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Monday 20 January 2014: Stitch in Time

As fashion retailers demand an ever faster response to consumer desires and costs rise abroad, there are signs of a fledgling revival in British textile manufacturing. Peter Day of BBC Global Business finds out how real it is, and whether it can last. (BBC)

Tuesday 21 January 2014: Geoengineering

Geoengineering is a controversial approach to dealing with climate change. Gaia Vince explores the process of putting chemicals in the stratosphere to stop solar energy reaching the earth.   When volcanoes erupt they put sulphur in the stratosphere. The particles reflect solar rays back into space and the planet cools down. Scientists are suggesting that it could be possible to put sulphur into the stratosphere using specialised aircraft or a very long pipe. But if this was implemented there could be impacts on rainfall and the ozone layer.  Another idea is to spray seawater to whiten clouds that would reflect more energy away from the earth. Gaia Vince talks to the researchers who are considering solar radiation management. She also hears from social scientists who are finding out what the public think about the idea and who are asking who should make decisions about implementing this way of cooling the planet. (BBC)

Wednesday 22 January 2014: Uzbekistan - Searching for Googoosha

The BBC’s Central Asia correspondent, Natalia Antelava goes in search of Gulnara Karimova – pop star, philanthropist, socialite, intellectual – and incidentally (according to leaked US Embassy cables), the most hated woman in Uzbekistan. The image that graces the screens and billboards of Tashkent is one of a glamorous, dynamic, celebrity who flits from Cannes to New York to Moscow, fronting glossy music videos under her musical alias GooGoosha, with stars like Julio Iglesias and Gerard Depardieu. She runs charities and helps children, all in an attempt to win the hearts of the Uzbek people. Some say it is a bid to succeed her father as president. But her ambitions have taken a hit and the princess of Uzbekistan's star is falling. Described as a 'robber baron' in cables from the US embassy her business dealings are getting her into trouble.  Natalia travels to Sweden to find that Karimova is connected to a bribery case which is linked with a money laundering investigation in Switzerland and France. Karimova's rivals for power are now taking advantage. Her TV stations have been shut down and her charity has been the subject of a tax investigation. With the story hitting the headlines Karimova has taken to twitter to defend herself, including a virtual encounter with Natalia herself.  What is the future for GooGoosha and what does this power struggle say about the nature of power in one of the world's most repressive states? (BBC)

Thursday 23 January 2014: Gene Doping

It has taken scientists almost 50 years to cure rare diseases through gene therapy. The risks are still great but the field is developing fast, bringing hope to those with untreatable conditions. Now there are growing concerns that athletes will abuse this pioneering technology. Tim Franks speaks to David Epstein, an American journalist and sports enthusiast, who has been investigating the issue of gene doping. David reveals how athletes have 'inundated' researchers with requests to improve their abilities through genetic manipulation. Tim also speaks to French geneticist Philippe Moullier, who was left in shock after a group of former Tour de France cyclists visited his lab. They wanted to learn whether the technology he developed to cure children with a rare muscle disease could be used to enhance sporting performance. Although the World Anti-Doping Agency banned the practice in 2003 there is still no test which can detect gene doping. Athletes do not have to look hard if they want to experiment. Moullier tells Tim how it’s possible to buy genes on the internet and grow them at home. Tim Franks finds out just how easy it is. (BBC)