"Mosquito one, mosquito two, mosquito jump in a hot callaloo." What are the world's most popular number rhymes and how do they overlap between different cultures? Kim Normanton looks at the approaches to counting around the world.
Can't think who to have as your best man? Lost your job and need a bogus boss to fool your family that you're still in work? The BBC's Tokyo correspondent Roland Buerk investigates Japan's growing "rent a friend" service sector.
Peter White is blind, but travels all over the world for his job. By listening to the sounds of his surroundings, he gets to know a place. What does he discover about the cities of Istanbul and San Francisco?
"We took the decision to build a new city ten years ago - we had four objectives civilised, hygienic and scenic - with a focus on eco-tourism." Carrie Gracie returns to White Horse Village to see how the urbanisation of China is progressing.
Listening Post lets people tell their personal stories in their own words. Belfast-born Philip McTaggart is a man who lives in the shadow of his son's suicide. Mary Thida Lun tells a family story from the killing fields of Cambodia.
How does one's family history alter one's sense of self? Nihal Arthanayake - a successful London DJ - travels to Sri Lanka to find out more about his maternal grandfather, a lawyer and politician who was murdered in 1940.
In 1951, a black man named Willie McGee was executed in Mississippi's travelling electric chair - the only one of its kind in the US. His granddaughter explores this lost episode in civil rights history.
Wedge Island is located in a secluded spot on the rugged, windswept Indian Ocean coastline off Australia. It is occupied by squatters who will be evicted when a new highway arrives. How are the people there dealing with this change in fortune?
"A good photograph has an emotional component, the iconic photos hit you right away and they stay with you, and you just can't forget it." Razia Iqbal investigates the power of modern images and their ability to appeal to our imagination.
In the UK, failed asylum seekers like Collen have no rights to accommodation or benefits. They cannot work. And yet it could be dangerous for him to return to Zimbabwe. What is it like for him and others like him to be living in limbo?
Unemployment in Soweto is well above the national average for South Africa. How are young people like Anza, Freddy and Sibusiso coping with long-term unemployment and the daily temptations to make a fast - rather than an honest - buck?
Australian men are typically defined as confident and unassailable characters, but this stereotype is outdated, and has made it difficult for today's generation to open up when times are tough. How can community sheds help?