2 - 5 September 2013
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Monday 2 September: Regenerating Margate
Towns and cities all over the world are looking to culture to help them rejuvenate themselves. Two years ago Margate in Kent in the UK joined the trend when it opened the £17million Turner Contemporary gallery. Can art (plus shopping) change the fortunes of a struggling community? Peter Day finds out.
Tuesday 3 September: The Talmud (Part 1 of 2)
In the second of two programmes, Rabbi Naftali Brawer delves into one of the greatest books ever written, which holds the key to unlocking Jewish thinking and history. Far from being an ancient text written in Hebrew and Aramaic, Naftali discovers that today, in orthodox circles, the Talmud is causing a Jewish revolution.
Wednesday 4 September: Richard Holloway, Former Bishop of Edinburgh
Hardtalk speaks to the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway. He entered a seminary at the age of 14, intent on becoming a monk and rose to be the leader of the Anglican Church in Scotland. But he gradually lost faith in many of the certainties of Christianity, including the existence of God. He finally resigned from the church, accusing it of cruelly persecuting gay people. So did his own loss of faith betray those he once preached to?
Thursday 5 September: The New Ottomans (Part 2 of 3)
In the second part of Turkey: The New Ottomans Alan Little delves further into the emerging international influence of Turkey, looking across North Africa and the Middle East. The AKP promoted itself as a model of how an Islamically-inspired party could govern a democracy. The turmoils of the Arab Spring and Taksim Square have now challenged that optimistic vision. In recent years Turkey had turned away from a close alliance with Israel towards greater involvement with its Arab neighbours – but that involvement is creating as much suspicion as gratitude.