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3 - 6 November 2014

Monday 3 November 2014: Trauma #1 of 2

A two-part programme on trauma medicine. In this programme Dr Kevin Fong looks at how wars and conflicts have shaped emergency medicine in the 21st century. Drawing on his own experiences as a junior doctor at the scene of a terrorist bombing in 1999, through to his current job, flying on the UK’s air ambulance service, Kevin discovers how the challenges of the past continue to shape the future.

Tuesday 4 November 2014: Linard's Travels

Deep and distinguished, yet rugged and wise, Linard Davies serves the next customer wanting their bag wrapped in cling film at the Airport Travel Agency in San Francisco. Linard deals with the packages that the airlines won't handle, and swears by his motto, 'We don't say no'.

Wednesday 5 November 2014: Politics at the Polling Station

Over the last two decades controversy over voting rights has become increasingly polarised along party lines, a process which has intensified since 2013 when the Supreme Court overturned important parts of the Voting Rights Act. Since then, North Carolina has seen one of the furthest-reaching packages of voting reform of any state and is now in the midst of one of the closest election campaigns this year. Rajini Vaidyanathan travels to North Carolina to explore voting rights in the United States and to find out of the US in the midst of a crisis of democracy.

Thursday 6 November 2014: Switzerland: Stolen Childhoods

Campaigners in Switzerland have launched a petition to pressure parliament to pay compensation to the thousands of children who were sent to work on farms as cheap forced labour. The practice was common up until the 1970s. Many of these verdingkinder, or “contract children” came from poor backgrounds and experienced years of physical and mental abuse. For Assignment, Kavita Puri goes to Switzerland to hear the extraordinary stories of survivors who lived as indentured child labourers.