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Rupert Everett, Nina Miranda and Simon Doonan:

Actor Rupert Everett discusses his life and career and his new film ‘The Happy Prince’. We also learn the history of Tropicália music in Brazil and beyond, and look at the role of fashion in football with style guru Simon Doonan.

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46717 Jun 2018
54 min

Rupert Everett, Nina Miranda and Simon Doonan: 

Actor Rupert Everett discusses his life and career and his new film ‘The Happy Prince’. We also learn the history of Tropicália music in Brazil and beyond, and look at the role of fashion in football with style guru Simon Doonan.

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46610 Jun 2018
54 min

Owen Hatherley, Paloma Varga Weisz and Shirley Collins: 

Writer and journalist Owen Hatherley discusses his new book ‘Trans-Europe Express’, we meet German artist Paloma Varga Weisz and folk-music legend Shirley Collins talks about her life in music and her new book, ‘All in the Downs’.

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4653 Jun 2018
1 hour

Leonor Antunes, Tim Marshall and David Hollander: 

We welcome back foreign-affairs specialist and best-selling author Tim Marshall to discuss his book ‘Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls’. Plus: installation artist Leonor Antunes talks us through her show ‘A Thousand Realities from an Original Mark’ and curator David Hollander talks about his new book ‘Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music’.

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46427 May 2018
1 hour

Noah Charney, Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft and Mathew Carver: 

Art-crime specialist and historian Noah Charney discusses his new book ‘The Museum of Lost Art’. We hear from Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and her literary interpreter Jennifer Croft about their book ‘Flights’ – recent winner of the Man Booker International prize, and discuss the enduring appeal of cheese with Mathew Carver, one of the faces from this weekend’s London Cheese Project festival.

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46320 May 2018
1 hour

Nayia Yiakoumaki, Rob Young and Michel Hazanavicius: 

Curator Nayia Yiakoumaki joins us to discuss the Whitechapel Gallery’s new show ‘Killed Negatives’. We also look back on the story of German experimental band Can with Rob Young – author of ‘All Gates Open’ – and speak to Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius about his new release ‘Redoubtable’.

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46213 May 2018
1 hour

Nargisse Benkabbou, Josh T Pearson, Matt Everitt and Jim Stoten: 

Cook and writer Nargisse Benkabbou discusses her new book ‘Casablanca: My Moroccan Food’, we meet Texas musician Josh T Pearson to hear his new record ‘The Straight Hits!’ and talk festivals with radio DJ Matt Everitt and illustrator Jim Stoten as detailed in their new book ‘Where’s My Welly?’.

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4616 May 2018
1 hour

Sarah Allen, Joe Warwick, Luke Sital-Singh and Rachel Harris: 

We discuss Tate Modern’s new show ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ with curator Sarah Allen. Plus: food writer Joe Warwick joins us to talk ‘Where Chefs Eat: Vol 3’ and we meet singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh and festival-programmer Rachel Harris to discuss Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

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46029 Apr 2018
1 hour

Ross Raisin, Nasima Razmyar and Wilhelm Sasnal: 

Ross Raisin, the celebrated writer behind such novels as ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Waterline’, discusses his new title ‘Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer’. Plus: we meet Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal and ask Nasima Razmyar, deputy mayor of culture and leisure in Helsinki, how to make cities both productive and fun.

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45922 Apr 2018
1 hour

Tom Oldham, Joseph Cook, Rachel Reichert and Byron Folwell: 

Microbiologist Dr Joseph Cook explains why his work studying ice sheets is becoming more urgent than ever – and why he’s now setting it to music with composer Hannah Peel. Plus, we welcome back London photographer Tom Oldham to discuss his new project ‘The Last of the Crooners’ and learn about why the house of long-departed outsider artist James Castle is still revealing new secrets in Idaho.

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45815 Apr 2018
1 hour

Werner Herzog, Kathleen Soriano, Liz Rideal, Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler: 

We discuss communication with Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler, authors of new title ‘The Communication Book’. We also hear from Werner Herzog about why he’s passing on his directing skills to a new generation and discuss the history of, and current outlook for, female artists with curator Kathleen Soriano and artist Liz Rideal, authors of new book ‘Madam and Eve’.

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4578 Apr 2018
1 hour

Kristen Radtke, Pietro Anton and Gregory Berns: 

Designer, illustrator and graphic-novel creator Kristen Radtke discusses her memoir ‘Imagine Wanting Only This’. Plus, we discuss the story of Italo disco with filmmaker Pietro Anton, director of new documentary ‘Italo Disco Legacy’, and learn what dogs might be thinking with animal-behaviour specialist Dr Gregory Berns.

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4561 Apr 2018
1 hour

Robin Campillo, Kamin Mohammadi and Nigel Holmes: 

Film director Robin Campillo discusses his film ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ – telling the story of activists fighting discrimination and misconception about AIDS and HIV in 1980s Paris. Plus, journalist and author Kamin Mohammadi talks through her book ‘Bella Figura: How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way’, and we discuss infographics, as depicted in new book ‘Crazy Competitions’, with designer Nigel Holmes.

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45525 Mar 2018
1 hour

John Ralston Saul, Ruben Östlund and Lana Gay: 

Writer, philosopher and former president of Pen International John Ralston Saul joins us to discuss where the world might be headed and why his book, ‘The Collapse of Globalism’, is being updated for a new edition. Plus, Swedish film director Ruben Östlund talks us through his latest release ‘The Square’ and Canadian DJ and music journalist Lana Gay previews this weekend’s Juno awards ceremony in Vancouver.

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45418 Mar 2018
1 hour

Jenna Rossi-Camus, Alexis Okeowo and Tom Holkenborg: 

Fashion curator Jenna Rossi-Camus discusses her new exhibition ‘T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion’, journalist and author Alexis Okeowo on the individuals who inspired her celebrated book ‘A Moonless, Starless Sky’ and film-score composer Tom Holkenborg discusses his soundtracks for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Tomb Raider’ and more.

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45311 Mar 2018
48 min

Caroline Till, Eliades Ochoa and Dharshini David: 

We discuss new design book ‘Radical Matter’ with forecaster and creative thinker Caroline Till, meet legendary Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa ahead of his appearance at London’s La Linea festival and hear from economist and broadcaster Dharshini David about her new book ‘The Almighty Dollar’.

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