Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.
This week: Transformations
The incredible life story of the philosopher who used to be a bank robber. An India Dalit, or untouchable, talks about how she went from abused, low caste child bride to head of a multi-million dollar corporation. Two women, each from warring tribes in Kenya, tell tales of the great risks they took to help those in need, even those from the other side. A transsexual Australian soccer star switches to the women’s league and causes a massive controversy, but scores a huge political victory. First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.
This week: Wireless electricity
A waterless washing machine. Growing a material made from bacteria. We look at great ideas that are just waiting in the wings.
First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC
Stories from South Asia.
In the 1920s, the small, sleepy village of Ommen in the east of the Netherlands suddenly became the centre of a worldwide theosophical movement called The Order of the Star. While tens of thousands of its followers travelled to Ommen to attend mass rallies, a young Indian man, Jiddu Krishnamurti, very reluctantly took up the role as spiritual leader.
On this week’s South Asia Wired, we travel to Ommen where nothing reminds the visitor of its place in the history of the international theosophical movement.
(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 11 August)
First airing: Thursday 14:00 UTC
Bridges With Africa
We're giving the microphone to Diaspora groups in Europe and are linking up with stations in Africa.
Riots in Malawi – we speak with the activists.
Making peace last in Ivory Coast – a tough job for a former Dutch minister.
Famine in the Horn of Africa – looking beyond food aid.
Our season of Summer Music Specials kicks off with Ivorian multitalent Dobet Gnahoré.
First airing: Friday 00:00 UTC
Africa in Progress
Inspiring round-table discussions with guest speakers and in-depth interviews give listeners food for thought.
This week: Yesterday's slaves
Much has been said about the Atlantic slave trade, but little is known about the black slaves, owned by black masters, in Africa itself.
After years of campaigning for their freedom and the right to be heard, the Gando of northern Benin managed to shed their shackles to become pillars of their communities. They're now recognised by Benin as a distinct ethnic group. Many now hold important positions in business and politics.
We speak to sociologist and documentary maker Eric Hahonou about his new film Yesterday's Slaves.
First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC
A selection of winning stories chosen from the large number of entries for the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
The Nearly Departed Soul - by Rosemarie Johnson Clarke (Bahamas). An irrepressible great grandmother.
First airing: Tuesday 00:55 UTC
Who says I can’t… is the motto of this year’s collaboration of international broadcasters, offering stories of defiance and perseverance.
This week: Who says I can’t serve?
Armed forces in many countries have 'don't ask, don't tell' policies when it comes to sexual orientation, but not New Zealand. Radio New Zealand’s Mike Gourley introduces us to Lieutenant-Commander Kevin Sanderson - a gay naval officer in the New Zealand Navy - who tells his story.
First airing: Monday 17:30 UTC
Hear the World
Listen to the world’s musical heartbeat on RNW. A brand new world music series hosted by Dheera Sujan.
Three Palestinian brothers, together forming the Trio Joubran, play the oud, the classical string instrument of the Middle East and North Africa. New York-based Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista formed his own ensemble taking in influences from all over the world. The sound of the oud returns with the Christos Tsiamoulis Ensemble from Greece. Finally, in Africa Unsigned the spotlight is on rapper Firearms.
First airing: Monday 00:00 UTC
Classical concerts from the Royal Concertgebouw as well as studio recordings of Dutch performers, presented by Hans Haffmans.
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