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Monday 14 May: The Man Behind The Prophet
The Prophet is the most famous work of the Lebanese-American poet and artist, Kahlil Gibran. Translated into more than 50 different languages, it has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and since its first publication in 1923, it has never been out of print. In America it remains the best-selling book after the Bible. The BBC's Ian Skelly visits Gibran’s home village in the mountains of Lebanon, and retraces his steps to find out how a young boy, who was raised in poverty and received little formal education as a child, went on to become one of the most popular writers of the 20th century.
Tuesday 15 May: Danger in the Download (Part 2 of 3)
The internet began life as a means of sharing data between a handful of research institutions, whose members often knew and trusted each other. Today it is used by around 2.3 billion strangers all over the world, including rivals and deadly enemies, purveyors of vice, political activists of all colours, and computer savvy kids, who suddenly find they have the power to cause all kinds of mischief. In the second programme of the series Danger in the Download Ed Butler assesses the ever-increasing threats from hackers, criminals, and even cyber weapons, and asks what can be done to protect internet users without encroaching on their liberties.
Wednesday 16 May: Dragon's Den (Part 2)
In the second of his reports on China's economy, Peter Day reports on the controversial area of private financing. In a place where there are no official home-grown angel investors or venture capital and where the state owned banks only lend to the state owned companies, funding to build a business is hard to come by. Many of the small and medium sized manufacturing business that are the backbone of the Chinese economy have relied on private financing… short term loans with high rates of interest to get them started.
Thursday 17 May: Migrants of the Caribbean
A home made wooden fishing vessel carrying more than 70 people broke up in the heavy seas north of the Dominican Republic in February. The captain, one of the few survivors, has been arrested on people smuggling charges. It’s hard to know how many people died that night, but unconfirmed reports say more than 50 lost their lives. The BBC's Neal Razzell tells the story of a community in shock and investigates why people are willing to risk their lives to be find work in the United States.