6 - 9 April 2015
Copyright restrictions prevent us from making these programmes available as audio on demand or podcasts.
Monday 6 April 2015
Replacement programme for Easter Monday.
Tuesday 7 April 2015: Australia's Afghan Cameleers #1 of 2
Dawood Azami talks to some of the descendants of the thousands of Afghan pioneers in Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, who, with their camels, first arrived in Australia in the 1860s and criss-crossed the harsh interior of Australia for several decades. They played a major role in the exploration and development of the continent and helped lay crucial national infrastructure. The first of two programmes focuses on the life and legacy of the Afghan cameleers and the role they played in the development of railway lines, overland Telegraph line and provided supplies to remote mission stations and farms.
Wednesday 8 April 2015: Sheltering on the Night Bus
Ahmed has spent much of the last three and a half years sleeping on London’s night buses as they make their way through the city. He fled to the UK from India in 2002 during the communal riots in Gujarat, fearing that he was going to be a target. He had his asylum application turned down but, still nervous about the situation at home, he stayed in the UK. Through Ahmed we enter a netherworld where many other failed asylum seekers like him exist.
Thursday 9 April 2015: Hong Kong Democracy Activist - Benny Tai
Hong Kong's self-styled umbrella revolution blew itself out before it could deliver any long-term change in the former colony's political weather. Hardtalk speaks to one of the pro-democracy movement leaders, Benny Tai. Months of street protests failed to pressure Beijing into concessions on the election of Hong Kong's next chief executive - so where does the campaign for political reform go now?