Richard Dawkins, Tacita Dean, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

Philip Dodd hears from evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins who has just written a new memoir - An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. Dawkins recalls how a colonial childhood led to a career in science and discusses how social media is changing the game.

Philip talks to Tacita Dean about her new film 'JG' premiering in a new exhibition of her work at London's Frith Street. The film revisits familiar themes of loss and entropy with time at its core and was inspired by a long-term correspondence Dean held with the writer J G Ballard. They had a mutual fascination with the earthwork on the Utah Salt Flats, created by American sculptor Robert Smithson and known simply as the Spiral Jetty.

And Philip discusses with theatre critic Susannah Clapp 'The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, a new play by Dennis Kelly at London's Royal Court. It also marks the directorial debut of incoming artistic director, Vicky Featherstone.

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Wed 11 Sep 2013 22:00

Richard Dawkins

An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, by Richard Dawkins, is published on 12th September by Bantam Press.

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, by Dennis Kelly, runs at the Royal Court Theatre in London until 19th October.

Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean's film JG is on display at Frith Street Gallery in London from 13th September - 26th October 2013. The film is inspired by the artist's correspondence with author J.G. Ballard regarding connections between his short story The Voices of Time and Robert Smithson’s earthwork and film Spiral Jetty.

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Role Contributor
Interviewed GuestTacita Dean
Interviewed GuestRichard Dawkins
PresenterPhilip Dodd
Interviewed GuestSusannah Clapp

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