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Radio features from different parts of the world looking at subjects not often discussed at length in the media. These programmes are provided by overseas broadcasters so audio is not usually available on the RNZ website for copyright reasons.

Originally broadcast 2012 - 2014.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January 2014

6.06pm Monday 13 January 2014: MINT: The Next Economic Giants: Nigeria - Africa's Hope

Economist Jim O'Neill was the first to spot the huge potential of the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India, and China, and predict how the world would change. In this landmark series, Jim travels to four countries which could one day stand alongside them and join the world's economic elite. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey - MINT - could become the new name on people's lips, and further overturn the old world order. In the first episode Jim investigates Nigeria - a nation of young, vibrant and natural entrepreneurs. Can they overcome the country's terrible legacy - decades of corruption, crime, and mismanagement? (Part 1 of 4, BBCWS)

6.06pm Tuesday 14 January 2014: MINT: The Next Economic Giants: Mexico - Brave New World

Mexico's hope of becoming the workshop of North America was shattered by China's domination of cheap exports. But recently, the Mexican dream is in sight again. As Beijing opts for "quality not quantity" of growth, companies are returning to Mexico, drawn by competitive labour and proximity to the US market. In the second episode of a landmark series, economist Jim O'Neill travels across Mexico to investigate. He discovers that its ambitions now go far beyond cheap manufacturing. But can Mexico's youthful, reforming government overcome the challenges of widespread poverty, crime and a huge number of people living outside the formal economy? (Part 2 of 4, BBCWS)

6.06pm Wednesday 15 January 2014: MINT: The Next Economic Giants: Indonesia - Commodity Curse

Indonesia has enjoyed a boom created by its exports of raw materials to China, India and other growing economies. But commodity prices are notoriously volatile and the world's fourth largest nation needs to create a more stable economy as it expands even further and urbanises rapidly. International investors are queuing up to exploit this major market, but as Jim O'Neill discovers, the Indonesian story is complex - poverty, poor infrastructure and a historical aversion to foreign interference could all threaten the dream of joining the world's economic A-list. (Part 3 of 4, BBCWS)

6.06pm Thursday 16 January 2014: The BBC Reith Lectures 2013 - Grayson Perry: I Found Myself in the Art World

In the last of his four Reith Lectures, recorded in front of an audience at Central St Martins School of Art in London, the artist Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world; the journey from the unconscious child playing with paint, to the award-winning successful artist of today. He talks about being an outsider and how he struggles with keeping his integrity as an artist. Perry looks back and asks why men and women throughout history, despite all the various privations they suffered, have always made art. And he discusses the central purpose of creating art - to heal psychic wounds and to make meaning. Perry was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 and is well known for his ceramic works, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and tapestry. He is also known as one of Britain's most famous cross-dressers as alter ego Claire. The Reith Lectures are presented by Sue Lawley and produced by Jim Frank (Part 4 of 4, BBCWS)

6.06pm Friday 17 January 2014: MINT: The Next Economic Giants: Turkey - Beyond the Silk Road

For centuries, Turkish traders have exploited their location on the historic Silk Road between East and West, selling to merchants travelling in both directions. And, as Jim O'Neill reports, Turkey's geography remains important to this day as the country becomes an aviation hub, a conduit for gas and oil, and a unique visitor destination. Yet Turkish plans go much further too. So can this ambitious country combine its deep-rooted trading skills with ultra-modern technology to develop world-beating manufacturers? Or will its much lauded potential remain just that? (Part 4 of 4, BBCWS)