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The Forum
6 July
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Mohammed Hanif, Elleke Boehmer


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This week's ideas: The West, political satire and Nelson Mandela' image

The Forum, the BBC World Service programme which boldly crosses boundaries: scientific, creative and geographic, presented by Bridget Kendall.


Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton University asks what is "The West"? He argues one can not attach the term "western" to any given set of values or region of the world.

Pakistani author and head of the BBC Urdu Service Mohammed Hanif discusses his novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes. He explains why he chose political satire to delve into his country's turbulent past.

South African born author Elleke Boehmer looks at the figure of Nelson Mandela in today's world. Her latest book Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction reveals how South Africa's first democratic president has forged his image as a deliberate strategy.

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