5 - 8 May 2014
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Monday 5 May 2014: New Manufacturing in the UK
UK Manufacturing has been under heavy pressure for decades but now there are signs of resurgence. Peter Day reports from Britain's former steel capital, Sheffield, on what it takes to survive and prosper in an intensely globalising world.
Tuesday 6 May 2014: Jean Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
Hardtalk speaks to the French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier who was known as the 'enfant terrible' of the fashion world for his witty and daring designs. Now in his 60s, is he still as iconoclastic as ever? And, as an exhibition of his best known works continues at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, how does he answer criticisms that some of his designs, like corset dresses and cone bras, contribute to the sexual objectification of women?
Wednesday 7 May 2014: The Party of No
When the Democrats and Barack Obama won the US Presidency in 2008 – relatively comfortably – many in the Republican Party were genuinely shocked and they retreated to lick their painful wounds. A new political movement emerged – The Tea Party – which reinvigorated the defeated, demoralised Republicans, the Grand Old Party (GOP). In 2013, US federal lawmaking was brought to gridlock, shutdown and impotence. Now, there is a growing sense that the Tea Party is a threat to the GOP's future – that it is weird and backward looking. "Establishment" Republicans are fighting back. As the Republicans set out to regain the White House, BBC North America Editor Mark Mardell asks if the GOP can change sufficiently to regain power or whether it will remain The Party of No?
Thursday 8 May 2014: The Education Revolution #2
Sarah Montague looks at how technology is transforming education, and what the classroom of the future will look like. In the second programme, Sarah turns her attention to universities, and in particular, to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The question is are they the saviour of higher education and take university to people in some of the remotest regions of the world – or, will they destroy centuries of tradition?