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55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 July 2011

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

Today's programme includes Djo Munga, Maz Jobrani, Gerald Stembridge, A Separation, Caine Prize 4, Hungarian Photographers and Beyonce.

  • Djo Munga

    We talk to the Congolese director whose new film has already won six awards from the African Movice Academy.

  • Maz Jobrani

    Celebrated Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani is on tour poking fun at the negative connotations associated with being from the Middle East. He tells Simon Pitts about the audiences coming to the shows.

  • Gerard Stembridge

    Novelist Gerard Stembridge talks about his new book Unspoken, set in 1960s Ireland, which he says is his attempt to write an 'Irish Victorian novel' showing how huge social changes like the arrival of television and free education changed the lives of everyone in the country, irreversibly.

  • A Separation

    A new Iranian film eschews the poetic style of so much of the country's cinema to tell a story of two families crushed by daily life in the Islamic Republic.

  • The Caine Prize for African Writing

    We talk to the Botswanan writer Lauri Kabuitsile, shortlisted for one of Africa's most important literary awards.

  • Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century

    A new exhibition in London shows how Hungarian photographers, including Robert Capa and Brassaï, influenced the course of modern photography.

  • Beyonce

    Beyonce rocked the Glastonbury Festival's Main Stage at the weekend and has a new album. We review "4" and consider where her music has taken her.


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