130 : Textbook Diplomacy (1) 
first broadcast:
Wed Jan 27 2010 
10.00 am 
World Service 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
In Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia historians are struggling to produce school textbooks that will help overcome deep-seated misunderstandings and hatreds between neighbouring states. This week - South Africa   
131 : Textbook Diplomacy (2) 
first broadcast:
Wed Feb 3 2010 
10.00 am 
World Service 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
In Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia historians are struggling to produce school textbooks that will help overcome deep-seated misunderstandings and hatreds between neighbouring states. This week -- Europe   
132 : Geo-engineering the Climate 
first broadcast:
Wed Mar 10 2010 
9.00 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mike Hally 
Following December's climate conference in Copenhagen the world is now committed to holding global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees centigrade -- in theory. But without a binding treaty to curb carbon emissions, there's growing interest in "geoengineering" as a kind of insurance policy against the possibility that the worst predictions of some climate scientists come true. Mark Whitaker reports on research in key centres in Britain and the USA into ways of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the earth -- and on the massive technical, financial and political hurdles they face.   
133 : The Death-Ray in Your Pocket - 50 Years of Lasers 
first broadcast:
Wed Jun 2 2010 
9.00 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Hermione Cockburn 
producer:
Mike Hally 
It's often claimed you're never more than 10 feet from a rat, and you could probably say the same about lasers. In the home and at the shops, throughout medicine, the military, and almost everywhere else the laser has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of modern technology. And that's in just 50 years, not bad for a device that, after its first successful test on 16th May 1960 was immediately dubbed “a solution looking for a problem”.   
134 : Britain on the Bottle (1) 
first broadcast:
Mon Jul 19 2010 
3.45 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
King James 1: Drunkenness “is not one sin, but all sins”, said a preacher in 1624. Mark Whitaker begins his history series on the politics of alcohol with King James I’s campaign against it.    
135 : Britain on the Bottle (2) 
first broadcast:
Tue Jul 20 2010 
3.45 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
The Gin Act, 1736 Continuing his narrative history series Mark Whitaker explores the eighteenth century Gin Craze, the response to it of Defoe and Fielding, and what the authorities did.    
136 : Britain on the Bottle (3) 
first broadcast:
Wed Jul 21 2010 
3.45 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
The Beer Act, 1830 Continuing his series on the politics of alcohol, Mark Whitaker explains why in 1830 the British government thought easier access to beer would solve the problem of drunkenness.    
137 : Britain on the Bottle (4) 
first broadcast:
Thu Jul 22 2010 
3.45 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
The 1872 Licensing Act and the Challenge of Temperance At the General Election of 1872 one of the most divisive issues between the parties was drink. Mark Whitaker shows how the temperance movement had got a grip on political life.    
138 : Britain on the Bottle (5) 
first broadcast:
Fri Jul 23 2010 
8.53 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
Political Thinkers and the Drink Question Continuing his history series on the politics of alcohol Mark Whitaker shows how for John Stuart Mill and T.H. Green the ‘Drink Question’ raised the central dilemmas of liberalism.   
139 : Britain on the Bottle (6) 
first broadcast:
Mon Jul 26 2010 
3.45 pm 
Radio 4 
presenter:
Mark Whitaker 
producer:
Mark Whitaker 
‘Habitual Drunkards’ and the Asylum: As part of his history series on the politics of alcohol Mark Whitaker looks at the late C19th panic over ‘habitual drunkards’, when special asylums were built for them.    

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