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Leonard Cohen, Housing Crisis, Lawrence Durrell

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 30 January 2012

Matthew Sweet is joined by comedian Arthur Smith and music critic Tim de Lisle to review Leonard Cohen's latest studio album, Old Ideas - how does it measure up to his earlier work and the expectations created by the success of his recent world tour?

The designer and television presenter Kevin McCloud and RIBA president Angela Brady discuss the fallout from the current housing crisis and how architects and developers can plan for the future, in a time of economic uncertainty.

Matthew Sweet talks to director Alma Har'el about her documentary film 'Bombay Beach', set in a resort that was once popular with the rich and famous, and is now one of the poorest communities in southern California.

Next month sees the 100th anniversary of Lawrence Durrell's birth. Durrell, one of the best selling English novelists of the twentieth century, is best known for The Alexandria Quartet, an evocation of Egypt before and during World War II. Matthew is joined by the novelist Joanna Kavenna and by Joanna Hodgkin, the daughter of Durrell's first wife, to discuss the writer's life and work.

Producer: Lisa Davis.

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