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Li Cunxin, Playing William Shakespeare, How art responded to the atomic bomb

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Former ballet star Li Cunxin on growing up in Mao's China, the art of playing William Shakespeare and how popular culture has responded to the atomic bomb. With Samira Ahmed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Li Cunxin
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Guerrier
Interviewed Guest:
Kim Newman
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Savage
Interviewed Guest:
Gareth Somers

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Noah Baumbach, Playwright Helen Edmundson, Spanish thriller Marshland

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including screenwriter Noah Baumbach on Mistress America, playwright Helen Edmundson on The Heresy of Love and a review of Spanish thriller Marshland. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Noah Baumbach
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Edmundson
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Gilbey
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Bigsby

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Guy Ritchie, China Mieville, George Cole remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news, including Guy Ritchie on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., fantasy writer China Mieville on his new collection of short stories and the actor George Cole remembered. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Guy Ritchie
Interviewed Guest:
China Mieville
Interviewed Guest:
Dick Fiddy
Interviewed Guest:
Fisun Guner

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Sylvie Guillem

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

The acclaimed ballet and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem reflects on her career, which spans almost 35 years, and tells John Wilson about her final programme of work. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Sylvie Guillem
Producer:
Jack Soper

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Amanda Levete, Trainwreck, Crystal Moselle, Stephen Kelman

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including architect Amanda Levete on her Victoria and Albert project, Amy Schumer's new film Trainwreck and Crystal Moselle on directing Wolfpack. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Levete
Interviewed Guest:
Meryl O'Rourke
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Kelman
Interviewed Guest:
Crystal Moselle

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Paper Towns, Nick Coleman, Jules Buckley and Wretch 32, Olive Edis archive

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

A review of Cara Delevingne in Paper Towns; Nick Coleman discusses his new novel Pillow Man; composer, conductor and orchestrator Jules Buckley on his plans for Radio 1Xtra's Prom. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Rhianna Dhillon
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Coleman
Interviewed Guest:
James Buckley
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Wretch 32
Interviewed Guest:
Alistair Murphy
Producer:
Ellie Bury

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Stieg Larsson's former editor, Anthony Caro exhibitions

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jake Gyllenhaal on his new boxing film Southpaw, plus Stieg Larsson's former editor Eva Gedin, two Anthony Caro exhibitions in Yorkshire and the Children's Poetry Award winner. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Interviewed Guest:
Eva Gedin
Interviewed Guest:
Louisa Buck
Interviewed Guest:
Joseph Coelho

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Naughty Boy, Best of Enemies, Bellowhead

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Naughty Boy discusses the BBC Asian Network Prom, the televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley in Best of Enemies, and Bellowhead at WOMAD. With John Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Naughty Boy
Interviewed Guest:
John Spiers
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Boden
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Freedland
Interviewed Guest:
Fran Baker
Producer:
Sarah Johnson

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Leif Ove Andsnes, Mack & Mabel, Choman Hardi, EL Doctorow remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on performing Beethoven's piano concertos at the Proms, a Mack & Mabel review and Kurdish poet Choman Hardi. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Leif Ove Andsnes
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Choman Hardi
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Producer:
Ellie Bury

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Handel's Saul, Paul Murray, The Monkees, Life in squares

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed talks to opera director Barrie Kosky about his Glyndebourne production of Handel's Saul. Plus author Paul Murray talks about the follow-up to his novel Skippy Dies. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Barrie Kosky
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Priya Parmar
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Lee

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The Legend of Barney Thomson, Annie Nightingale and Pete Tong, Michael Morpurgo, York galleries

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including The Legend of Barney Thomson, Annie Nightingale and Pete Tong, Michael Morpurgo's 946 and York galleries charging for entry. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah McGill
Interviewed Guest:
Pete Tong
Interviewed Guest:
Annie Nightingale
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Morpurgo
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Rice
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Barnes

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Sylvie Guillem, Iris reviewed, Fiftieth anniversary of Help!, Aurora Orchestra

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including dancer Sylvie Guillem on her final performances, the 50th anniversary of Help!, the Aurora Orchestra and a review of new documentary Iris. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Sylvie Guillem
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Collon
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cooke
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Mossman
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

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Joan Armatrading, Hot Pursuit, Michael Moorcock, Dealing with artistic controversy

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Presented by Samira Ahmed. Featuring Joan Armatrading, Reese Witherspoon in Hot Pursuit, Michael Moorcock on new novel The Whispering Swarm, and dealing with artistic controversy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Ellie Bury
Interviewed Guest:
Joan Armatrading
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Moorcock
Interviewed Guest:
Meryl O'Rourke
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Farrington

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Semyon Bychkov, Steve Reich, Richard Long, how to set up a museum

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including conductor Semyon Bychkov talking about Shostakovich's 7th Symphony and Steve Reich on how his Clapping Music has become an app. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Semyon Bychkov
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Burke
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Reich
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Alistair Brown

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Robert Lepage, Travelling art bus, James Rhodes, Writing your first Edinburgh show

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including Canadian theatre maker Robert Lepage, Scottish Turner-nominated art on tour in a bus and pianist James Rhodes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
James Rhodes
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Lepage
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny Bede
Interviewed Guest:
Funmbi Omotayo
Interviewed Guest:
Christine Borland
Interviewed Guest:
Alison Chisholm
Producer:
Ellie Bury

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Andras Schiff, The Bad Education Movie, Patrick Ness

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed talks to pianist Andras Schiff about performing Bach's Goldberg Variations, author Patrick Ness discusses his new novel, and The Bad Education Movie is reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Andras Schiff
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Ness
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah McGill

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Straight Outta Compton, Paula McLain, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of hip-hop film Straight Outta Compton, Paula McLain on her new novel Circling the Sun and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest:
Dan Auerbach
Interviewed Guest:
Paula McLain

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The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Cerys Matthews and Timberlake Wertenbaker, Zambezi News, Miss Julie

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang speaks to Cerys Matthews and Timberlake Wertenbaker about Our Country's Good and to Zimbabwean comedy duo Zambezi News about their work. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest:
Cerys Matthews
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Kerridge
Interviewed Guest:
Comrade Fatso
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Outspoken
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey

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Pianist James Rhodes talks to John Wilson

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

As he prepares for a concert tour of the UK, British pianist James Rhodes discusses his controversial autobiography Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
James Rhodes

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Man Booker Prize longlist, Death of a Gentleman, Game of Thrones aesthetics

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang discusses the Man Booker Prize longlist with chair of judges Michael Wood. Plus cricket documentary Death of a Gentleman, and the aesthetics TV series Game of Thrones. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Kamila Shamsie
Interviewed Guest:
Gemma Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Michele Clapton
Interviewed Guest:
Leslie Felperin
Producer:
Jack Soper