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First broadcast:
Monday 12 April 2010

Andrew Marr talks to playwright David Hare about his forty years in the theatre, to musician Laurie Anderson about her new multimedia work 'Delusion', to political commentator Danny Finkelstein about apathy and to journalist Alex Bellos about the importance of maths and our need to understand numbers.
Producer: Eleanor Garland.


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    The playwright talks about the last forty years that he has spent as a dramatist and explains why British theatre is unique and flourishing.


    David Hare’s first full-length play, Slag, opened at Hampstead Theatre on 6 April 1970. He talks about the last forty years that he has spent as a dramatist and explains why British theatre is unique and flourishing.

    David Hare is giving a talk at the National Theatre, celebrating his fortieth anniversary in British theatre, on 14 April.

    National Theatre - David Hare

    Laurie Anderson is one of today’s most electrifying performance artists. Her new work, Delusion, fuses everything from electronic puppetry to violins, in a complex tale of memory and identity. Looking at the place of dreams, death and the role of the spoken word, Delusion brings together all elements of Laurie’s work as an artist and performer. Laurie Anderson talks about what performance art means now and the role of art in engaging with ideas.

    The UK premiere of Delusion is on at the Barbican from 14 to 17 April.

    Laurie Anderson

    Despite televised debates and ongoing coverage, reporting and speculation, political journalist Daniel Finkelstein believes the majority of the country couldn’t care less about the upcoming election. He argues that what fascinates Westminster is irrelevant and uninteresting to the rest of us and a “huge gulf of distrust, disbelief and lack of interest now separates the political class from everyone else”. As the election approaches, Daniel Finkelstein discusses why the public have largely disengaged from the political promises on offer and explains what politicians can do to regain credibility.

    Times Online - Daniel Finkelstein

    Journalist Alex Bellos talks about the world of mathematics, how its ideas underpin everything in our lives, why our concept of numbers can only be relative and why the best scrabble players in the world are mathematicians.

    Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics is published by Bloomsbury.

    Alex Bellos


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