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Monday 6 August: The Sad Story Of Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe was an American Indian from Oklahoma who was the star of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, where the Swedish King famously told him, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world". The product of a missionary school, Thorpe struggled to find his cultural identity. In 1913 it came out that he had been paid a few dollars to play minor-league baseball and he was stripped of his medals. He went on to become the first great professional football player, but he could never cope with fame and died in near poverty in 1953. His Indian tribe are pursuing a legal battle to have his remains returned to Oklahoma.
Tuesday 7 August: An Unspeakable Act (Part 2 of 2)
Will Storr investigates male rape as a weapon of war. He discovers this crime has a long history. He meets victims who share their stories, counsellors trying to raise awareness and hears the surprising fact that international aid agencies, such as Oxfam, and the UN are trying to suppress talk of it.
Wednesday 8 August: Riding in Rwanda
Rwanda – a country known only for the genocide of 1994, when an estimated 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis, were murdered in cold blood in a mere 100 days – is also a nation in need of heroes. It may now have found them – lycra-clad athletes in helmets and wrap-around sunglasses on $5,000 racing bikes. They are Team Rwanda, the national cycling team, its tightly packed and brightly coloured peloton now a familiar sight on their training rides on the roads around Ruhengeri in the country's north-west, not far from the border with Uganda.
Thursday 9 August: Southern Tracks (Part 1 of 4)
In this four-part series writer and DJ and Joe Fletcher meets a cast of real-life characters who reflect on their achievements and failures, and the reality of the American dream. Southern Tracks is a look at the alternative side of the United States. Meeting these artists sheds light on values in the American South today and asks if the American dream is still alive and well. The series paints a portrait of the American South where a few decades ago, anyone could make their mark on posterity by paying a few hundred dollars to produce a vinyl record.
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