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Craig Raine, Uncle Boonmee, John Maeda, Scott Atran

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 17 November 2010

Philip Dodd talks to the poet Craig Raine, who has published his first collection in ten years, How Snow Falls (Atlantic Books), which addresses big themes of death, sex, memory and desire.

Maria Delgado reviews the film Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, the surprise winner of the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, made by the Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Philip meets the design guru John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founder of the internet virtual world Second Life. His work in design and technology explores the area where the two fields merge. Philip goes to the Riflemaker Gallery in London where Maeda is dispensing wisdom from a sandpit, as part of an art installation.

Scott Atran is director of research in anthropology at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris. His new book Talking to the Enemy attempts to answer the question: Why would someone take their own life through suicide bombing? He joins Philip to discuss the motivation of terrorists and why peer pressure is more important than religious ideology in understanding the rise of violent extremism.

  • Craig Raine

    How Snow Falls by Craig Raine is published by Atlantic Books.

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is in cinemas from Friday 19 November, certificate 12A.

  • John Maeda

    John Maeda's installation John Maeda Is The Fortune Cookie is on at the Riflemaker Gallery in London until Friday 19 November.

  • Scott Atran

    Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to Be Human is published by Allen Lane.


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