3 - 6 April 2017
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Monday 3 April - The Potato Part 2
In the second and final episode on the humble spud, we meet the people who see the global economic future as being potato powered. The potato is the world's most produced staple food after rice, wheat and corn - yet historically, it was seen as the root of filth, misery and obesity. In ther previous episode we heard how over time it came to be used as a tool of power by the state, to create a healthy and robust workforce. This week, food historian Rebecca Earle, tells us that history is repeating itself in China, which is now the world's biggest producer of potatoes. (BBC)
Wednesday 5 April - The Web Sheikh and the Muslim Mums
How much do mums know about the messages being preached to their children? BBC World Service journalist Shaimaa Khalil meets a group of Muslim mums in London to talk about the everyday fears of parents who worry that extreme interpretations of Islam, often via online preachers, may be infecting the minds of their sons and daughters. (BBC)
Thursday 6 April - A Failed Revolution
Early in 2011 millions of protesters took to the streets across the Arab world to demand greater freedom and an end to corruption. Long-standing authoritarian leaders in Egypt and Tunisia were swept from power. Syrians hoped their country would be the next to bring in a new government to deliver political reform but there was no simple overthrow and a bloody war ensued. Middle East Correspondent Lina Sinjab – who grew up in Damascus – explores how the initially peaceful protests six years ago have left a country without hope and a society that’s deeply fragmented. Many of the people who ignited the uprising are either dead, in prison or outside of Syria. (BBC)