25 - 28 February 2013
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Monday 25 February: Jeremy Grantham
Peter Day hears from an investment expert called Jeremy Grantham who has spent decades thinking about some of the big issues that influence our existence and the global economy. He thinks that the assumptions which have powered the industrial revolution for two centuries are looking pretty threadbare. So, how do we manage technological progress in a world of finite resources?
Tuesday 26 February: When Assisted Death Is Legal (Part 1 of 2)
The debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia is a passionate one. But as the discussions continue to rage around the world, there are a few places where assisted death is already legal. Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Oregon and Washington States in the US all have laws permitting assisted suicide or euthanasia in some form. In this two-part BBC documentary actress and broadcaster Liz Carr goes on a personal journey to all six places to see how it works. As a long-standing campaigner against assisted suicide legislation in the UK, she wants to find out what assisted death means in practice – and whether she's right to be concerned.
Wednesday 27 February: Mamphela Ramphele, Politician and Academic
The political supremacy of the ANC in post-apartheid South Africa has never been seriously threatened - but could that be about to change? BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sakur speaks to Mamphela Ramphele, anti-apartheid activist, prominent public figure and former partner of the late Steve Biko, one of the heroes of the liberation struggle. She's launched a new political movement with an outspoken attack on the failings of ANC governance. She says she's on a journey to realise South Africa's dreams, but how far will she get?
Thursday 28 February: The Italian Connection
The family may be central to Italian business life, but many economists believe that nepotism, the exploitation of family ties in the job market, is holding back the world’s tenth largest economy. Ed Butler investigates whether it’s a case of “who you know” not “what you know” when it comes to getting a job – whether in commercial banks or in state-run Universities. For many graduates the answer is obvious. It’s all about your connections, knowing the right people, that will guarantee your future career, and many are opting to leave the country in pursuit of better opportunities abroad.