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Abu Ghraib

Monday 14 July 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Rachel Campbell-Johnston and guests discuss Errol Morris' new documentary, which explores human rights violations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Morris has been described as the Fellini or Hitchcock of documentary making and is responsible for films such as The Thin Blue Line, which claimed to solve a murder, as well as the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War, an essay on war, rationality and human nature.


45 minutes


Rachel Campbell Johnston talks to director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, about the man who built the wall across Britain in the second century AD - the Emperor Hadrian. Was he a pacifist as is commonly thought? And what can Britain's current leaders learn from him?

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict is at the British Museum from 24 July - 26 October 2008

Female Of The Species
Germaine Greer is reportedly furious about a new play, The Female Of The Species, loosely based on her experiences of being taken hostage in her own home. Director Roger Michell and playwright Joanna Murray Smith join Rachel to discuss the play.

The Female of the Species is at the Vaudeville Theatre in London until 4 October.

Standard Operating Procedure
Errol Morris is the documentary maker who coaxed incredible admissions from the former US Secretary of Defence, Robert MacNamara in The Fog Of War. Morris has now directed a film about the scandal of the American prison in Iraq, Abu Gharaib. Documentary maker Nick Fraser reviews the film.

Standard Operating Procedure is released on Friday, certificate 15.

A huge proportion of us don't consider how important water is until we have none. A new book, Take Me To The Source: In Search of Water, sets out to explain how it has played a vital role in every aspect of our history. The author, Rupert Wright talks to Rachel Campbell-Johnston about what water means to us.

Take Me to the Source: In Search of Water by Rupert Wright Published by Harvill Secker.

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