Windows On The World

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6 - 9 July 2015

Monday 6 July 2015: The Sounds of Space #1 of 2 

The previously silent world of outer space is getting noisier. In this audio tour of the Solar System, Dr Lucie Green listens in to the Sounds of Space. You may have heard the famous ‘singing comet’ – the soundscape created using measurements taken by the Rosetta spacecraft. Now, we bring you more sounds that have come from our exploration of the cosmos. Some have been recorded by microphones on-board interplanetary spacecraft. Others have been sonified from space data, from lightning on Jupiter to vibrations inside the Sun. All of them reveal tantalising secrets that have inspired scientists, artists and musicians to help us understand the universe beyond.

Tuesday 7 July 2015: Death of Ukraine 

In this special report from Ukraine, David Stern examines the causes and consequences of Ukraine’s other crisis – its demographic time bomb. Since Independence in 1991, the population has decreased from 51 million to 45 million and is projected to be only 32 million by 2050 if conditions do not improve. Alcoholism and poor healthcare mean that Ukrainian men live on average 10 years less than women and young women are reluctant to have more than one child, because of the expense of child-rearing amid economic uncertainty.

Wednesday 8 July 2015: Jurgen Todenhofer: German peace activitist, writer and journalist 

The so-called Islamic state movement has very publically murdered western journalists and aid workers who entered its territory. As a result IS held areas of Syria and Iraq have been off-limits to western reporters for the past year. Last December German peace activist, writer and journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer, spent ten days inside the self-styled IS caliphate. He emerged unscathed with a remarkable story. He told his story and explained his motivations to Stephen Sackur on BBC HARDtalk.

Thursday 9 July 2015: How to Hire a Master  

Head-hunters deal in high-value, high-profile appointments, charging an equally high fee. But few companies or individuals like to openly acknowledge their work. Headhunting is often seen as expensive, manipulative and secretive - 'an unscrupulous business of networks and address books, lunches and cajolery'. This, in part, is because the hunting has to be imperceptible except to the hunted.  Jolyon Jenkins follows academic headhunter Helen Yallop as she searches for a Master for an Oxbridge college, and gains a a fascinating insight into a hidden world.