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  1. King Peggy: A Woman Leader 2015/03/09
    What is the best way to choose a leader? Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma tell the story of a woman who became the king of her tribe.
  2. Choosing Not to Have Children 2015/03/09
    Many people around the world are choosing not to have any children. Bruce Gulland and Liz Waid look at reasons people would make this decision.
  3. International Women’s Day 2015/03/09
    How did you celebrate women on March 8? Tell us what you did. And then listen to today's Spotlight program on International Women’s Day.
  4. New Names for Unwanted Girls 2015/03/09
    Why would 285 girls change their names at one time? Liz Waid and Joshua Leo tell the story.
  5. Women in STEM Jobs 2015/03/09
    Men are far more likely to work in jobs that involve Science and Technology. But why is this? Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at this issue and ways people are solving it.
  6. Business that Stops Slavery: Nomi Network 2015/03/02
    Steve Myersco and Liz Waid look at the Nomi Network - an organization using business to fight sexual slavery.
  7. The AK-47: Weapon of Death 2015/03/02
    The AK-47 appears in conflicts all over the world. Liz Waid and Adam Navis investigate the history of this deadly gun.
  8. Code Talkers: Serving With Their Native Language 2015/03/02
    During World War II, a few groups of people used their own language to communicate secret messages, and they were never discovered. Liz Waid and Bruce Gulland tell about these groups and their impact.
  9. Writing for His Country 2015/03/02
    Joshua Leo and Liz Waid share the stories of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. His writing and ideas have been controversial, but he has made a big difference in his country.
  10. Silvered Water 2015/03/02
    How can the world learn about a terrible war? Liz Waid and Adam Navis tell about a film about real life in the Syrian civil war.
  11. Searching on Google 2015/02/23
    Mike Procter and Robin Basselin look at the computer search program Google. They look at how it works, and compare it to the human brain.
  12. Good Rules for the Internet 2015/02/23
    How do you communicate with other people on the internet? Nick Page and Liz Waid share rules for good behavior.
  13. The Dangerous Work of Sherpas 2015/02/23
    The Sherpas who lead people up Mount Everest do a dangerous job. Who pays when they get hurt? Colin Lowther and Katy Blake look at this dangerous job and its effects.
  14. History of the Bicycle 2015/02/23
    Christy VanArragon and Bruce Gulland tell the history of one of the most important inventions in history - the bicycle!
  15. How to Be a Good Employee 2015/02/23
    Being a good employee is very important for a person's future and achieving success. Liz Waid and Adam Navis look at ways people can become good employees.
  16. The Giving Driver 2015/02/16
    Liz Waid and Joshua Leo tell the story of Bai Fang Li. He gave everything he had to support the education of poor children.
  17. Ravi Shankar, Father of World Music 2015/02/16
    Have you heard sitar music, from India? Joshua Leo and Liz Waid look at the man who made this traditional music popular around the world.
  18. LEGO: Play Well 2015/02/16
    Liz Waid and Luke Haley look at the story of how a small business became the second biggest toy company in the world.
  19. Talking About Other People 2015/02/16
    Joshua Leo and Christy VanArragon look at why people like to gossip and how people can stop gossip.
  20. How to Be a Good Boss, Part 2 2015/02/16
    Bosses need to do more than lead people. They need to think about the company they work for! Liz Waid and Adam Navis look at how bosses can serve their companies well.
  21. Valentine’s Day: All About Love 2015/02/09
    Liz Waid and Rebekah Schipper look at a special day for love: Valentine's Day. They look at the origins of this day, and celebrations around the world.
  22. Listener Mail 140 2015/02/09
    Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at comments from people all around the world and tell about the new features of Spotlight’s website.
  23. Sister Angelique: Bringing Refugees Hope 2015/02/09
    Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at a woman who is working to bring hope and healing to other women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  24. Reacting to Disease 2015/02/09
    How would you react to a serious new disease in your community? Joshua Leo and Liz Waid look at how scientists are learning to predict and control reactions.
  25. How to Be a Good Boss 2015/02/09
    What does it take to manage other people effectively? Colin Lowther and Robin Basselin look at the qualities that make a person a good boss.
  26. Return to the Amazon 2015/02/02
    Is it possible for someone to leave their own culture? Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at one woman who first left her tribe in the Amazon, then chose to return.
  27. Laughter Yoga 2015/02/02
    Have you laughed today? Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma look at an exercise that makes people laugh - laughter yoga! They also look at the good effects of laughter.
  28. Korean Food: Kimchi 2015/02/02
    Marina Santee and Ruby Jones look at the popular Korean food, kimchi. It is a very important part of Korean meals - and it is everywhere, even in space!
  29. Roma: Change through Education 2015/02/02
    Can education change the future for a whole group of people? Bruce Gulland and Liz Waid look at efforts to change the future of the Roma people in Europe.
  30. Hope for the Roma People 2015/02/02
    In Europe, the Roma people live as outsiders in most countries. Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at the difficult history, and hopeful future of the Roma people.
  31. The Last Village 2015/01/26
    Is it better to live in a city or a village? The country of Singapore is filled with cities. But Robin Basselin and Steve Myersco tell about Singapore's last village.
  32. The Miracle Fruit 2015/01/26
    Ruby Jones and Mike Procter look at the miracle fruit. It makes everything taste sweet! They also look at other "underused" foods.
  33. Harriet Tubman: From Slave to Hero 2015/01/26
    Liz Waid and Adam Navis tell the story of Harriet Tubman and her fight for freedom. She is famous for working to end slavery in the United States.
  34. Predicting Disease by Watching the Weather 2015/01/26
    Rachel Hobson and Liz Waid look at a new way to prevent some diseases - watching the weather! In particular, they look at the disease RVF in Kenya.
  35. Museum of Broken Relationships 2015/01/26
    What happens after a relationship ends? Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at a museum that collects things left at the end of a relationship.
  36. Growing Cities, Part 2 2015/01/19
    In the second of a two part series, Marina Santee and Ryan Geertsma look at solutions for poor areas in cities.
  37. Growing Cities, Part 1 2015/01/19
    In the first of a two part series, Ryan Geertsma and Liz Waid look at the problems caused by fast growing cities.
  38. Perfume: Making a Good Smell 2015/01/19
    Joshua Leo and Liz Waid look at perfume. They look at the history of these wonderful smelling substances, and a story about their importance.
  39. The Discouragement Question 2015/01/19
    Marina Santee and Tony Ford look at discouragement. What causes this feeling? What are some solutions? This is the second program in a series about life's difficult questions.
  40. Mothering the Mother 2015/01/19
    How does your community welcome a new baby? Adam Navis and Liz Waid look at traditions women and communities perform after a woman has a baby.
  41. Power of Touch 2015/01/12
    Christy VanArragon and Joshua Leo look at the importance of physical touch for health.
  42. The Belly Button 2015/01/12
    Liz Waid and Rebekah Schipper look at something that everyone has - the belly button! This flap of skin is on the skin of the stomach.
  43. Kong Nai: Master of the Cambodian Guitar 2015/01/12
    Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma tell the story of Kong Nai - a story of survival and service. He is a master of the chapei, a traditional Cambodia instrument.
  44. The Loneliness Question 2015/01/12
    Marina Santee and Ruby Jones look at loneliness. Why do people feel lonely? What is the cure for loneliness? This is the first program in a series about life's difficult questions.
  45. Speed Sisters 2015/01/12
    Do you like to drive fast? Spotlight looks at race car drivers from Palestine.
  46. Words from the Past 2015/01/05
    Adam Navis and Marina Santee share stories about the knowledge gained through oral traditions.
  47. Trapped in the Middle 2015/01/05
    Marina Santee and Ryan Geertsma look at an organization lending to middle-sized businesses. This work creates jobs and opportunity.
  48. The Lottery: Big Money, Big Problems 2015/01/05
    Robin Basselin and Adam Navis look at lottery games. Can they help people? Or do they harm people?
  49. Alpha Boys School 2015/01/05
    Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at the Alpha Boys School. This school greatly influenced the development of popular Jamaican music.
  50. The Great Orchestras of Christmas Charity 2015/01/05
    Steve Myersco and Liz Waid look at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. In Poland, this group is supporting medicine through music!
  51. The Predicament Question 2014/12/29
    Ruby Jones and Marina Santee look at predicaments - bad situations. Why do people get into bad situations? How do they get out? This is the third program in a series about life's difficult questions.
  52. The ABCs of Managing Stress 2014/12/29
    Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin share simple ways people can deal with the pressures of a busy life.
  53. Thirteen Healthy Habits 2014/12/29
    Joshua Leo and Ruby Jones look at thirteen habits that will lead to better health.
  54. Stop Smoking 2014/12/29
    Cigarettes are dangerous for a person's health. Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at some ways that people can stop smoking cigarettes.
  55. New Year’s Resolutions 2014/12/29
    Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at New Year’s resolutions – promises and plans to change behavior. Are you making resolutions this year?
  56. Bethlehem: A Place of Forgiveness 2014/12/22
    For Christmas, Ruby Jones and Ryan Geertsma tell two stories about forgiveness from the city of Bethlehem.
  57. The Christmas Story 2014/12/22
    In today’s Spotlight, we tell one of the most famous stories in the world: the story of Christmas, and the birth of Jesus Christ.
  58. A Christmas Carol 2014/12/22
    Nick Page and Marina Santee present "A Christmas Carol". Spotlight retells this famous Christmas story by Charles Dickens.
  59. Christmas Truce 2014/12/22
    During the First World War, ordinary soldiers stopped fighting and reached out to each other on Christmas Day. Joshua Leo and Marina Santee tell the story.
  60. The Christmas Saint 2014/12/22
    Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma look at Saint Nicholas - the Christmas saint! But who was the real Saint Nicholas?
  61. Advent 2014/12/15
    This time of year is special in many countries. Soon it will be Christmas. Ruby Jones and Marina Santee look at some of the ways that Christians celebrate this month before Christmas.
  62. Running the Four Minute Mile 2014/12/15
    On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister set a new record for running the mile – a record that made him a global sports hero. Bruce Gulland and Anne Muir look at the record, and his life.
  63. Nigeria: Ebola Success Story 2014/12/15
    In our final program on Ebola, Liz Waid and Adam Navis look at a success story. The country of Nigeria was able to stop the epidemic. We look at their successful strategy.
  64. Jamie Wardley: The Ice Sculptor 2014/12/15
    Liz Waid and Bruce Gulland look at the work of Jamie Wardley. He is an artist who works with ice and sand.
  65. Changing Communities Through Theater 2014/12/15
    Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at the work of Augustus Boal. He believed that theater performances and plays could do more than entertain – they can change communities.
  66. Google Science Fair 2014/12/08
    Every year, Google sponsors a science competition for young people around the world. Anne Muir and Joshua Leo look at the great ideas coming from teenagers.
  67. Survival in the Andes 2014/12/08
    In 1972 an airplane crashed high in the Andes mountains, in an area without any food. Anne Muir and Nick Page tell the story of the survivors.
  68. Heroes of Ebola 2014/12/08
    In our ongoing series on the Ebola epidemic, Adam Navis and Liz Waid look at the many heroes of this crisis. These doctors, nurses and ordinary people have sacrificed to protect others.
  69. Street Food Around the World 2014/12/08
    Liz Waid and Joshua Leo take a trip around the world to eat street food - food that costs little money, and is sold beside the street.
  70. Market of Mothers 2014/12/08
    Where do you buy your food? Who grows it? Who sells it? Bruce Gulland and Robin Basselin travel to an unusual market in India: Ima Keithel. This market is controlled by women only!
  71. Nadine Gordimer 2014/12/01
    On the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s life, we share the story of one of his close friends: the writer Nadine Gordimer. Colin Lowther and Robin Basselin look at her “witness literature”.
  72. Charles Dickens: Writing for the Forgotten 2014/12/01
    Colin Lowther and Anne Muir look at one of England’s greatest writers, Charles Dickens. He was born 200 years ago, but readers still love his books now.
  73. Ebola: Fear and Hope 2014/12/01
    This week, Spotlight starts a special series about the Ebola epidemic. Adam Navis and Liz Waid look at the fear and hope that this crisis is creating.
  74. Vaccine for HIV 2014/12/01
    Ryan Geertsma and Liz Waid look at the development of a vaccine for HIV. Scientists hope that this drug will be the key to ending the AIDS pandemic.
  75. HIV, AIDS and Faith in Africa 2014/12/01
    World AIDS Day is December 1. For this day, Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma look at religious organizations and leaders helping people living with HIV and AIDS.
  76. Buy Nothing Day 2014/11/24
    In many wealthy countries, people celebrate an unusual holiday: Buy Nothing Day. Why would people choose NOT to buy things? Robin Basselin and Adam Navis look at this holiday.
  77. Hope through Good Housing 2014/11/24
    What is the best way to support parents? Katy Blake and Joshua Leo look at an organization supporting and encouraging families through good places to live.
  78. Women and Violence in Afghanistan 2014/11/24
    Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at the problem of violence in the home, in the country of Afghanistan. Some communities there are reacting against violence.
  79. Community Radio in Bangladesh 2014/11/24
    In the country of Bangladesh, community radio stations are giving information and help to their communities. Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma look at these stations.
  80. Ruby Bridges: Stopping Racism 2014/11/24
    As a child, Ruby Bridges took a very important action against racism in the United States. Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma share her story, and what happened to her afterwards.
  81. Northern Lights 2014/11/17
    What do you see in the sky at night? Rena Dam and Ryan Geertsma look at something amazing - the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. They look at the origin of the Northern Lights, and stories from around the world.
  82. Computer Games: Playing Too Much 2014/11/17
    Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma look at the problem of computer game addiction. They look at the attractions of computer games, and the dangers of too much online gaming.
  83. Breakfast: The First Meal 2014/11/17
    Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at breakfast, the first meal of the day. Many people say it is the most important meal!
  84. Iceland: The Most Peaceful Country 2014/11/17
    Why is Iceland the most peaceful country in the world? Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at the lessons from Iceland’s peaceful society.
  85. Global Peace Index 2014/11/17
    What is the most peaceful country in the world? Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at the Institute for Economics and Peace, and how they measure peaceful countries.
  86. Just Vision: Films about Nonviolence 2014/11/10
    What is the best way to change your country? Ryan Geertsma and Liz Waid look at an organization that uses film to share stories, and encourage change.
  87. The Disappearing Dark Night Sky 2014/11/10
    Around the world, the night sky is getting lighter. Luke Haley and Liz Waid look at the problem of light pollution.
  88. Foodbanks: Food and Hope 2014/11/10
    Foodbanks bring hope to poor people in communities around the world. Katy Blake and Bruce Gulland look at foodbanks in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
  89. The Two Thousand Year Old Seed 2014/11/10
    Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at the Judean Date Palm Tree. Botanists are trying to grow this extinct tree.
  90. Traditional Fashion is New Again 2014/11/10
    Ryan Geertsma and Liz Waid look at new fashion designs based on traditional clothes. These new designs are bringing attention and life to cultural traditions.
  91. The Kony 2012 Film 2014/11/03
    In March 2012, a film about a war criminal swept through social media. Ryan Geertsma and Robin Basselin look at this film and its impact. Did it help, or hurt people?
  92. Listener Mail 139 2014/11/03
    Luke Haley and Liz Waid share listener mail and comments from our website, including many of your favorite English words.
  93. Lion Lights 2014/11/03
    In many places, there is conflict between farmers and wild animals. Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at an invention helping farmers and lions in Kenya.
  94. The Five Keys to Safer Food 2014/11/03
    How do you practice food safety? Joshua Leo and Liz Waid discover how to avoid disease from food with the World Health Organization's "Five Keys to Safer Food."
  95. The Good and Bad of Social Media 2014/11/03
    Social media, like Facebook, and YouTube, can bring many benefits. But it also has problems. Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma look at the results of using social media websites. Do you think social media improves your life, or makes it worse?
  96. Racing Dragon Boats 2014/10/27
    Liz Waid and Nick Page look at dragon boat racing. Why has this ancient sport become popular around the world?
  97. Broken Beauty 2014/10/27
    Is there value in repairing something that has been broken? Does a broken thing ever gain value, after it is broken? Colin Lowther and Robin Basselin look at the beauty that can come after an accident.
  98. Plastic Bag Art 2014/10/27
    Plastic bags create waste and pollution in countries around the world. Liz Waid and Joshua Leo look at two groups creating art from this waste.
  99. Birth Order Theory 2014/10/27
    Rena Dam and Liz Waid look at birth order theory. How does a child's place in the family affect his character? Why are children from the same family often so different from one another?
  100. Criollo: Horses of Argentina 2014/10/27
    Horses are an important part of culture and working life in Argentina. Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at the celebrated Argentina horse: the Criollo horse.
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