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Rubbish Art

8/20/2017
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London-based artist Babak Ganjei explains how his photographs of thrown-out objects became a hit on Instagram; and why beer enthusiasts in Thailand are crossing the border into Cambodia for a brew. Presenter Paul Henley discusses these stories with guests Justin Quirk and Julia Buxton.

Duration: 00:15:13


Chineke! Orchestra

8/19/2017
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Chineke! is Britain's first majority black and ethnic minority orchestra and it's making its Proms debut this year on the 30th of August. Its founder, Chi-chi Nwanoku, herself half Irish and half Nigerian, tells us what she formed this group. And we speak to a German minister who says too many people in Berlin speak English! Presenter Paul Henley talks about these stories with guests Claire Spencer of Chatham House think tank in London and journalist and poet, Musa Okwonga.

Duration: 00:15:32


Partition Museum

8/13/2017
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A museum on the partition of India and Pakistan; and the Secrets of the Silicon Valley. Presenter Julian Worricker talks about these stories with guests Farooq Bajwa and Chandrika Kaul.

Duration: 00:19:35


Salman Rushdie on the history of partition and how it shaped the country of his birth

8/12/2017
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India is marking the 70th anniversary of one of the most seismic events of the twentieth century: its Partition, as it threw off the colonial yoke of Britain. We hear from the celebrated author, Salman Rushdie, whose novel 'Midnight Children' is about 1001 children, who were born in the midnight hour, the hour of India's independence, all of whom have special powers. And Lexi Alexander, a former World Kickboxing Champion, of Palestinian origin, now turned filmmaker, on her new drama called...

Duration: 00:26:47


A photographer's look at the war on the so-called Islamic State in Mosul

8/6/2017
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Ivor Prickett, a photojournalist, witnessed the last days of the fighting in Mosul. He was on assignment for the New York Times -- he shares stories behind a series of striking photos, which captures the city's traumatized residents trying to flee the city to safety. And a BBC experiment on digital detoxing. Presenter Anu Anand discusses these stories with guests Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas in London, and Karl Sharro, architect, satirist and Middle East commentator.

Duration: 00:18:12


Edinburgh Festivals 2017

8/5/2017
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This week's edition of our podcast comes from Edinburgh with presenter Julian Worricker and guests Lesley Riddoch and Alex Massie, both journalists based at the Scottish capital. They will be discussing the play 'Flight', the story of two Afghan orphans as they make the treacherous journey from their home in Kabul to find safety in the west. And the idea of independence in Catalonia, as viewed by two musicians from there.

Duration: 00:15:51


Passchendaele, 100 years on

7/30/2017
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It's 100 years since one of the bloodiest battle of the First World War, the battle of Passchendaele. And an opera has just had its world premiere, but where did it take place? Presenter Julian Worricker discusses these stories with guests Nick Kochan an investigative journalist and author, and Agnes Poirier, a London-based French journalist.

Duration: 00:20:43


The Story of the Transgender Flag

7/29/2017
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The US Navy veteran who made the blue, white and pink transgender flag, and the German American musician Ute Lemper on her new album. Presenter Julian Worricker talks about these stories with guests Kwasi Kwarteng, a member of the British Parliament, and the journalist Rachel Shabi.

Duration: 00:15:59


'Being black is not binary'

7/23/2017
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South African albino model Thando Hopa talks about appearing on an all black Pirelli calendar; and the story of Nina Simone dramatised on London stage. Presenter Anu Anand talks about these stories with London based American author and critic Erica Wagner and South African good governance campaigner William Gumede.

Duration: 00:19:27


'While I Was Waiting' a play about Syrian civil war

7/22/2017
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A new play about the Syrian civil war has premiered in New York at the annual Lincoln Centre Festival. We speak to the lead actor, Mohamad Alrefai. And one of the world's biggest bands, U2, will play a huge homecoming concert in Dublin. Anu Anand discusses these stories with guests Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics at Oxford University, and Inua Ellams, Nigerian-born poet and playwright.

Duration: 00:16:42


Singing at Dawn and Running up Towers

5/7/2017
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The Dawn Chorus: why do birds do it? Also the sport of Tower Running: Athlete Mark Bourne has just made it up 91 floors in just over 11 minutes. Presenter Julian Worricker with guests Erica Wagner and Colleen Graffy.

Duration: 00:13:17


The Things Muslim Women Would Tell You

4/2/2017
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The new book questioning stereotypes around Muslim women. And how a Chinese author discovered her grandmother's early life as a prostitute. Presenter Anu Anand discusses these topics with guests Jenny Kleeman, British author and documentary film-maker and Stefanie Bolzen, London and UK correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper.

Duration: 00:13:40


Why Lunch Is No Longer On A Worker's Menu

3/25/2017
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Why lunch hours are mainly a thing of the past for office workers. And a new book which presents a history of squatting - the occupation of unused properties - in the West. Presenter Julian Worricker discusses these topics with guests, Catherine Mayer, journalist, author and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party in the UK and Victoria Rubadiri, Kenyan television reporter and presenter for the NTV channel.

Duration: 00:13:05


Britain's Vanishing Words

3/19/2017
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An ongoing study tracks the English-language words that are no longer being spoken in the UK. And a new documentary film about an Iraqi male nurse trapped by the fight against so-called Islamic State. Presenter Paul Henley discusses these topics with guests Dayo Forster, Gambian-born financial consultant and novelist based in the UK and Gareth McLean, British writer and journalist.

Duration: 00:16:22


Can We Super-Size Our Memory Power?

3/11/2017
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The technique that's been proven to help us super-size our powers of memory. And why the distinctive smells of a city could be an important factor in dealing with air pollution. Presenter Julian Worricker discusses these topics with guests Lisa Millar, London bureau chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Gad Shimron, Israeli author, journalist and former Mossad intelligence service agent.

Duration: 00:14:56


"Have You Got a Job Yet?" Questions Parents Ask by the Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers

3/5/2017
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"Have You Got a Job Yet?" Questions Parents Ask by the Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers, and the London Symphony Orchestra on food, sounds and performing in Hanoi. Presenter: Anu Anand with guests Kat Arney and Oliver McTernan.

Duration: 00:13:55