Jon Ronson, Hattie Morahan, Paul Sinha, Robin Ince, Martin Simpson, Me and My Friends
Nikki takes The Psychopath Test with gonzo journalist and author Jon Ronson. Fascinated by strange behaviour and the human mind, Jon has spent years exploring mysterious events. His latest book 'Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries' is a collection of his best adventures; from meeting a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen to interviewing a robot.
Nikki has plenty to talk about with actress Hattie Morahan, who's starring in Ibsen's 1879 play 'A Doll's House' about the breakdown of a seemingly happy marriage. Ibsen was a fearless analyst of human relationships and the controversy that erupted around the play has never died down: is it an attack on marriage? Is it proto-feminist? And if not, then how are people to live? It's at the Duke of York's Theatre, London until 26th October.
Robin Ince is joined by Prodigal Son Martin Simpson, whose folk music career is now into it's fifth decade! Encouraged by his neighbour Richard Hawley, Martin recorded solo album 'Vagrant Stanzas', capturing the atmosphere of evenings spent swapping songs across the kitchen table. He performs 'Jackie and Murphy' in the studio.
Nikki has a check-up with GP and comedian Paul Sinha, who's proudly British and loves a quiz. So the UK Citizenship Test should be right up his street. But the questions in the Home Office guides seem easy, so Paul's created his own, testing the studio audience on their knowledge, with those answering incorrectly being 'deported'! 'Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test' is on 12th August at 22.30 on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
With more music from Afrobeat folk quartet Me and My Friends, who perform 'A Penguin Samba' from their album 'Beneath A Level Head'.
Producer: Debbie Kilbride.
Martin is on tour until mid December. He’s playing at Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire on Saturday 24th and Otterton Mill, Devon on Thursday 29th August. Check his website for further dates.
Me and My Friends
The band are playing at Harbourside, Bristol on Saturday 10th, Milton Rooms, Malton on Sunday 11th August and Smugglers Festival, Kent on Sunday 1st September.
Me and My Friends