22 - 26 April 2013
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Monday 22 April: I Dressed Ziggy Stardust
For more than four decades, David Bowie has entranced his followers. As he releases his first new material in ten years, Samira Ahmed looks at his particular appeal for British Asian women. Across the generations, they have been inspired by the skinny South Londoner who challenged gender barriers and who played with alien identity and other worldliness. Beneath the make up and exotic costumes, he was also the intelligent, politely spoken suburban young man who you could potentially introduce to your mother.As Samira explores Bowie's impact on British Asian teenagers, she talks to Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of 'Liberty', about Bowie's changing identities. Sociologist Rupa Huq tackles his suburban psychoses and Shyama Perera takes Samira on a journey to explain how her teenage obsession with Bowie even extended to sending costume designs to her hero - arguably enabling her to claim that "I dressed Ziggy Stardust".
Tuesday 23 April: Battle of the Business Schools
Peter Day travels to Boston to hear first hand about the changes being made in management education at two of the world’s top teaching institutions. Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology are both in the top ten rankings for MBA degrees but the growing rivalry between them for top students and teachers is having an impact on the way management and entrepreneurship is taught. Will this make a difference to the next generation of company leaders?
Wednesday 24 April: Singing
It’s something that all individuals and societies have done for millions of years. But why do we sing? Today singing is a way of bringing people together, expressing joy, sadness and almost every emotion. Is there an evolutionary reason why and how humans developed the complex vocal structures involved in singing? Mike Williams talks to biologists, voice coaches and vocalists to find out.
Thursday 25 April: Skoll World Forum: Disrupting Big Finance
Peter Day visits the annual Skoll Forum for Social Entrepreneurship for a debate about disrupting big finance. The institutions that the world’s financial system relies on went horribly off track, causing the global financial crisis. How do social entrepreneurs and philanthropists plan to fix the damage? Peter is joined by Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Álvaro Rodríguez of the Mexican venture capital firm IGNIA and Peter Tufano, dean of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. (BBC)