24 - 27 November 2014
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Monday 24 November 2014: The Life Scientific: Chris Toumazou
European Inventor of the Year, Chris Toumazou, reveals how his personal life and early research lie at the heart of his inventions. As Chief Scientist at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, Chris inspires engineers, doctors and other scientists to create medical devices for the 21st century. His latest creation, coined a 'lab on a chip', analyses a person's DNA within minutes outside the laboratory. The hand-held device can identify genetic differences which dictate a person's susceptibility to hereditary diseases and how they will react to a drug like warfarin, used to treat blood clots.
Tuesday 25 November 2014: The Star-Spangled Banner
Erica Wagner explores America's relationship with its national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, an ode to its flag.
Wednesday 26 November 2014: Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister, Walter Mzembi
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is 90 years old. His grip on power is still tight but it won’t last forever. In recent months the jostling for the succession has turned into a public punch-up – adding to the uncertainty in a country beset with political and economic problems. Hardtalk speaks to Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister, Walter Mzembi. He wants to put an end to his country's international isolation. How can that happen while the old guard remains in place?
Thursday 27 November 2014: Hunting The Taliban
Mobeen Azhar reports from Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, where police are at war with the Taliban. Assassinations linked to political parties have blighted the city for over a decade but today, more than 70 groups representing the militant Taliban are also fighting for control. This guerrilla war, once confined to the tribal belt of Waziristan has moved into Karachi with devastating results.