6 - 9 October 2014
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Monday 6 October 2014: Myanmar #2 of 3
In the second of three programmes on Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) Peter Day finds out what it's like for home-grown businesses and new entrepreneurs. He talks to those who are setting up businesses despite a number of challenges, such as a lack of funding and poor infrastructure. In the capital, Yangon, he meets people who went abroad for education and have now returned to seek business opportunities at home. And he visits rural Myanmar and sees how micro-financing is working in the countryside.
Tuesday 7 October 2014: Preventing Disease in Animals
Melissa Hogenboom reports on genome editing, a new scientific technique that could pave the way for disease resistant animals. Diseases devastate livestock around the world especially in developing countries. But scientists at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh are using a cutting edge technique called genome editing, which they say will soon pave the way to bring disease resistant animals onto the market.
Wednesday 8 October 2014: Freedom Songs #3 of 3
Behzad Bolour of the BBC’s Persian service talks to recent Iranian exiles in Dubai and Georgia to explore how young Persian musicians and singers are finding ways to break the restrictions on public performances of music and songs to find freedom of expression through pop, rap, heavy metal music and fashion.
Thursday 9 October 2014: Jessye Norman
HARDtalk speaks to Jessye Norman, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her voice has enthralled audiences in the world's greatest concert halls and opera houses for decades. She was born in America's segregated South with a talent that transcended barriers. Has her success helped to tear those barriers down? Stand Up Straight and Sing! A memoir by Jessye Norman, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN13: 9780544003408