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Monday 3 March 2014: Kenyan Author - Binyavanga Wainaina

In a host of African countries, homosexuality is a crime. From Nigeria to Uganda, politicians seem to believe persecuting gays is a vote-winning strategy. As part of the BBC World Service Freedom season, Hardtalk speaks to Kenyan writer Binyavanaga Wainaina. He knew it would be big news when he publically revealed his homosexuality earlier this year. Sure enough he is now at the centre of a debate about freedom, identity and culture that's raging across the African continent. Is his stand changing minds?

Tuesday 4 March 2014: Saving the Oceans #4 of 4

In the fourth and final part of Saving the Oceans Joel Werner finds out how knowledge of the seas from Australia’s Aboriginal communities can feed into modern ocean science. And at Seasim - the world’s largest marine research laboratory - he looks at the ways human fertilisation treatments are being applied to help conserve coral. This includes techniques from human sperm banks being applied to coral. He also speaks to the scientists unlocking coral genetics in an attempt to help them survive rising sea temperatures.

Wednesday 5 March 2014: Freedom Songs #3: The Persian Underground

Behzad Bolour of the BBC’s Persian Service talks to the Iranian musicians and singers finding ways of breaking the restrictions on the public performance of music and songs inside Iran. He meets Iranian exiles rapping in Dubai, Iranian heavy metal bands in Georgia and Iranian exiles elsewhere finding freedom of expression through pop, rap, heavy metal music and fashion.

Thursday 6 March 2014: Guantanamo Voices

The US military prison at Guantanamo Bay is arguably the world’s most famous and most controversial detention facility. Eight hundred citizens from 48 countries were detained there, most of them from Afghanistan. The prison was established to hold persons classified as “enemy combatants" by the Bush administration in January 2002 following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Dawood Azami asks former Guantanamo detainees in Afghanistan and Pakistan how the prison changed their lives.