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Ian McEwan/Jeremy Rifkin/Katya Kabanova/Tony Cragg

Rana Mitter talks to Ian McEwan about his much-anticipated new novel Solar, set against the background of the global environmental crisis. Plus a review of Katya Kabanova at ENO.

Rana Mitter talks to the acclaimed writer Ian McEwan about his much-anticipated new novel Solar, which is set against the background of the global environmental crisis.

Jeremy Rifkin is the American guru who put the eco into economics - his writing has popularized the commercial possibilities of biotech to millions. Now he says we're on the cusp of a third Industrial Revolution and that we need to develop what he calls an "empathic civilization": a global society that goes beyond individuals and nation-states.

Susan Hitch reviews a new production of the opera Katya Kabanova at English National Opera.

And Rana visits the studio of Tony Cragg, one of Britain's most distinguished post-war sculptors as he prepares for a new exhibition.

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