Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19940728]

Whereverthere is a hydroelectric project, there is an extraordinary reflection of the political and social issues of the area. This series visits dams from different countries to explore these issues. 1: The Maiden River. This week producer Noah Richler goes to the Narmada dam in India where the monsoon threatens to bring inundation and death to three villages. But protestation is intense, and typically Gandhian in the state where the Mahatma was born.

With readings byVikram Seth.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940728]

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940804]

Seven programmes showing how dams reflect the political and social concerns of the societies which surround them.

2: Nasser's Pyramid. At Aswan, the High Dam stands as a testament to the achievements of an independent Egypt, but is it a relic of a bygone age? Noah Richler explores the dam's role as a monument. With Naguib Mahfouz , Kanan Makiya , Mohammed Heikal , Cesare Pelli , Boutros Boutros Ghali and Michael Wood. Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940804]

Unknown: Noah Richler

Unknown: Naguib Mahfouz

Unknown: Kanan Makiya

Unknown: Mohammed Heikal

Unknown: Cesare Pelli

Unknown: Michael Wood.

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940811]

A series showing how dams reflect the political and social concerns of the societies that surround them.

3: The More Things Change. When Franklin D Roosevelt brought his scheme of dams, power and new towns to the valleys of Tennessee, he thought he was bringing prosperity to the region. But 60 years on, the local people are not interested in new deals, even less so in ideas of community. Noah Richler pays a visit to Tennessee with Southern novelist Mark Richard.

Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940811]

Unknown: Franklin D Roosevelt

Unknown: Noah Richler

Unknown: Mark Richard.

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940818]

Seven programmes showing how dams reflect the political and social concerns of the societies that surround them.

4: The Waters of Babylon. Brazil's urgent economic need is pushing the state to dominate its frontier to the north, even if, in fecund Amazonia, a little goes a long way. The Tucurui Dam has pride of place in Brazil's development plans for the region. Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940818]

Unknown: Tucurui Dam

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940825]

Seven programmes showing how dams reflect the societies surrounding them. 5: Power to the South. The watershed of James Bay , in Northern Quebec, has abundant hydropower, long coveted by the government, but decisions are being made which could have a profound effect on the area. Presented by Noah Richler. Music by Steven Faux. Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940825]

Unknown: James Bay

Presented By: Noah Richler.

Music By: Steven Faux.

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940901]

Seven programmes exploring how dams reflect political and social concerns.

6: Trouble at the Source. Noah Richler travels to the Euphrates in Turkey, where the Ataturk Dam bars the waters of Syria, Iraq - but also Kurdistan, a nation Turkey does not recognise. The government hails it as a vital part of a development strategy, though the Kurds - embroiled in the "Dirty War" - are in fear of it. Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940901]

Unknown: Noah Richler

Producer: Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940908]

Last in the series showing how dams reflect the societies surrounding them. The Life of a Dam. Near Bradfield in South Yorkshire, in 1864, the Dale Dyke notoriously failed, but was rebuilt despite having inundated the villages of Lower Bradfield and Hillsborough at a cost of 238 lives. Noah Richler investigates. Producer Noah Richler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940908]

Unknown: Dale Dyke

Unknown: Lower Bradfield

Unknown: Noah Richler

Producer: Noah Richler