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Windows on the World for the week commencing Monday 3 October 2011

Monday 3 October: Listening Post (Part 1 of 2)

In 1992, 19- year old Detroit-based Yusef Shakur was about to start a prison sentence of five to fifteen years. Out of fear he wrote a letter to his father, who was already incarcerated, blaming him for his current situation. His father’s response changed the course of Shakur’s life: “You must use this time to prepare yourself to leave better than what you came in as. Turn your cell into a university by rebuilding yourself from the inside out ... P.S. You misspelled knowledge, religion, envelope, address, message and religious. If you don't have a dictionary, you need to get one. Words are powerful because they convey who we are. Use your mind to free yourself or somebody will use your mind to keep you a slave." Nineteen years later, Shakur now runs a bookstore and community centre in the very area he used to terrorise as a teenager. We hear his story.

Tuesday 4 October: Bitter Pill

Peter Day is in Sandwich, Kent, on the south east coast of England, the home to the research and development site of global pharmaceutical company, Pfize. It was here that Viagra was developed, as a by product of another drug.  But there's a problem, Pfizer announced that it will be closing the site with the loss of over 2,000 highly specialised jobs. Peter Day finds out why and the effect it will have on the local community.

Wednesday 5 October: Controlling People: The History of Population Control (Part 1 of 3)

The world’s population is due to reach seven billion people this year, and by around 2050 it could grow by yet another two billion. Demographers, environmentalists and others fear unsustainable pressure on resources on one hand,and ageing populations,labourshortages and economic collapse on the other. So why is the world’s population out of control? Historian Professor Matthew Connelly examines India's tragic history to control its population in the first of a three part series.

Thursday 6 October: Supporting Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce - Turkey's biggest football club and current champions - is in crisis, at the centre of a match-fixing investigation that has seen 31 people from various clubs arrested and sent to jail pending trial. Fenerbahce's fans are angry and sense a conspiracy against the club. But others see this episode as evidence of increasing democratisation in Turkey, where no-one is above the law, and where even people previously considered "untouchable" can now be investigated. Tim Mansel reports for BBC Assignment.