Microwave Ovens

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Domestic microwave ovens first became widely available in 1967 in the United States. Until then they had mainly been used in restaurants or vending machines. Dr John Osepchuk, an engineer and expert in microwave technology spoke to Cagil Kasapoglu about the innovation.

Photo: A Londoner demonstrates how to use a new vending machine with frozen meals and a microwave oven for heating. Credit: Jim Gray/Keystone/Getty Images

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04plxdv

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The Murder of Journalist Hrant Dink

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On 19 January 2007, Hrant Dink, Turkey’s most prominent Armenian journalist was shot dead by an ultra-nationalist teenager in front of his office in Istanbul. Dink had founded Turkey’s only bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos. The murderer confessed to the crime saying he’d killed Dink ‘for insulting Turks’. Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran spoke to Cagil Kasapoglu about the day she lost her friend.

Photo: Hrant Dink is pictured on May 19, 2005. (Credit: Burak Kara / Getty Images)

To listen click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04l37j4

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Turkey’s Headscarf Row

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In May 1999, a newly elected woman MP for the pro-Islamic Virtue Party in Turkey, Merve Kavakci, appeared in parliament wearing a headscarf. She faced a strong reaction from secular MPs and the Prime Minister at the time. She was booed, shouted at and prevented from taking her oath of office. Merve Kavakci spoke to Cagil Kasapoglu about that day.

Photo: Merve Kavakci in the Turkish parliament. (Credit: Turkish Assembly TV)

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04n3p5j

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Turkey-Greece Island Dispute

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A Turkish cargo ship ran aground on a tiny rocky island in the Aegean Sea in December 1995. But a dispute between Turkey and Greece over who owned the island sovereignty almost brought the two nations to war. Agreement still hasn’t been reached over the territory called Kardak by the Turks and Imia by the Greeks. Cagil Kasapoglu spoke to the former Turkish diplomat Onur Oymen and the former Greek foreign minister, Theodoros Pangalos, about the crisis.

Photo: Turkish journalists prepare a Turkish flag to replace the Greek flag on Kardak/Imia island, January 27, 1996 (AP Photo/Hurriyet)

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04km4gd

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Algerian Migrant Women Speak Up

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Young women took to the stage to talk about the expectations of their traditional community. Salika Amara directed them. Herself a young French Algerian woman – she didn’t want to lead the same life as her mother.

Photo: The Kahina theatre company on stage in their first production ‘So That The Tears Of Our Mothers Become A Legend’. Credit: Salika Amara.

To listen click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04kj9xz

 

 

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BBC Witness: Kurdish Singer Ahmet Kaya

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In 1999 the famous folk singer was awarded one of Turkey’s most prestigious musical awards. But his announcement at the ceremony that he would record a song in his native Kurdish spelt the end of his career. Cagil Kasapoglu speaks to his widow, Gulten Kaya, about the night that changed their lives.

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04f319d 

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Gülten Kaya anlatıyor: Ahmet Kaya ve 1999 Ödül Gecesi

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Graeme Souness ‘bayrak olayı’nı 20 yıl sonra BBC’ye anlattı

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Tarih, 24 Nisan 1996.

Eski adıyla Fenerbahçe, yeni adıyla da Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadyumu’nda Türkiye kupası finalinin son düdüğü duyuluyor.

Binlerce Fenerbahçe taraftarı stadı terk etmeye başlarken, bir anda tribünlerden büyük bir uğultu yükseliyor, kimileri tel örgüleri aşıp yeşil sahaya girmeye çalışıyor…

O sıralarda da Fenerbahçe Stadı’nın tam ortasında görkemli bir Galatasaray bayrağı dalgalanıyor…

Galatasaray’ın zaferiyle sonuçlanan Türkiye kupası maç sonunda tepkileri tetikleyen Graeme Souness.

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Graeme Souness and the Turkish Flag Incident

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In April 1996, the manager of Galatasaray and former Liverpool star, Graeme Souness, went down in Turkish football history. After winning the Turkish Cup final, Souness celebrated by planting a Galatasaray flag in the middle of arch-rival Fenerbahce’s pitch. The Scottish manager almost sparked a riot, but won the hearts of Galatasaray supporters. Graeme Souness speaks to Cagil Kasapoglu.

Photo: Graeme Souness planting the Galatasaray flag in 1996 (Turkish television)

To listen :  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fdtc0

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BBC World: Turkey hits on ‘Gulen schools’ abroad – Nairobi

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