30 September - 3 October 2013
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Monday 30 September: Internet of Things
Six billion people worldwide already have mobile phones. Now the experts are talking about the coming 'Internet of Things' - 50 billion interconnected objects, from cows to coffee machines. Peter Day asks what it means and how it may happen.
Tuesday 1 October: The Red Cross Crisis
War is taking on new dimensions – conflict is emerging in new quarters and technology is transforming the nature of the battlefield. Can the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) keep up with the extraordinary speed of change? Can it continue to be of help to victims? And can it hope to persuade combatants to obey the traditional laws of war? Harvard professor Michael Ignatieff has kept a watching brief on the work of the ICRC since 1997 when he visited its delegation in Afghanistan. Now he returns, this time to the headquarters in Geneva, to explore the challenges the organisation faces.
Wednesday 2 October: Clarke Carlisle: Footballer
It is many a young boy’s dream to become a professional footballer. Understandable given the riches and the adulation on offer to the biggest stars in the world’s most popular sport. But behind football's flashy facade there are real problems – racism, corruption, and amongst some players, dangerous levels of depression. Hardtalk speaks to Clarke Carlisle, newly retired professional footballer and chairman of England’s Professional Footballers’ Association. Is there a cure for the sickness in football?
Thursday 3 October: Venezuela - Out of Stock
Venezuela appears to be on the edge of an economic crisis, with inflation doubling and the country sliding into recession. At the heart of the crisis is a simple human predicament – the challenge of finding basic imported goods – like milk and toilet rolls. Now gossip and the black market may be the householders' best bet as supermarket shelves are laid bare. Ed Butler follows the consumers' quest for basic goods, examines the rumours of smuggling and massive corruption and asks where it all went wrong.