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Ryszard Kapuscinski, Jonathan Healey, Mademoiselle Julie, Bristol Old Vic

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First broadcast:
Thursday 20 September 2012

On tonight's Night Waves with Anne McElvoy...

Ryszard Kapuscinski is probably the most famous Polish writer since Conrad and like many national icons, his legacy is a controversial one. As a new biography written by a former friend and protégé confirms, the journalist and writer had a complicated relationship with the secret services of his country; and regularly blurred fact and fiction in his journalistic writing. Anne McElvoy is joined by the author, Artur Domoslawski and Channel 4 International editor Lindsey Hilsum to discuss Kapuscinski' s greatness and failings.

New Generation Thinker Jonathan Healey talks about the 'undeserving poor' and how for 350 years the tag has been used to cash in on our fears with exaggerated tales of cheating and thievery.

There's a first night review of Strindberg's 19th century classic Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican starring Juliette Binoche.

And Artistic Director Tom Morris shows Anne McElvoy around the magnificently restored Bristol Old Vic Theatre now back in action with John O'Keeffe's Georgian comedy Wild Oats.

That's on Night Waves tonight at 10pm.

Producer Neil Trevithick.

  • Ryszard Kapuscinski

    Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life written by Artur Domoslawski is published by Verso Books.

  • Mademoiselle Julie

    Mademoiselle Julie is on at the Barbican, London until Saturday 29 September.

    Barbican - Mademoiselle Julie
  • Wild Oats

    Wild Oats is on now at the Bristol Old Vic until Saturday 20 October.

    Bristol Old Vic - Wild Oats


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