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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)

50 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Marin Alsop

    Libby Purves meets conductor Marin Alsop

    Duration: 09:30

  • Pakistani Music

    Fifi Haroon reports from Pakistan

    Duration: 05:05

  • Hip Hop Feministas

    Candace Piette talks to bold and talented young female rappers from South America

    Duration: 03:45

  • Queens of Syria

    Documentary filmmaker Yasmin Fedda discusses her film

    Duration: 04:38

  • Grandma

    Lily Tomlin talks to Simon Mayo about the film Grandma

    Duration: 08:03

  • Yinka Shonibare

    Yinka Shonibare creates a new 'mannequin' figure and talks about his career.

    Duration: 05:41

  • Writing New Nigeria

    Wana Udobang meets the writers who are exploring Nigerian ideas of identity.

    Duration: 05:42

  • Mr Blue Sky

    ELO's brilliantly off-beam classic, Mr Blue Sky, is explored

    Duration: 03:34

  • Kygo

    Here For You (feat. Ella Henderson)

  • Angel Haze

    Dirty Gold

  • Kacey Musgraves


  • John Adams

    Light Over the Water

  • Syriana

    Al Mazzeh

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

  • Aphex Twin

    Avril 14

  • Femi Kuti

    Do Your Best