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26/03/2011

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55 minutes
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Saturday 26 March 2011

If you were an alien from outer space spying on our world, what would you see? Squabbling at the United Nations; arguing in Nato over what to do about Libya; and fears about the risks of nuclear breakdown in Japan.

But world famous Australian conservationist Tim Flannery says do not despair. Maybe our human fate is not self-destruction after all.

A good news story, too, from Zimbabwean epidemiologist Precious Lunga who’s part of a team doing ground breaking research to combat that biggest killer of young women in Africa: HIV.

And therapy of a different sort from the Pakistan born poet, artist and filmmaker, Imtiaz Dharker who views poetry as a way to calm the chaos of the world.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel: The earth as a superorganisim,with strong empowered African women, speaking poetry to heal the chaos of tectonic and nuclear devastation.

Chapters

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  • Tim Flannery

    Tim Flannery

    Australian explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery, has spent a lifetime examining ways that the world around us, on land and sea, is being destroyed; and warning of future damage and extinctions, if climate change isn’t slowed down.

  • Precious Lunga

    Precious Lunga

    Epidemiologist Precious Lunga has been working throughout her career to create microbicides or HIV Prevention Gels which women can apply to help protect them against HIV. She says that these gels could start to make a dent in the HIV epidemic that is hitting large parts of the world.

  • Imtiaz Dharker

    Imtiaz Dharker

    Pakistan born poet, artist and filmmaker, Imtiaz Dharker, believes that
    poetry can both liberate us from and sooth us against the chaos of our lives.

  • SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    Pakistan born poet, artist and filmmaker, Imtiaz Dharker would give the organisation of all the world’s transport systems, communications and delivery services to the dabbawallas, the tiffin-box carriers, of Mumbai.

  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    As we’re all wondering what will happen next in the Middle East, a chance to think more broadly about revolutions, with Turkish sociologist, Professor Deniz Kandiyoti, Egyptian politologist, Tarek Osman, Director of the Oxford Oriental Institute, Eugene Rogan and artist, Shirin Neshat.

  • Imtiaz Dharker, Precious Lunga and Bridget Kendall in the studio

    Imtiaz Dharker, Precious Lunga and Bridget Kendall in the studio

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