Windows On The World

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Windows on the World for the week commencing 9 April 2012

Monday 9 April: Neon Cowboy

Writer Bart Bull explores the extraordinary story of the Neon Cowboy - set against the backdrop of Birmingham in England, and Phoenix in Arizona.  Both cities have suffered a similar fate with their cultural and industrial connections severed over the past 50 years, and the city's hearts ripped out to make way for motorways and ring roads.

Tuesday 10 April: Forty Years In Solitary, Louisiana Style

Tim Franks looks at the case of two US inmates who have been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana for what will be 40 years this month. It's believed to be the longest period of time in US penal history. The use of solitary confinement is on the increase in the US - and the programme asks are there good reasons for its use, and whether it is compatible with US and international law.

Wednesday 11 April: Sir Alan Ayckbourn – British Playwright

Sarah Montague chats to Alan Ayckbourn, perhaps the most performed playwright alive.

Thursday 12 April: The School To Prison Pipeline

Hundreds of schools across America have their own police forces.Armed officers patrol corridors and playgrounds to keep order and protect teachers from the violent behaviour of some children. But there's increasing evidence that their presence is being used to deal with minor misdemeanours in the classroom. Nina Robinson reports from Texas on how the heavy hand of the law in some US schools in criminalising the very young.