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Monday 21 December Enceladus: A second genesis of life at Saturn?
Jonathan Amos explores how Enceladus, the tiny moon of Saturn, has become the most intriguing planetary body in our solar system. Astronomers speculate that the strange and distant icy world of Enceladus may be the most hospitable place for life after planet Earth. If life has originated anywhere else in the solar system, Enceladus is arguably the most likely location. Jonathan Amos talks to the scientists who have made the discoveries about Enceladus and who want to answer the great question it poses - are we alone?
Tuesday 22 December Young, Geeky and Black #3 of 3: Kampala
Akwasi Sarpong visits Uganda’s thriving coding scene. Africa faces some big development challenges, and aid has traditionally been seen as a solution. But a new generation of African coders have other ideas – they’re turning to programming and technology to develop home-grown solutions. In Uganda they’re coming up with innovative ways to address development issues in areas like health, agriculture, and transparency and accountability – with women coders again at the forefront.
Wednesday 23 December A Cold War Dance
In 1974 the Martha Graham Dance Company toured Southeast Asia, to refute the image of Americans as military and materialistic.They danced with Imelda Marcos in Manila and curtseyed to the King of Thailand in Bangkok, saw off the Bolshoi ballet in Jakarta and bats and salamanders in Rangoon. They tell of how they were transformed by their experience, but were their audiences? Saigon was the dancers’ last stop – just six months before the US evacuation. Could Modern Dance really compensate for the USA’s military presence in South Vietnam?
Thursday 24 December Cambodia: Trust Me I’m Not a Doctor
The Cambodian government has recently announced a clampdown on unlicensed doctors. This comes after a mass infection of HIV in a rural village, blamed on an unlicensed doctor reusing syringes. The 'doctor', recently convicted of homicide and the deliberate spread of HIV/Aids, has just begun a 25 year prison sentence. For millions of people, self-taught, unlicensed doctors are often their cheapest - and only option if they fall ill. John Murphy travels outside the capital Phnom Penh to see whether the government clampdown is having an effect. He finds evidence that self-taught doctors are still operating in villages, without hindrance and with plenty of local support.