16 - 19 February 2015
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Monday 16 February: The Science of Smell
Pamela Rutherford explores our neglected sense of smell. How is the brain able to detect and tell apart the countless number of smells it comes across and what happens when the system goes wrong? She finds out how people can lose their sense of smell and why it’s the very strong associations between smell and memory that allow your sense of smell to come back.
Tuesday 17 February: Juan Mendez - the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture
Sarah Montague talks to Juan Mendez, the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Torture. He was a human rights lawyer in Argentina in the 70s when he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured. He has said he owes his life to those in America who took a principled stand against torture. But now Juan Mendez says the world has become more accepting of cruelty and America has been compromised by its own brutal treatment of prisoners. So is torture ever morally justifiable?
Wednesday 18 February: My Africa (Part 1 of 3) - Uganda
My Africa is a three part series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. The world’s oldest continent is home to some its youngest populations, and many people are taking full advantage of new technology, media and the internet to ensure that their lives will be different to those of their forebears. The BBC's Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet the new generation of young Africans who are determined to forge change for themselves and their homelands. The first programme looks at Uganda.
Thursday 19 February: Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Maidan Killings
One year on from the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan square, when more than fifty protestors were killed, Gabriel Gatehouse returns to Ukraine to investigate what really happened. Up to now, all the blame for the shootings has been put onto the police. Yet the official investigation into the violence appears to be going nowhere.