The Strand

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The Men Who Stare at Goats
Ewan McGregor and George Clooney star in the week's big release: The Men Who Stare At Goats. The film's adapted from a non-fiction bestseller of the same name which explores how a battalion of new age soldiers try to wage war without harming anybody. We interview the director Grant Heslov.

It is the first map to show the new World as a separate continent, the first to suggest the existence of the Pacific and it coined the name America. In short the 1507 Waldseemuller Map changed our world view for ever. At a time when Google Earth is throwing the world of cartography into flux, The Strand talks to Toby Lester, the author of a new book about the Waldseemuller Map and asks what it has to tell us today.

Animal Farm pt 5
The Strand concludes its serialisation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Published in 1945, Orwell's satire captures, with bitter humour, what happens when a Communist revolution goes wrong. Read by the South African actor John Kani.

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Mon 9 Nov 2009 13:32 GMT