If you’re familiar with WHYS you’ll know we are always willing to try something new. Maybe that’s one reason WHYS producer Krupa was chosen to create the BBC’s SuperPower Nation. She’s been working away for weeks and now the day is almost here (it’s on Thursday 18th March), we want you to be involved as much as possible.
What is SuperPower Nation? It is a big BBC experiment to hold conversations with people from all walks of life, all over the world. You are probably wondering why that’s any different to a normal WHYS show. Well there’s at least 2 things we have never tried before…
1) We’re handing the editorial agenda over to you. Instead of deciding the question for discussion at our editorial meeting, we’ll hear all the big issues and hot topics that people are talking about in their home countries.
2) Although WHYS will be broadcast in English, the conversations taking place during SuperPower Nation will be in many different languages and between them. So for example, we could find a Mandarin speaker chatting about Iranian politics to somebody who speaks Hausa. We’ll be testing online translation tools and using translators to help keep the discussions going.
Over 20 BBC language services from Somali to Macedonian are involved; as well as BBC World, Arabic and Persian TV. Not forgetting Africa Have Your Say, and WHYS of course. We’ll all be in a town hall in London along with our invited guests.
Here’s a photo of the venue as we begin to set up. There’ll also be multi-lingual performances of Romeo and Juliet, multi-national music jamming sessions and bloggers from all over the world will be chatting in a video conference.
Follow this link to find out more about SuperPower Nation day and watch the event in London streamed live on Thursday. Bloggers should check out blogworld. The event’s part of a whole BBC series called SuperPower.
Tell us us what you think about the idea and what the big stories and topics are where you live.