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Robert Pirsig, Shobha Nehru, Michael Ballhaus, Leo Baxendale, Bruce Langhorne

Matthew Bannister on writer Robert Pirsig, ambassador's wife Shobha Nehru, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, cartoonist Leo Baxendale, musician Bruce Langhorne.

Matthew Bannister on

Robert Pirsig, author of the best selling book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Shobha Nehru, the Hungarian woman who married into India's most powerful political dynasty - and used her position to confront Prime Minister Indira Ghandi about human rights abuses.

Michael Ballhaus, the cinematographer who worked closely with Martin Scorsese.

Leo Baxendale, the cartoonist and publisher who created the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx.

And Bruce Langhorne, the guitarist on some of Bob Dylan's best known songs.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Robert Pirsig

Born 6 September 1928; died 24 April 2017 aged 88.

Matthew spoke to journalist Tim Adams of the Observer.

Shobha Nehru

Born 5 December 1908; died 25 April 2017 aged 108.

Last Word spoke to her daughter in law, Chanda Nehru and to the New York Times’ South East Asia Bureau Chief, Ellen Barry.

Michael Ballhaus

Born 5 August 1935; died 11 April 2017 aged 81.

Matthew spoke to his friend, the film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

Leo Baxendale

Born 27 October 1930; died 25 April 2017 aged 86.

Ian McMillan pays tribute.

Bruce Langhorne

Born 11 May 1938; died 14 April 2017 aged 78.

Last Word spoke to his friend Peter Fonda and to journalist Robert Chalmers.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Tim Adams
Interviewed Guest Chanda Nehru
Interviewed Guest Ellen Barry
Interviewed Guest Thelma Schoonmaker
Interviewed Guest Ian McMillan
Interviewed Guest Peter Fonda
Interviewed Guest Bruce Chalmers
Producer Neil George