21 July - 24 July 2014
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Monday 21 July 2014: Mohamoud Nur - Mayor of Mogadishu, 2010 - 2014
Most of us probably don't associate local government with racing pulses and grave danger. But few local government jobs are like the Mayor of Mogadishu's. Hardtalk speaks to Mohamoud Nur who had that post for more than three years, trying to improve life in one of the most violent, most corrupt, most rundown capital cities in the world. So what persuaded him to leave home life in London to take up the post? And, with the benefit of distance now, what hope does he hold out for Somalia?
Tuesday 22 July 2014: Back to Charm School
In the run up to the Commonwealth Games more than 10,000 Glaswegians - from waitresses to taxi drivers - were sent to charm school where they were taught how to speak 'properly', project positive body language and maintain eye contact whilst talking to visitors as part of the preparations for the Games opening in the city tomorrow (July 23) Aasmah Mir goes back to charm school and joins fellow Glaswegians on the course, entitled Glasgow Welcomes, which is based on principles created by the Walt Disney Company.
Wednesday 23 July 2014: The Enigma of Sara-la-Kali
Every year in May, thousands of Gypsies and travelling people from across Europe converge on the small French town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to venerate their enigmatic patron saint, Sara-la-Kali, or Black Sara. Sara-la-Kali is not an official saint of the Catholic Church, but her name has become linked to the two Mary's after whom this town is named. Tessa Dunlop joins the pilgrims to find out more about Sara-la-Kali’s origins and how she came to be linked with the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer story.
Thursday 24 July 2014: Kentucky learns to love Obamacare
Claire Bolderson reports from Kentucky on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is known, is changing lives. Tens of thousands of Americans who previously had no health insurance now have access to free or subsidised care. But there are still strong objections to the law. Many Americans don’t like the government telling them they must get insurance and what that insurance should cover.