This is a fascinating interview from the New Yorker Out Loud about African immigrants in China and the impact of that - intermarriage etc. They also mention that one of the them - married to a Chinese women - is Obama's half brother.
Connor Walsh alerts us to this BBC doc about the mother of President Barack Obama. Ann Dunham is described as a globe trotting "peacnik." She studied archaeology and anthropology of agricultural blacksmiths. She got grants from the Ford Foundation and loans from the World Bank and worked to help rural people get loans to start small businesses.
Lots in the news about the controversial adoption of Haitian children. AD listener Kevin Bolger sent this really "on-the-ground" personal story from a 25 year-old whose mom really wants a couple Hatian kids.
"brief interview with my friend about a possible change to his family. His mother is considering adopting children from Haiti."
A sound rich journey down one of London's arterial roads, Caledonian Road, from The Guardian. Up The Cally is an engaging mix of local characters, narrator, music and sound. Plus it's available as a clickable map and audio slideshow.
In an exclusive interview with AudioDocumentary.org, the producer, Francesca Panetta tells how making the piece has affected her.
While the furrowed brows of the BBC World Service are on holidays, they've let the creatives loose, with great effect. Two engaging documentaries about UK citizens who have been put somewhere difficult. Philip McTaggart's son committed suicide, changing his life. Mary Thida Lun's mom fled the Khmer Rouge, and now has a daughter serving in war zones as a British civil servant. Big topics, in a manner more full of human contradiction and personality than we usually hear on the BBC World Service.
A young man tells the story of another, his father, who upped and left his kids in Sweden while he travelled to Ireland. This documentary features two physical and emotional journeys, that will move probably anyone who's been a young man. The video is an English transcript of the bi-lingual original, while this longer all-English version was also produced.