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Monday 19 November - The Last Long Journey of the Herero
In 1904 the Herero people of South West Africa made their final stand against German Colonial troops in today’s Namibia. The battle marked the beginning of what has been called the first genocide of the 20th Century as tens of thousands were killed, driven into the desert to die and thousands more held in concentration camps. The Nama, another indigenous group suffered the same fate soon after. The remains of some of the victims were sent overseas in a bizarre and gruesome trade in body parts developed, driven by racial anthropologists in Germany intent on proving the superiority of their own race. (BBC)
Tue 20 November - The Genius of Accidents #2 of 3 - The Big Bang and Jet Streams
Evidence for the big bang was initially thought to be a mistake in the recording. Jet streams in the upper atmosphere were revealed by the dust emitted by Krakatoa and a collection of interested citizen scientists. In the second three episodes about the genius of accidents in science, presenter Adam Hart explores two stories of unexpected observations. Sometimes accidental discoveries are bigger than you might expect. (BBC)
Wednesday 21 November - From Truman to Trump
The final interview with the veteran American politician Senator Joe Tydings, with his vivid memories of working with the Kennedy dynasty - and his unhappy relationship with Donald Trump. (BBC)
Thursday 22 November - How free are Hong Kong’s media?
Fake news, new technology, changing ownership – the world’s media seems to be in turmoil. Under attack from politicians, struggling to appeal to new audiences and to maintain trust, newspapers, radio and TV are in a state of flux around the world. Questions are being asked of new online media too. In a four part series, the World Service will be exploring the state of the media today. In the last of the series, Tse Yin Lee travels to Hong Kong, where freedom of speech and publication remains protected by law, under the “one country two systems” policy. But mainland China’s influence is making itself felt more and more, which leads to increasing amounts of self-censorship, for fear of severe economic consequences, or worse. Yet there are those who continue to publish as they wish. The question is, how much longer can they go on for, and how free is the press, if the truly free are the exception rather than the rule? (BBC)