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The Amen Corner, Conspiracies and Democracy, John Gallagher, Rachel Kushner

With Matthew Sweet. Including a review of the play The Amen Corner, a debate on conspiracy theories, novelist Rachel Kushner and John Gallagher on 16th-century disguise.

With Matthew Sweet. Including a first night review of the National Theatre's revival of James Baldwin's drama The Amen Corner. It stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as the uncompromising pastor of a Harlem church. Susannah Clapp and Lindsay Johns review.

After urgent questions were asked in the House of Commons about the Bilderberg Conference, a meeting of international government ministers and global corporate leaders which took place in Watford over the weekend, Matthew Sweet asks whether conspiracy theories are the sign of a decayed or thriving democracy. Professor Sir Richard Evans, David Aaronovitch and Eliane Glaser are Matthew's guests.

John Gallagher is one of Radio 3 's New Generation Thinkers. Tonight he meditates on the pleasures and pitfalls of disguise for the sixteenth century traveller.

Matthew interviews Rachel Kushner whose latest novel, The Flamethrowers is about the art and radicalism of the 1970's.

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45 minutes


  • Conspiracies and Democracy

    Discussing are Professor Sir Richard Evans, David Aaronovitch and Eliane Glaser

    Duration: 18:26

  • The Amen Corner

    A first night review of the National Theatre's revival of the drama, The Amen Corner

    Duration: 10:28

  • John Gallagher

    New Generation Thinker John Gallagher discusses the disguise of the 16th century traveller

    Duration: 04:21

  • Rachel Kushner

    Matthew interviews Rachel Kushner about her latest novel, The Flamethrowers

    Duration: 11:53

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner
The Flamethrowers written by Rachel Kushner is published by Harvill Secker.

The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner is on at the National Theatre, London from Wednesday 12 June until Wednesday 14 August 2013.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest Lindsay Johns
Interviewed Guest Sir Richard Evans
Interviewed Guest David Aaronovitch
Interviewed Guest Eliane Glaser
Interviewed Guest Rachel Kushner
Performer John Gallagher


  • Tue 11 Jun 2013 22:00

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