29 September - 2 October 2014
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Monday 29 September 2014: Myanmar #1 of 3
Peter Day travels to Myanmar, formally known as Burma, to find out how the country is trying to emerge from its undeveloped past into the modern interconnected world. After the lifting of sanctions a few years ago, foreign businesses flocked to take a look at one of the least developed markets in the world. But is the country really open for business? With poor infrastructure, political uncertainty and out-dated laws, can Myanmar make the leap into the 21st Century?
Tuesday 30 September 2014: Into the Abyss
Rebecca Morelle talks to explorers of deep ocean trenches, from James Cameron, director of the film Titanic, to biologists discovering dark realms of weird pink gelatinous fish and gigantic crustaceans. The deepest regions of the ocean lie between 6,000 and 11,000 metres and oceanographers call this the hadal zone. It exists where the floor of the ocean plunges into long trough-like features, known as ocean trenches. It is the final frontier of exploration and ecological science on the planet.
Wednesday 1 October 2014: Freedom Songs #2 of 3
In the second of three programmes featuring Freedom Songs Natalio Cosoy, of the BBC’s Spanish American service reflects on his generation which grew up in the shadow of the violence of military rule in Argentina in the 1970s and 80s. He talks about survival and the rock and pop music that helped them and the country forge a new Argentine identity.
Thursday 2 October 2014: Susan Greenfield – Neuroscientist
The size and capacity of the human brain distinguishes us from all other forms of life on earth, but how well do we really understand the functioning of our brains? Hardtalk speaks to Susan Greenfield, who carved out a reputation as a leader in the study of degenerative brain diseases. Lately though she has focused her attention on the impact of 21st Century digital technologies on brain development. She believes our screen habits could be doing us damage, but is her warning based on sound science?