On this week's show, we'll go behind the scenes of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, we'll find out why people are fighting to speak French in Louisiana, we meet a Down's syndrome drag troupe that's changing perceptions and visit a safe space for the LGBT+ community in Seoul. Plus, we find out how Kurdish music is used as a form of protest and how an ancient Greek instrument is having a revival.
WorldLink: Music to my ears
This week on WorldLink, we meet rising pop star Lipa Schmeltzer who's been called the Jewish Lady Gaga, and hear the story of how an Uzbek cleaner found her passion DJing in night clubs in Moscow. We also speak to the Turkish jazz musician credited with creating fusion jazz, and travel to New Zealand, where a 2500 year old tree survives in one of the last remaining patches of native forest.
WorldLink: Music and belonging
We hear from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where armed militants have gained a foothold in the world's largest refugee camp. And we discover how Rohingya are using songs and stories to preserve their culture. Plus, we meet the Colombian musician turning guns into guitars, and the South Korean activist making her country more inclusive for people with disabilities.
WorldLink: Freedom and remembrance
This week on WorldLink, we meet a man who crawled to freedom through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall, and hear from someone who was there the night the divide finally fell. We speak to a woman piecing together her grandfather's experience of WWII, and visit the most famous military cemetery in the US.
On this week’s program we take stock of the situation in Chile where President Pinera has been making some concessions in a bid to stem the country’s fledgling protest movement. And amid claims that US sanctions on Venezuela have resulted in the death of at least 40,000 people we’ll also be taking a closer at just how the international sanctions are impacting on Venezuelans.