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Noam Chomsky

Monday 15 May 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

As Noam Chomsky's latest book, Failed State: America, is published, Susan Hitch and guests explore whether the ideas within it merit his billing as 'the world's top public intellectual'.


45 minutes

Actress Olivia Williams in

The Changeling

Olivia Williams in The Changeling
Image from the Barbican (London) production of The Changeling


THEATRE: 'The Changeling'
Professor Jonathan Bate reviews a new production of 'The Changeling' directed by Declan Donnellan from the 'Cheek by Jowl' theatre company and starring Olivia Williams as the desperate heiress who uses the disfigured de Flores to 'dispose' of her unwanted bridegroom. Written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, 'The Changeling' is a thriller about horror, sex and death.

'The Changeling' continues at the Barbican Theatre in London until June 10, 2006 after which it will be touring to Madrid and Barcelona. For more information contact www.cheekbyjowl.com .

BOOK: Matters of Life and Death
An interview with author of 'Cal' and 'Grace Notes', Bernard MacLaverty. This latest book is a collection of stories beginning with the sudden terror of a family caught up in an explosion of sectarian violence and ending with the white-out of a blizzard and the fear of displacement and loss of self.

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

FILM: 'The Searchers'
Film director Terence Davies and film critic Nigel Floyd pay homage to John Ford's classic western 'The Searchers' starring Natalie Wood and John Wayne as the civil war veteran on a journey to find a young niece who has been captured by Indians. 'The Searchers' celebrates it's 50th anniversary and will be showing at the National Film Theatre in London on Thursday 18 May at 6.10pm and on Tuesday 30 May at 6.00pm. For further details contact www.bfi.org.uk/nft .

DISCUSSION: Noam Chomsky
On the publication of his recent book 'Failed States', Susan Hitch and Adam Roberts explore whether Noam Chomsky's ideas merit his recent billing as "the world's top public intellectual".

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