13 April 8:00 PM
Every weekend in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, thousands of young Saudis flock to the city to party.
Here they can do things that would be utterly forbidden just over the “Johnny Walker” bridge.
This week, Foreign Correspondent takes you to a place in the Middle East that few people know exists.
Bahrain wants to be a liberal oasis in a conservative region and it’s selling that image to the world to attract tourists and real estate investors to the smallest country in the Persian Gulf.
Bahrain is reinventing itself now because its rich oil reserves are beginning to run out and it needs ways to diversify the economy.
From the nightclubs to the luxury car garages of the super rich, this story shows the “modern” Bahrain and contrasts it with those who are trying to preserve a more traditional way of life.
Watch ‘The Middle East’s Party Capital’ on Foreign Correspondent Thursday 13th of April at 8pm on ABC TV, ABC iview and YouTube.
20 April 8:00 PM
The US state of Florida has become the epicentre of a nation-wide culture war and a model for the country’s right-wing conservative movement.
Led by Governor Ron DeSantis, the only serious Republican rival to Donald Trumps’s presidential bid, the state has become the place where “woke goes to die”.
This week on Foreign Correspondent the ABC’s Washington bureau chief Jade Macmillan travels to the sunshine state to see how this war is playing out.
The battlegrounds are schools and universities where new laws on the teaching of issues like race and gender are bitterly dividing communities.
While other US states are watching closely, and some even following suit, all eyes are now on Ron DeSantis who is expected to announce a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
The question is will the Governor’s “anti-woke” blueprint take him all the way to the White House?
Watch ‘The War on Woke’ on Foreign Correspondent, Thursday 20 April at 8pm on ABC TV, ABC iview and YouTube.