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Zero Gravity | Foreign Bodies

In an enterprise which sounds ripe for a Turner Prize, Emma Jane Kirby experiences the joys of Zero Gravity (11.0am, Radio 4) at Star City in Moscow. An organisation called Arts Catalyst took a group of dancers and acrobats on specially arranged parabolic flights, where the plane climbs and descends steeply to give passengers 30-second bouts of weightlessness. Apparently it allows them to achieve higher than normal levels of emotional release.

On World Aids Day Foreign Bodies (2.15pm, Radio 4) offers three dramatised insights into the fate of sufferers in different parts of the world. Kulsoom, wife of a Pakistani taxi driver, is more terrified of her family's reaction than of her illness when she is diagnosed as HIV positive. In Kenya, young Amadi watches helplessly as his mother declines into poverty and death, leaving her children without support. In Holland, Erik can only survive on a daily cocktail of dozens of pills. Salutary, if gloomy listening.

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