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First broadcast:
Saturday 30 April 2011

This week presenter Richard Coles talks to comedian and self-proclaimed libertarian anarchist Mark Thomas and ex-Guantanamo guard Brandon Neely. Madhur Jaffrey insists on an choosing three Inheritance Tracks, and a listener explains why his soul is soothed by the sound of the dishwasher. We also find the answer to the little-asked question: what is the secret life of country singer-songwriter kd lang? Plus poet Luke Wright.
Producer: JP Devlin.

  • Studio Guest :: Mark Thomas

    Studio Guest :: Mark Thomas

    Comedian and activist Mark Thomas is Richard's studio guest this week.

    Extreme Rambling is published by Ebury Press.

    Mark Thomas' official website
  • Sound Sculpture :: Dishwasher

    Sound Sculpture :: Dishwasher

    Listener Andrew Brooke shares his dishwashing sound memories.

  • Topical Stories :: Guantanamo Guard

    Topical Stories :: Guantanamo Guard

    Brandon Neely was a guard at Guantanamo Bay who spoke out about conditions at the camp after leaving the U.S. military.

  • Secret Life :: k.d. lang

    Secret Life :: k.d. lang

    Singer k.d. lang took JP Devlin to her favourite cocktail bar to indulge her secret taste for martinis.

    Sing it Loud is out now.

    k.d.'s official website
  • Inheritance Tracks :: Madhur Jaffrey

    Inheritance Tracks :: Madhur Jaffrey

    Doyenne of Indian cookery Madhur Jaffrey inherits Om Jai Jagdish Hare (this version performed by Anuradha Paudwal) and passes on two versions of My Favourite Things, the first sung by Julie Andrews and the second performed by John Coltrane.

    Madhur's official website
  • Poet :: Luke Wright

    Poet :: Luke Wright

    Luke Wright takes the noble art of poetry by the scruff of the neck.

    Luke's official website
  • POEM :: Poly Styrene

    Let Germ Free Adolescents toast the meek and quiet bride
    I'm mourning gobby Poly, Queen of Punk, twice amplified
    Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard
    but girls like Poly Styrene make us hang off every word.

  • POEM :: Make mine a martini

    Let nightfall creep across your skin
    and bathe yourself in Soho sin
    bless anything that's five parts gin.
    Make mine a martini

    Forget about the credit crunch
    and knock them back like party punch
    give me three - we'll call that lunch.
    Make mine a martini

    So sport your trilby like a sleuth
    And soak your discourse in vermouth
    Invariably it leads to truth
    Make mine a Martini

    Killer cold and bitter fresh
    More de rigour than downing spesh
    And Bond agrees, don't you? "Yesh"
    Make mine a Martini

    that's right Rich, make mine a martini
    As not enjoyed by Mr Bleaney
    If booze is music, it's Rossini
    Make mine a Martini

    The rocket fuel of Rat Pack tunes
    The lubricant of afternoons
    Makes all girls look like Witherspoon
    Make mine a Martini

    They call it the elixir of quietude
    A witticism's favourite food
    Does wonders for one's sterner moods
    Make mine a Martini


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