9 - 12 June 2014
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Monday 9 June 2014: Packaging in a Pickle
Modern living generates ever increasing amounts of packaging to wrap up the things we purchase. This generates widespread criticism of the packaging industry, but packaging companies are trying to innovate to respond to both environmental and marketing needs. Peter Day investigates what is wraped around the products we all buy.
Tuesday 10 June 2014: Taming the Sun
ITER is the most complex experiment ever attempted on this planet. Its aim, to demonstrate that nuclear fusion, the power of the Sun, can give us pollution free energy that we can use for millions of years. But at the moment, it's still largely a vast building site in the Haut Provence of southern France, with little prospect of any nuclear reactions there for another decade. A recent management report made damning criticisms of the way ITER is run. Roland Pease has been to Cadarache to see how work is progressing, and to hear of the hopes of the scientists who have dedicated their working lives to the dream.
Wednesday 11 June 2014: Gunfire Over the Golden Temple #2 of 2
In 1984, the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple in Punjab, India, the most holy Sikh place of worship, to oust Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the militant Sikh leader who had massed arms and ammunition inside. The Prime Minister Indira Gandhi paid a heavy price for ordering this attack: she was assassinated later the same year. Following her death, anti-Sikh riots took place across India, most notably in Delhi, lasting for four days. Mark Tully reported on all these events in 1984 and thirty years later, for the BBC World Service, he brings the story right up to date. In this second programme he speaks to Gunbir Singh, a social advocate, Abishek Singhvi, a spokesperson for The Congress Party, Indira Gandhi’s party, as well as Jaspreet Singh, a Canadian-Indian novelist whose latest book is about the anti-Sikh violence.
Thursday 12 June 2014: Idrissa Camara
Virtuoso dancer and choreographer Idrissa Camara cuts a distinctive figure as he walks his young child to her Welsh-speaking school in suburban Cardiff. Originally from Guinea, Idrissa moved to the city four years ago and now lists Welsh next to Susu, Malinke and Wolof among his languages. Since arriving in Wales he's been working to establish his own dance company, Ballet Nimba. He recently received a bursary to travel back to his native Guinea in order to formally study and document the evolution of dance, music and storytelling there. In this programme, we follow the progress of this new work interwoven with snapshots from Idrissa's life in Cardiff and his life in Guinea, and the tension between the two.