8 - 11 July 2013
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Monday 8 July: Black Sabbath Guitarist - Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi’s band is topping the charts again after 43 years. Black Sabbath are better known for the antics of on/off lead singer Ozzy Osborne than the skills of its guitarist. But Iommi is one of the original members of the band and has always remained with the band. Despite missing finger tips that can make playing painful, a rock'n'roll lifestyle lived to the full, and now cancer, the 'king of the heavy riff' is still recording and touring around his treatment. Shaun Ley asks, what keeps him playing?
Tuesday 9 July: Media Futures (Part 4 of 4)
Part 4: Conclusions: In the final part of Media Futures, Mark Coles considers the lessons that we might extrapolate from the previous episodes' findings - our future media will be more mobile; it will enable more and more ordinary people to be creators as well as consumers, and will need to know ever more about these people in order to monetise its content. And curiously, it seems that technical quality may sometimes be sacrificed in order to achieve wider and more convenient access to content.
Wednesday 10 July: A Route 66 of the Future: Signal Failure
In part four of our BBC World Service series, 'A Route 66 of the Future', Gareth Mitchell explores how technology might help to identify the worse problems of traffic congestion. There is also news about how App developers are using data to build features for more pleasant routes. And a look at how commuters are using technological tools to help not just themselves but also their fellow commuters.
Thursday 11 July: The Truth About Mental Health (Part 6 of 6)
Part - 6 Japan: Culture and Stigma
In Japan there are up to a million young people who have withdrawn from society, living solitary lives shut up in their bedrooms, unable to communicate with the outside world or even their parents. They would like to have friends but are fearful of ridicule and fearful for the future. They are known as hikikomori, and this is a condition that is recognised by the Japanese government who is setting up treatment centres. But is hikikomori a mental illness? Claudia Hammond travels to Tokyo to investigate and, through access to an Ibasho “the place where you can be yourself”, she meets recovering hikikomori and their parents.