Windows On The World

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20 - 23 October 2014

Monday 20 October 2014: David Miliband - CEO, International Rescue Committee 

The Middle East is in turmoil, beset by ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts that together have created one of the gravest global humanitarian crises since World War Two. And once again a US-led military coalition is dropping bombs in the region. HARDtalk speaks to David Miliband, former British Foreign Secretary, now head of the US-based International Rescue Committee to discuss whether, given recent history, there is any reason to believe western intervention to end the killing and the suffering can work.

Tuesday 21 October 2014: What's in Your Water?

Pharmaceuticals are entering our water supplies and already plants and animals are feeling the effects. Professor Andrea Sella takes a look at how much is entering our drinking water and whether we should be worried.  He finds out which of our flora and fauna are already being affected by drugs and asks if our water treatment techniques are good enough to cope with the task of removing harmful pharmaceuticals. Also could the drugs taken by other people actually be having an effect on our own bodies?

Wednesday 22 October 2014: How Politics is Fought in Texas #1 of 2

Everything's bigger in Texas they say - and that goes for the personalities who run for election there. While the Republican party is dominant, Democrats believe that they can change even the most extreme Republican states blue in the coming years - and put their opponents out of the White House for a generation. Ahead of key elections, Gary O'Donoghue encounters the larger-than-life politics of the lone star state in a two part series.

Thursday 23 October 2014: The Bombay Symphony

Zareer Masani takes a closer look at how India is falling in love with Western classical music, and the controversies surrounding it. In his home-city of Mumbai, Zareer encounters the country's first national ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of India; discovers that Furtado's, the city's oldest music shop, sells hundreds of pianos a year; and hears that thousands of children learn a Western instrument.