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Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald: 8 May

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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 09:00 UK time, Saturday, 7 May 2011

I suppose like many other people, when I look back on my schooldays it's with more than a hint of regret - not so much that I didn't work harder - but rather that I didn't fully appreciate the opportunities that were there for me. That message was further hammered home to me on this week's programme during my discussion with Magnus McFarlane -Barrow, founder of Mary's Meals - a charitable organisation that feeds half a million children every day around the world. And it all came about after a young boy in Malawi when asked by Magnus, what he would like most in the world, replied, one good meal a day and the chance to go to school.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow with Cathy Macdonald

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow with Cathy Macdonald

The challenge of living well below the poverty line, is one which Christian Aid is also addressing this month, through their "Live Below the Line" campaign, and trustee Morag Mylne was tasked with surviving on £5 a week - that's £1 per day - in line with what is the reality for some 1.4 billion people worldwide. She tells us how she coped.

Death and dealing with death is a subject many of us struggle to even contemplate - and it's something that's tackled in the next series of BBC's "Inside the Human Body" - it also forms the basis for my discussion with Hospital Chaplain Blair Robertson and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, Professor Hugh McLachlan.

Brian Hawkins talks about his role as Celebrant Training Officer for the Humanist Society of Scotland, and we'll be hearing about a rather unusual star attraction, to be unveiled later this month at The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

As a new film "The Way" brings together the combined talents of father and son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, writer Chris Dolan talks about his own experience of making that extraordinary pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

And as always we feature a good selection of music to ease you into Sunday morning>. Don't forget to get in touch with your own favourites too, as well as any stories that are connected to them, and we'll feature them over the next few weeks.

Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald - Sunday 8 May, 0705-0900.



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