8 December 2006
Friday 8 December 2006 21:45-22:15 (Radio 3)
Isabel Hilton with another edition of the arts and ideas programme.
From 'Bound for Glory, America in Colour 1939 - 1943'
Exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, London
Jack Delano, 1941
Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains, Greene County, Georgia
© Library of Congress, Washington
Rory Stewart has been described as a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. He is a diplomat, explorer and writer, whose biography reads like something out of a Boys adventure story.
He once trekked some 6000 miles across central Asia, including a solo walk across Afghanistan.
He became a deputy governor in Iraq and he has now settled in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
His current work is with running The Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a project set up thanks to the friendship between Prince Charles and the Afghan president Hamid Karzai and which is attempting to restore the medieval heart of this once beautiful and exotic city.
For details, please go to www.turquoisemountain.org/
In tonight's Night Waves, Isabel Hilton talks to Rory Stewart about his life in Afghanistan, about what has been lost forever in Kabul and the problems of restoring what remains.
'Bound for Glory, America in Colour 1939 - 1943'
Also on the programme; Adam Smith reviews a new exhibition of photographs which has recently been unearthed depicting the American Depression.
In the 1930's and 40's one third of that country were "ill clothed, ill housed and ill fed" and we are accustomed to seeing their images in black and white.
These images, forgotten for years thanks to a filing error, are in surprising colour and have a powerful new resonance.
For visiting details please go to the The Photographer's Gallery
The Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, creator of the Dogme Manifesto, has had a new idea. Throughout his latest film, The Boss of it All, a number of apparently irrelevant objects are scattered. These are 'Lookeys' and von Trier is offering a prize to the first person in Denmark to identify them. The prize is new, but is the introduction of objects or images unrelated to the narrative so unusual? Novelist and film critic Kim Newman tells Isabel where to look for hidden clues and messages.
As Luxembourg becomes the European capital of culture for 2007, Night Waves hears from the writer and musician Claudine Muno about what its like to be a creative talent in a small country whose culture is overshadowed by its large neighbours in France and Germany.
For more information on Claudine Muno's band The Lunaboots, you can go to their website www.thelunaboots.com.