Sunday, August 15, 2010

Green In The Media 16th - 22nd August

Monday 16th August

Afternoon Play
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 14:15 to 15:00
The Patience of Mr Job.
Satire about globalisation and climate change by Justin Butcher. Mr Job is an African farmer with an unshakeable faith in the benevolence of the West. When Mr Kismet from the World Development Agency offers rich rewards if the region sells its timber and moves to cut-flower production, Mr Job obeys the WDA scrupulously. But as the village waits for Mr Kismet's arrival, a series of disasters strike. With Jude Akuwudike, Adjoa Andoh, Danny Sapani, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

The Material World
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 21:00 to 21:30
Quentin Cooper dissects the latest science. Includes features on the Perseid meteor shower, a new carbon capturing project in California, and efforts to make cheaper solar cells.

Tuesday 17th August

Home Planet
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 15:00 to 15:30
Richard Daniel and the team discuss listeners' questions about the natural world and our impact on it.

Big River Man
On: more4
Time: 22:00 to 00:10 (Also 0110)
The True Stories strand, which showcases the best international feature documentaries, presents John Maringouin and Molly Lynch's affectionately humorous portrait of Slovenia's Martin Strel, swimmer extraordinaire. At first glance, Strel, 55, looks the opposite of the Olympic ideal, with his portly belly and distinctly unhealthy lifestyle but as a long distance swimmer, he has conquered the lengths of the Danube, Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. This film follows his attempt to swim the length of the Amazon, the world's longest river, to raise awareness of the depletion of the rain forests. But, rather like Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the complexities of the adventure begin to spiral into chaos, with Strel's son and publicist Borut and navigator Matthew Mohlke caught up in Strel's grandiose plans.

Wednesday 18th August

Electric Ride
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 20:00 to 20:45 (Also Sat 2215)
The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe, investigating the current state of electric car manufacturing and policy. He visits cities which are wiring up charging stations and probing politicians about what they're doing to promote the electric cause. Peter discovers that it's not always that easy to find a place to plug in the car, and there's a nail-biting episode in the Alps when he reaches the one hotel en route to the top - which has closed. From Norway to the coastal plains of Andalusia, it's a journey of highs, lows and tense moments amidst the roaring traffic on the German autobahns - which were not made for small electric cars with a top speed of around 50 mph.

Thursday 19th August

One Planet
On: BBC World Service Radio
Time: 10:32 to 11:00 (Also 1530, 2030, 0130, Sun 0630)
One Planet looks at how we use our planet.

Saturday 21st August

Our World
On: BBC News
Time: 05:30 to 06:00 (Also 1430, 2130, Sun 1030, 1430, 2230)
Alaska - After the Spill.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reawakened painful memories for people who lived through what was America's worst spill - until now - in the once-bountiful waters of southern Alaska. Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

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