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Wednesday 11 November 2009

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Wednesday 11 November 2009

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


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    A new anthology 'Unmask Corruption' is being published this month in a bid to make young people angry at the world's abuses of power through the medium of popular comic culture. Mark Coles visits the accompanying exhibition to find out whether comics really are a powerful tool of political persuasion.

    Artwork above by Dave McKean.

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