iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for 20/08/2009

Listen now 30 mins

Listen in pop-out player

20/08/2009

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 August 2009

Arts news and reviews with Kirsty Lang.

Director Kathryn Bigelow tells Kirsty Lang about The Hurt Locker, her new film focussing on the courage of US soldiers working in a bomb disposal squad, serving in Iraq.

Kirsty Lang looks at the rise in popularity of adventure books for children with authors Geraldine McCaughrean, David Miller and Graham Marks. They consider the influence of classics like Treasure Island and discuss whether adventure books have a role to play in a risk-averse culture.

Writer Bidisha reviews the latest album from the Arctic Monkeys, Humbug.

Daniel Barenboim is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - his ensemble of young musicians from both sides of the Arab-Israeli divide - with two concerts at the Proms. The Late Night Prom includes Barenboim's violinist son Michael and his pianist protege Karim Said, nephew of the orchestra's co-founder, Edward. Michael and Karim explain the growing importance of classical music in the Middle East.

Chapters

1 item
  • Kathryn Bigelow

    Director Kathryn Bigelow tells Kirsty Lang about The Hurt Locker, her new film focussing on the courage of US soldiers working in a bomb disposal squad, serving in Iraq.

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Humbug, by the Arctic Monkeys is released Monday, 24 August.

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker is released nationwide on Friday, 28 August, certificate 15.

  • Adventure books for children

    The Death Defying Pepper Roux, by Geraldine McCaughrean is published by Oxford Children's Books in October.
    Shark Island, by David Miller is published by Oxford Children's Books and is out now.
    I Spy: The Constantinople Caper, by Graham Marks is published by Usborne on 28 August.

  • The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, 21 August at 7pm and 10.15pm. Both concerts are being broadcast on BBC Four and, live, on Radio 3.

  • Radio 4 Film Collection

    Radio 4 Film Collection

    Listen to over 200 interviews from the world of film

Broadcasts

Front Row's Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Seventy-five leading creative minds choose a favourite cultural work.

Free downloads

  1. Image for Cultural Exchange

    Cultural Exchange

    Creative minds talk about the cultural work that inspires them. A major new arts project for…

  2. Image for Front Row Daily

    Front Row Daily

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's…

  3. Image for Front Row Daily Archive 2010

    Front Row Daily Archive 2010

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's…

  4. Image for Front Row Daily Archive 2011

    Front Row Daily Archive 2011

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's…

  5. Image for Front Row Daily Archive 2012

    Front Row Daily Archive 2012

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's…

  6. Image for Front Row Weekly

    Front Row Weekly

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss