Society

Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom

More than a year has past since Colorado became the first state in the United States to legalise the sale of recreational Marijuana, but sometimes the line between whats legal and what isn't is still a little hazy. In this documentary, reporter Harry Smith examines the issue of cannabis in the workplace, as Colorado employers try to reconcile with a more-open cannabis culture with the workplace en

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India’s Daughter

India’s Daughter

On the 16th of December 2012, at around 8:30pm a 23 year old medical student was on her way home from a movie with a male friend. The couple boarded a private bus which was going their direction, her friend was badly beaten and she was dragged to the back of the bus, where she was gang raped by six men as the bus drove round and round the highways. According to the latest government figures a w

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Strangeways: Britain’s Toughest Prison Riot

Twenty-five years ago nearly 2,000 inmates broke out of their cells and took over strangeways prison in Manchester, the worlds media caught every moment of the rooftop siege, but what made strangeways remarkable was that cameras has already captured the brutal conditions that existed inside the prison, a stark warning of what was to come. When this hidden world finally erupted men died and hundred

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Millionaire Basement Wars

The super-rich are beginning to take full advantage of their properties located within the hearth of London, maximising their value by building downwards, tearing up the ground and creating mega basements or 'iceberg homes' as they are called. Over the last ten years central London has seen an estimated 2000 new basements being dug, much of which are being built to house private cinemas, swimming

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Laos: Saviours of the Street

Across Asia car ownership is soaring, but so to is the number of people dying on the roads. In this 101 East episode we see Al Jazeera correspondent Drew Ambrose travel to Laos, a poor mountainous nation that has one of the regions worst road fatalities per capita. In the capital, Vientiane, an ambulance service run by a French paramedic and his band of volunteers is the only hope for crash surviv

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Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Now days we think of the Tudor home as an icon of Britishness, timber framed, possibly thatched, a cottage, but these quaint relics of the past, belie the revolution in technology that changed them and us. It was an age of great change and discovery, one place this change was most evident was in the home, domestic life became transformed and with this transformation came risk, from the new techniq

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How Safe Are Our Planes?

150 people lost their lives recently, in one of the worst airline disasters of recent years. Andreas Lubitz is the Co-Piolit being held responsible for deliberately crashing the Germanwings Airbus 320 plane into the Alps, killing everyone on board. This Channel 4 documentary examines the crash and tries to find out more in regards to Lubitz and his reasoning for committing such a heinous act. It a

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The Poisoner’s Handbook

In 1922, 101 New Yorkers hanged themselves, 444 died in car accidents, 20 were crushed in elevators, there were 237 fatal shootings and 34 stabbings and that year 997 New Yorkers died of poisoning. In this film PBS takes us back through these grim statistics, explaining how in the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet would have been filled with poison, all easily purchased ove

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A Nation Divided? The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath

It was the attack that shocked the world, leaving 12 shot dead at a newspaper in Paris. After this attack on Charlie Hebdo, France now feels under assault from violent Jihadists. To investigate, British journalist and comedian Shaista Aziz travels to France in an attempt to understand where this sense of division is coming from, she meets up with some young Muslims who feel rejected by their count

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