12 - 15 August 2013
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Monday 12 August: North Sea Oil
Peter Day reports from Aberdeen in Scotland, which for 40 years has thrived and flourished on North Sea oil and gas. When they started pumping the oil almost four decades ago, most experts expected it to run out by the end of the 1990s. But North Sea energy production is still in business, and Aberdeen has become a global centre of oil engineering.
Tuesday 13 August: The Truth and Nothing But The Truth
Dr Geoff Bunn, a senior lecturer in psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, investigates the latest lie-detecting technology, and discovers Dick Tracy and Wonder Woman have starring roles. He explores the history of the American obsession with lie detection, aided by Ken Alder, professor of history at North Western University, and Garyn Roberts, biographer of Chester Gould, who created Dick Tracy. And he hears from Bruce Burgess, founder of Polygraphs UK.
Wednesday 14 August: Religion, Migration & Mexico’s Dangerous Road North (Part 2 of 2)
Human trafficking through Mexico is a multi-billion dollar industry. In the second programme of a two-part series Will Grant meets more of the hopeful, and faithful, who travel the perilous roads searching for a new and better life in the USA. This part of the journey takes him through the most dangerous leg – the drug-controlled areas of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, where the drug cartel, Los Zetas, controls swathes of the state.
Thursday 15 August: HARDtalk on the Road: Alaska (Part 2 of 2)
Alaska – a land of pristine wilderness, sparse population and unimaginable resource riches. It is also the corner of our planet which is experiencing the most dramatic effects of climate change. The carbon economy which made Alaska rich now threatens its delicate ecosystem, presenting the US with a challenge. In the second of two programmes, Stephen Sackur explores whether the world’s second largest carbon emitter is getting serious about climate change.