11- 14 February 2013
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Monday 11 February: Lord Ouseley - Chairman, Kick It Out
If football is the beautiful game then it risks being disfigured by an ugly scar: racism. Players, fans and administrators have all pledged their determination to kick racism out of the sport, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest the anti-racist rhetoric isn't working. Lord Ouseley, is a veteran equality campaigner who was appointed to a senior advisory role with the English Football Association. But now he's quitting - has football failed to tackle its race problem?
Tuesday 12 February: Phelophepa
The Phelophepa (meaning good, clean health) is a mobile clinic which weaves its way through rural South Africa bringing doctors, nurses and psychologists to a population which has approximately one doctor for every 5000 people. Twenty permanent staff live on the train and up to forty medical students come and go on placements. Several years ago Laverne - who works as a psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic in London - volunteered on the train and found the experience so intense and challenging that she swore she wouldn't go back. But eventually, she did agree to visit once more. For this programme Laverne caught up with the Phelophepa in Alice, a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Wednesday 13 February: Tuning In (Part 1 of 2)
Marconi had invented radio before Queen Victoria had celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, but radio in Britain took another 25 years to begin an official service to listeners. On 14 November, 1922, the British Broadcasting Company's station at Marconi House broadcast for the first time. The opening words "This is 2LO calling" marked the beginning of the most distinguished public-service radio station in the world. As part of the celebrations to mark World Radio Day on 13 February, historian Dominic Sandbrook explores the long and involved pre-BBC history of radio in Britain.
Thursday 14 February: Tuning In (Part 2 of 2)
Continuing the story of early radio in Britain. As part of the celebrations to mark nine decades of the BBC, and World Radio Day (13 February) historian Dominic Sandbrook explores the long and involved pre-BBC history of radio in Britain, how Britain's broadcaster got going and developed into an institution dedicated to entertainment, education and information. He discovers why Australian diva Dame Nellie Melba was involved, and how the improbably-named Captain Plugge made his first commercial broadcast to Britain from the Eiffel Tower. From Marconi to Savoy Hill via an old army hut in Essex, the story of the early radio in Britain.