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Sylvia Plath, Marcel Duchamp, Asteroid Watch, Side by Side

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 February 2013

In Night Waves tonight Matthew Sweet discusses the legacy of Sylvia Plath, who died 50 years ago this week, with her friend Ruth Fainlight and the poet Fiona Sampson.

As a new documentary about the future of film is released, the artist Tacita Dean and film maker Mike Figgis join Matthew in the studio to discuss the shift from traditional to digital technology and its implications.

Plus a review of The Bride and the Bachelors, a new exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp, the influential French surrealist. The show includes the work Nude Descending a Staircase No 2 which caused great controversy when it was shown in New York in 1913.

And the science writer Marcus Chown and futurologist Anders Sandberg discuss the potential threats caused by two asteroids passing close to the Earth.

That's all on Night Waves with Matthew Sweet, here on Radio 3 at 10pm.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

  • Sylvia Plath

    To mark its fiftieth anniversary, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will be broadcast for the first time on 20th February 2013 on BBC Radio 4.

    Book at Bedtime: The Bell Jar

  • Marcel Duchamp

    The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns is on at the Barbican from 14 February - 9 June 2013.

    Barbican: Duchamp

  • Asteroid watch

    The asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass close to Earth on Friday 15th February. Watch a NASA simulation of the asteroid's predicted trajectory on the BBC News website.

    Asteroid 99942 Apophis passed Earth on 13th January 2013, and is predicted to make several more near-encounters over the next 50 years. Find out more from NASA's Near Earth Object Program.

  • Side By Side

    Side by Side is released in selected UK cinemas on Friday 15 February, certificate 15.

    Company Films - Side by Side 

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