A Buddhist leader, a cookery writer, a Motown stylist, an Australian criminal and a whisky distiller

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Aasmah Mir on Tibetan Buddhist Choje Akong Rinpoche who founded the first monastery in the West.

Also: cookery writer and teacher Marcella Hazan who introduced authentic Italian cooking to Americans in the 1970s and 1980s.

The woman who taught early Motown artists how to walk and what to wear - Maxine Powell

Mark 'Chopper' Read - the Australian criminal and author whose autobiography was turned in to a hit film in 2000

And the best-trained 'nose' in Britain - Charles Craig, successful distiller of Scotch whisky

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

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Sun 20 Oct 2013 20:30

Choje Akong Rinpoche

Aasmah spoke to his colleague Gelong Thubten and to the BBC South Asia Editor, Michael Bristow.

Born 4 April 1940; died 8 October 2013 aged 73.

Marcella Hazan

Last Word spoke to chefs Ruth Rogers and Antonio Carluccio.

Born 15 April 1924; died 29 September 2013 aged 89.

Maxine Powell (pictured)

Aasmah spoke to the music journalist Jacqueline Springer.

Born 30 May 1915; died 14 October 2013 aged 98.

Mark 'Chopper' Read

Aasmah spoke to BBC reporter Phil Mercer and to journalist Andrew Rule who ghost wrote his autobiography.

Born 17 November 1954; died 9 October 2013 aged 68.

Charles Craig

Last Word spoke to his friend and colleague, Sir Ian Good and to professor Michael Moss who co-wrote a book with him.

Born 4 October 1923; died 28 July 2013 aged 89.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterAasmah Mir
ProducerNeil George
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