Abraham Lincoln Anniversary
200 years since his birth, 146 years after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in the United States, and in the year of the inauguration of the first black US President, we look at the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We hear from Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the book on Lincoln that Barack Obama cites as a personal influence, and journalist Stryker McGuire, and historians Adam Smith and Hasan Kwame Jeffries join Anne McElvoy to discuss the continuing influence of Abraham Lincoln.
The award-winning director and actor Kathryn Hunter talks to Anne about her touring production of Othello for the RSC, starring Ghanaian actor, Patrice Naiambana, in the lead role.
Othello tours Coventry, Hackney, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oxford and Liverpool until March 2009.
Egyptian archaeologists have found more than 20 mummies in a burial chamber in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara dating back at least 2,600 years. In the light of new excavations of these recently discovered mummies, archaeologist Mike Pitts joins Anne to explain the significance of the find as well as the commercial hazards of digging up our history in this day and age.
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