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Night Waves

Alfred Kinsey

Wednesday 2 February 2005 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

'We are the recorders and reporters of facts - not the judges of the behaviors we describe'. In 1948 Alfred Kinsey rocked America with his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male which claimed to be the first scientific study of sexual activity. His work was viewed by many as an attack on basic American values. Now, Kinsey is the subject of a new novel by TC Boyle and a forthcoming film starring Liam Neeson. Philip Dodd and guests discuss the his impact on American culture.


45 minutes

Programme Details

On Night Waves tonight Philip Dodd discusses the life and work of the German artist Joseph Beuys, as a new exhibition of his later work opens. Sculptor Anthony Gormley explains why, for him, Beuys is the most important artist of the post-World War II generation and one of the few who tackles the question of art after Auschwitz.

And as two unrelated projects - a new novel and film - come out which explore the life of the zoologist turned sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, Philip examines what it is that has led to a resurgence of interest in his work. As the film reawakened controversy around Kinsey when it was released in America, Philip asks whether our apparently more liberated times actually mask the fact that nothing much has changed.

Also on Night Waves tonight Philip talks to Adam Hochschild, author of the commercially and critically successful book about the colonial destruction of the Congo, King Leopold's Ghost.. His new book is about Britain's involvement with slavery and the subsequent anti-slavery movement. He tells Philip why he considers this the first international human rights movement, from which we still have much to learn.

Join Philip Dodd for Night Waves live tonight at 9.30 here on BBC Radio 3.

Presenter: Philip Dodd
Producer: Kirsty Pope

Additional Information:
The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle is published on the 7th February by Bloomsbury
Kinsey is in cinemas nationwide from the 4th March certificate 15
Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain Since 1880 by Lesley A. Hall is published by Palgrave Macmillan

Joseph Beuys: Actions, Vitrines, Environments is at Tate Modern until 2nd May

Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild is published by Macmillan this Friday.

A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet, starring Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson is at the Apollo Theatre in London until 23rd April.
Radio 3 have a special David Mamet mini-season coming up in March. Hear an interview with David Mamet on the 15th March. His play Glengarry Glen Ross is on 20th March and is followed by his new play Faustus directed by Mamet himself on the 27th March.

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