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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

The Inquiry BBC

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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

    What’s going on in Kazakhstan?

    What’s going on in Kazakhstan?

    What has caused the worst unrest and political infighting in Kazakhstan’s recent history? Scores of deaths and thousands of arrests prompted the summoning of foreign troops. An elderly political leadership faces difficult choices in re-asserting its authority.

    With Charmaine Cozier.


    (The damage aftermath of the protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan 11 Jan 2022. Credit: Pavel Pavlov/Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Are we heading for space wars?

    Are we heading for space wars?

    Would conflict on the ground between majors powers now inevitably spill over into space?

    Experts believe we rely so much on technology in orbit that satellites will become targets. Russia blowing up one of its own satellites has sparked a global debate about whether there are enough rules governing what countries are allowed to do in space. With so much important stuff up there, what are the chances of a conflict in space?

    With Tanya Beckett.



    (Nasa Space Shuttle Atlantis. credit Nasa)

    • 23 min
    Can we get drugs out of prisons?

    Can we get drugs out of prisons?

    Keeping drugs out of prisons seems like an impossible task. Tanya Beckett asks four experts if it can be done and how prisoners can be helped to overcome their addictions.

    Contributors:
    Stuart J. Cole, drug and alcohol worker, author “Two Years”
    Martin Horn, former Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania
    Heidi Bottolfs, Department Director, Norwegian Correctional Service
    Dr Ximene Rego, Researcher, School of Law, University of Minho, Portugal

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Researcher: Chris Blake
    Producer: Sheila Cook



    (Image: Drug dealer and an addict exchanging drugs and money at the jail: Getty/Manuel-F-O)

    • 23 min
    Can we solve our space junk problem?

    Can we solve our space junk problem?

    The world is entering a new space race but every new satellite launched into Earth’s orbit runs the risk of colliding with one of the millions of pieces of space junk left behind by previous missions. So how can we solve our space junk problem?

    Featuring former NASA astrophysicist, Don Kessler; Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Moriba Jah; space systems engineer, Richard Duke; and Victoria Samson of the Secure World Foundation.

    Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
    Producer: Viv Jones

    (A spent S-IVb rocket floats in Earth orbit. View from Skylab Space Station 1973. NASA photo via Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    How will Afghanistan survive the winter?

    How will Afghanistan survive the winter?

    How will the 23 million Afghans who need food assistance get through the winter? The country has lost funding from Western donors and government salaries have not been paid. The Taliban are divided and facing increasing competition from Islamic State.

    With Tanya Beckett.

    (Turkey's AFAD provides food aid to 2,000 families in need in Kabul, Afghanistan 07 Dec 2021. Credit: Bilal Guler/Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Should we be worried about the return of inflation?

    Should we be worried about the return of inflation?

    As prices rise across the world, Tanya Beckett asks if this is a temporary blip owing to the pandemic, or a longer lasting return of inflation. Should we be worried and should policy makers be more willing to raise interest rates to deal with it?

    Contributors:
    Roger Bootle, Chairman, Capital Economics
    Bronwyn Curtis, former Governor, London School of Economics
    Claudia Sahm, Senior Fellow, Jain Family Institute
    Holger Schmieding, Chief Economist, Berenberg

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Producer: Sheila Cook

    • 24 min

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