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Would you kill the big guy?
Wed, 12 May 10
Duration: 24 mins
A runaway train is heading towards five people. You’re standing on a footbridge, next to a very big man and the only way you can stop the train is to push the big man onto the track: his bulk will stop the train; five lives will be spared. Would you? Steve Evans explores how these moral conundrums are dealt with in crises like war.