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Julie Cohen, Betsy West, Jas Shaw, Gold Panda and Pedro Corrêa do Lago:

We hear from documentary filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their film ‘RBG’, which profiles the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plus, Selling, the musical duo formed by beatmakers Gold Panda and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, discuss their record ‘On Reflection’, and pre-eminent collector of letters and documents Pedro Corrêa do Lago discusses his life’s work and new book from Taschen, ‘The Magic of Handwriting’.

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49316 Dec 2018
53 min

Julie Cohen, Betsy West, Jas Shaw, Gold Panda and Pedro Corrêa do Lago: 

We hear from documentary filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their film ‘RBG’, which profiles the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plus, Selling, the musical duo formed by beatmakers Gold Panda and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, discuss their record ‘On Reflection’, and pre-eminent collector of letters and documents Pedro Corrêa do Lago discusses his life’s work and new book from Taschen, ‘The Magic of Handwriting’.

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4929 Dec 2018
1 hour

Noah Horowitz, Paddy Butler, Yasmine Seale and Paulo Lemos Horta: 

As Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in the US, we hear about some of the highlights from the art fair’s director Noah Horowitz, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas and gallerist Bree Zucker. Plus, Christmas reads with Libreria bookshop’s Paddy Butler, and we learn the backstory of classic tale ‘Aladdin’ with Yasmine Seale and Paulo Lemos Horta.

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4912 Dec 2018
1 hour

Toby Walsh, Olivia Sudjic and Siân Pattenden: 

Toby Walsh, professor of AI at the University of New South Wales, is a leader in his field; he joins us to unpack his new book, ‘2062 – The World that AI Made’, an exploration of the increasingly intelligent technologies that stand to shape the world around us. Plus, author Olivia Sudjic talks social media, anxiety and the essay, and we learn about some of London’s cultural highlights from artist and writer Siân Pattenden.

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49025 Nov 2018
1 hour

Tim Wardle, Ragnar Kjartansson and Amanda Siebert: 

Tim Wardle, who directed the documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’, talks us through the film. We also meet Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson – who discusses his collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and rock band The National – and look at changing attitudes towards marijuana with author and journalist Amanda Siebert, writer of ‘The Little Book of Cannabis’.

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48918 Nov 2018
53 min

Lynsey Addario, Helen Russell, Tuomo Prättälä and Markus Nordenstreng: 

We meet photojournalist Lynsey Addario to discuss her new book ‘Of Love and War’, hear from writer and author Helen Russell about what contributes to global happiness and talk music with Finnish musicians Tuomo and Markus.

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48811 Nov 2018
54 min

Barry Adamson, Rosie Kay, Adam Curtis, Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby: 

Documentary-maker Adam Curtis and choreographer Rosie Kay discuss their dance production ‘MK Ultra’, we talk music with Barry Adamson and learn about the workings of the mind and memory with writer Hilde Østby and her sister, neuropsychologist Ylva Østby.

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4874 Nov 2018
51 min

Simon Garfield, Maya Benton and Giles Whittell: 

We welcome back polymath Simon Garfield whose new book, ‘In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World’, zooms in on the world’s mini marvels. Plus: photography curator Maya Benton talks us through two exhibitions that are running simultaneously and showcase the work of photographer Roman Vishniac, and writer and journalist Giles Whittell discusses his new book ‘Snow: The Biography’.

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48628 Oct 2018
51 min

Subhadra Das, Morgan Neville and Paul Anthony Jones: 

As Halloween approaches, we speak to historian and curator from University College London Subhadra Das about the enduring appeal of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ – and why both the science and science fiction contained within it still asks challenging questions today. Plus: Oscar-winning documentary-maker Morgan Neville talks us through his new film about Orson Welles, ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’, and author Paul Anthony Jones discusses his book ‘Around the World in 80 Words’.

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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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