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Summer round-up:

We dial up some of our cultural experts to find out what we should be watching, listening to and reading this summer. Robert Bound chats to broadcaster and journalist Kate Hutchinson, the writer Alex Preston and film critic Simran Hans.

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4566 Jul 2020
30 min

Summer round-up: 

We dial up some of our cultural experts to find out what we should be watching, listening to and reading this summer. Robert Bound chats to broadcaster and journalist Kate Hutchinson, the writer Alex Preston and film critic Simran Hans.

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45529 Jun 2020
30 min

Brit Bennett: 

Author Brit Bennett tells Robert Bound about her new novel, ‘The Vanishing Half’, which explores the lives of twin sisters in a black community in the US Deep South, who run away and live their lives differently: one as black, the other as white.

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45422 Jun 2020
30 min

Home: 

The AppleTV+ documentary series ‘Home’ visits unique properties around the world that have a sustainable or social remit. Robert Bound speaks to the series director, Doug Pray, and one of the featured designers, Christopher Brown, about what ‘home’ means.

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45315 Jun 2020
30 min

Reopening the Guggenheim: 

The directors of the Guggenheim’s Bilbao, Venice andNew York museums reflect on what they’ve missed since we went into lockdown, how they have been getting their art fixes and how things are different now as gallery doors reopen.

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4528 Jun 2020
30 min

Róisín Murphy: 

Solo artist Róisín Murphy, the former lead singer of Moloko, tells us about the wonderfully trippy home music videos that she’s been making during lockdown and how her influences include Italian TV shows, queer music culture and cities with big rivers.

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4511 Jun 2020
30 min

Full stream ahead : 

Since people have been cooped up indoors thanks to the pandemic, streaming services have seen an uptick in viewership. We speak to two programme directors from MUBI and Curzon to find out about the opportunities that this presents.

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45025 May 2020
30 min

What’s the future for music mags?: 

As some publications are suspended while others are in danger of being discontinued, we explore how the music press is holding up during the pandemic – and why it’s important that we keep it going. Robert Bound speaks to Stuart Stubbs, editor of ‘Loud and Quiet’ and Laura Snapes, deputy music editor at ‘The Guardian’.

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44918 May 2020
30 min

Richard Russell, XL Recordings: 

We speak to Richard Russell, head of XL Recordings, about his new book, his career producing records for the likes of Adele and Bobby Womack and his collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron.

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44811 May 2020
30 min

Pop in a pandemic: 

Music journalists Kate Hutchinson and Will Hodgkinson join Robert Bound to take a look at how the music industry has reacted and adapted to the current pandemic, and what sort of creativity that has sparked.

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4474 May 2020
30 min

Onscreen in lockdown: 

Critics Simran Hans and Scott Bryan divulge a few hidden TV and film gems to get you through the rest of lockdown.

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44627 Apr 2020
30 min

Olivia Laing: 

Novelist and art writer Olivia Laing tells Robert Bound about ‘Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency’, her new collection of essays, columns and character studies from the past decade.

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44520 Apr 2020
30 min

Spring books and music: 

Will Hodgkinson and Lucy Scholes tell us about the best new music and books to enjoy this month, and the golden oldies they have been revisiting during lockdown.

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44413 Apr 2020
30 min

Melissa Harrison: 

Writer Melissa Harrison tells Robert Bound about her new podcast on nature, ‘The Stubborn Light of Things’. She talks about writing during a period of change, how getting in touch with the outdoors changed her life and why we should believe the hype about nightingales.

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4436 Apr 2020
30 min

Craig Brown: 

Robert Bound speaks to writer Craig Brown about his new biography of the Beatles, called ‘One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time’. How do you say something fresh about one of the most written-about bands in history?

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44230 Mar 2020
30 min

Broadcasting during a pandemic: 

We look at the role of public broadcasters during the pandemic. TV critic Scott Bryan tells us what the BBC has been up to while the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Catherine Tait talks about the practicalities of producing for a multilingual country. Plus: we head to northern California to discuss the value of local radio.

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