Obs 29 07 2018

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Culture (3 mn)

 On my radar The author Celeste Ng was born in Pennsylvania in 1980 to parents from Hong Kong. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You , won the Asian/Pacific American award for literature ; ...


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Oh for the days when it was all Brussels’ fault! (5 mn)

Who would have thought Jeremy Hunt was such a massive nostalgic? I mean, he’s not called Jeremy Hostalgic! Seriously though, it turns out he’s a real old softie and I fancy there must have been a ...


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Photography : The grid (1 mn)

Photographer Ben Thomas gives his urban scenes a hyperreal sheen For his colourful Chroma series, Australian artist Ben Thomas photographs urban city scapes: funfair rides and hot-dog stands are s...


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Q&A with Jon Sopel Journalist, 59 (5 mn)

‘Facts are more important now than they’ve ever been’: Jon Sopel. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt/ Camera Press The BBC’s North America editor talks about impartiality, gender pay disputes, and the jo...


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Cover Story - ‘I get no joy from being right. I wanted there to be progress’ (18 mn)

Spike Lee has made a career out of telling it like it is. His latest film, the story of a black detective who went undercover with the KKK, finds the director in unrepentant mood. Here he talks ‘wo...


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‘I wanted to prove I’m not some girl they just found on Instagram’ (7 mn)

At 23, Maya Jama is a Radio 1 DJ, TV host and, with Stormzy, half of a UK celebrity power couple. Here, she talks hard work, anxiety and family trouble Maya Jama has wanted to be famous before she ...


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Environment : Freezeframe (13 mn)

As Britain faced a heatwave, Rowan Moore found himself between Norway and the north pole, exploring icy Svalbard on an epic trip for artists and writers. Seen as a place to feed the imagination and...


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Books : How the ‘brainy’ book became a publishing phenomenon (24 mn)

These uncertain times have seen a renewed interest in serious works of nonfiction, as people try to make sense of an unstable world. Overleaf, experts in several fields pick the books everyone shou...


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Memoir : A story of triumph? No such luck (7 mn)

Iranian-American writer and teacher Porochista Khakpour, who was diasgnosed with Lyme disease in 2012. When US writer Porochista Khakpour was struck down with Lyme disease, America’s ‘shameful’ he...


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Science Tech : Ideas, analysis, gadgets and beyond (9 mn)

A Daisie chain for young hopefuls Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams is launching a social network for artists and creatives. Can it compete in a crowded market, Kit Buchan ‘In terms of business pa...


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Opinion : The networker (4 mn)

Has Zuckerberg, like Frankenstein, lost control of the monster he created? Creature discomfort: Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein. Universal/Rex/ Shutterstock Who – or wha...


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Politics : Q&A Jessica Alter (6 mn)

After the ruthless digital campaign that helped Trump to power, Jessica Alter wanted to equip Democrats with the tech they needed to compete. She talks to Ian Tucker Jessica Alter: ‘The silver lin...


Internet : The five biases on Wikipedia (1 mn)

Research exposes the male-dominated, pro-western worldview of the online encyclopedia 1.Gender Over the last year, scientist Jess Wade has taken to the keyboard to rectify gender bias on Wikipedia...


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Critics Art : Edinburgh goes to town (7 mn)

Tacita Dean, Emil Nolde and a socialist magician are among the highlights in the city’s richly diverse art festival, but the star turn is Rembrandt, young and old ‘Radiantly beautiful’: Milkmaids ...


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Critics : Film (8 mn)

Film of the week Between art class and Armageddon First-hand experience underpins Daniel Kokotajlo’s devastating film about a crisis of faith among three British Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘Exceptional...


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Documentaries : Urban legends in their own words (5 mn)

From bogeyman memes to Trump fans, film-makers are using YouTube footage to examine complex online ‘truths’ Our New President tells the story of Trump’s election entirely through Russian propagand...


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Critics classical : How to stay cool with a baton (5 mn)

Less is more for Karina Canellakis at the Proms, but it’s no holds barred for Mahler 8. And Grimeborn gets off to a gripping start ‘Not a shred of needless flamboyance’: Karina Canellakis conducts...


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Critics television : Codebreakers trying to crack America (5 mn)

The Bletchley Circle stretch their skills and our credulity in 1950 s San Francisco, while the women of Litchfield are back with maximum impact Julie Graham, Crystal Balint, Chanelle Peloso and Ra...


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Audio podcasts & radio : How well do women really know their bodies? (5 mn)

‘Compelling storytelling’: Allison Behringer, host of Bodies. Elizabeth Centolella Bodies KCRW 100:1 The Crack Legacy Audible Originals Those of you of a certain age (OK: I’m talking about me) ...


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Theatre : The king must die... but it’ll take 400 years (6 mn)

Rhys Ifans ages well in Patrick Marber’s update of Ionesco’s classic, while Rory Mullarkey’s homage often palls ‘Flaring away in white face and pyjamas’: Rhys Ifans in Exit the King. Photograph by...


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Q&A Cariad Lloyd (3 mn)

‘I had to thank the dead people. My podcast only exists because they died’ Cariad Lloyd is a comedian, writer and actor who specializes in improv. Nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh come...


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Critics : Pop (10 mn)

Artist of the week Ode to joy from the man still saying yes ‘Not content to rest on their reputations’: Iggy Pop, right, with Underworld’s Rick Smith (centre) and Karl Hyde. Photograph by Rob Ash...


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Books : One wrong turn begets another (5 mn)

An erudite study of mazes, labyrinths and their mythology takes the author on a twisting, compulsive path of her own. A different perspective on the maze: a game between maker and walker. Getty/Bl...


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Politics (4 mn)

A polemic that won’t burst Trump’s balloon Michiko Kakutani: ‘adept at slicing and dicing the ideas of others’. Mark Seliger A high-minded study of the intellectual crisis that grips the west dis...


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Books : The stuff of nightmares (3 mn)

Unalloyed disgust at China’s moral decay underpins the tale of a village subsumed by darkness and death, writes Isabel Hilton Yan Lianke’s novel explores the dream of restoring China’s global stat...


Books : A boy, a spy... and a killer called Machete (2 mn)

Firefly Henry Porter Quercus, £14.99, pp480 Henry Porter’s latest novel not only feels unusually credible for a suspense thriller, but has a clear social purpose. In its account of refugees displ...


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Book : Hope is where the hive is (4 mn)

A rootless millennial turns to beekeeping in this glorious memoir writes Alex Preston ‘Neither entirely domestic nor fully wild’: the European honeybee. Getty A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings ...


In brief (1 mn)

Oreo Fran Ross Picador Classics, £8.99, pp260 A picaresque novel based on the myth of Theseus , Oreo was published in the US in 1974 , at the height of black power , with the ancient Greek hero r...


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Books : No ordinary country house mystery (3 mn)

Claire Fuller’s tale of a woman’s obsession with a glamorous couple is rich and compelling, writes Alex Clark Bitter Orange Claire Fuller Penguin, £14.99, pp288 Claire Fuller: ‘accomplished and...


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Books : Jericho brown (5 mn)

‘Poetry is a veil in front of a beating heart’ The American poet talks to Kate Kellaway about the tensions between religion, sexuality and race – and why writing has saved his life ‘Right now, I ...


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Books : A hero amid the horror (4 mn)

Peter Stanford is moved by this story of an Iraqi man who rescued women sold as sex slaves by Isis The Beekeeper of Sinjar Dunya Mikhail Serpent’s Tail, £10.99, pp2 24 A Yazidi woman and her ch...


Books : Fear and loathing in East Anglia (2 mn)

Perfidious Albion Sam Byers Faber, £15.99, pp386 A new media satire that switches into a hi-tech dystopia centred on class politics, Sam Byers ’s dizzying second novel comes over like an episode ...


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Books : Voyages of discovery and hope (2 mn)

Coming-of-age stories from the historical to the fantastical are among Fiona Noble’s favourites this month Hebden Bridge, the setting for Melvin Burgess’s ‘beguiling’ The Lost Witch. Danny Lawson/...


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The big picture (1 mn)

Vertigo: Nicole Croisille and Philippe Avon, 39th Gala of the Union of Artists, 14 May 1969. Bibliothèque Nationale de France This vertiginous photograph of a Paris circus trapeze act makes us pon...