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Cate Le Bon, Ciro Guerra, Christina Gallego and the Venice Biennale:

Musician Cate Le Bon talks us through her new album ‘Reward’. We also hear from filmmakers Ciro Guerra and Christina Gallego about their Colombia-set drama ‘Birds of Passage’, and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella checks out some of the best art on show at the Venice Biennale.

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51519 May 2019
1 hour

Cate Le Bon, Ciro Guerra, Christina Gallego and the Venice Biennale: 

Musician Cate Le Bon talks us through her new album ‘Reward’. We also hear from filmmakers Ciro Guerra and Christina Gallego about their Colombia-set drama ‘Birds of Passage’, and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella checks out some of the best art on show at the Venice Biennale.

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51412 May 2019
1 hour

Holly Herndon, Claire Denis, and Caren, Claudia and Todd Strauss-Schulson: 

Experimental musician Holly Herndon discusses how she put cutting-edge technology to work on her groundbreaking new album ‘Proto’. Plus: legendary film-maker Claire Denis on deep space and busting taboos in her new film ‘High Life’, and the custodians of a collection of doodles by some of the world’s greatest minds explain how they compiled them into a book.

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5135 May 2019
1 hour

Will Storr, Káryyn, Deyan Sudjic and Adrienne Groen: 

We meet journalist and author Will Storr to discuss his new book ‘The Science of Storytelling’. Plus: musician Káryyn talks us through her album ‘The Quanta Series’ and we meet Deyan Sudjic and Adrienne Groen, curators of The Design Museum in London’s new Stanley Kubrick exhibition.

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51228 Apr 2019
1 hour

Viken Berberian, Dan Richards and Fayann Smith: 

Viken Berberian examines the pitfalls of development with his new graphic novel, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade. Plus: Dan Richards on his new book Outpost and Fayann Smith’s new project in Venice.

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51121 Apr 2019
1 hour

Dionne Warwick, Oscar Murillo and David Coles: 

Music legend Dionne Warwick discusses her new record “She’s Back”, artist Oscar Murillo talks us through his new exhibition “Violent Amnesia”, and David Coles talks about his new book “Chromatopia”.

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51014 Apr 2019
1 hour

Hannah Peel, Will Burns, David Spiegelhalter, Sarah McCrory and Rosie Cooper: 

Composer Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns join us to discuss the collision of their disciplines in their new collaborative album “Chalk Hill Blue”. Plus, we hear about how figures can all too easily be put into the service of facts: statistician and writer Sir David Spiegelhalter and curators Sarah McCrory and Rosie Cooper tell us about the work of the Chicago Imagists.

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5097 Apr 2019
1 hour

Erling Kagge, Tamara Rojo, Pauline Ballet and Andy McGrath: 

Norwegian writer and explorer Erling Kagge joins us to discuss his book ‘Walking: One Step at a Time’. We also hear from Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet, and speak to the talents behind ‘Rouleur’ magazine about the upcoming Paris–Roubaix bike race.

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50831 Mar 2019
1 hour

Matthew L Tompkins, Julia Blackburn and Daniel O’Sullivan: 

Magician-turned-psychologist Matthew L Tompkins joins us to discuss his new book, ‘The Spectacle of Illusion,’ which explores the many ways tricksters have exploited the brain’s vulnerabilities over the ages. Plus: we learn about Doggerland, the sunken landmass that once connected the UK to mainland Europe, from author and poet Julia Blackburn, and hear from musician Daniel O’Sullivan.

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50724 Mar 2019
1 hour

YolanDa Brown, Keith Gessen and Todd McLellan: 

Saxophonist YolanDa Brown discusses her career and a new award to help young musicians. We also hear from author and journalist Keith Gessen about living in and writing about Russia and speak with photographer Todd McLellan about his book, ‘Things Come Apart 2.0’.

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50617 Mar 2019
1 hour

Simon Amstell, Rachel Reeves and Kadir van Lohuizen: 

Simon Amstell talks us through his new film ‘Benjamin’, politician and author Rachel Reeves discusses her book ‘Women of Westminster’, and we learn about the Arctic region with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen.

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50510 Mar 2019
1 hour

Anna Danneman, Mary Timony and Soumik Datta: 

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize rewards innovation behind the lens. Anna Danneman, curator of its accompanying show at The Photographers’ Gallery, stops by to put this year’s nominees in focus. Plus: songwriter Mary Timony discusses her new record and we meet sarod-playing musician and composer Soumik Datta.

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5043 Mar 2019
1 hour

Mariele Neudecker, Kathleen Soriano, Tom Scutt and Jérôme Tubiana.: 

We discuss Norwegian painter Harald Sohlberg with artist Mariele Neudecker and curator Kathleen Soriano. Plus: Tom Scutt on his play Berberian Sound Studio and Jérôme Tubiana on Guantánamo Bay’s youngest inmate.

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50324 Feb 2019
53 min

David Gray, Stefi Orazi and Aïcha Mehrez: 

Musician David Gray on his upcoming album ‘Gold in a Brass Age’. Plus designer Stefi Orazi discusses her new book ‘Modernist Estates Europe’ and curator Aïcha Mehrez reflects on the work of renowned photojournalist Don McCullin, whose retrospective is on show at Tate Britain.

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50217 Feb 2019
1 hour

Lydia Yee, Andy Holden and Ece Temelkuran: 

We talk to Lydia Yee, curator of Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Is This Tomorrow?’. Plus: artist Andy Holden on his animation project, ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape’, and Ece Temelkuran’s book, ‘How To Lose A Country’.

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50110 Feb 2019
1 hour

Seu Jorge, Nicole Berry and Marlon Fuentes: 

Musician, songwriter and actor Seu Jorge joins us to talk through his latest shows celebrating the music of David Bowie and more. Plus: a lookahead to this year’s Armory Show art fair in New York with its executive director Nicole Berry, and a preview of this weekend’s Grammys with Marlon Fuentes, ethnomusicologist and World Music Awards manager for the ceremony.

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