This week our stories focus on power. First, Thailand is looking for more power sources and is even going across the border to Laos, where the Thai government has built a coal plant. However, a previous similar project in Thailand made local villagers sick, with some people even dying. Will the same thing happen all over again in Laos? Martin Lowe investigates.


Then we turn to a lighter story about a group of women who found unexpected empowerment in their work. Copmadam is a shop that turns old materials into handbags and other items. Our reporter, Michal Bardavid, initially set out to do a story about the shop itself and the recycling of old materials – but she quickly found out there was another story begging to be told. We hope you enjoy the show!