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First Aid Kit, Summer and Smoke, Xanax, MPG awards

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit talk about their album Ruins, teenagers and drugs, women nominees for the MPG awards and Tennessee Williams' 1948 play, Summer and Smoke.

First Aid Kit are Swedish folk duo, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, and have been making country influenced music since their early teens. Their last album, Stay Gold, brought them much attention, but after hard touring they took a break from each other for the first time and lived apart in different countries. Heartbreak finally brought them together again, which they explore on their new album, Ruins. They join Jenni to talk about the experience of making music as sisters, and to perform their track Fireworks.

A teenager talks to Jenni about his experiences of taking the drug Xanax which is only available on private prescription in the UK. His mum describes the impact on their family short-term and long-term as her son dropped out of school, came to grips with his drug taking and plans his future.

Jenni talks to two nominees before tonight's Music Producers Guild awards. A quarter of the nominees for these technical awards in music are women, more than ever before. Joining Jenni is Catherine Marks who is nominated for Producer of the Year and Steph Marziano for Breakthrough Engineer of the Year.

Tennessee Williams' 1948 play, Summer and Smoke, follows Alma, a minister's daughter, who meets hell-raiser John over the course of a summer in Mississippi. It's a case of opposites attract. Trapped between desire and fear, Alma turns her world upside down in the search for salvation. The play has rarely been seen on British stages and it never reached the fame of Williams' instantly popular A Street car Named Desire, which was written the year before. A new production at the Almeida Theatre hopes to revive the forgotten classic. Jenni talks to director Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran who plays Alma.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • XANAX

    Duration: 10:40

  • MPG Awards

    Duration: 08:04

  • First Aid Kit

    Duration: 11:34

  • Summer and Smoke

    Duration: 09:52

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Klara Soderberg
Interviewed Guest Johanna Soderberg
Interviewed Guest Catherine Marks
Interviewed Guest Steph Marziano
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Frecknall
Interviewed Guest Patsy Ferran
Performer First Aid Kit

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