The Strand - Monday 10th August 2009.

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

Poking fun at the Taliban
Hum Sub Umeed Say Hain is one of Pakistan's favourite comedy sketch shows. The television programme has been running for nearly 7 years, but recently it's been producing increasingly risqué material. This includes poking fun at the Taliban and their fondness for guns and silent girls. Dr Muhammad Younis Butt, the show's creator, joins Harriett to explain all.

Graham Greene: The Empty Chair
Recently a French academic researching a thesis on the writer Graham Greene discovered a notebook containing half of an unpublished novel - a murder mystery with the working title of The Empty Chair. Now it's set to be serialised in an American magazine. We find out more.

60 Years of the Fender guitar
Journalist David Quantick takes The Strand on an audio journey as we celebrate 100 years since Leo Fender - the Greek American inventor of some of the most well known electric guitars was born.

Elia Suleiman -The Time That Remains
Palestinian film director Elia Suleiman discusses The Time That Remains, his amusing and occasionally surreal look at the predicament of his family members who were classified as 'present absentees'; the Arabs who remained in Israel after the founding of the nation in 1948.

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