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The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles
South Africa Animation
We speak to the producer behind Adventures in Zambezia, the first African film to be nominated for a major American animation award.
Hitchcock & Psycho
Film critic Owen Gleiberman on Sacha Gervasi's film Hitchcock which stars Anthony Hopkins as the legendary director and also why Psycho is such an important cinematic milestone.
Beck and Ed Harcourt
Beck is a musician renowned for his experimental approach to music making, and his latest album is typically avant-garde; it exists only as a beautiful collection of sheet music for musicians to interpret. British singer songwriter Ed Harcourt is a fan and he came into interpret the tunes for us.
Louis de Bernières talks about Mr. Handel - his new play with chamber orchestra as he represents the composer talking to his contemporaries in the afterlife.
New Zealand Conductor Rachael Young on how the music of Russia first propelled her on her way to success.
Science Seal of Approval for Fiction
Jane O'Brien reports on a move by one of the oldest scientific institutions in the US to award a seal of approval to fiction writers who make credible use of science in their books.
Mark Coles talks to Pullitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, not about his fiction but about his memoir, "On Helwig Street" in which he reveals facts about his mother and his upbringing in the small 1950s glove-making town of Gloversville, New York.
Two members of the Grammy Award wining Saharan blues band, Tinariwen, drop by to talk to us and record a live session track.
(Image: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the red carpet for their film Hitchcock, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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