A music producer helps his son tackle his exams

Warren Fyfe

When he saw his son struggling with his GCSE Physics revision last year, George Hammond-Hagan drew on his experience as a music producer to try to help. George made a song with information from the syllabus which he sang over a hip-hop track. Since then George has made over 600 tracks that cover the core [...]

Intersex: Doctors hid secret from me

Warren Fyfe

Jeanette is 71. When she was 16 she had a major operation where doctors removed internal testes from her body. But Jeanette didn’t know she had testes and doctors didn’t tell her what the operation was for. Life became very difficult for Jeanette including problems with physical intimacy and it wasn’t until she was 50 [...]

When mum or dad is an alcoholic

Warren Fyfe

One in five children in the UK are said to be negatively affected by their parents’ drinking, and the effects can last well into adulthood. Four women – Karen, Liz, Hilary and Lynne – spoke to Jo Morris about growing up with a parent dependent on alcohol. “Some people talk about what books they’ve read, [...]

Doctors ‘played God’ with my body

Warren Fyfe

Jeanette is 71. When she was 16 she had a major operation where doctors removed internal testes from her body. But Jeanette didn’t know she had testes and doctors didn’t tell her what the operation was for. Life became very difficult for Jeanette including problems with physical intimacy and it wasn’t until she was 50 [...]

The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images About 100,000 black GIs were stationed in the UK during the war. Inevitably there were love affairs, but US laws usually prevented black servicemen from marrying. So what happened to the children they fathered? Fiona Clampin met two such children in Dorset, now in their seventies, who have not given up [...]

Filming beneath the rubble

Warren Fyfe

Basel al-Ibrahim is a camera man who spent four years documenting his life between barrel bombs in eastern Aleppo. He became a media activist in 2013 determined to document the crimes committed against the Syrian people. Despite his mother’s pleas to leave, he stayed in his home town to capture the moment his house was [...]

Ringling Brothers circus: Inside the last performances

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Charlie Northcott After 146 years, Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus are holding its final performances. The American institution that was slowly brought to its knees by a combination of evolving cultural tastes, bad luck and political enemies that left it no longer financially viable. For the performers, it also means the end [...]

Treating children with electroconvulsive therapy

Warren Fyfe

Electroconvulsive therapy – in which a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure – is now used much less often than it was in the middle of the last century. But controversially it is now being used in the US and some other countries as a treatment for children who exhibit [...]

Online Remainers: Can’t agree who to vote for

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images How are hardcore online Remainers going to vote in the snap election? One of the best ways to answer this question is to enter the pro-Remain Facebook sphere. It is one of the largest “filter bubbles” in British politics, an increasingly divided group (dubbed “Remoaners” by their critics), that emerged during [...]