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Monday 22 August - China Science Rising
BBC World Service Science Correspondent Rebecca Morelle reports from China on the world’s largest radio telescope, transplanting organs from pigs to humans, searching for elusive subatomic particles and exploring the deep oceans. She discusses the future of Chinese science and technology with Charlotte Liu of Nature magazine.
Tuesday 23 August - Cruising (Part1 of 2)
Philip Dodd explores the new world of cruising. Boarding in Shanghai he meets the passengers and crew who will sail the coast of China down to Hong Kong. The Chinese want different things from a cruise – they don’t want to sit in the sun and they do want more of a sense of community on board. Ships are now being fitted especially for the Chinese market with these requirements in mind.
Wednesday 24 August - Colombia’s Forgotten Exodus
In the Colombian capital of Bogota, Lucy Ash meets two people who fear they will never be able to return to their homes. They both come from Choco, which is one of the poorest provinces and most violent parts of the country. Their stories illustrate a nationwide trauma – the government may be on the brink of a historic peace deal with the FARC rebels, but Colombia has even more internally displaced people than Syria. More than 200,000 have been killed and seven million driven off their land during half a century of war. Lucy travels down the River Baudo to meet people uprooted from their jungle villages in violent clashes earlier this year and finds that Latin America’s longest insurgency is far from over.
Thursday 25 August - Life Under Glass
At Coney Island amusement park between 1903 and 1943 there was an extraordinary exhibit: tiny, premature babies. 'Dr Martin Couney's infant incubator’ facility was staffed by nurses in starched white uniforms and if you paid a quarter, you could see the babies in their incubators. Journalist Claire Prentice has been following the story and tracked down some of those babies, now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, who were put in the show. She discovers how Dr Couney brought the incubator to prominence in the USA through World's Fairs and amusement parks, and explores how a man who was shunned by the medical establishment changed attitudes to premature babies and saved countless lives