Football; the beautiful game and a metaphor for life in a new novel.
A stunning set of Carnival photographs; we peer behind the masks.
Award-winner Turkish writer Elif Shafak shows us her Istanbul.
Pop goes science; the fun new album from They Might Be Giants.
Peter Esterhazy is Hungary's leading novelist often drawing on memories of family and the way that football is a metaphor for life and history. It's his mother's turn and here's a woman who sees the world through the round-ball game - Alyson Rudd brings her own literary and sporting experise to bear as she reviews it.
Elif Shafak - Cultural Tour of Istanbul
In our run up to our Istanbul arts Special later this week, the award winning Turkish writer Elif Shafak takes us on a personal cultural tour of the city. Her latest book "The 40 Rules of Love" focuses on the characters from ancient Turkey and sufism, a subject close to her heart, whose many symbols can be seen on the streets of Istanbul, many of her other books have the city playing an important role.elifshafak.com
Elif starts her tour of Istanbul in a café in the Tunel region of the city, high on a hill above the famous waterfront.
Above photograph copyright Leah Gordon. Courtesy of Soul Jazz Records.Kanaval Photo Gallery
Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti' is an astonishing book of photographs from a decade of Kanaval in the city of Jacmel in Haiti. Photographer Leah Gordon talks to Bidisha about Jacmel, her photographs and the destruction of place by the recent earthquake.
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They Might Be Giants
The American indie band, They Might Be Giants, have sold more than four million records over the last four decades. Their new album, Here Comes Science, is their third aimed at children. With tracks such as Science is Real, Meet the Elements and What is a Shooting Star?, they hope to inform and entertain children about the material world. Band members John Flansburgh and John Linnell join Bidisha to explain why.
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