They say the truth is stranger than fiction. I don't know who "they" are, but they're right.
The world is full of incredible real-life narratives you just couldn't make up. And many more play out before our eyes every day.
They can play out before your ears too! BBC World Service offers hundreds of podcast documentaries to download. Most range from half an hour to an hour in length.
The topics cover everything from important social and political issues to small special interest stories. There are also scientific discoveries and historical exposés.
When you click on the link, you'll be greeted with the 10 most recent episodes of World Service Documentaries. More are being added regularly, so check back often for newer episodes.
To browse through the back catalog of more than 400 episodes, click "Show all episodes."
When you click the green download link beneath each episode summary, you'll begin streaming the podcast online in your browser. If you'd like to download the MP3 to listen to offline or on your MP3 player, right click the green bar and select "save target as/link as."