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Monday 10 March 2014: Hip Hop: Back to its Roots

To mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Def Jam – the world’s first Hip Hop record label - Ghanaian music journalist Afua Hirsch explores how music created on the streets of New York is making a huge impact in New Africa. She discovers how some of Africa's biggest stars are helping to inspire a new generation to use Hip Hop as a platform to express their life experiences and touch base with their cultural roots by incorporating their musical heritage. The programme traces Hip Hop back to its roots highlighting its potency as an engine for social and political change. (BBCWS)

Tuesday 11 March 2014: Show Me the Way to Go Home

Gardening grandmother Ruth Brooks, also known as 'the snail lady', was chosen as the BBC's Amateur Scientist of the Year in 2010. She noticed that despite repeatedly throwing her snails over the garden fence, her gastropods would return home to decimate her petunias. From her Radio 4 experiments, designed by mentor Dr Dave Hodgson, from the University of Exeter, they showed that snails do have a homing instinct, returning from distances of over 10 metres. In this documentary, Ruth sets out to investigate how different animals navigate, from smell maps for cats to astronomy for dung beetles. She travels to Portsmouth to meet some speedy pigeons and visits an MRI laboratory where neuroscientists are hunting for the source of their mysterious magnetic sense. But do we humans have a homing instinct, and can we improve our sense of direction? (BBCWS)

Wednesday 12 March 2014: Freedom Songs #4: The Human Voice

What is it about singing and using our own voice that makes us feel so good? We take a look at the power of song and music and how it can set us free.

Rebecca Kesby spoke to members of two choirs, one in Bosnia and the other in South Africa, to find out how they feel when they sing and to explore the power of song as a weapon against struggle and towards peacemaking. She went to Croatia and to Canterbury in England to talk to people who see music and singing as a way of healing the human body and the soul. (BBCWS)

Thursday 13 March 2014: Uruguay’s Radical Drugs Policy

Uruguay has legalised marijuana. It is the first nation in the world to break the International Convention on Drug Control, and legislate for the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. One of the arguments the government has employed to justify a change in the law is that it wants to separate the marijuana market from more problematic drug use. In particular, the smoking of ‘pasta base’ – a cheap, highly addictive, cocaine-derivative - which has become endemic in some poor communities of Montevideo. So, will the legalisation of marijuana have an impact on the use, and abuse, of pasta base? Linda Pressly reports from Montevideo (BBCWS)