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Wednesday 07 December 2011

This week Libby Purves is joined by Runa Khan Marre, Charles Hazlewood, Matthew Bourne and Gebisa Ejeta.

Runa Khan Marre is preserving the unique cultural heritage of Bangladeshi boat-building through her living museum on the riverbank near Dhaka. She is one of six global innovators who is in London to receive a Rolex Award for Enterprise. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise will take place at the Royal Geographical Society.

Charles Hazlewood is an award-winning conductor who works regularly with great orchestras around the globe including the BBC Concert Orchestra. In a documentary for BBC Four, 'Scrapheap Orchestra', he sets about trying to create an entire orchestra of 44 instruments made entirely from scrap, culminating in performances at the 2011 BBC Proms. 'Scrapheap Orchestra' is on BBC Four.

Matthew Bourne is the renowned choreographer. He and his ballet company New Adventures' returns to Sadler's Wells this Christmas with their much loved production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker! Originally created in 1992 for the ballet's centenary, this year it celebrates its own 20th birthday.

Gebisa Ejeta is one of the world's leading, and award-winning plant scientists who has been developing drought-resistant crops for Africa. He is now an adviser to President Barack Obama as well as being a World Food Prize Laureate and Distinguished Professor at Purdue University, USA. He will be taking part in a BBC World Service event, 'Exchanges at the Frontier, at the Wellcome Collection.

Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.


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