13 - 16 February
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Monday 13 February - Got Gumbo?
What can one single dish tell you about America's history? One particular bowl of soup gives us an insight about the future of cultures that convene around it. Gumbo is eaten by nearly everyone in New Orleans, but its past speaks of the deep inequalities in American history that still resonate to this day. The BBC's Dan Saladino looks in to the origins of this dish and discovers influences from Native Americans, slaves from West Africa, settlers from Nova Scotia, and European immigrants from Spain, France and Italy.
Tuesday 14 February - The Colony
Just outside Lynchburg, Virginia, there is a sprawling mental institution on a hill with a sinister history. For decades, the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, (now called Central Virginia Training Center) participated in America’s forgotten eugenics programme. American eugenics was ushered in almost 100 years ago and thus began one of the darkest chapters in American history; between 60,000 and 70,000 people were forcibly sterilised across the country. Today, there is still a small community of survivors living in Lynchburg, Virginia — all of them sterilised at the Virginia Colony for Epileptic and Feebleminded when they were teenagers. They have recently been brought together by a lawyer who has made it his personal mission to win reparations for them.
Wednesday 15 February - Inside Real Madrid
Real Madrid are the world's most valuable football club. They're the reigning European champions and have won more European Cups than any other club in history. Now they've opened their doors and their books to outside scrutiny for the first time, giving Columbia Business School professor Steven Mandis unprecedented access to every part of the business. Through conversations with fans, players, coaches and board members - including a rare in-depth interview with club president Florentino Perez - Professor Mandis uncovers the secrets of Real Madrid's sporting and financial success.
Thursday 16 February - Killing for Conservation in India
India is that rare thing in animal conservation: a success story that has resulted in the population of many endangered species including tigers and rhinos rise in recent years. But as the BBC’s South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt discovered, that success is built on a hardline approach including forced evictions and a controversial shoot-on-sight policy towards poachers which has seen 50 people killed in the last 5 years.