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The Comb

The Comb

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Combing Africa for stories about the unseen forces that bind us together and tear us apart. A single story, every week. Hosted by Kim Chakanetsa. #thecomb

Latest Episodes

African in America

The American dream? Three Africans from Botswana, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, who are now living in the US, explain how the racial justice movement of 2020 has reshaped their identity and sense of self. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

31 min3 w ago
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African in America

Adopted overseas

Love, security, and a crisis of identity - the promises and the cost of international adoption. What’s it like growing up a world away from where you were born? And why are African countries turning their backs on the practice? Two women share their experiences of being adopted by foreign families. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

26 minOCT 23
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Adopted overseas

Women in gangs

Guns, drugs and brutal violence - What happens when women are sucked into the macho world of gangs? What draws them in, in the first place? And what happens when they leave? The world of Cape Town’s gangs through the eyes of two women. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

24 minOCT 16
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Women in gangs

Darfur: Seeking justice

Does Sudan's new dawn finally mean a chance for justice? The country’s former president, Omar al-Bashir, is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. Having lost power, he’s finally facing trial. But after so long, what does it mean to the victims? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

28 minOCT 9
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Darfur: Seeking justice

Access denied? Travelling on an African passport

Money, time and stigma - the cost of travelling on an African passport. Your passport should be a window to the world – but if you’re from a country in Africa, visa queues, fees and expensive airline tickets mean crossing the continent can be tough. What happened to Africa’s borderless dream? And when travelling internationally, are visa denials more common for Africans? You can join The Comb's Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bbcthecomb Thanks for listening and let us know what you think. #thecomb

26 minOCT 2
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Access denied? Travelling on an African passport

Chagos Islands: Africa’s last British colony?

Evicted from paradise. Fifty years ago, the UK forced the Chagossian people to leave their island homes, to make way for a US military base. Will they ever be allowed to return for good? This is the story of eviction, exile, and the long-running battle over the Chagos islands. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

24 minSEP 25
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Chagos Islands: Africa’s last British colony?

Lesotho's murder mystery

Murder in the mountains. A feud, a former first lady dead and another on the run. How the mysterious killing of Lipolelo Thabane, Lesotho’s former first lady, transformed the country’s political landscape. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

23 minSEP 18
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Lesotho's murder mystery

Single women not welcome?

‘You probably have to lie that you are married and your husband had to be out of town’. Being a young, single woman can be a heavy burden when trying to find somewhere to live in Nigeria. Why do landlords keep saying ’no’? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

24 minSEP 11
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Single women not welcome?

Easing pain

Confronting the realities of care for patients with the most severe illnesses. Palliative care focuses on relieving patients’ pain, and helping families to cope. Why is this aspect of healthcare so misunderstood? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

27 minSEP 4
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Easing pain

Racist AI

Can computers be racist? The unseen forces shaping our reality. Artificial intelligence is embedded in our lives in ways we may not even notice. With numerous examples of AI appearing ‘racist’, how can we stop building computer systems with prejudices that deepen social inequality? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch:thecomb@bbc.com

22 minAUG 28
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Racist AI

Latest Episodes

African in America

The American dream? Three Africans from Botswana, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, who are now living in the US, explain how the racial justice movement of 2020 has reshaped their identity and sense of self. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

31 min3 w ago
Comments
African in America

Adopted overseas

Love, security, and a crisis of identity - the promises and the cost of international adoption. What’s it like growing up a world away from where you were born? And why are African countries turning their backs on the practice? Two women share their experiences of being adopted by foreign families. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

26 minOCT 23
Comments
Adopted overseas

Women in gangs

Guns, drugs and brutal violence - What happens when women are sucked into the macho world of gangs? What draws them in, in the first place? And what happens when they leave? The world of Cape Town’s gangs through the eyes of two women. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

24 minOCT 16
Comments
Women in gangs

Darfur: Seeking justice

Does Sudan's new dawn finally mean a chance for justice? The country’s former president, Omar al-Bashir, is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. Having lost power, he’s finally facing trial. But after so long, what does it mean to the victims? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

28 minOCT 9
Comments
Darfur: Seeking justice

Access denied? Travelling on an African passport

Money, time and stigma - the cost of travelling on an African passport. Your passport should be a window to the world – but if you’re from a country in Africa, visa queues, fees and expensive airline tickets mean crossing the continent can be tough. What happened to Africa’s borderless dream? And when travelling internationally, are visa denials more common for Africans? You can join The Comb's Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bbcthecomb Thanks for listening and let us know what you think. #thecomb

26 minOCT 2
Comments
Access denied? Travelling on an African passport

Chagos Islands: Africa’s last British colony?

Evicted from paradise. Fifty years ago, the UK forced the Chagossian people to leave their island homes, to make way for a US military base. Will they ever be allowed to return for good? This is the story of eviction, exile, and the long-running battle over the Chagos islands. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb

24 minSEP 25
Comments
Chagos Islands: Africa’s last British colony?

Lesotho's murder mystery

Murder in the mountains. A feud, a former first lady dead and another on the run. How the mysterious killing of Lipolelo Thabane, Lesotho’s former first lady, transformed the country’s political landscape. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

23 minSEP 18
Comments
Lesotho's murder mystery

Single women not welcome?

‘You probably have to lie that you are married and your husband had to be out of town’. Being a young, single woman can be a heavy burden when trying to find somewhere to live in Nigeria. Why do landlords keep saying ’no’? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

24 minSEP 11
Comments
Single women not welcome?

Easing pain

Confronting the realities of care for patients with the most severe illnesses. Palliative care focuses on relieving patients’ pain, and helping families to cope. Why is this aspect of healthcare so misunderstood? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

27 minSEP 4
Comments
Easing pain

Racist AI

Can computers be racist? The unseen forces shaping our reality. Artificial intelligence is embedded in our lives in ways we may not even notice. With numerous examples of AI appearing ‘racist’, how can we stop building computer systems with prejudices that deepen social inequality? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch:thecomb@bbc.com

22 minAUG 28
Comments
Racist AI
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