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20 October 2016

Episode 262

30 minutes


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There’s very little glamour in the way cities get rid of human waste. But it is important to see how they are doing this around the world: from loos at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the new public facilities in Madrid to a public toilet playing classical music in Vienna.

20 October 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Madrid’s public-toilet dilemma

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With just 25 public toilets in a city with a population of more than five million, Madrid has long suffered when it comes to locating a good loo. So how has the city survived for so long?

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Chapter 2

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Toilets at the carnival

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During Rio de Janeiro’s carnival, trying to find a public toilet can be tricky. So a few entrepreneurs came up with innovative ways to get people to keep Rio’s street clean

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Chapter 3

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Vienna’s musical toilet

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Vienna can blind visitors with its imperial splendour but like any other city, it has to take care of its waste. And it does it in style. There are elegant Jugendstil toilets for those with a taste for early 20th-century Austrian art and architecture and if waltz is more your thing, you won’t be let down either.

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