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Episode Guide

  • Life - Returning Dreams (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Returning Dreams

    In the aftermath of Liberia's civil war, children are fighting to reclaim their futures and return home.

  • Life - Return to Srebrenica (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    Return to Srebrenica

    Survivors of the massacre in Srebrenica.

  • Life - Reel to Real: Holding Our Ground (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Reel to Real: Holding Our Ground

    International efforts to assure reproductive health and rights conflict.

  • Life - Between War and Peace (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Between War and Peace

    The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia encourages combatants to turn in their weapons and wage peace.

  • Life - Trouble in Paradise (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Trouble in Paradise

  • Life - The Hospice (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    The Hospice

    Sister Leonia creates a hospice in Zambia, to combat the AIDS epidemic.

  • Life - The Perfect Famine (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    The Perfect Famine

    How rich countries help the world's poor without rewarding unaccountable regimes.

  • Life - Kosovo: Rebuilding the Dream (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Kosovo: Rebuilding the Dream

    UN Habitat officials try to rebuild municipal government and trust in Kosovo.

  • Life - The Trade Trap (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    The Trade Trap

    There are arguments for and against trade as a way out of poverty.

  • Life - Danger! Children at Work (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:

    Danger! Children at Work

    Children in Guatemala begin making fireworks, often at the age of 6.

  • Life - The Road From Rio (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    The Road From Rio

    World leaders prepare for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

  • Life - The Ongoing Story (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    The Ongoing Story

    Commitment to linking social and economic development to human rights.

  • Life - The Son's Legacy (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    The Son's Legacy

    The Parents Forum tries to unite Israelis and Palestinians in search of peace.

  • Life - Area K (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Area K

    The global economy affects everyone.

  • Life - Lines in the Dust (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    Lines in the Dust

    A group in Ghana charts the tasks men and women do during the day.

  • Life - City Life (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    City Life

    With growing urbanization, cities must take advantage of the globalized economy.

  • Life - Holy Smoke (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Holy Smoke

    Buddhist monks are now spreading the campaign to persuade Cambodians to give up tobacco.

  • Life - Paying the Price (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    Paying the Price

    South Africa refuses to authorize a national treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.

  • Life - My Hanoi (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    My Hanoi

    A family must move due to the dramatic growth of the city.

  • Life - Stop the Traffick (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    Stop the Traffick

    Destitute children from Cambodia become sex workers.

  • Life - Missing Out (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Missing Out

    Less than a third of the population of Niger has access to health care.

  • Life - Brazil: Winning Against AIDS (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Brazil: Winning Against AIDS

    Brazil's programme against AIDS is the template for treatment elsewhere.

  • Life - The Miller's Tale (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    The Miller's Tale

    The government tries to introduce fortified flour in Egypt.

  • Life - The Story So Far (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    The Story So Far

    The promise of the eradication of poverty.

  • Life - The Other Side (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    The Other Side

    The devastating impact of Mexican-US migration.

  • Life - Patently Obvious (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Patently Obvious

    The relevance of World Trade Organization patent regulations in developing countries.

  • Life - A Fistful of Rice (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    A Fistful of Rice

    The complex causes and effects of Protein Energy Malnutrition in Nepal.

  • Life - Waiting to Go (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Waiting to Go

    Palestinian refugees are flooding into Lebanon.

  • Life - Gaza Under Siege (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Gaza Under Siege

    Since the Palestinian uprising, Gaza's 40,000 day labourers cannot cross the border to Israel.

  • Life - The Barcelona Blueprint (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    The Barcelona Blueprint

    The government of Barcelona redevelops the city.

  • Life - My Mother Built This House (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    My Mother Built This House

    The first housing projects in Khayalitsha, South Africa were established in the 1990s.

  • Life - Doing the Right Thing (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Doing the Right Thing

    In Porte Alegre, the citizens have a say in how their city is run.

  • Life - Pavements of Gold (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Pavements of Gold

    Urban poverty.

  • Life - Paradise Domain (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Paradise Domain

    The one valuable asset of a tiny nation in the South Pacific is their domain name, dot tv.

  • Life - Together Against Violence (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Together Against Violence

    Local leaders joined forces to challenge gangs to heal their differences in a ghetto suburb of Kingston, Jamaica.

  • Life - The Health Protestors (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    The Health Protestors

    The process of building a health charter.

  • Life - The Long March (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    The Long March

    The story of Chendu, in South West China.

  • Life - Life: The On-going Story (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Life: The On-going Story

    Life revisits some of the stories covered in earlier episodes.

  • Life - The Debt Police (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    The Debt Police

    A network of `Watch' groups monitor governments and hold them accountable for burdening the poorest countries with debt.

  • Life - The Outsiders (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    The Outsiders

    A young journalist in Kiev reveals some of the moral and economic dilemmas facing adolescents today.

  • Life - Bolivia Blues (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Bolivia Blues

    A new initiative in Bolivia aims to reduce poverty.

  • Life - A-OK (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:


    Children in developing countries suffer from a deficiency in Vitamin A.

  • Life - Educating Lucia (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Educating Lucia

    Girls in Zimbabwe face many obstacles on the road to education.

  • Life - Lost Generations (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Lost Generations

    Improvements in the maternal diet are necessary to stop the cycle of malnourished mothers and children.

  • Life - Without Rights (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Without Rights

    Palestinian refugees living in Jerusalem and the West Bank face new problems.

  • Life - God Among the Children (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    God Among the Children

    Growing inner-city violence prompts the formation of the Boston Ten Point Coalition.

  • Life - In the Name of Honour (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    In the Name of Honour

    The oppression of the Kurds has unleashed a chain of violence mostly directed towards their women.

  • Life - For a Few Pennies More (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    For a Few Pennies More

    There are two billion people at risk from iodine deficiency.

  • Life - Patents and Patients (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Patents and Patients

  • Life - Because We're Worth It (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Because We're Worth It

    The poor in China receive help in order to break the cycle of poverty and ignorance.

  • Life - Kosovo: A House Still Divided? (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Kosovo: A House Still Divided?

  • Life - Untouchable (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:


    Discrimination based on the caste system was made illegal in India in 1947, but it still exists today.

  • Life - Back in Business? (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Back in Business?

  • Life - Regopstaan's Dream (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Regopstaan's Dream

    An elder of the Khomani clan initiated the fight to regain control of their ancestral land.

  • Life - Up in Smoke (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Up in Smoke

  • Life - The Posse (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    The Posse

    Several friends try to succeed in socially divided Brazil.

  • Life - Cash Flow Fever (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Cash Flow Fever

  • Life - The Cost of Living (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    The Cost of Living

    Ninety per cent of the people infected with HIV live in developing countries.

  • Life - Sowing the Seeds of Hunger (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Sowing the Seeds of Hunger

  • Life - Credit Where Credit Is Due (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Credit Where Credit Is Due

    The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee is the world's largest provider of microcredit loans.

  • Life - The Silent Crisis (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    The Silent Crisis

  • Life - The Silver Age (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    The Silver Age

    Advances in science and health care mean that more people are living longer but there are fewer young people to take care of them.

  • Life - The Doctor's Story (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    The Doctor's Story

  • Life - India Inhales (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    India Inhales

    Tobacco companies are launching new campaigns in India to lure in new smokers, while activists have pledged to stop them.

  • Life - Kill or Cure? (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Kill or Cure?

  • Life - All Different, All Equal (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    All Different, All Equal

    Five years after the Beijing Conference on Women, the progress in achieving greater equality for women is stifling.

  • Life - For Richer, For Poorer (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    For Richer, For Poorer

  • Life - The Summit (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    The Summit

    World leaders meet in Geneva for a five-year review of the 1995 Copenhagen Social Summit promises.

  • Life - At the End of a Gun: Women and War (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    At the End of a Gun: Women and War

    War causes thousands of women to become victims of injury and violence.

  • Life - Cheated at Childhood (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Cheated at Childhood

  • Life - The Donor Circus (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Donor Circus

  • Life - The Right to Choose (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Right to Choose

    In Ethiopia and Nigeria children are forced to marry for economic reasons.

  • Life - The Seattle Syndrome (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    The Seattle Syndrome

    Drastic import controls with alliance of liberals mean people in developing countries are fighting new colonialism.

  • Life - Seeing is Believing (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Seeing is Believing

  • Life - The Great Health Service Swindle (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The Great Health Service Swindle

  • Life - The Boxer (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The Boxer

    Luis, a 27-year-old Mexican, trains to become a famous boxer.

  • Life - Philadelphia Story (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Philadelphia Story

    A homeless, unemployed woman has no healthcare.

  • Life - It Takes A Village (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    It Takes A Village

  • Life - Killing Poverty (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Killing Poverty

  • Life - An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train

    The health train tours the poorest, most remote areas of South Africa for nine months each year.

  • Life - Srebrenica: Looking for Justice (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Srebrenica: Looking for Justice

  • Life - From Docklands to Dhaka (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    From Docklands to Dhaka

    A British doctor goes to Bangladesh to prove his theory that treating illness in poor areas involves working with an entire community.

  • Life - School's Out (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    School's Out

  • Life - Geraldo Off-line (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Geraldo Off-line

    The global economy affects a Brazilian factory worker.

  • Life - An Introduction: The Story So Far (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    An Introduction: The Story So Far

    The globalized economy may be running out of control.

  • Life - Roma Rights (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Roma Rights

  • Life - This Hard Ground

    This Hard Ground

    Civil war leads to the internal displacement of millions in Sri Lanka.

  • Life - Whose Agenda Is It Anyway?

    Whose Agenda Is It Anyway?

    Many poor countries are implementing "Poverty Reduction Strategy Programs."

  • Life - Geraldo's Brazil

    Geraldo's Brazil

    A Brazilian factory worker affected by the economy, after five years.

  • Life - Crisis Control

    Crisis Control

    Ukraine's emerging HIV epidemic is being compared to Africa's longstanding HIV/AIDS catastrophe.

  • Life - How Green Is My Valley

    How Green Is My Valley

    The efforts to revitalize the polluted and impoverished valleys of South Wales.

  • Life - Educating Uaprak

    Educating Uaprak

    The task of getting mother's to send their daughters to school in Turkey, in order to reduce poverty.

  • Life - The Millennium Goals - Dream or Reality?

    The Millennium Goals - Dream or Reality?

    The UN's Millennium Development goals, and the obstacles to their achievements.

  • Life - Aiming High

    Aiming High

    Uganda's economic recovery in the wake of Idi Amin's regime.

  • Life - Reel to Real: Balancing Acts

    Reel to Real: Balancing Acts

    The international movement for women's rights.

  • Life - Yemeni Futures

    Yemeni Futures

    Yemen is still struggling to improve the standard of living, after more than a decade of its unification.

  • Life - The Brazil Land Revolution

    The Brazil Land Revolution

    Encouraging the landless to band together and buy land with low-interest government loans, in the state of Bahia.

  • Life - Slum Futures

    Slum Futures

  • Life - Warming Up Mongolia

    Warming Up Mongolia

    Mongolia's dependence on fossil fuels and rapid urbanization threatens the environment.

  • Life - When the Cows Come Home

    When the Cows Come Home

    Jamaican dairy production faces a crisis, as EU trade undercuts island production.

  • Life - Reaching Out to the Grassroots

    Reaching Out to the Grassroots

  • Life - Helping Ourselves!

    Helping Ourselves!

    Helping people move out of poverty and gain control of their lives.

  • Life - The Coffee Go-Round

    The Coffee Go-Round

    Coffee-producing countries are facing economic disasters.

  • Life - The Real Leap Forward

    The Real Leap Forward

    China's efforts to reduce poverty through sustainable development and targeted programs.

  • Life - Staying Alive!

    Staying Alive!

    Maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh.

  • Life - Blue Danube

    Blue Danube

    The Danube River is at the heart of a controversy over shared resources in the European Union.