This week a US judge sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years. The trial is significant because El Chapo achieved notoriety for twice escaping custody in Mexico as well as avoiding arrest on numerous other occasions. One of these arrests was in 2014 and was the culmination of years of work by an American drug enforcement agent called Drew Hogan. When Drew started searching for the world's most wanted drug lord, he wasn't aware how consumed he would become with the hunt. From organising undercover money laundering operations to camping out in the kingpin's house in Mexico, Drew was about to embark on an extraordinary quest.
Image: poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, from 2015
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Wrestling stardom nearly tore us apart
The Knight family are from Norwich in the UK and they are wrestlers. They spent years striving for stardom. The parents, Ricky and Saraya Knight, met through the sport and when they started their own wrestling business, their children also caught the entertainment bug. But when one of their daughters, Paige, became a WWE superstar in America, her success threatened to tear the family apart. This is a sporting story that spans generations and continents. The Knight wrestling dynasty not only survived chokeslams and anaconda squeezes in the ring - but high dives and bitter lows in real life.
(L) L-R: Ricky, Saraya, Zak and Paige Knight. Credit: Katy Davis/BBC
(R) Paige wrestling in Cologne, Germany. Credit: Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images
Voyage from the Pacific Islands to Hollywood
Opetaia Foa'i grew up in Samoa surrounded by the island's rhythms, sounds and songs. But, surviving wasn't easy and his family moved to the city of Auckland in New Zealand. As he grew up in this new environment he began to look into his roots and started to make music about his voyager ancestors. It caught the eye of producers at Walt Disney Animation Studios who wanted him to write the music for their upcoming movie Moana about a Pacific Island teenager trying to save her community. Opetaia Foa'i made sure the smash hit movie stayed true to Pacific culture.
Listen to an extended version of this interview with the music Opetaia wrote for Moana here: https://bbc.in/2XUE9fw
The heart of a heart surgeon
Heart surgeon Stephen Westaby has saved thousands of patients throughout his 40 year career but it’s the deaths that stick with him. As a teenager he was smart but felt he wasn't bold enough to make the split-second life and death decisions required of a surgeon. It wasn’t until medical school when a rugby accident damaged the part of his brain that controls inhibition and risk-taking, that Professor Westaby overcame his shyness. He would become famous for complex paediatric surgeries and would pioneer the use of a small artificial heart. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Westaby.)
Why music on a bus gave me a panic attack
Maryam Zaree's birth inside a notorious Iranian prison was a family secret. That was until a bus journey unearthed traumatic memories. She tells Jo Fidgen her story. (Photo courtesy of Maryam Zaree.)