17 - 20 March 2014
Copyright restrictions prevent us from making these programmes available as audio on demand or podcasts.
Monday 17 March 2014: Korea Change
South Korea is at a turning point. The country is one of the economic miracles of the twentieth century, transforming itself from extreme poverty at the end of the Korean War to one of the richest nations in the world. The government supported families to establish huge ‘chaebol’ companies which are now world renowned names such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG. However South Korea is now the country with the highest suicide rate in the world and these chaebol companies are no longer creating enough jobs. Are these signs of a society in stress?
Tuesday 18 March 2014: Hack my Hearing
Audiologists are concerned there may be a rising tide of 'hidden hearing loss' among young people. As electronic prices have fallen, sound systems have become cheaper and more powerful. At the same time, live music events and personal music players are more popular than ever, resulting in an increase in noise-related hearing damage. Aged 32, science writer Frank Swain is losing his hearing. In this programme, he asks what the future holds for people like him, part of a tech-savvy generation who want to hack their hearing aids to tune in to invisible data in the world around them.
Wednesday 19 March 2014: China in Vogue
China’s Vogue, along with Cosmopolitan, Elle and other high-end fashion magazines, have a large and growing readership in China. When magazines like Vogue start up in a country, it means that there’s an emerging market ready for a new level of lifestyle – as was the case in China in 2005. Journalist Jessie Levene who lived in China for three years, returns to tell the story of the rise of China's magazine culture, its link to consumerism, and the changing face of Chinese fashion.
Thursday 20 March 2014: Cody Wilson, Founder of Defense Distributed
We live in the internet age but perhaps most of us haven’t realised just how radically it will change our lives. As part of the BBC’s Freedom Season, Hardtalk speaks to Cody Wilson who is at the leading edge of an anarchist movement which wants to use the so called ‘dark web’- anonymous, borderless, and lawless - to empower individuals and undermine big government. His symbolic first move was to make a gun using open source software and a 3D printer. Is this really where we want the internet to take us?