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WHY LIVE 8? Hear debate from BBC Radio

Radio 4 and Five Live

Listen to the issues as heard on BBC Radio

The organisers of Live 8 are raising awareness of world poverty and debt. While they may have the best intentions, not everyone agrees with them.


Can Live 8 make a difference?

Julian is joined by singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and journalist Miranda Sawyer for a look at all the issues surrounding Live 8 the morning after the day before.

The writer and environmental campaigner George Monbiot says he broadly supports the Live 8 concerts. But he criticises Bob Geldof and Bono - for, in his view, being in positions of power to influence world leaders without sufficiently criticising their actions.

Are you right behind Bob Geldof and his friends? Do you believe this is an historic moment where we can change the world? The campaigners say they can force the hand of the world's political leaders to reduce debt, increase aid and - most difficult of all - make trade fairer. But do you believe them?

Billions of pounds of debt owing by African countries has been cancelled. Does that mean much less poverty on the streets and in the villages? Phillip Legraine and Noreena Hertz have both written books on the subject of third world poverty and have come to different conclusions.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu looks at what kind of a G8 summit agreement might make a difference to Africa's poverty?

Will Bob Geldof's Live 8 concerts actually make a difference to Africa? Writer, Bonnie Greer, and Andrew Pendleton of Christian Aid, discuss their impact.

The involvement of African Musicians

Peter Gabriel, one of the organisers behind the Africa Calling concert at the Eden Project, speaks to Five Live's Phil Williams about how Africa's musicians have become involved in the worldwide event, and whether or not their involvement is seen as a token gesture.

Simon talks to Baaba Maal, from Senegal and one of Africa's top musicians, about the lack of African musicians in the initial line-up for Live 8.

After criticism over the lack of African artists involved in Live 8, another concert, Africa Calling, has been arranged at the Eden Project in Cornwall, specifically for African acts. But author and broadcaster Andy Kershaw heavily criticised the Live 8 event and its creator, Bob Geldof.

Damon Albarn on Live 8

The musician Damon Albarn talks about why he will not be playing Live 8.

Writer and broadcaster, and Blur biographer, Stuart Maconie, and broadcaster Henry Bonsu discuss Damon Albarn's comments about Live 8.

Africa's need

Five million children a year could die in Africa if current trends continue, according to the United Nations.

How the UK Government want the G8 to help

Chancellor Gordon Brown interviewed ahead of his meeting the G8 finance ministers where he put forward his proposals to help poor nations.

eBay and ticket touting

After internet auction site eBay attempted to remove sales of Live 8 tickets, Victoria Derbyshire asks: "Are we a nation of touts?"



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