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The Explanation

BBC World Service

Where the world is explained. Making sense of the big stories - looking behind the spin. Exploring the important questions about long-running stories and the latest global news. An honest, unvarnished, explanation of the world.


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4.2 out of 5 stars from 26 ratings
  • John Simpson is a legend

    Listen if only for John Simpson’s pithy, deeply felt wrap up monologue.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Messy with several themes per episode

    Super interesting idea behind the podcast, but a wild mix of themes in each episode makes it difficult to find the questions that interest you and to be able to tell how deep the podcast will dig into each question

    Apple Podcasts
    Sweden3 months ago
  • good program

    i like the program but claire graham speaks too softly compared to the guests. please speak up claire. thank you

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Easy to digest

    Sometimes it’s just nice to have a balanced easy to understand explanation of things. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago

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