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Short Stories and Tall Tales

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 26 April 2014

What do you do with a story that’s too good to be true? This week, Owen Bennett Jones just happens to stumble upon an ancient Hindu ceremony in an Indian holy city. But he later finds not all is as it seems.

Alan Johnston visits Rome’s ‘non-Catholic’ cemetery – the final resting ground of Keats, Shelley, and a whole international community of the dead. And, Andrew Whitehead takes a road trip to San Francisco to visit a shrine to the Beat movement.

Susannah Knights finds quality control somewhat lacking at a post-revolutionary arts fair in Tunisia. Meanwhile, Richard Hamilton catches up with the last storyteller of Marrakech.

(Photo: A man walks past a stand on the opening day of the 40th edition of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair. Credit: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)


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