12 - 16 April 2015
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Monday 13 April 2015: Matt Taylor: Life Scientific
Matt Taylor talks to Jim Al-Khalili about being in charge of the Rosetta space mission to the distant comet, 67P. It is, he says, 'the sexiest thing alive', after his wife. He describes his joy when, after travelling for ten years and covering four billion miles, the robot, Philae landed on the speeding comet 67P; and turned the image tattooed on his thigh from wishful thinking into a triumph for science. Matt's father, a builder, encouraged him to do well at school. He wanted him to get a job in science and Matt didn't disappoint, joining the European Space Agency in June 2005. His charm and exuberance have brought competing teams together as they fight for their science to have priority on Rosetta. His enthusiasm has helped to spark and fuel a global interest in the mission and he deeply regrets his choice of shirt on one occasion.
Tuesday 14 April 2015: Australia's Afghan Cameleers #2 of 2
In his second programme Dawood Azami covers a little known story of one of the first diasporic movements across continents and oceans. Dawood looks at how these cameleers, who first arrived with their camels in Australia more than 150 years ago, linked the villages in Afghanistan to the townships of Australia. He explores the adventurist nature and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Afghans and discusses their ancient and unwritten code of life called – Pashtoonwali.
Wednesday 15 April 2015: The Meaning of Mongol
Imagine your nationality was used by people all around the world to describe someone with a learning disability or a stupid person. That is what happened to Uuganaa Ramsay. A Mongol, born and brought up on the Mongolian steppe, living in a yurt and herding goats, she came to live in the UK and when her son Billy was diagnosed, she realised that the word mongol meant someone with Down's Syndrome. In this programme Uuganaa Ramsay explores the life of John Langdon Down, who initially diagnosed Down's Syndrome as Mongolian idiocy, and discovers how the term travelled the world. Did anyone do anything about it, she wonders, and why and when was the term finally changed.
Thursday 16 April 2015: Canada’s Red River Murders
More women and girls from Canada's Aboriginal population go missing or are murdered than any other section of society. Joanna Jolly reports from the banks of the Red River which runs through the city of Winnipeg, where a number of bodies have been found. She asks why are Aboriginal women so vulnerable and who is killing them?