7-10 March 2016
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Monday 7 March Einstein’s Ice Box
In the late 1920s Einstein was working on a grand unified theory of the universe, having given us E=mc2, space-time and the fourth dimension. He was also working on a fridge. Perhaps motivated by a story in the Berlin newspapers about a family who died when toxic fumes leaked from their state-of the-art refrigerator, Einstein teamed up with another physicist Leo Szilard and designed a new, safer refrigerating technology. And so it was that in 1930, the man who had once famously worked in the patent office in Bern was granted a patent of his own. Number: 1, 781, 541. Title: refrigeration. Phillip Ball explores this little known period of Einstein's life to try and find out why he turned his extraordinary mind to making fridges safer.
Tuesday 8 March The Boda-Boda Boom #2 of 2
Alan Kasujja meets the start-ups in Kampala which are trying to turn the industry around by making it safer and enabling riders to increase their profit margins. He speaks to the Kampala City Authorities and the city's Traffic Police to find out whether it is possible to control this sprawling industry, and whether there are other means of employment for the riders. He also meets Kampala's only female boda-boda rider and explores the political pressures on this hugely lucrative but unregulated industry.
Wednesday 9 March The Gospel Truth #2
Alvin Hall explains how gospel became a global force in popular music. He reveals how Aretha Franklin’s pop success introduced the gospel world to an international audience. He looks at the rise of the gospel choir in the 1970s and 80s and discovers how this religious music increasingly became a money-making industry. And, he meets leading gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin.
Thursday 10 March America’s Angry Cowboys
It's high noon in the American high desert, and the cowboys are gearing up for the fight of their lives. January's armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in the western state of Oregon has highlighted a long-simmering land dispute between America's rural communities and the federal government in Washington DC, which owns vast tracts of isolated and scenic territory. Now, a new front has opened in the dispute, with the proposal that a massive conservation zone be created in Oregon's mountainous east. Ranchers who use the land to graze their cattle say their historic way of life will be doomed by the plan. Neal Razzell travels to Oregon to see how these differences are fuelling a cultural battle over what it means to be American.