On the box

July 23, 2003

Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. Includes the Green Left news. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Sunday, 9pm. Phone (02) 9564 1277. Visit <http://www.channel31.org> for program details.

Access News — Melbourne community TV, Channel 31, has excellent coverage of industrial, environmental and community actions throughout Victoria. Access News broadcasts every Monday, 8pm. Phone (03) 9633 6976.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Story of a Song — Everyone knows the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, but how many people realise that it was originally written by a Zulu shepherd boy who hardly saw a penny for it? His daughters now live in poverty in Zola, Soweto. SBS, Friday, July 25, 8.30pm.

As it Happened: She Dreamed Tomorrow — Chronicles the fascinating life and work of Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the English poet Lord Byron) and Charles Babbage, who in the 1840s designed the first computer prototypes. SBS, Saturday, July 26, 7.30pm.

Wharf of Widows — Spanning the years from 1956, when the French were fighting the Vietnamese, to 1975, the end of the conflict with the US, this film focuses on the women in a Vietnamese village who suffer the effects of war and oppressive traditions during this time. SBS, Tuesday, July 29, 12.30pm.

Operation Saddam: America's Propaganda Battle

— Saddam Hussein has been overthrown and the second Gulf war is supposedly over, however the debate about the causes of the war, and thus about the credibility of US President George Bush, has only just begun. SBS, Tuesday, July 29, 8.30pm.

Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood: Tainted Blood — Explains how the commercial exploitation of blood was to have tragic consequences, as an ever-increasing need for blood was created by enormous advances in surgery and also by the birth of a worldwide pharmaceutical industry. ABC, July 30, 8.30pm.

From Green Left Weekly, July 23, 2003.
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