Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Creative minds talk about the cultural work that inspires them. A major new arts project for Radio 4, broadcast on Front Row at 7.15pm and presented by Mark Lawson and John Wilson. Podcasts are released each weekday, duration 15 minutes, and include additional interviews about each artistic work from the BBC archive. Each Cultural Exchange podcast contains the curator’s recommendation as well as a selection of related archive clips.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 15 Aug: Armando Iannucci

    Fri, 16 Aug 13

    32 mins

    As the final Cultural Exchange Armando Iannucci chooses the Woody Allen film Stardust Memories. Also there are BBC archive interviews with Woody Allen and Armando Iannucci. Plus, as a bonus, presenters Mark Lawson and John Wilson also reveal their picks for the Cultural Exchange.

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  • 14 Aug: Riz Ahmed

    Wed, 14 Aug 13

    23 mins

    Riz Ahmed chooses the video game Street Fighter II, which was released in arcades in 1991. Plus related clips from the BBC archive, including rapper Bashy joins 1Xtra's J.M.E for a Street Fighter II battle, interviews with games writers Naomi Alderman and Rhianna Pratchett, games designer Paul Bennun and composer Joris De Man. Also Riz Ahmed himself talks Trevor Nelson about his starring role in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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  • 13 Aug: C J Sansom

    Tue, 13 Aug 13

    19 mins

    C J Sansom - author of the historical crime series Shardlake – picks the first incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who, William Hartnell. Plus archive interviews with Verity Lambert, Tom Baker and William Hartnell's granddaughter Jessica Carney.

    Download 9MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 12 Aug: Michael Grandage

    Mon, 12 Aug 13

    25 mins

    Michael Grandage chooses a poem by WS Graham called Dear Bryan Wynter. Plus BBC archive featuring WS Graham, Peter Lanyon and Mark Rothko.

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  • 08 Aug: Josie Rourke

    Thu, 8 Aug 13

    22 mins

    Josie Rourke chooses the 1987 film Broadcast News. Plus BBC archive interviews with actress Holly Hunter and director James L Brooks.

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  • 06 Aug: Gemma Chan

    Tue, 6 Aug 13

    20 mins

    Gemma Chan chooses the film The Princess Bride. Plus archive BBC interviews with William Goldman, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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  • 05 Aug: Cornelia Parker

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    21 mins

    Cornelia Parker choose a photograph by Man Ray called Dust Breeding. Plus archive BBC interviews with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp.

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  • 02 Aug: Cerys Matthews

    Fri, 2 Aug 13

    19 mins

    Cerys Matthews chooses Fanfare Ciocărlia and their album Queens and Kings. Plus BBC archive interviews about gypsy music including an interview with the band.

    Download 9MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 01 Aug: Jeffrey Archer

    Thu, 1 Aug 13

    18 mins

    Jeffrey Archer chooses the painting Ecce Homo by the 19th Century Italian artist Antonio Ciseri. Plus BBC archive about Pontius Pilate. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

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  • 31 July: Philip Pullman

    Wed, 31 Jul 13

    21 mins

    Philip Pullman chooses a song by Georges Brassens, called Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète. Plus BBC archive clips about Brassens featuring Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds and Julian Barnes.

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