15 - 18 February
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Monday 15 February El Nino
Floods in South America, fires in Indonesia, famine threatened in Ethiopia, yet more drought in Southern Africa and central America. And a stunning peak in global temperatures for 2015. The current El Nino, just past its peak, has a lot to answer for. In this edition of Discovery, Roland Pease talks to the experts who forecast, track and analyse the events in the Pacific Ocean associated with this powerful climate phenomenon. And seeks answers to some burning questions.
Tuesday 16 February Cassandro - Queen of Lucha Libre
Cassandro is no ordinary Mexican wrestler. He is an exotico - or drag queen - who wears long Liberace gowns, sequins and flamboyant make-up. Over an extraordinary 27-year-career, Cassandro has won two championship belts and pioneered the idea that a Mexican wrestler can be openly gay.
Wednesday 17 February Tropicalia - Revolution in Sound
Tropicalia was a musical revolution in Brazil. Singer and journalist Monica Vasconcelos meets the key artists and contemporary champions of Tropicalia - from Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to Marcos Valle and Talking Heads' David Byrne - and explores its enduring musical and political force. Harvesting influences from inside and outside Brazil, drawing especially on Western rock, classical orchestration and electronic effects, Tropicalia parodied, mixed and sampled global styles.
Thursday 18 February Trump v the Republicans: PJ O'Rourke's view
There’s an American saying - “Anyone can become president” - and in the 2016 election they have been trying to prove it. The New Hampshire primary was the first proper vote of the American presidential election. Conservative satirical journalist, PJ O’Rourke is a long time watcher of the Republican Party and a veteran of covering elections. He is also a long term resident of New Hampshire, a state so small that you do not have to go looking for the candidates - they’ll find you. So in the last week of the New Hampshire primary PJ goes on the campaign trail to discover whether Donald Trump really has a chance of becoming the next President of the United States.