14 September - 17 September 2015
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Monday 14 September: Life Changers #2 of 4
Kevin Fong talks to Venki Ramakrishnan Professor of structural biology in Cambridge and joint-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. Celebrated for his work on the ribosome; the remarkable molecular machine at the heart of all cell biology. Ramakrishnan was knighted for services to Science in 2012 and later this year, will become the first Indian-born president of the Royal Society, the oldest and most prestigious scientific body in the world. And yet, as Kevin discovers, his education and early academic career was anything but predictable or conventional and included being rejected from both Indian and US Universities multiple times.
Tuesday 15 September: Africa Surprising #1 of 2
Hugh Sykes visits four African nations, finding surprising stories of change despite the huge problems they face.
Wednesday 16 September: Women of Terror
Women have proven to be some of the most ruthlessly effective of terrorists. Bridget Kendall investigates their motivation and their impact. From Russia's 19th Century Nihilists to contemporary Sri Lanka and Palestine, women have played central roles in terrorist organizations. Attacks planned or executed by women attract attention and inspire fear in a way that male terrorists can only dream of. Why are we still shocked by female terrorists? Why are they so effective? How can women be dissuaded from joining terrorist organisations? BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall investigates the motives that drive women to kill and considers the response of the media and the public to those who have planted bombs, hijacked planes and killed innocents in their quest for political change.
Thursday 17 September: Paraguay’s Schoolgirl Mothers
In Paraguay, the case of a 10 year old girl who became pregnant after her step-father allegedly raped her became front-page news across Latin America. Abortion is legal in this small South American nation only if the mother's life is deemed to be in danger. In this case, the authorities ruled there was no threat to the girl, and the pregnancy continued. But this isn't a one-off example of children getting pregnant: more than 700 girls aged 14 and under gave birth in 2014. That's more or less two a day. Linda Pressly meets some of the schoolgirl mothers, and explores the reasons why Paraguayan girls are especially vulnerable to abuse.