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Tom Oldham, Joseph Cook, Rachel Reichert and Byron Folwell

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22 April 2018

Episode 459

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Microbiologist Dr Joseph Cook explains why his work studying ice sheets is becoming more urgent than ever – and why he’s now setting it to music with composer Hannah Peel. Plus, we welcome back London photographer Tom Oldham to discuss his new project ‘The Last of the Crooners’ and learn about why the house of long-departed outsider artist James Castle is still revealing new secrets in Idaho.

22 April 2018

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Fernando Augusto Pacheco joins Robert Bound and Tom Edwards to look ahead to the next week.

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Joseph Cook

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Dr Joseph Cook is a microbiologist specialising in glaciers and ice sheets – and how those regions are not-so-slowly melting away. Now he’s made a new short film in collaboration with composer Hannah Peel, ‘Ice Alive’, to show the world what it’s missing.

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Photo: Boise City Department of Arts & History

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Rachel Reichert and Byron Folwell

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James Castle was a self-taught American artist working in mostly found materials until his death in 1977. But his work is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to the repurposing of his former home in Boise, Idaho, as a cultural centre and museum space. Two of the minds driving the project, Rachel Reichert and Byron Folwell, tell us why James Castle’s work is still revealing itself in new ways.

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Tom Oldham

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As debates rage over the gentrification of many well-loved neighbourhoods and landmarks in London – one institution has weathered decades of change and done it to a fine soundtrack too: the Palm Tree pub in Mile End. London photographer Tom Oldham and musician Andy Gangadeen have been capturing some of the sights seen at the pub for their new project ‘Last of The Crooners’ – an audio and visual vinyl album featuring the musicians that perform there.

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