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William Gibson, Andrea Chalupa and Matthew Flowers

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9 February 2020

Episode 553

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We meet science-fiction author William Gibson to unpick his legendary prescience and discuss his new book, ‘Agency’. Plus: journalist and author Andrea Chalupa on the family ties that inspired her to write new drama, ‘Mr Jones’, and, as London’s Flowers Gallery turns 50, we discuss the art world with its MD, Matthew Flowers.

9 February 2020

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

William Gibson

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In his 1984 debut, ‘Neuromancer’, William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’. His output since has been as prescient and, worryingly, his new book ‘Agency’ alludes to impending apocalypse. He joins us to explain what good sci-fi should do.

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Andrea Chalupa

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‘Mr Jones’ tells the story of journalist Gareth Jones, who first reported on the 1930s Holomodor famine. Its writer Andrea Chalupa discusses her research into the period and her family ties to the event.

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Matthew Flowers

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London’s Flowers Gallery has exhibited works by some of the world’s greatest artists. Its managing director, Matthew Flowers, discusses 50 years of the institution and how the art world has changed.

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