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Saturday 24 March 2012

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

South Sudan Music Awards
As the world's newest country gears up to host its first Music Awards ceremony, the BBC's James Copnall meets some of the nominees and brings us some unique South Sudanese music.

The Hunger Games
Selling more advance tickets than any non-sequel, The Hunger Games hits screens this weekend. Is the controversial teenagers-killing-each-other story good? We'll find out.

Jerez Flamenco Festival in Spain
Legendary Flamenco singer Carmen Linares has set some of Spain's greatest poetry to the music of flamenco. Ashish Sharma visited the Festival for The Strand.

Nadine Gordimer
The Nobel prize winning author talks about her new novel, No Time Like the Present, which tells the story of a mixed couple who were former fighters against apartheid and now face challenges of a different kind in the new South Africa.

Manu Delago
On tour with Bjork, playing the hang - which looks like two woks and sounds like a steel pan- Manu talks about being an evangelical pioneer for his young instrument.

Projects 97: Mark Boulos
A video meditation on the slipperiness of oil; more than fuel, its discovery and exploitation can wreak local devastation and drive global capitalism to dangerous extremes.

Maori Shakespeare
As part of Globe to Globe, we hear about a production of Troilus and Cressida which transplants the plot from Ancient Greece to precolonial New Zealand (pictured).

Esperanza Spalding
Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding releases Radio Music Society. We talk to the musician about jazz and the acoustic bass.



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