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22/10/2007

What effect is Ireland's wealth having on the spiritual and moral health of the nation?

Matthew Sweet and guests test the cultural temperature of Ireland. What effect is its new-found wealth having on the spiritual and moral health of the nation?

Matthew Sweet and guests test the cultural temperature of Ireland. A booming economy has led to a standard of living that's one of the highest in the EU, but what effect is the new-found wealth having on the spiritual and moral health of the nation?

A Catholic Bishop has attacked his compatriots' obsession with materialism and the German ambassador to Dublin mocked Ireland's conspicuous consumption. Is this simply jealousy, or has the country's wealth altered its outlook?

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30/10/2007

Philip Dodd explores how recent waves of immigration are changing British culture.

Philip Dodd explores how recent waves of immigration are changing British culture. Should there be a national debate about the volume of migration across the UK borders?

Philip Dodd explores how recent waves of immigration are changing British culture. Increasing numbers of public figures, from police constables to MPs, have spoken of their concerns that there is no national public debate about the impact of Britain's leading role as a recipient of immigrants from the EU and beyond.

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The Essay

Lingua Franca Episode 11: English Spoken Here

Michael Rosen explores the expanding world of non-native English speakers in Europe.

Lingua Franca: 11/12. English Spoken Here: Michael Rosen explores the expanding world of non-native English speakers in Europe.

Lingua Franca

Michael Rosen continues his exploration of the ways Europeans speak.

11/12. English Spoken Here

With all-German academic conferences now being conducted exclusively in English, Michael Rosen explores the expanding world of non-native English speakers in Europe. What dangers lurk both for indigenous European languages, and for the purity of English?

The Essay

Lingua Franca Episode 12: Standards and Flags

Michael Rosen asks whether there's a future for learning modern European languages.

Lingua Franca: 12/12. Standards and Flags: Michael Rosen asks whether there's a future for learning modern European languages in an English-dominated world.

Lingua Franca

Michael Rosen concludes his exploration of the ways Europeans speak.

12/12. Standards and Flags

In his last essay about Europe and its languages, Michael Rosen explores the way standard British English is maintained, finds out about linguistic legislation, and asks whether there's a future for learning modern European languages in an English-dominated world.

Night Waves

03/12/2007

Philip Dodd and guests analyse the announcement of this year's Turner Prize winner.

Philip Dodd and guests debate the key cultural issues of the week including the announcement of this year's Turner Prize winner. Plus are the Gospels really revolutionary?

Philip Dodd and guests analyse and debate the key cultural issues of the week including the announcement of this year's Turner Prize winner.

Plus Philip asks whether the Gospels are revolutionary material. A series of new books argue that the Bible needs to be saved from the clutches of conservative opinion, but can the political left and right both find what they want within the Holy Book?

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29/11/2007

Film director Mike Figgis delivers a lecture entitled 'Is There Too Much Culture?'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas, Academy Award-nominated film director Mike Figgis delivers a lecture entitled 'Is There Too Much Culture?'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas, film director Mike Figgis delivers a lecture entitled 'Is There Too Much Culture?'.

Mike Figgis is the Academy Award-nominated director of films such as Leaving Las Vegas and Timecode, and one of the most innovative and successful British film-makers working today.

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World Routes

World Routes in Jordan Episode 1: The Bedouin

Brothers Hisham and Hashim show the Bedouin lifestyle and play hypnotic, beautiful music.

Moshe Morad goes deep into the southern desert to find out what it means to be a Bedouin and learn about their ancient customs.

Moshe Morad goes deep into the southern desert, spending time with two Bedouin brothers, Hisham and Hashim, to find out what it means to be a Bedouin and learn about their ancient customs. He makes rare recordings of their hypnotic and beautiful music.

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20/09/2007

Peter Conrad tells Philip Dodd how artists and scientists have challenged the role of gods

Cultural critic Peter Conrad tells Philip Dodd about his new book, Creation, which explores how artists and scientists have challenged the creator-role of gods.

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Jazz Library

Lee Konitz

Alyn Shipton charts a course through the recordings of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Alyn Shipton talks to the American composer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz about his music, from his days with Claude Thornhill to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool.

Alyn Shipton talks to the prolific American composer and alto saxophonist about the landmarks in his career, beginning with his early days with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton and progressing to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and with Lennie Tristano and his circle.

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Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select essential work by exotic bandleader Sun Ra.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Born Herman Blount, he was as famous for his exotic headgear and claims that his inspiration and music came from outer space, as his band The Arkestra. Yet beneath the exotic image, Ra was a highly creative musician, redefining the structure and sound of the jazz big band.

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World Routes

World Routes in Peru Episode 3: Iquitos, Huancayo and Lake Titicaca

Huancayo is famed for its saxophone orchestras, and Lake Titicaca reveals real panpipes.

3/3. Lucy Duran presents a series recorded on location in Peru. The programme features musicians from the banks of the Amazon to the remote Andean town of Huancayo.

Lucy Duran presents a series recorded on location in Peru.

3/3. She records musicians on the banks of the Amazon in Iquitos and travels to the remote Andean town of Huancayo, famed for its massed saxophone orchestras. Also featured is the real sound of Peruvian panpipes with a group from Lake Titicaca.

Jose Paima (kena); Valentin Paima (maracas); Luis Miguel Paima (snare drum); Elviz da Silva (bass drum)

Javier Isuiza (voice); Javier Isuiza Jr. (guitar); Pedro Isuiza (cajon)

Picaflor de los Andes: Un Pasajero en tu Camino

album: The Real Music of Peru

Globestyle Records CDORBD 064

http://www.acerecords.co.uk/

All music except Picaflor de los Andes was recorded on location in Peru by James Birtwistle for BBC Radio 3, August & September 2006

The Early Music Show

Wagner 200: Mastersingers of Nuremberg

Lucie Skeaping looks at the real lives of the Mastersingers immortalised by Wagner.

Lucie Skeaping looks back on the life and music of the real Hans Sachs and his fellow Mastersingers in 16th-century Germany, who were immortalised in Wagner's famous opera.

Immortalised by Wagner in his famous opera, Lucie Skeaping looks back on the life and music of the real Hans Sachs and his fellow Mastersingers in 16th Century Germany.

First broadcast in March 2007.

Jazz Library

Bud Powell

Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of pianist Bud Powell's recordings.

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to explore the best examples of recordings by the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41.

Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of recordings by pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41 and altered the course of jazz piano through his bebop innovations of the 1940s.

He left an impressive legacy of recorded work, although this also charts his slow decline as a consequence of mental illness and addiction problems.

Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to consider the largest body of Powell's work, for the Blue Note label.

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The Essay

Under the Influence Episode 3

Anne-Marie Fyfe is influenced by Emily Dickinson, who lived as a recluse in Massachusetts.

Anne-Marie Fyfe explores what draws her to the work of Emily Dickinson, who lived as a reclused in Massachusetts.

Anne-Marie Fyfe grew up in the 1960s in a small coastal town in North Antrim and writes poems about this and the cosmopolitan life of London. However, the writer who has influenced her most is Emily Dickinson. Fyfe explores what draws her to the poet who spent her reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the mid 19th century writing nearly 1800 poems distinguished by strange sparky imagery and fractured punctuation.

Night Waves

28/01/2008

Kenan Malik and guests the sensory condition of synaesthesia and its link with creativity.

Kenan Malik and guests the sensory condition of synaesthesia and its link to creativity. Plus a former child soldier's book on his war experiences and a debate on art by committee.

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29/01/2008

With a look at the plight of women in Pakistan, political summits and the royal theatre.

Isabel Hilton talks to a human rights lawyer about the plight of women in Pakistan. Plus a TV series on political summits and a film about life near China's Three Gorges Dam.

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31/01/2008

With a leading mathematician's new book on symmetry and Nick Broomfield's latest film.

Matthew Sweet talks to a leading mathematician about his new book on symmetry and documentary maker Nick Broomfield discusses his new film Battle for Haditha, set in the Iraq War.

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04/02/2008

Sociologist Richard Sennett talks about the the work of the hand and the work of the brain

Isabel Hilton talks to sociologist Richard Sennett about the link between the work of the hand and the work of the brain. Plus racial identity in Brazil, and the new hit film Juno.

Isabel Hilton talks to leading sociologist Richard Sennett about the relationship between the work of the hand and the work of the brain, a combination that, he argues in his new book The Craftsman, is crucial to creating more balanced, fulfilling lives in the modern consumer society.

As part of Radio 3's South America Week, the first of two discussions on contemporary Latin American issues asks how Brazil is now facing a crisis of racial identity despite its having pioneered anti-discrimination legislation.

And Isabel also talks about Juno, one of the independent film hits of the year, about accidental teenage pregnancy, plus artist Peter Doig's new show at Tate Britain.

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28/02/2008

Philip Dodd and guests discuss key issues facing Britain's Jewish community.

Philip Dodd is joined by a round table of guests to discuss some of the key social and cultural issues facing Britain's Jewish community as the annual Jewish Book Week takes place.

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Joanna Bourke

Isabel Hilton talks to author Joanna Bourke about her new book on sexual violence.

Isabel Hilton talks to Joanna Bourke, author of critically acclaimed books on the history of killing and the idea of fear, about her new book on sexual violence.

Isabel Hilton talks to Joanna Bourke, author of critically acclaimed books on the history of killing and on the idea of fear that have challenged prevailing stereotypes, about her new book on sexual violence.

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