Wednesday 9 July 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Matthew Sweet speaks to writer Christopher Hitchens about his decision to undergo 'waterboarding'. Plus a black comedy play set in Camden and writer Edna Fernandes on her new book.
Matthew Sweet talks to Christopher Hitchens about his decision to undergo 'waterboarding', the controversial technique used by the Americans to interrogate certain subjects. Hitchens was challenged to experience waterboarding himself in defence of his position that it was not a technique of torture. He discusses the responsibility of the journalist to put their money where their mouth is, and the possibility of publicly changing your mind.
Christopher Hitchens' article is published in the August edition of Vanity Fair.
Susannah Clapp brings us a first night review of a new play at Shakespeare's Globe, The Frontline, a black comedy by Che Walker - commissioned as the winner of the George Devine award - which promises a panorama of contemporary London set in the vibrant environs of Camden Town Underground station on a Saturday night.
The Frontline by Che Walker is on at Shakespeare's Globe from 9 July.
Matthew is joined by Edna Fernandes to talk about her book The Last Jews of Kerala, a history of India's largely forgotten Jewish community, and hears about its testimonies from the few surviving members.
The Last Jews of Kerala by Edna Fernandes is published by Portobello Books.
To mark the release in cinemas of Journey to the Centre of the Earth in 3D Matthew is joined by Matthew Beaumont to discuss visions in fiction and film of civilisations deep beneath our feet.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (3D) is certificate PG and on at cinemas from 11 July.