allows police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they stop or detain, if there’s a suspicion that the person is in America illegally. Driving it is frustration both at Arizona’s role as the main hub for illegal entry into America, and the organised cross border crime that’s come with it. Many support the law. But there is anger and fear among the Latino community: Legal citizens say they will be targeted by police just because of their skin. For Assignment Rob Walker travels to Arizona to explore why immigration has become such a hot political issue in the state.
An investigation into the expertise of Russian hackers. What makes them so good at breaking cyberdefences?
Since the beginning of last year, pirates have succeeded in seizing more than 70 ships off the coast of Somalia. Hundreds of crew members have been held to ransom, and millions of dollars have been paid to the pirates to secure their release. For Assignment Rob Walker has gained exclusive access to the people involved in one of those hijacks – the captain, the ship owner and the mysterious middleman – the pirates negotiator.
Until the end of last year Bernard Madoff was a highly respected financial guru and long time advisor to America’s rich and famous. Then on Thursday the twelfth December 2008 he was exposed as a major crook. His ‚Ponzi‘ scheme is probably the largest ever pyramid fraud in US history. Amongst his victims there were not only individuals and banks but also charities. For Assignment, James Coomarasamy looks at the damage he has done to two charities in particular – The JEHT Foundation and the Picower Foundation.
A US president has a constitutional and inalienable right to grant pardons. He usually does this just before he leaves office. It is a mysterious and controversial business – notorious past pardons include Jimmy Hoffa, Caspar Weinberger, Ford’s pardon of Nixon, Patty Hearst and fugitive billionaire Marc Rich. Listen to Owen Bennett-Jones as travels to Washington to find out what the process involves and who might be getting one from President George W. Bush.