19 - 22 August 2013
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Monday 19 August: North Sea Oil #2
Peter Day is back in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, the centre of an off-shore oil boom in the North Sea which has been going on for almost 40 years.He talks to Sir Ian Wood, a local businessman who transformed his father's fishing boat company into what became a huge global supplier to the oil industry worldwide. Sir Ian was there when the oil first started to flow and he tells his story -and Aberdeen's - charting the development of the North Sea energy industry.
Tuesday 20 August: Feeding the World
David Loyn looks at America's "Food for Peace" programme, its effects in Afghanistan, and a new way of delivering aid in Kenya.
Wednesday 21 August: Sir John Tavener, Composer
Sarah Montague speaks to Sir John Tavener, one of Britain's most celebrated composers. He says his music is for God - even referring to it as a form of divine dictation. Forty years ago, his work was sometimes dismissed as bland, populist and new age. But over time he has defied the critics - the Protecting Veil was one of the biggest selling classical albums ever, and his Song for Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. Having been ill for much of his life, he says that everything changed after he nearly died from a heart attack six years ago. How did this experience affect his view of life, his music, and his faith?
Thursday 22 August: Kazakhstan's Living Gulags
Kazakhstan was once home to the infamous Soviet forced labour camps which formed part of the Gulag. Today's prison regime seems to be stuck in the country's Soviet past, as inmates and human rights groups say there is widespread practise of daily torture and humiliation. Despite its poor human rights record, many developed nations, including Britain, are rapidly strengthening relations with oil rich Kazakhstan. Rayhan Demytrie investigates echoes of the Gulag system in prisons today and finds out why punishments from a bygone era still persist.