12 March - 15 March
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Monday 12 March - Her Story made History #5 of 5
On the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote, Lyse Doucet travels across the globe, meeting women from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Liberia and Iceland to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world’s most influential women’s rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions. For the final programme in the series - Lyse Doucet travels to Liberia to talk to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Tuesday 13 March - Remembering Rivonia
South African journalist Gavin Fischer gets exclusive access to newly available recordings from one of the most significant trials in modern political history – The Rivonia Trial. The Rivonia Trial took place in South Africa between December 1963 and 12 June 1964. The Rivonia Trial led to the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela and the others among the accused who were convicted of sabotage and sentenced to life at the Palace of Justice, Pretoria. Gavin Fischer has a personal connection. His great-uncle Bram Fischer led the defence of Nelson Mandela and his co-accused. Gavin looks back on the trial and Bram’s decision to use his white privilege to fight apartheid – rather than be part of it – with Denis Goldberg, one of the last survivors of the trial.
Wednesday 14 March - Fake Food Claims
Why are humans especially vulnerable to big promises about food? A neurologist explains why food can make us lose our powers of critical thinking even if we are well educated, and we meet some people who decided salvation lay in what they ate. Plus, the story of a woman who fooled hundreds of thousands of people - as well as vast corporations - into believing she’d cured brain cancer with her diet.
Thursday 15 March - Story of Iodine
Margaret Rayman, Professor of Nutritional Medicine at Surrey University, explores why iodine is essential for our health. As well as looking at contemporary issues with iodine, Margaret explores the legacy of past iodine deficiency - the word cretin, which was coined to describe someone living in the Alps with such a condition.