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Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.

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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art:

Robert Bound heads down to the Tate Modern for its new show ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’, where he meets curator Simon Baker and artist Barbara Kasten. Back in the studio he’s joined by Kathlene Fox-Davies and Francesca Gavin to discuss the show and photography as an art form.

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34521 May 2018
30 min

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art: 

Robert Bound heads down to the Tate Modern for its new show ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’, where he meets curator Simon Baker and artist Barbara Kasten. Back in the studio he’s joined by Kathlene Fox-Davies and Francesca Gavin to discuss the show and photography as an art form.

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17 May 2018
14 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Halo Maud: 

French psych-pop musician Halo Maud performs from her debut album ‘Je Suis Une Île’.

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34414 May 2018
28 min

‘Arrested Development’ remix: ‘Fateful Consequences’: 

Should a bad TV season get a second chance? The makers of ‘Arrested Development’ have remixed and rereleased their fourth season and Robert Bound takes a look at it with the critics Karen Krizanovich and Toby Earle. Plus, they review new TV series ‘Patrick Melrose’ and ‘Safe’.

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10 May 2018
13 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Low Island: 

This week we welcome half of Oxford pop quartet Low Island into the studio, who play from their latest EP and tell us how they’re rethinking live shows.

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3437 May 2018
30 min

Chess: 

We hit the West End for a new production of ‘Chess’ the Cold War era musical by Tim Rice and Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Robert Bound is joined by Matt Wolf, theatre critic for the ‘International New York Times’, and Nancy Durrant, commissioning editor for ‘The Times Arts’, to discuss.

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3 May 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: HC McEntire: 

HC McEntire tells us about her complicated relationship with the American South and a meeting with Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna that led to the release of McEntire’s debut solo album ‘Lionheart’.

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34230 Apr 2018
28 min

‘Dirty Computer’ by Janelle Monáe: 

Robert Bound gives the new Janelle Monáe record a spin with writer Candice Carty-Williams and broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers. Will the combination of politics and pop on Monáe’s third album propel her into superstardom?

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26 Apr 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Beth Rowley: 

Ten years ago Beth Rowley was signed to a major label and had a critically acclaimed top-10 album, but she wasn’t happy with the way the music industry had moulded her and so she walked away. Now she’s back with a self-released record called ‘Gota Fría’, which she plays from today.

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34123 Apr 2018
35 min

‘Property’ by Lionel Shriver: 

How important is it to discuss the author when you are reviewing a book? Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Katie Law, deputy literary editor for ‘The Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, to review ‘Property’ – a new collection of stories by Lionel Shriver, answer this question and to provide further reading.

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19 Apr 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: mixtape: 

We relive some of the great performances from the Sessions’ archives. Music by Bill Ryder-Jones, Jamie Woon, Sunflower Bean and Jaakko Eino Kalevi.

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34016 Apr 2018
28 min

‘Pilot TV’ magazine and ‘Killing Eve’: 

Peter White, international editor for ‘Hollywood Deadline’ joins Robert Bound to discuss ‘Pilot TV’ – the new magazine from the people behind ‘Empire’ – that’s dedicated to cinematic television, and ‘Killing Eve’, the darkly comedic new thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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12 Apr 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Mona: 

Nashville rockers Mona join us in the studio to perform a few tracks from their upcoming album ‘Soldier On’.

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3399 Apr 2018
30 min

Kacey Musgraves: 

This week we put country singer Kacey Musgrave’s new album ‘Golden Hour’ under the microscope. Joining Robert Bound in the studio are broadcaster Baylen Leonard and music writer for ‘The Telegraph’ Sarah Carson.

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5 Apr 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Middle Kids: 

Australian indie trio Middle Kids drop by to play us a set of songs ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Lost Friends’.

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3382 Apr 2018
30 min

Isle of Dogs: 

In the first episode of our brand-new revamped culture show we take Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ for a walk with film critic for ‘The Telegraph’ Tim Robey and ‘It’s Nice That’ design writer Jenny Brewer.

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