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Night Waves


Tuesday 11 January 2005 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)


45 minutes

Programme Details

Watching the Arab television channel, Al-Jazeera, was once something for the specialist. Yet today it has fifty million viewers and is one of the most controversial broadcasters in the world. It is said to be Osama bin Laden's network of choice, and it's loathed by the American establishment. In Night Waves Isabel Hilton discusses it's impact with Hugh Miles, who has written a history of the station, and with Mary Kaldor from the London School of Economics.

Also, the writers' writer Anthony Doerr explains his fascination with dreams and the responsibilities they impose on the dreamer - one of the central themes of his first novel, published this month.

Isabel Hilton interviews Angus Macqueen about his investigation of the cocaine industry and how it has devastated the lives of people in Peru and Brazil.

And the man many regard as cinema's most dazzling talent ,Wong Kar Wai, talks about his latest film, 2046.

Night Waves, live at 9.30pm, here on BBC Radio 3

Presenter: Isabel Hilton
Producer: Zahid Warley

Additional Information:
1) About Grace by Anthony Doerr is published by 4th Estate.
2) Al-Jazeera - How Arab TV News Challenged The World  by Hugh Miles is published by Abacus.
3) 2046, directed by Wong Kar Wai -- is released at selected cinemas on Friday 14 January.
4) Tony Rayn's book about Wong Kar Wai will be published by Faber later this year.
5) Cocaine,  the three part TV series by Angus Macqueen, begins on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday
6) Outliving  by Bernard O'Donoghue is published by Chatto and Windus.

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