27 30 March
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Monday 27 March – The Potato (Part 1 of 2)
The first of two features exploring the importance and ubiquity of the humblest of staple crops - the potato. In this programme Emily Thomas explores the history, the misinformation, and the intrigue behind the vegetable that conquered the world and asks why this vegetable - credited by some historians with founding empires and great civilisations - still gets associated with poverty and a low-standard of life. Is the potato the food of the poor?(BBC)
Thursday 30 March – Freedom and Fear in Myanmar
Only a year ago, decades of military rule in Myanmar came to an end, as the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won elections there. Yet today the security forces stand accused of subjecting the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority to abduction, rape and murder, while Aung San Suu Kyi’s critics say she has remained silent. More than 70,000 Rohingya have now fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, and the United Nations has described their plight as a crime against humanity. For Assignment, Jonah Fisher travels across Myanmar and Bangladesh to investigate the reported abuses, and ask why Aung San Suu Kyi has so far failed to speak out. Has the Burmese national heroine sacrificed her high ideals in pursuit of power? (BBC)