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Afua Hirsch, Darren Waterston and Rikke Villadsen

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2 February 2020

Episode 552

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Broadcaster and writer Afua Hirsch tells us about her new podcast series exploring the impact and legacy of the British empire. Plus: US-based painter Darren Waterston discusses his homage to James Whistler and graphic novelist Rikke Villadsen unpacks her subversive new take on the western, ‘Cowboy’.

2 February 2020

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Afua Hirsch

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Writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch’s new podcast series, ‘We Need To Talk About the British Empire’ does exactly that, interweaving its problematic history with accounts of people touched by its shadow. She explains more.

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Darren Waterston

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US painter Darren Waterston’s new work, ‘Filthy Lucre’ casts a wry, dystopian look at one of Golden Age master James Whistler’s greatest works. As it’s unveiled in London’s V&A, he tells us its story.

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Rikke Villadsen

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We hear from Danish graphic novelist Rikke Villadsen, whose latest book casts a wry, subversive look at that most macho of genres – the western.

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