25 - 28 November
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Monday 25 November: Brand China
For 30 years the Chinese model has been one of manufacturing products designed elsewhere, and exporting them cheap. And yet, studies have shown that very few people in America or Europe can name a Chinese brand. But is that about to change. Peter Day hears about the brands aiming to be global household names. Huawei, Shang Xia and Xiaomi are examples of brands at the heart of key changes in the Chinese economy.
Tuesday 26 November: The Rhetoric of Cancer
Is ‘battling cancer’ an appropriate use of language for those diagnosed with the disease? When Andrew Graystone was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, he soon realised that the language commonly employed to approach this disease revolves around military metaphors. He writes: “The language of war dominates cancer discourse, so whether we want to fight or not, people with cancer are conscripted into a battle against the self. Our bodies made into war zones, with cancer as the enemy, medical professionals as infallible heroes, and treatments of search-and-destroy by any means possible.” In this programme he sets out to find descriptions and language more appropriate to him.
Wednesday 27 November: Dr. Nayna Patel, Surrogacy in India
In India, producing surrogate babies is a booming business. Reproductive technology allows childless, wealthy couples to hire impoverished Indian women as surrogate mothers - pregnancy and childbirth have become commercial transactions. Hardtalk speaks to Dr Nayna Patel, a pioneer in the field. Her clinic has been recruiting surrogates and delivering babies to order for a decade. Is this 21st Century way of making babies irresponsible and exploitative, or a positive public service?
Thursday 28 November: Moldova: Sour Grapes
Wine making in Moldova is a source of national pride – they have been growing vines for centuries. During Soviet times the country was encouraged to become one of the USSR's major wine suppliers and it has remained so ever since. But recently Russia banned the importation of Moldovan wine for the second time in a decade. In this programme Tessa Dunlop asks will Russian politics crush the thriving wine industry of tiny Moldova?