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Last Modified: 16 Aug 2007 12:08 GMT
Riz Khan
One on One is more a conversation than a news interview, profiling celebrities and newsmakers from around the globe, with a focus on their personal histories, defining moments and goals in life.
The programme provides an intimate look into their philosophy of life and the events and people that influenced their careers.
The guests include a wide range of people who are known internationally or regionally for the work they have done.
These include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bob Geldof, Richard Branson, CBS veteran journalist Mike Wallace, Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, former First Lady of Egypt Jehan Sedat and singer songwriter Angelique Kidjo, to name just a few.
 
Coming up on One on One:
 
Jihan Sadat
Airing Friday 16th February
 
Riz Khan with Jihan Sadat
She was fifteen when she met her hero and fell in Love. She became First Lady to a nation and supported women's rights throughout the Middle East. But as her husband worked for peace in the region, the fairytale ended before her eyes with an assassin's bullet. Riz Khan interviews the widow of Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian president. It's as an advocate for peace and the rights of women that Jihan Sadat has made her mark over the years.
 
Born in Cairo to an Egyptian surgeon and a traditional English mother, she followed politics from an early age and admired the charismatic national hero, Anwar Sadat. Soon after being released from prison for his resistance against British rule, Sadat met the young Jihan at her 15th birthday party. Despite their age difference, a romance was born.
 
As First Lady of Egypt, Jihan Sadat used her influence to advocate for women, the poor and infirmed. She fought for the passage of legislation granting women greater rights, and believed that education was the key to women's advancement in society.
 
Then, in one tragic moment, her life changed forever. Jihan Sadat has learned to move on and rebuild her life for the sake of her children. Having gone back to college at the age of 40 to earn her Ph.D she now teaches in America and speaks out for peace and women's rights around the globe.
 
Mary Robinson
Airing 23rd February 2007

Mary Robinson [EPA]
Mary Robinson was the first female president of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She is credited by many as having revitalised and liberalised a previously conservative political office.
 
Born to a family of doctors, Mary Robinson, traces her roots to both rebels and servants of the Crown. She attended Dublin's Trinity College - unheard of for a Catholic - and defied her parents' wishes by marrying a Protestant.
 
In 1990 she was elected president of Ireland and is credited as having revitalised and liberalised a previously conservative and largely ceremonial office.
 
Robinson stepped down four months before her term ended to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – a cause she is extremely passionate about.
 
Her newest project is Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative.
Outspoken on issues of contraception and Gay and Lesbian rights, as
well as the role of the Church, Robinson continues to be an important symbol for Ireland growing succes.
 
Bryan Adams
Airing 02nd March 2007
Riz Khan talks with Bryan Adams
With a distinctive voice and catchy lyrics, this rock'n roll icon's music has won him fans around the world. He tours extensively, making time for charity, and has excelled in another art: photography. Riz Khan interviews Canadian based rocker Bryan Adams.
 
Bryan Adams has a way of connecting with his fans with songs that are pure rock infused with boundless energy. When he sings, the crowd roars.
 
Despite his Canadian roots, Adams did his growing up around the world as he moved from country to country with his diplomat family. That in part has shaped his view on charity and fundraising, something he has often built into his touring and performing schedule.
 
Adams also became a staunch advocate in the battle against breast cancer after losing a close friend to the disease. He has even used his significant talents as a photographer to raise money for the cause, including a book featuring portraits of high profile American women.
 
Bryan Adams continues to tour to places other Western rock stars haven't even considered … and points out that there's still a lot more world out there for him to see.
 
Youssou N'Dour
Airing 09th March 2007

Riz Khan and Youssou Dou
Riz Khan interviews Senegal-born vocalist Youssou N'Dour. To his fans he's already a music legend and his rich African sound has led top Western artists to seek him out for collaborations. His music provides a voice for the traditions and stories of Africa and often touch on social issues in his homeland.
 
Yossou N'Dour first began performing at the age of twelve, playing with a variety of groups in his hometown, Dakar, in Senegal. He went on to form his own band as a teenager and experimented by fusing traditional African music with rock elements. N'Dour's work became popular around the world during the 1980's and this led to collaborations with Dido, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen to name just a few.
 
In 2005 he received a Grammy award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. The title track of that album - called Egypt - expressed his devotion to the Muslim faith.
 
As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador he's been active in addressing social causes in Africa for many years using his music as the vehicle for his message.
 
Jeffrey Sachs
Airing 16th March 2007

Riz Khan and Jeff Sachs
Riz Khan interviews economist Jeffrey Sachs. He's courted by activist music stars such as U2's Bono for his work in helping the world's poor. Time magazine has described him one of the world's most influential people in recent years, and he has advised governments all over the world on economic reform. He believes we can end global poverty in our lifetime.
 
His day jobs include heading up Columbia University's Earth Institute and the UN Millennium Project, aimed at reducing extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Jeffery Sachs believes that so much is possible with the right will, as he explains in his best-selling book, The End of Poverty.
 
Many argue that his greatest skill is making the complex world of economics accessible to ordinary people while his passion for stating his case has won him many high level friends from Bill Clinton, the former US president, to the UN's Kofi Annan.
 
He has proved himself. In the mid-1980s, he stabilised Bolivia's economy with a policy package that lowered the country's inflation rate from 40,000-per cent to nearly zero. But his critics believe his cure-all arguments would be impossible to implement. That certainly wouldn't stop Jeffery Sachs from trying.


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