17 - 20 February 2014
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Monday 17 February 2014: Kavita Krishnan: Womens Rights Campaigner
Stephen Sackur talks to the prominent women’s rights campaigner, Kavita Krishnan. Delhi is a proud capital of the nation – a noisy and vibrant place – but a city stained by its record on sexual violence. More rapes are recorded here than any other Indian city. Just over a year ago a 23-year-old medical student died after a brutal gang rape on a bus which shocked the nation and prompted millions of people to demand government action to end gender violence. Is India becoming a safer, more equal society for women?
Tuesday 18 February 2014: Saving the Oceans #2 of 4
In the second of a four part series – Saving the Oceans – tackling the problems of population pressure and rising seas for Pacific islands Joel Werner looks at overfishing in two very different environments – sharks in Kiribati and marine snails in New Zealand where Joel hears how digital technology is being used to track them to ensure there are enough left to breed. He also sees what tracking technology is revealing about how seabirds are affected by commercial fishing practices.
Wednesday 19 February 2014: Freedom Songs #1
In this programme Candace Piette examines a song immortilised by Nina Simone: I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free. It was recorded in the early 60s by Jazz pianist Billy Taylor for his young daughter. Candace Piette talks to Kim Taylor Thomson, to Nina Simone’s guitarist and to poets and writers and singers about what the song meant when it was first written and what resonance it has now in contemporary America.
Thursday 20 February 2014: Digging up the Dead in Russia
Of the estimated 70 million deaths attributed to World War Two, 30 million died on the Russian front. Of those, as many as four million Soviet soldiers are still "missing in action". These men – more than the entire population of Ireland or New Zealand – are still unaccounted for. Despite all the official rhetoric on Victory Day, many in power today would rather not contemplate the fate of these men. They lie forgotten and unrecognised by Russia's top brass and the state. But as Lucy Ash discovers, a growing number of volunteers, armed with spades and metal detectors, are now searching for the soldiers. Seventy years after World War Two, they feel compelled to look for their remains.