Thursday 15 May 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Top QC Philippe Sands on how the Bush administration sanctioned torture at Guantanamo Bay; Jatinder Verma on epic The Ramayana; Pygmalion reviewed; the civil rights movement's quiet heroine Mildred Loving remembered.
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
What really went wrong at Guantanamo Bay? In his new book Torture Team, top QC Phillipe Sands explains how Donald Rumsfeld's authorisation of the use of new interrogation techniques on prisoners at the base paved the way for the abuses that occurred whilst ensuring that ordinary soldiers on the ground took the blame.
Torture Team by Philippe Sands is published by Allen Lane and is out now.
RFK Must Die
New documentary RFK Must Die argues that Robert Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, acted under the influence of CIA mind-control techniques when he committed his crime. But could Sirhan really have been a 'Manchurian Candidate', programmed to kill and then to forget having done so, as he himself claims? Professor of American Studies at Birmingham University Scott Lucas tells Rana Mitter the real story of CIA mind-control experiments and reflects on their powerful cultural influence in films like The Manchurian Candidate, The Ipcress File and the Bourne trilogy.
RFK Must Die is out this week on DVD and has a limited cinema release in London at the ICA and Rich Mix.
And, as Peter Hall's production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opens in London, the academics Michael Dobson and Lynda Mugglestone, author of 'Talking Proper', will be reviewing the first night. The play, which was first staged in 1914, tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who accepts a bet that he can transform the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into someone who could pass as a duchess. But how does the play work today when an RP accent is not necessarily a path to advancement in society?
Pygmalion is on at the Old Vic from 15 May.
The writer and director, Jatinder Verma discusses his love for the Ramayana and his part in a new show at the British Library featuring the first public display of 120 exquisite seventeenth century paintings inspired by the great Sanskrit epic.
The Ramayana: Love and Value in India's Great Epic is exhibited at the British Library from 16 May.