Ahead of a Royal Scottish Geographical Society talk in Perth, journalist Rebecca Lowe tells Michael Alexander why she was inspired to cycle from London to Tehran to break down barriers and challenge misconceptions about the Middle East.
Michael Alexander meets former NASA astronaut Brian Duffy who is helping to build the next generation of spacecraft - and encouraging more Scottish youngsters to pursue a career in science and technology.
Michael Alexander enjoys a short break at Mains of Taymouth Country Estate in Highland Perthshire where he embarks upon a horse riding lesson and enjoys the food, accommodation and un-seasonally glorious weather.
Michael Alexander scaled the iconic Forth Bridge to find out how ambitious £30 million plans for a visitors centre and bridge climbing experience are being showcased as part of VisitScotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.
As famine in Africa leads aid agencies to warn of potential starvation for 20 million people, three Courier Country humanitarian aid workers, with different experiences in Greece, Turkey and Sarajevo, tell Michael Alexander about life on the front lines.