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Bat For Lashes, Mort Garson’s ‘Plantasia’ and Tiffany Francis-Baker:

Natasha Khan, AKA Bat For Lashes, talks us through her dreamy, LA-inflected new album, ‘Lost Girls’. Plus: we meet Tiffany Francis-Baker, whose new book, ‘Dark Skies’, explores humanity’s complicated and mystical relationship with the night, and we get a special report on composer Mort Garson’s cult classic album for plants, ‘Plantasia’.

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52818 Aug 2019
1 hour

Bat For Lashes, Mort Garson’s ‘Plantasia’ and Tiffany Francis-Baker: 

Natasha Khan, AKA Bat For Lashes, talks us through her dreamy, LA-inflected new album, ‘Lost Girls’. Plus: we meet Tiffany Francis-Baker, whose new book, ‘Dark Skies’, explores humanity’s complicated and mystical relationship with the night, and we get a special report on composer Mort Garson’s cult classic album for plants, ‘Plantasia’.

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52711 Aug 2019
1 hour

Shawn Levy, Jenny Hval and Zahra Hankir: 

Author Shawn Levy reveals the secrets of Hollywood’s most hedonistic – and iconic – hotel: the Chateau Marmont. Plus Norwegian cult singer-songwriter Jenny Hval tells us about her eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Practice of Love’. We also hear from Lebanese-British journalist Zahra Hankir, editor of ‘Our Women on the Ground’, a new book detailing the experiences of female journalists in the Arab world.

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5264 Aug 2019
1 hour

Dirk Maggs, Eliza Spindel and Sharon Eyal: 

We meet Dirk Maggs, who has spent his career at the vanguard of audio drama. Plus: a discussion with curator Eliza Spindel about ‘Artist: Unknown’, a new exhibition at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard, and we hear from choreographer Sharon Eyal of the L-E-V dance company to discuss her residency in London’s Bold Tendencies space.

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52528 Jul 2019
1 hour

Nick Broomfield, Louise Doughty and Richard King: 

Film-maker Nick Broomfield tells us about his new Leonard Cohen documentary, ‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’. Plus: we discuss the nominations for this year’s Booker prize with author and critic Louise Doughty and speak to writer Richard King about music’s relationship with the UK countryside, the topic of his new book, ‘The Lark Ascending’.

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52421 Jul 2019
1 hour

Laura Beatty, Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim and William McGregor: 

Academy Award-nominated directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim discuss their new film, ‘The Great Hack’, which explains how big tech and data privacy have become everybody’s problem. Plus: author Laura Beatty on her beautiful new odyssey, ‘Lost Property’, and William McGregor talks industrialisation and mysticism in his debut film ‘Gwen’.

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52314 Jul 2019
1 hour

Gary Hustwit, Maria Balaska and Felix White: 

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit joins us to discuss his documentary about influential German designer Dieter Rams. Plus: former Maccabees guitarist Felix White tells us about new cricket documentary ‘The Edge’, for which he wrote the soundtrack, and we meet philosopher Maria Balaska.

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5227 Jul 2019
1 hour

Lynne Truss, Clare Lilley and Sophie Green: 

Author Lynne Truss on her research into 1950s Brighton for her new book, ‘The Man That Got Away’, Frieze Sculpture curator Clare Lilley offers a tour and photographer Sophie Green discusses her striking new book.

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52130 Jun 2019
1 hour

Jesca Hoop, Brian Jungen, Oriel Sullivan and Jonathan Gershuny: 

US musician Jesca Hoop talks us through her new album ‘Stonechild’. Plus: we meet Canadian artist Brian Jungen and discuss time (and how people use it) with professors Oriel Sullivan and Jonathan Gershuny, authors of new book ‘What we Really do all Day’.

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52023 Jun 2019
1 hour

Shahidha Bari, Sammy Harkham and Vladimir Antaki: 

Writer, academic and broadcaster Shahidha Bari discusses her book about clothing, ‘Dressed’. Plus: we meet the mind behind comics anthology ‘Kramers Ergot’, Sammy Harkham, and speak to artist and photographer Vladimir Antaki about his project ‘The Guardians’.

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51916 Jun 2019
1 hour

María Wills, Alexis Fabry, Laird Hamilton, Bruce McLean and Anda Winter: 

We hear from curators María Wills and Alexis Fabry about a new Latin American showcase at The Photographers’ Gallery called ‘Urban Impulses’. Plus: surfing legend Laird Hamilton discusses his book ‘Liferider: Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean’, and we meet art pioneer Bruce McLean and Anda Winter, the artistic director of London’s Coronet Theatre, to discuss the artist’s new show.

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5189 Jun 2019
1 hour

Johny Pitts, Nathalie Herschdorfer and Andrew Mueller: 

Author, journalist and broadcaster Johny Pitts joins us to discuss his book ‘Afropean: Notes from Black Europe’. Plus, we meet curator and historian Nathalie Herschdorfer whose new book collects standout photography of the human body, and Monocle’s Andrew Mueller drops in for a chat about one of his home country’s most popular sports: Australian rules football.

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5172 Jun 2019
1 hour

Kate Bryan, Erland Cooper and Frank Stella: 

Art commentator and curator Kate Bryan discusses her new book ‘The Art of Love’, musician Erland Cooper talks us through his recent album ‘Sule Skerry’ and we meet pioneering artist Frank Stella to discuss his life and work.

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51626 May 2019
1 hour

Oh Land, Clare Strand and May Rosenthal Sloan: 

Danish musician Oh Land joins us to discuss her new album ‘Family Tree’. We also meet photographer and artist Clare Strand, and visit the V&A Museum in London’s new food exhibition with co-curator May Rosenthal Sloan.

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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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