6 January - 10 January
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Monday 6 January: Return to Mawson’s Antarctica (3 of 4)
Alok Jha and Andrew Luck-Baker continue to follow the scientists on the ongoing Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013. They go out on fieldwork trips with the researchers studying how the wildlife that lives in this inhospitable environment is responding to climate change. Zoologist Tracy Rogers searches for leopard seals with underwater microphones. From a safe distance she takes a small sample from a Weddell seal to find out what it’s been eating. Ornithologist Kerry-Jayne Wilson discovers that an iconic breeding colony of Adelie penguins at Cape Denison, the rocky area where Douglas Mawson built his expedition hut, has depleted numbers as the fast ice has grown.
Tuesday 7 January: Global Look Ahead 2014
Peter Day talks with Mark Anderson of Strategic News Service, Lynda Gratton of the London Business School and the author and economist Paul Ormerod about the trends that will shape our lives in 2014.
Wednesday 8 January: Inside the Fed
The US Federal Reserve – America's central bank – is 100 years old. Simon Jack tells the surprising story of an institution which despite crashes and crises is a cornerstone of the global economy. With rare access to the Federal Reserve itself Simon talks to some of those who have been intimately involved with it over the decades. He discovers some unlikely tales in the Fed's struggle to maintain its independence and he finds out what things were really like there during the worst of the financial crisis in 2008.
Thursday 9 January: Actor and Campaigner - Jeremy Irons
The Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons is best known for his portrayal of troubled, brooding upper class men. This past year he has made a documentary about the potentially devastating impact of the mountains of toxic waste polluting our planet. He is an actor with very strong opinions. Could that get him into trouble?
Friday 10 January: The Prophets (1 of 2)
Clive Lawton tells the story of two of the most famous of the Old Testament Prophets. In the first of two parts he starts with Isaiah and the story of Jonah and the whale. Or should it be a fish? At one level Jonah is a knockabout tale of strange events, but at its core it is a story of universal assertions and values, surprising in its inclusivity and judgements. Jonah is a cantankerous character who doesn't seem to fit in with God's plans. And yet he is still called upon to be a prophet. He then profiles Isaiah, the supreme literary prophet or, possibly, prophets. asks how would we relate to such mythical figures if they were still around today and how relevant are their thoughts and ideas in a modern context?