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The big picture (1 mn)

Bloodhound, Manchester dog show, 1966. © Estate of Shirley Baker/Mary Evans Picture Library A patient bloodhound gets ready to shine at Manchester dog show in Shirley Baker’s photograph from 1966 ...


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Agenda, On my Radar : Jo brand (3 mn)

Born in Hastings in 1957, Jo Brand was a psychiatric nurse for 10 years before turning to stand up in the mid80s. She is a TV regular on shows such as QI, Have I Got News for You, which she has als...


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Is it ethical to raise a royal baby in captivity? (5 mn)

Illustration by David Foldvari Royal babies are baked to order, like lucky pies, to provide gurgling distractions in times of crisis. Last week, the world’s scientists agreed we have 12 years to li...


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Agenda, The grid (1 mn)

LUCAS PRICE HELEN MARTEN KAWS RYAN GANDER KEN KAGAMI MARK DREW FIONA BANNER Contemporary artworks inspired by Peanuts illustrate the comic strip’s enduring appeal From 1950 to 2000 , Charles...


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Q&A George the Poet, Poet and Podcaster, 27 (4 mn)

George the Poet: ‘Artists need to be advocates and audiences need to be activists.’ Photograph by Antonio Olmos for the Observer New Review The spoken word artist from north London on drill music,...


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Beastie Boys will be boys (19 mn)

Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond (left) and Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz photographed in New York for the Observer New Review. Between breaks from goofing around, the two surviving members of the Beastie Boys ...


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Extract Beastie Boys Book (7 mn)

Brixton Academy, London, 1987. Brian Rasic/Getty Images ‘Yauch took a guitar and taught Mick Jones how to play Clash City Rockers’ London ’86 (Adam Horovitz) So... early 1986. We all go to London...


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Film, Stolen youth: A movie mystery 25 years in the making (7 mn)

Sandi Tan as the teenage serial killers in a scene from the original Shirkers. Netflix In 1992, young film-maker Sandi Tan’s freshly shot movie vanished with its director. Her new documentary, Shi...


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Film, ‘I do think shaving is a filthy and resource-wasting habit’ (24 mn)

Mike Leigh photographed at his production offices in Soho this month for the Observer New Review. Mike Leigh has been making his uncompromising films for more than 40 years. Next month sees the r...


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Public speaking : Speak up for yourself (14 mn)

FROM TOP Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globes ; Hugh Gaitskell rounds on proponents of unilateralism in 1960 ; Margaret Thatcher, a ‘lady not for turning’, 1980; Obama’s ‘Our march is not over’ ...


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Science & Tech Ideas, analysis, gadgets and beyond : Allergies, The scourge of modern living (9 mn)

Our ancestors didn’t get hay fever and food allergies were rare even a few decades ago. What is causing the steep rise in their incidence now? To anyone from Generation X or older, it often feels l...


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Opinion, Think the giants of Silicon Valley have your best interests at heart? Think again (4 mn)

Facebook’s launch of video chat device Portal ‘suggests an interesting level of corporate sociopathy’. AP; Rex In one of the sharpest critiques of machine learning that I’ve come across, Harvard co...


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Frances Arnold (6 mn)

Frances Arnold: ‘ To expect a Nobel prize is rather silly.’ Caltech The joint winner of this year’s Nobel prize in chemistry talks to Zoë Corbyn about her pioneering work on enzymes and the realit...


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Futurology : The five, Predictions of Stephen Hawking (1 mn)

Stephen Hawking: looking to the future. Murdo MacLeod for the Observer The theoretical physicist was blessed with one of the finest scientific minds of the 20th century. Worryingly, his thoughts a...


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Critics: Theatre, Gender-flippers in excellent company (5 mn)

Rosalie Craig, centre, and Patti LuPone, far left, in Company. Photograph by Tristram Kenton Marianne Elliott dazzlingly remakes Sondheim, Josie Rourke adds a Shakespearean twist, and from Nina Ra...


Short (1 mn)

Europe Leeds Playhouse; until 3 Nov Premiered during the Yugoslav wars, the action of David Greig’s first full length play is located in an imaginary border town, claimed by one country, then by ...


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Rice’s spice of life (2 mn)

‘Sensational’: Omari Douglas as Showgirl Nora, left, with Melissa James (Showgirl Dora) in Wise Children. Tristram Kenton Wise Children Old Vic, London SE1; until 10 Nov Angela Carter’s riotous ...


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Critics : Film, Slasher classic that you just can’t kill off (4 mn)

The ‘terrific’ Jamie Lee Curtis tries to avoid the clutches of Michael Myers in Halloween. Ryan Green/AP New hands are at the helm for a knowingly intelligent reboot of the 1978 masterpiece that s...


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Films, and the rest (4 mn)

Cannes best actor winner Marcello Fonte in Matteo Garrone’s ‘sad, savage’ Dogman Dogman (103 mins, 15) Directed by Matteo Garrone; starring Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano Of all th...


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Critics : Film, Streaming, There’s a chill in the air (3 mn)

‘Occult fantasia’... Samantha Robinson in The Love Witch (2016), screening on Shudder. Alamy It’s that time of year when a cosy evening of horror beckons – and what better place to start than Shud...


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Critics : Art, All about his mother (5 mn)

Two Seamstresses in the Workroom, 1893 by Édouard Vuillard. Look closely and you can see a third – the artist’s mother. © National Galleries of Scotland Madame Vuillard Arranging Her Hair, 1900. ©...


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Q&A, ‘Our music is a way to disrupt – to be a glitch in the system’ (3 mn)

Muqata’a Muqata’a is locally known as the “godfather” of the underground hip-hop scene in Ramallah , a city in the West Bank, Palestine. A former member of the acclaimed collective Ramallah Underg...


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Critics, Television : A lot of growing up to do (5 mn)

‘It all comes down to families’: Sean McGinley, Callum Booth-Ford, Alison Steadman, Emmett J Scanlan, Millie Gibson and Anna Friel in Butterfly. ITV A drama about a transgender child and a sitcom ...


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Audio, Podcasts & radio : Inside the mind of a serial killer (5 mn)

Angel Resendiz, AKA the Railroad Killer, subject of the ‘intriguing’ Dead Man Talking. Dead Man Talking audioboom.com Dr Death wondery.com They Walk Among Us theywalkamonguspodcast.com Autumn...


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Critics, Classical : From Catfish row to Carthage (4 mn)

ENO’s first ever Porgy and Bess is a resounding triumph. Elsewhere, a harmonious triple bill and a seamless fusion of dance, music and myth Porgy and Bess Coliseum, London WC2; in rep until 14 N...


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Home listening (1 mn)

Classical music on CD, on air and online Stuart Skelton, the Australian heldentenor, first made his name in the UK in 2009 with unforgettable performances as Britten’s Peter Grimes. Increasingly...


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Dance : Things fall apart (2 mn)

The ‘reanimated beings’ of Dimitris Papaioannou’s The Great Tamer. Photograph by Julian Mommert The Great Tamer Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 Avant-garde choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou digs dee...


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Critics : Pop, Artist of the week, It’s just me, myself and I (10 mn)

‘Rocking looks that range from little-Nosferatulost to cybergoth monk’: Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan at Wembley Arena last week. Burak Cingi/ Redferns You can’t fault Smashing Pumpkins’ energy ...


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One to watch (1 mn)

Jessie Reyez Sharing the credits on Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s recent chart-topper is just the beginning for this distinctive Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez’s smoky, sweet vocals migh...


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Critics, The week ahead : Our cultural highlights (1 mn)

Film The Hate U Give Angie Thomas’s Black Lives Matterinspired YA novel was a sensation in the US, and this film adaptation earned roaring approval at Toronto, particularly for its soon-to-gosuper...


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Books, Biography : Some fathers do ’ave ’em... (5 mn)

L-r: John Stanislaus Joyce, William Wilde, John B Yeats . Courtesy of University at Buffalo , Library of Congress, Getty Colm Tóibín’s examination of three writers’ relationships with their father...


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Society : Sisters of subversion (3 mn)

‘A riveting teller of history’: Channel 4 broadcaster Cathy Newman. Hannah Jane Parkinson is entertained and enlightened by Cathy Newman’s celebration of women who shaped modern Britain Bloody Br...


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Books, Memoir : Duck, Donald, Stormy’s on the warpath (4 mn)

‘On a cosmic mission’: Stormy Daniels in 2008. Jeffrey Mayer/ WireImage Daniels’s book reveals her to be a defiant survivor, with an eye for scabrous detail Full Disclosure Stormy Daniels Macmi...


In brief (1 mn)

Indescribable Candice Derman Quartet, £10 , pp 159 “I like swimming parties, spare ribs and cats,” says Candice Derman, re calling her happy childhood . Derman grew up to be a renowned act or in ...


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Books, Essays : Prince of pop culture pundits (3 mn)

A critic’s urgent collection of music journalism sheds light on life as a black man in modern America They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us Hanif Abdurraqib Melville House , £9.99, pp300 There’s...


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Books, Fiction : When a culture clash leads to camaraderie (3 mn)

‘Fried piper of English psychedelia’: Syd Barrett in 1969. Gems/ Redferns EM Forster and Syd Barrett form an unlikely bond in a fancy version of fan fiction The Ballad of Syd & Morgan Haydn Midd...


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Books : Akwaeke Emezi, ‘I read everything, even the cereal box’ (5 mn)

‘I crafted my life as a story and everything clicked into place’: Akwaeke Emezi photographed by Katherine Anne Rose for the New Review. The Nigerian-born writer on their acclaimed debut novel, the...


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Books, Economics : Portrait of a society in thrall to corporate greed (4 mn)

A trader in London’s financial district: ‘We are hooked on the City and the hot money it brings in.’ Getty Nicholas Shaxson offers a chilling account of the financial sector’s stranglehold on the ...


Fiction : Strike at the London Olympics (2 mn)

Lethal White Robert Galbraith Sphere , £20, pp656 There’s a lot going on in Lethal White, Robert Galbraith’s fourth outing, so, first, let’s tackle the thriller part of the plot. It is London in ...


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Books, Young adults’ books of the month : Classics revisited for modern times (2 mn)

Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘menacing’ The Monsters We Deserve is set in a remote mountain house. Getty Frankenstein and Narnia are given fresh twists, alongside an unconventional love story and an upbeat f...


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Book clinic (1 mn)

A weekly series answering readers’ questions Q: What books do you recommend to help me combat my growing misanthropy caused by despair over the increasingly gloomy outlook for our planet? Anonym...


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Television, The week’s highlights (13 mn)

Today Pick of the Day Luisa Omielan’s Politics for Bitches BBC Three, from 10am Remember last year’s TV special What Would Beyoncé Do? which announced Omielan as one of the funniest comedians in...