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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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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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4708 Jul 2018
1 hour

Clare Lilley, Marcus Miller and Oliver Wainwright: 

We meet art curator Clare Lilley, who’s overseeing the Frieze Sculpture fair in London, hear from bassist and bandleader Marcus Miller about playing with everyone from Miles Davis to Luther Vandross, and speak with Oliver Wainwright, the architecture critic whose new book from Taschen, ‘Inside North Korea’, looks at the unusual design within the isolated nation.

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4691 Jul 2018
1 hour

James Hyman, Sarah Driver and Jim Heimann: 

Photography curator and gallerist James Hyman discusses new exhibition ‘Modern Nature’, currently on at Wakefield’s Hepworth Gallery. Plus: film-maker Sarah Driver talks us through her documentary about New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Boom For Real’, and cultural historian Jim Heimann of Taschen America explains outlandish architecture and the enduring appeal of his book ‘California Crazy’.

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46824 Jun 2018
1 hour

Marinella Senatore, Jim Broadbent, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Stephen Nomura Schible: 

Visual artist Marinella Senatore discusses her project ‘The London Procession’, part of the upcoming Art Night event this July in the city. We also hear from actor Jim Broadbent about his new graphic novel written with artist Dix, ‘Dull Margaret’, and welcome back composer Ryuichi Sakamoto along with filmmaker Stephen Nomura Schible to hear about the latter’s new documentary on Sakamoto’s life: ‘Coda’.

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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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