Kellie Gutman writes;
The BBC have looked into soap operas as agents for social change and have discovered in some cases they have changed the world. From the longest-running program, The Archers, which encouraged farmers in the 1950s to increase production by trying out new techniques, to a BBC radio program in Afghanistan, calledNew Home, on women’s rights, which taught listeners how to avoid land mines, the soap opera has had a significant influence.
A two-part programme on Your World (part 1, 21 April; part 2, 28 April) can be heard here.
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