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Front Row

The Bridge stars, Jonathan Lethem, RS Thomas

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The stars of Nordic noir TV series The Bridge, the strange case of RS Thomas and the crisp packet, novelist Jonathan Lethem on the history of the Communist party in the USA. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Lethem
Interviewed Guest:
Sofia Helin
Interviewed Guest:
Kim Bodnia
Interviewed Guest:
Byron Rogers
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Smith

Free Thinking

Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and why being American is no longer enough. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Lethem
Interviewed Guest:
Gary Shteyngart

Free Thinking

Martin Creed, Feminism in Theatre, Pete Seeger

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet discusses the work of artist Martin Creed, considering how he questions what are the limits to art. Plus Carrie Cracknell and Abi Morgan on feminism in theatre. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Lethem
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Creed
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest:
Waen Shepherd
Interviewed Guest:
Carrie Cracknell
Interviewed Guest:
Abi Morgan
Producer:
Robyn Read

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

By Jonathan Lethem. A fragmented and compelling story of modern America from the perspective of those who lost out. At its heart is the fierce, campaigning radical Rose Zimmer. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Teenage Miriam plays on her parents' Communist credentials to impress her friends, and risks her mother's despair-fuelled rage when she sneaks a boy home. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

By Jonathan Lethem. Single mother Rose and her daughter Miriam have an incendiary row which changes the course of both their lives. Read by Laurel Lefkow. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Letters between Miriam in America and her father Albert in Germany shed new light on their relationship. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 8

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Alone in a Quaker boarding school, Sergius tries to come to terms with the loss of his family. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A moving glimpse into the relationship between Rose and her stepson Cicero, as she struggles with her encroaching loss of memory. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Dissident Gardens

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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

This fragmented and compelling story of modern America concludes with Rose's stepson Cicero and her grandson Sergius. Show more