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Bradley Cooper

The film actor talks about his role in American Sniper

While the world’s biggest free literary festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival continues, writer Sandip Roy discusses the state of Indian books. After extraordinary figures at last weekend’s opening of Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper, actor and producer Bradley Cooper tells us it is not a war film - it’s a character study.

And, with the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations now taking place in Equatorial Guinea, we showcase some of the country’s best music. Also, music producer Mark Ronson (who also worked with Amy Winehouse) collaborates with American novelist Michael Chabon who writes the lyrics on a new album. We hear from both.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks there has been much commentary about the taboo of representing Islam’s founder in art, and Dr Sussan Babaie considers the history of images of the Prophet Muhammad in the tradition of Islamic Art. And, we discover new writing in a postcard from Algeria sent to us from the celebrated novelist Boualem Sansal.

Finally, from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka we meet rickshaw painter Mohammed Shahin Hossain, whose artwork decorates some of the city’s one million three-wheelers.

(Photo: Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. Credit: Keith Bernstein)

50 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Sandip Roy

    A postcard from Calcutta

    Duration: 07:00

  • American Sniper

    The lead actor and producer, Bradley Cooper tells us about the film

    Duration: 08:11

  • African Football Music

    Music from Equatorial Guinea

    Duration: 07:47

  • Mark Ronson

    The music producer collaborates with American novelist Michael Chabon

    Duration: 12:23

  • Islamic Art

    Dr Sussan Babaie considers the history of images of the Prophet Muhammad

    Duration: 05:12

  • Boualem Sansal

    A postcard from Algeria

    Duration: 04:32

  • Bangladesh Rickshaws

    We meet a rickshaw painter

    Duration: 04:21

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Song of the River

  • Ahmed Mukhtar

    After the War

  • Magic System

    Feel the Magic in The Air

  • Las Hijas del Sol


  • Bey


  • Concha Buika

    Don't Explain

  • Mark Ronson & The Business Intl

    Bang Bang Bang

  • Mark Ronson

    Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

  • Mark Ronson

    Daffodils (feat. Kevin Parker)

  • Rachid Taha

    Ya Rayah

  • State of Bengal

    Flight IC 408

  • The Album Leaf

    Almost There