Night Waves - Khaled Hosseini, Man Booker International Prize, Disgraced, the Future of Psychiatry
With Khaled Hosseini on his lastest novel, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize, a review of 2013's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and discussing the future of psychiatry.
With Rana Mitter
Former physician and best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini's first two novels - The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns - have sold over 38 million copies and spawned a BAFTA nominated film. He talks to Rana about his latest novel, his charity relief work in Afghanistan, and his thoughts on writing a sympathetic Taliban character.
As the Man Booker International Prize is announced, Night Waves is first to speak to the winner and discuss the body of their work.
The British Psychological Society's division of clinical psychology is calling for a 'paradigm shift' in psychiatry away from diagnosis. They claim treating 'mental distress' as an illness stigmatises sufferers and leads us to ignore more complicated social dimensions to conditions like depression or schizophrenia. So what is the way forward for psychiatry? Rana is joined by Lucy Johnstone who helped formulate the BPS's position, consultant psychiatrist Tom Burns, and the historian of psychiatry Matthew Smith.
And a first night review of the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Theatre critic Susannah Clapp hot foot's it from the theatre to the studio to discuss Disgraced, Ayad Akhar's play about faith, identity and culture.
Produced by Ella-mai Robey.