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Book of the Week

Once Upon a Time in the East

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Xiaolu Guo's story of growing up in China during times of transition. For the young Xiaolu, her first home was the fishing village of Shitang where she lived with her grandparents. Show more

Book of the Week

Once Upon a Time in the East

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Xiaolu Guo's story of growing up in China during times of transition. Xiaolu's grandfather's struggle to provide for his family has tragic consequences. Show more

Book of the Week

Once Upon a Time in the East

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Xiaolu Guo's story of growing up in China during times of transition. The young Xiaolu has a new home in Wenling, where she is reunited with her parents. Show more

Book of the Week

Once Upon a Time in the East

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Xiaolu Gup's story of growing up in China during times of transition. Xiaolu is encouraged by her father to become a poet. Show more

Book of the Week

Once Upon a Time in the East

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Xiaolu Guo's story of growing up in China during times of transition. Xiaolu determines upon a new career path. Show more

Midweek

Evelyn Glennie; Milton Jones; Xiaolu Guo; Arno Geiger.

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, comedian Milton Jones, writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and novelist Arno Geiger meet Libby Purves. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest:
Evelyn Glennie
Interviewed Guest:
Milton Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Xiaolu Guo
Interviewed Guest:
Arno Geiger

Brand

Midweek

Start the Week

Rod Liddle on the selfish generation

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe explores whether modern society is feckless, selfish and spoilt with Rod Liddle, Neil Jameson, Xiaolu Guo and Ramin Gray. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Rod Liddle
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Jameson
Interviewed Guest:
Xiaolu Guo
Interviewed Guest:
Ramin Gray
Producer:
Katy Hickman

The Wire

Dostoevsky and the Chickens

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Novelist Xiaolu Guo's first radio drama, set in a vast chicken processing plant in the Pacific Ocean. Two young convict-labourers read Dostoevsky and dream of a different life. Show more

Free Thinking

The Cultural Revolution

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter is joined by historians Frank Dikotter, Patricia Thornton and Kerry Brown and writers Xinran and Xiaolu Guo to revisit the Chinese Cultural Revolution 50 years on. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Dikotter
Interviewed Guest:
Patricia Thornton
Interviewed Guest:
Kerry Brown
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Xinran
Interviewed Guest:
Xiaolu Guo
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Patriotism: China, Russia, Japan, Latin America

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter debates the meaning of patriotism beyond the west with historians Michael Auslin and David Priestland, lawyer Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and novelist Xiaolu Guo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Auslin
Interviewed Guest:
David Priestland
Interviewed Guest:
Xiaolu Guo
Interviewed Guest:
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera