Hosted by CNN’s Leone Lakhani, this month ‘Inside the Middle East’ explores how art, music and food are all influenced by the bustling streets of Cairo, the largest city in the Middle East.
Over the past decade, a new genre of music has taken Cairo by storm. It’s called electro-chaabi, a distinctly Egyptian blend of hip hop, techno dance, and Arabic folk music. Now the genre is going mainstream, and the young Egyptians producing this music are quickly becoming stars. ‘Inside the Middle East’ meets with some of the original electro-chaabi musicians – Sadat, Alaa 50, and Amr Haha – in the impoverished outskirts of Cairo, where the sound first took root.
Cairo has had a thriving contemporary art scene for years; but since Egypt’s revolution over two years ago, there has been an explosion of new work. Lakhani meets Ahmed Al Attar, one of Egypt’s most influential artists, to learn how and why artistic expression plays such a large role in times of social and political change.
The programme also takes a taste tour of traditional Egyptian street food, from falafel to fava beans, and meets the man behind hip new Cairo café Zooba – a new gourmet concept where food cart meets a la carte.http://edition.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/middle.east/ @LeoneCNN @CNNIME
In January, ‘The Art of Movement’ host Nick Glass explores world of cycling and the increasingly efficient relationship between humans and bikes. The programme talks to cycle champions about the techniques they exploit in the quest for speed, as well as the bike engineers whose aerodynamic research findings are employed to shave off those valuable seconds in both track and road events.
In Majorca, Glass joins Team Sky as they train for the 2014 cycling season, meeting the team manager Sir David Brailsford who explains how he was worked to revolutionise British cycling over the past decade. The programme also catches up with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, to find out how they prepare for the Tour de France – arguably sport’s greatest endurance test.
The last two winners of the Tour’s coveted yellow jersey have ridden Pinarellos. ‘The Art of Movement’ visits the Venetian headquarters of the makers of these ultra–light carbon framed machines to find out what gives their bikes the cutting edge in this highly competitive sport.cnn.com/artofmovement @TeamSky
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In January’s ‘Living Golf’, host Shane O’Donoghue travels to Rio De Janiero – the city which will host golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 – where the pressure is on to build a course worthy of hosting the games’ first golf tournament in over a century.
The programme also visits Argentina, meeting the legendary Roberto de Vicenzo, now over 90 years old and arguably still the most famous South American golfer in the world. With the Open Championship returning to Hoylake in 2014, de Vicenzo relives his greatest ever triumph there in 1967 and, of course, one of the most famous scorecard mistakes in the history of the game, at the 1968 Masters Tournament.cnn.com/livinggolf @shaneodonoghue
The first ‘CNN Business Traveller’ of 2014 goes behind the scenes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, showing viewers exactly what makes it work.
Quest takes a look at everything from pilot training to air traffic control, even attempting to land a plane, albeit from the safety of a flight simulator.
Many of the planes landing at Hartsfield-Jackson belong to one of the world’s largest airlines, Delta, based in Atlanta. The programme visits one of the company’s vast maintenance hangars, which operate 24 hours a day to keep Delta’s fleet of nearly 800 planes in the air. Delta CEO Richard Anderson tells Quest what makes Atlanta’s airport unique.@RichardQuest Cnn.com/businesstraveller @Atlanta_Airport @Delta