21 - 24 October
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Monday 21 October: The World Turned Upside Down
After 25 years of business reporting, Peter Day argues that during that time, the world of manufacture and trade has been turned upside down. We've gone from mass production for mass markets, as started by the Ford assembly line 100 years ago, to a world of customised trading for individuals. This has largely been caused by the internet, which is revolutionising the world of manufacture and commerce in a way that is as profound as that caused by the advent of printing 500 years ago.
Tuesday 22 October: Egyptian Author and Activist - Ahdaf Soueif
Is it time to mourn the death of Egypt’s revolutionary dream? Civilians lead the government but real power lies with the armed forces. Emergency law, military courts, the outlawing of the Muslim Brotherhood – the list of repressive measures invites comparison with the darkest days of the Mubarak era. Hardtalk speaks to Egyptian writer and political activist Ahdaf Soueif. She is part of a movement trying to re-open the road to revolution.
Wednesday 23 October: Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase
Betty Thesky (not her real name) has worked as a flight attendant for the past 25 years. It was always her dream job, as the ‘golden ticket’ of free flight allowed her to escape her humble beginnings in Pennsylvania and see the world in style. She’s lost count of the number of countries she’s visited, but she’s lost none of the wide-eyed wonder that originally fuelled her desire to travel. Despite the often mundane routine, and in spite of everything the passengers throw at her, Betty insists that she never entirely feels at home unless she’s 35,000 feet in the air. In 'Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase', we join Betty as she travels to London, Brussels and Barcelona.
Thursday 24 October: Battling Booze in Alice Springs
James Fletcher travels to Alice Springs in Australia to hear first-hand how alcohol is affecting the Aboriginal community there. The Northern Territory is pursuing a controversial approach to tackling the problem – forcing problem drinkers into rehabilitation. But will it work?