Saturday 22 March 2014

'Newsnight': 17-21 March

Here's this week's overview of the stories covered by Newsnight. Just what did all you newsnightophobes miss out on (besides Noel Edmonds)?

Monday 17/3
1. Gravity Waves confirmed. Interview with Clement Pryke, co-leader of the BICEP 2 project & astronomer Hiranya Peiris, & Maggie Aderin-Pocock of The Sky at Night.
2. Missing Malaysian plane.
3. Budget: Hints as to what might be announced.
4. Crimea. 
5. Police complaints: The IPCC "finds itself wanting". Interview with Dame Anne Owers, chair, IPCC.
6. Noel Edmonds's plans for the privatisation of the BBC. Interview with Noel Edmonds.
 [closing credits: images of Clarissa Dixon Wright providing food - a swan - for Jeremy Paxman]

Tuesday 18/3
1. Crimea. 
2. NHS openness: Are online review websites being written by hospital staff rather than by real patients? Interview with Neil Churchill, Director of Patient Experience, NHS England.
3. Missing Malaysian plane.
4. The Budget: Does the Chancellor have any room to swing a cat? Interview with Gillian Tett of the FT.
5. Central African Republic: The persecution of Muslims there.
6. Saudi Arabia's human rights laws. Interview with Dr Ahmad Al-Fahaid, Deputy Minister of Labor [sic] for International Affairs 
7. 'Thinking Fast and Slow'. Interview with Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize for Economics winner 2002.
 [closing credits: the Newsnight theme played on the newly-restored Royal Festival Hall organ] 

Wednesday 19/3
1. The Budget. "Let's be frank: It wasn't the most dramatic Budget of modern times. How could it be when one of the biggest deals was the news of a new shape for the pound coin in three years time!" Interviews with Danny Alexander MP (Lib Dem) and Chris Leslie MP (Labour). Then, on pensions, interview with Mark Wood, CEO of JLT Employee Benefits. 
2. Crimea.
3. Missing Malaysian plane. 
4. The Budget. Interview with Danny Finkelstein (Conservative), Olly Grender (Lib Dem) & John McTernan (Labour).

Thursday 20/3
1. Missing Malaysian plane. Are the Malaysian authorities holding back? Interview with Chris McLaughlin of Inmarsat & David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries. 
2. Should the government concentrate more on well-being than money? Interview with Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary 2005-11. 
3. Pension reform. "Would you like to cash in your pension to buy a Lamborghini?" Interviews with Steve Webb, Pensions Minister (Lib Dem), & John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, and Nicola Horlick of Money&Co.
4. A literary sensation: "What happens when you write about your every emotion? Answer: You might get a best-seller but half your family stops talking to you". Interview with author Karl Ove Knausgaard.
5. Female genital mutilation: A report from Burkina Faso.
  [closing credits: images of how flights over Europe are monitored] 

Friday 21/3
1. Missing Malaysian plane. Interview with Fabien Cousteau, oceanographic explorer.
2. Gene-mapping: "Mapping our genes might lead to medical miracles but could the power of this new science also provide dangerous temptations?" Interview with Rohan Silva, government technology adviser, 2010-13 & Prof. Jonathan Montgomery, Nuffield Council of Bioethics.
3. Social media & censorship: "Why does the Turkish PM think he can ban Twitter?" Interview with Zeynep Tufekci, Professor of Social Media at the University of North Carolina & author Elif Shafak.
 [closing credits: Kate Bush singing 'Wuthering Heights']

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