Marin Alsop, Yinka Shonibare
'When you grow up in a family of musicians you have no choice' - Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop explains how tricky it can be for a female conductor just to get the hours of practice in, Lily Tomlin on playing a gay woman trying to raise the money to pay for her granddaughter’s abortion, and Fifi Haroon presents the best music currently coming from Pakistan.
We meet Guatemala’s feminist hip hopper Rebecca Lane, film-maker Yasmin Fedda on her film Queens Of Syria which looks at the refugee crisis, British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare on subverting the expectations of his audience, the best new writing from Nigeria and an appreciation of the classic song Mr Blue Sky by ELO.
(Photo: Marin Alsop (c) Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images, Yinka Shonibare (c) Justin Tallis/Getty Images)
Music and featured items
Libby Purves meets conductor Marin Alsop
Fifi Haroon reports from Pakistan
Hip Hop Feministas
Candace Piette talks to bold and talented young female rappers from South America
Queens of Syria
Documentary filmmaker Yasmin Fedda discusses her film
Lily Tomlin talks to Simon Mayo about the film Grandma
Yinka Shonibare creates a new 'mannequin' figure and talks about his career.
Writing New Nigeria
Wana Udobang meets the writers who are exploring Nigerian ideas of identity.
Mr Blue Sky
ELO's brilliantly off-beam classic, Mr Blue Sky, is explored