159 : PISA - Global Education Tables Tested 
first broadcast:
Mon Nov 25 2013 
8.02 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
David Spiegelhalter 
producer:
Mike Hally and Mark Whitaker 
A critical look at the international 'PISA' survey of education systems that consistently ranks British schools well down the 'league table'.  

 
158 : Some Corner of a Foreign Field 
first broadcast:
Sun Nov 10 2013 
11.45 am 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
A global network of cemeteries and memorials now marks every Commonwealth military casualty of the two World War – a commitment that was born amid the mud and slaughter of the Western Front The man responsible for this was Fabian Ware, and in this programme Mark Whitaker tells his extraordinary story.  

 
156 : The Silent Epidemic 
first broadcast:
Tue Feb 12 2013 
8.00 am 
BBC World Service 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
Mark Whitaker reports from Bangladesh and Vietnam on the surprising fact that drowning is a leading cause of child death across SE Asia, and on the efforts being made to prevent it. 

 
155 : The Silent Epidemic (R4) 
first broadcast:
Fri Jan 4 2013 
11.00 am 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
Mark Whitaker reports from Bangladesh and Vietnam on the surprising fact that drowning is a leading cause of child death across SE Asia, and on the efforts being made to prevent it. 

 
153 : The Art of Remembrance 
first broadcast:
Sun Nov 11 2012 
11.45 am 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
Mark Whitaker looks at some of the more unusual ways that artists remembered the Great War, through the works of an painter, an architect, a film-maker, a sculptor and a poet  

 
152 : The Sad Story of Jim Thorpe - the 'Greatest Ever' Athlete 
first broadcast:
Wed Jul 4 2012 
11.00 am 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the Stockholm Olympics, where the greatest star was the 'Indian' American Jim Thorpe. He returned a national hero, but in 1913 he was stripped of his medals by a jealous and racist US athletic elite. In 1953 his widow sold his remains to a Pennsylvania town, and his descendents are now trying to get them back. 

 
151 : John Arlott - Cricket's Radical Voice 
first broadcast:
Sat Jan 7 2012 
8.00 pm 
BBC Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
John Arlott, who died just over twenty years ago, was not just the greatest ever cricket commentator. He was also a brave and radical political voice both inside and outside the game. 

 
150 : Malmesbury - the Philosophy Town 
first broadcast:
Fri Nov 18 2011 
11.00 am 
BBC Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
Malmesbury in Wiltshire is famous as the birthplace of Thomas Hobbes, and now wants to establish itself as the country's special Philosophy Town. Britain's most famous political philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, was born there, and Malmesbury wants to become for philosophy what Hay-on-Wye is for books, St Ives for painting or Aldeburgh for music. 

 
149 : Known Unto God 
first broadcast:
Sun Nov 13 2011 
11.45 am 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
Mark Whitaker recounts the story of the discovery and re-burial of the remains of an unknown soldier from World War 1, one of about two dozen cases a year in France and Belgium. 

 
148 : The Stunning Controversy 
first broadcast:
Wed Jan 5 2011 
9.00 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
Mark Whitaker reports from California and Arizona on why so many Americans die after being shot by allegedly "safe" police stun guns. Is the weapon to blame or do the deaths result from other factors?

Their formal title is "conducted-energy devices" but, to the public, they are stun-guns or Tasers, named after Taser International of Arizona, the largest manufacturer of the weapon.

Some 11,000 law-enforcement agencies in the United States use them and there is evidence that they reduce the need for police officers to use lethal force. But, there is an intensifying debate about whether they are really as safe as claimed.

The programme is written and produced by Mark Whitaker. 

 

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