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Mo Yan, Anish Kapoor, All that Fall, Frontline Medicine

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 October 2012

The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded today to the Chinese author Mo Yan. Rana Mitter joins Samira Ahmed to tell us about the writer's work and what it will mean to China to win a Nobel Prize.

Anish Kapoor, creator of the Orbit sculpture for the Olympic Park, goes small scale with an exhibition of new sculpture small enough to fit in the home. He talks to Samira about ghostly sounds and why small is best.

Susannah Clapp joins Samira with a first night review of Samuel Beckett's play, All that Fall. Written in 1956 for Radio 3 - then the Third Programme - the play is being performed in a rare stage production directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon.

When Harvard University announced they'd discovered a fragment of text proving that Jesus was married the Vatican declared it a fake. Samira looks at how the discovery reflects on disputes in the early Church about role of women in Christianity with Morwenna Ludlow and Elaine Storkey.

And we discuss a new exhibition on Frontline Medicine at the Imperial War Museum North. Samira talks to New Generation Thinker Charlotte Blease and historian Joanna Bourke.

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

  • Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor's latest exhibition is on at the Lisson Gallery, London from Wednesday 10 October until Saturday 10 November 2012.

    Lisson Gallery - Anish Kapoor
  • All That Fall

    All That Fall written by Samuel Beckett is on at the Jermyn Theatre, London until Saturday 3 November 2012.

  • Saving Lives

    Saving Lives

    Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict is on at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, from Saturday 13 October 2012 until Sunday 1 September 2013.

    Imperial War Museum - Saving Lives


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