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Nora Krug, Sandi Tan and Katherine Findlay :

German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug talks through the challenging themes found in her new graphic novel ‘Heimat’. We also meet film-maker and novelist Sandi Tan to hear the story behind her new Netflix documentary ‘Shirkers’ and learn the tale of Pike Ward – a British fish merchant who helped shape the history of Iceland – with heritage specialist Katherine Findlay.

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48521 Oct 2018
1 hour

Nora Krug, Sandi Tan and Katherine Findlay : 

German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug talks through the challenging themes found in her new graphic novel ‘Heimat’. We also meet film-maker and novelist Sandi Tan to hear the story behind her new Netflix documentary ‘Shirkers’ and learn the tale of Pike Ward – a British fish merchant who helped shape the history of Iceland – with heritage specialist Katherine Findlay.

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48414 Oct 2018
1 hour

Panos Cosmatos, Kathleen Burk and Val Garland: 

Director Panos Cosmatos discusses his new horror ‘Mandy’, historian Kathleen Burk looks at how the US and UK have intertwined over the years and revered make-up artist Val Garland discusses her new book ‘Validated’.

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4837 Oct 2018
53 min

Róisín Murphy, Mary Kelly and Thomas Morris: 

Musician and singer Róisín Murphy discusses her collaboration with producer Maurice Fulton and The Vinyl Factory. We also meet pioneering conceptual artist Mary Kelly to discuss her show ‘Face-to-Face’ and learn some of the more unusual stories from medical history with author Thomas Morris.

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48230 Sep 2018
1 hour

Annie-B Parson, Martin Creed, Fatos Ustek and Sheena Rossiter: 

We hear from choreographer, dancer and director Annie-B Parson about her new show ‘17c’ – part of London’s Dance Umbrella festival. Plus, we welcome back artist Martin Creed and curator Fatos Ustek to discuss their latest project for the David Roberts Art Foundation, and Monocle’s Sheena Rossiter discusses her new documentary ‘3 Siblings’.

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48123 Sep 2018
1 hour

Stephanie Macdonald, Richard Reed Parry and Harley Weir: 

Stephanie Macdonald of 6A Architects discusses her work on the new wing of South London Gallery, we hear from musician Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire to learn about his new solo album ‘Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1’, and meet photographer Harley Weir whose show ‘Homes’ is part of the Brighton Photo Biennial.

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48016 Sep 2018
1 hour

Agnès Varda and JR, Ed Vulliamy, and Mark Mason: 

Pioneering French film-maker Agnès Varda and artist JR on their latest project ‘Faces Places’, writer and war reporter Ed Vulliamy on his book about music, ‘When Words Fail’, and author Mark Mason on ‘The Book of Seconds’, profiling those who didn’t quite get there first.

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4799 Sep 2018
1 hour

Desiree Akhavan, Travis Elborough, and Rossif Sutherland: 

We welcome back author Travis Elborough to discuss his new book ‘Atlas of the Unexpected’. Plus: film-maker Desiree Akhavan talks us through her acclaimed new teen drama ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’, and we discuss Canadian film-making and ‘Trench 11’ with actor Rossif Sutherland.

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4782 Sep 2018
52 min

Suzanne Ciani, William Miller and Chris Nichols: 

We hear from music pioneer and analogue-synthesiser luminary Suzanne Ciani about her career and upcoming appearance at Brighton Digital Festival. Plus: William Miller on growing up among London’s most storied cultural figures and his book ‘Gloucester Crescent’, and the story of Disneyworld with cultural historian Chris Nichols.

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47726 Aug 2018
1 hour

Eugene Jarecki, Chilly Gonzales and Beatrice Dillon: 

We meet film-maker Eugene Jarecki to hear about ‘The King’, his new documentary about Elvis and the American dream. Plus: musician Chilly Gonzales joins us to discuss his new album ‘Solo Piano III’ and we hear from artist and producer Beatrice Dillon about her recent work and appearance at Berlin Atonal festival.

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47619 Aug 2018
1 hour

Anna Meredith, Vincent Honoré and Michael Lehmann : 

Composer and producer Anna Meredith tells us about the place where classical music breaks down, as she takes us through her ambitious new release ‘Anno’. Plus, curator Vincent Honoré explains the social and cultural relevance of drag, and we dive into the dark world of the cult eighties high-school film, ‘Heathers’, as we meet its director, Michael Lehmann.

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47512 Aug 2018
1 hour

Thomas Riedelsheimer, Wayne Kramer and Lilia Schwarcz: 

Film-maker Thomas Riedelsheimer on ‘Leaning into the Wind’, the new cinematic portrait of UK artist Andy Goldsworthy, we meet Wayne Kramer, the guitarist of legendary proto-punk rockers MC5, and hear from academic and writer Lilia Schwarcz about her epic work ‘Brazil: A Biography’.

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4745 Aug 2018
57 min

John Harris Dunning, Journey Gunderson and Nathan Crowley: 

We meet journalist turned comics writer John Harris Dunning to discuss his new work ‘Tumult’, hear from Journey Gunderson, the director of a new museum dedicated to laughs in the US, and discuss how ‘The Dark Knight’ helped shape the modern superhero blockbuster with production designer Nathan Crowley.

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47329 Jul 2018
47 min

Helen Jukes, Simon Raymonde and Barry Hatton: 

We talk to writer and beekeeper Helen Jukes about her new book “A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings”, discuss the life of musical arranger and songwriter Ivor Raymonde with his son, musician and label head Simon Raymonde, and learn the story of Lisbon with author and journalist Barry Hatton.

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47222 Jul 2018
1 hour

Alice Black, David Toop and Malachy Tallack: 

Alice Black, co-founder and director of the Alice Black gallery, joins us to discuss a season of performance art that’s taking over the space. We also hear from musical polymath David Toop on the occasion of the republication of his literary study into ambience, ‘Oceans of Sound’. Plus, we talk to author and writer Malachy Tallack about how his background on the Shetland Islands came to inform his latest novel.

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47115 Jul 2018
1 hour

Simon Oldfield, Jessy Jetpacks, Ben Okri, Rachel Pimm and Mihir Bose: 

We hear from Simon Oldfield, Jessy Jetpacks and Ben Okri about a new story collection, ‘A Short Affair’. Plus: we meet artist Rachel Pimm, in anticipation of a performance of her new work at the now-defunct Bell Foundry in London’s Whitechapel. All that and a look back at the World Cup, as well as a look forward to the final, with author and sports journalist Mihir Bose.

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