Turner Inspired, Strindberg, Kony 2012, Marilynne Robinson
Matthew Sweet discusses "Turner Inspired" at the National Gallery in London, a new exhibition exploring the relationship between Turner and the 17th century Old Master. When he died Turner left the National Gallery two paintings on the condition that they were hung between two pictures by Claude. What are the links between the two painters?
Matthew will also be joined by Sue Prideaux to discuss her new biography of Strindberg, published a hundred years after the playwright's death. Arthur Miller called him 'the mad inventor of modern theatre'. Best known for his play 'Miss Julie' Strindberg also wrote 60 other plays as well as 19 novels and 9 autobiographies.
Also on the programme, a discussion of Kony 2012, a You Tube video made by a campaigning organisation which has now been seen by over 76 million people around the world. Its aim was to raise awareness about the activities of a Ugandan warlord but the film has also raised a vigorous debate about the ethical dilemmas of viral transmission.
And the award winning novelist Marilynne Robinson - the author of Housekeeping and Gilead - will be talking to Matthew about her new book of essays which explore the idea of solitude and America's relationship with democracy.