Windows On The World

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15 - 18 December 2014

Monday 15 December 2014: Writer and Academic - Cornel West

Around the world the election of Barak Obama to the White House was seen as a watershed moment for race relations in America. The first black man to be president was taken as the symbol of a new post-racial era. Six years on, with tensions between black communities and the police running sky high, is anyone still talking about a post-racial America? Hardtalk speaks to Cornel West, writer, academic and fierce critic of President Obama, and asks why the race debate turned sour.

Tuesday 16 December 2014: Vagus Nerve 

Many people are living with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions in which the body attacks itself. Although drug treatments have improved over recent years they do not work for everyone and can have serious side effects.  In this BBC World Service Discovery programme we hear from the researchers trying a new approach to improving the lives of these patients. They are firing electrical pulses along the vagus nerve, a major nerve that connects the brain with all the organs. The technology to do this has been around for some decades as stimulating the vagus nerve has been used to help people who have epilepsy that is not controlled with drugs since the 1990s.

Wednesday 17 December 2014: Number Crunched: Colm O’Regan’s Story of Capitalism  

In the wake of the global economic crisis, what does capitalism mean to us today? In this humorous and informative talk, Colm O’Regan, stand-up comedian and regular contributor to In The Balance, asks what people really understand about capitalism. Colm enlists the help of participants at the annual Kilkenomics Festival of economics and comedy in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Thursday 18 December 2014: Washington Redskins

Fans of the Washington Redskins, one of the most popular American football teams in the country, are fiercely proud of their dark crimson Indian head logo. They say it is a sign of respect and that the name Redskins goes back 80 years. But to many Native Americans, the indigenous people who lived in the United States before the arrival of European settlers, the word Redskins is hateful. For them it is a painful reminder of how their people have been oppressed and neglected even to this very day. Mike Wendling travels from north Dakota, to Minneapolis to Washington DC to explore the controversy which, thanks to social media and a growing number of Native American campaigners, has now become a burning national issue.