3 - 6 February 2014
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Monday 3 February 2014: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Hardtalk speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby. He has just embarked on a tour of four African countries, all touched by vicious and bloody conflict - South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. It’s part of his mission to visit as many communities as possible in the 80-million strong Anglican Church worldwide. Can he help heal the divisions in these conflict ridden countries? And what’s his answer to critics who say that religion itself is partly to blame for ethnic hatred and killings. Also, the church is polarised on issues such as same-sex marriage and gay priests. Can the Archbishop keep the Church together?
Tuesday 4 February 2014: Fixing Nitrogen
There are 3.5 billion people are alive today because of a single chemical process. The Haber-Bosch process takes nitrogen from the air and makes ammonia, from which synthetic fertilizers allow farmers to feed our massive population. Ammonia is a source of highly reactive nitrogen, suitable not just for fertilizer, but also as an ingredient in bomb making and thousands of other applications. Professor Andrea Sella explores some of the alternative ways we might make fertilizer.
Wednesday 5 February 2014: China's Global Popstars
After decades of being closed off to western pop culture, the pressure is on for China to find a state-endorsed popstar, a fun and cool ambassador who can command the global stage. Rebecca Kanthor heads inside China’s pop machine, the ‘Earth’s Music Project’, to meet Ruhan Jia - one of the first artists to be actively promoted by the government, and those tasked with transforming her into a global sensation.
Thursday 6 February 2014: Dieudonne: France's Most Dangerous Comedian?
Dieudonné has divided France with his controversial comedy. His shows are sold out, his videos get millions of hits online, and people around the world from firefighters to famous footballers have been photographed doing the 'quenelle', a gesture he popularised. Many fans see Dieudonné and the quenelle as expressing their anger and disillusionment with 'the system'. But the French government has banned his shows and his opponents say Dieudonné is a dangerous anti-Semite who is popularising the ideas of the extreme-right. Helen Grady investigates why Dieudonné has become so popular, and whether his critics are right to claim he is become a 'recruiting sergeant’ for the French National Front.