Black history is being explored in the first of a four-part series of podcasts.
A graduate of the Birmingham School of Media’s MA Radio and Audio Production course has recently completed a major investigation into the world’s last recorded smallpox death – which took place here in Birmingham.
The final episode in this series of West Midlands Stories focuses on the difficult subject of drug and alcohol addiction – listener discretion is advised.
The Long Road to Recovery by Naomi MacKenzie investigates the psychological toll caused by the Iraq and Afghan campaigns on returning British Army personnel and speaks to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This edition of West Midlands Stories includes a documentary titled Caste: Real or Redundant? about the Indian Caste system and whether or not it exists in the UK. There’s also a feature about lying – and finally, a short documentary about student travel.
This edition of West Midlands Stories focuses on arranged marriages and the pressure of cultural expectation in immigrant families. This documentary, titled Pressured Pakistanis was produced by Huma Mian.
This episode of West Midlands Stories features two in-depth documentaries. The first examines the ground breaking HMP Grendon – and its unique approach to prison rehabilitation. The second investigates retirement.
In another eclectic episode, students from the Birmingham School of Media explore a range of subjects, including student travel, Bournville, student sobriety, the controversial Rainbow venue in Digbeth, the Mission to Mars project with the Birmingham Astronomical Society and mental health.
This episode starts with a documentary that investigates recycling in Birmingham. Next up, there’s a profile which explores the role of the emergency services in Birmingham. Finally, we end with a short documentary called Inside a Dark Mind which looks at the problem of mental health from one young man’s perspective.