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Que História! The first podcast series from BBC News Brazil


We are bringing together some of the most captivating stories, in a format that is getting ever so popular with our Brazilian audience - timeless stories from the past and the present, showcasing the best of BBC journalism. Silvia Salek, Head of BBC News Brasil

The first podcast series from BBC News Brazil brings old and new gems to audiences in this emerging digital market. Que História! (What A Story!) delivers some of the most amazing stories covered by the BBC alongside specially commissioned reports.

Each new episode of the inaugural ten-part series is published every Friday until 13 March.

The dynamic story-telling of the first season of Que História! is delivered in the best tradition of BBC radio and perfected for the podcast format. It is presented and produced by BBC News Brasil’s London-based journalist, Thomas Pappon.

Silvia Salek, Head of BBC News Brasil, says: “‘What a story!’ is a reaction we at the BBC have heard over and over again as we have brought spectacular, often simply incredible, stories. So with Que História! we are bringing together some of the most captivating ones, in a format that is getting ever so popular with our Brazilian audience - timeless stories from the past and the present, showcasing the best of BBC journalism.”

In The incredible story of D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane and escaped with a parachute and ransom, BBC News Brazil delves into one of the biggest mysteries in American criminal history, taking the listener through key testimonies and clues.

How I Met The Troll Whose Fake Post Changed My Life is the story of Monika Glennon, whose life was turned upside down because of a lie about her, spread through her personal contacts on the internet. Krakatoa: the eruption that the whole world felt relives one of the most awe-inspiring natural events ever witnessed. The Saga Of The Chilean Grandfather tells the story of a musician who rescued his seven grandchildren from a camp of ISIS orphans in Syria.

Upcoming episodes of Que História! podcast:

The Blitz Brazilians (7 February)
A podcast giving a new lease of life to rare accounts by the Brazilians who worked for the BBC’s Latin-American Service during World War Two and experienced the bombings, blackouts and food rationing. The programme also brings the testimony of Vinicius de Moraes, the future Brazilian composer, lyricist and diplomat who worked at the BBC until August 1939.

How I Discovered I Was A Kidnapped Baby (14 February)
The story of a South-African student who posed for a selfie with a girl who “looked just like her” at school, triggering a sequence of events which ended with the woman believed to be the student’s mother being sent to jail.

How We Were Surrounded By Sharks And Survived (21 February)
An account of a survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, who spent four days in the Pacific Ocean, afloat and surrounded by sharks.

I Was Hired To Be Her Dad (28 February)
The story of the Japanese actor who has specialized in the roles of ’family members’ and has been paid for nine years to act as the father of a girl who still believes that that’s who he is.

The Whisky Galore (6 March)
The tale of the ship that sank close to a Scottish island during World War Two, with hundreds of thousands of bottles of whisky on board, triggering a frenetic rescue operation by the islanders - and their cat-and-mouse game with the authorities.

The Secret Life Of My Dying Son (13 March)
Told by the parents who lost their son to an incurable degenerative disease, and only after his death discovered that he had been living a secret life.

The Que História! podcast is available via the website as well as Apple, Castbox, Overcast, and Spotify. BBC News Brasil also connects with its audiences via Facebook, Flipboard, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

BBC News Brasil is part of the BBC World Service.

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