Tuesday 11 December 2007 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Kenan Malik talks to novelist Richard Ford about a landmark anthology of American short stories that he has recently edited. Ford is known as one of the US's finest living writers, so why does he believe the short story still has a powerful and respected place in American literary circles?
Plus Kenan and guests discuss the significance of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, in the week of his 100th birthday. Niemeyer was one of the leading figures of 20th-century architectural modernism, even designing the extraordinary buildings of the government capital, Brasilia.
Kenan Malik talks to the writer Richard Ford. The anthology of American short stories which he edited fifteen years ago has come to be considered definitive and his advocacy of writers such as Richard Yates, has contributed to the renewal of interest in their work. For this reason alone it's worth reading anything which carries his imprimatur and his New Granta Book of the American Short Story repays this interest. Richard talks to Kenan Malik about his fondness for the form and his belief that America is seething with talent.
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story is published by Granta
Photographer Eamonn McCabe will be reviewing an exhibition of the photographer, Nick Waplington at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Nick Waplington's show is on at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London until 2 January 2008
On the eve of his 100th birthday there'll be an assessment of the achievement of the architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Kenan is joined by architect Rab Bennetts and literary translator Amanda Hopkinson to discuss his work.
If you've had occasion to read the news about India recently the chances are that you'll have come across the name of the Hindu god, Ram. He's one of the two deities summoned by a judge to help settle a property dispute in the eastern state of Jharkand and he's also the divinity whose existence has been controversially questioned by the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Kenan spoke to the artist and social commentator, Shuddah Sengupta, who lives in Delhi, and has been following events and asked him whether he was surprised to find Ram invoked in public life in this way?