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Cultural Exchange

Creative minds talk about the cultural work that inspires them, an arts project for BBC Radio 4. Each Cultural Exchange podcast contains the curator’s recommendation.

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James Blake

James Blake chooses the film Stalker by Tarkovsky. Plus archive interviews about the Russian film-maker featuring Will Self, Geoff Dyer, Mike Hodges and Werner Herzog.

21mins

24 Jul 2013

Rank #1

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Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan chooses the film The Princess Bride. Plus archive BBC interviews with William Goldman, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

19mins

6 Aug 2013

Rank #2

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Mitsuko Uchida

The pianist Mitsuko Uchida chooses The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca. Plus archive interviews with Martin Kemp, Lang Lang and a report into how The Resurrection was saved from destruction.

18mins

26 Jun 2013

Rank #3

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Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman chooses a song by Georges Brassens, called Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète. Plus BBC archive clips about Brassens featuring Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds and Julian Barnes.

20mins

31 Jul 2013

Rank #4

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Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers chooses the Piazza del Campo, a medieval square in Siena. Plus archive bbc interviews about the Palio horse race. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

15mins

29 Jul 2013

Rank #5

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Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker choose a photograph by Man Ray called Dust Breeding. Plus archive BBC interviews with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp.

20mins

5 Aug 2013

Rank #6

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Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti chooses Korngold’s Violin Concerto, played by Jascha Heifetz. Plus archive BBC interviews with Itzhak Perlman and Leonard Slatkin.

19mins

30 Jul 2013

Rank #7

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Amanda Levete

The architect Amanda Levete chooses Casa Malaparte, a house on the Italian island of Capri. Plus archive interviews with Jean-Luc Godard, Charlie Luxton, Prof Richard Burdett and Amanda Levete herself.

13mins

28 Jun 2013

Rank #8

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Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell chooses the painting Christ contemplated by the Christian Soul by Velazquez. Plus archive interviews with Richard Griffiths and Carlos Fuentes. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

17mins

4 Jul 2013

Rank #9

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Julia Donaldson

The former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo chooses American children’s writer Arnold Lobel whose books include the Frog and Toad series and Grasshopper on the Road. Plus Sam West reads Lobel’s story ‘A List’ and there’s archive from Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne and Anne Fine.

15mins

1 Jul 2013

Rank #10

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Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell chooses the oratorio Solomon by Handel. Plus archive interviews about Handel with conductors Christopher Hogwood John Eliot Gardiner.

19mins

24 Jul 2013

Rank #11

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CE Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie chooses the film All About Eve (1950), starring Bette Davis. Plus archive BBC interviews with Bette Davis, Joseph Mankiewicz, and Honor Blackman.

16mins

26 Jul 2013

Rank #12

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Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews chooses Fanfare Ciocărlia and their album Queens and Kings. Plus BBC archive interviews about gypsy music including an interview with the band.

18mins

2 Aug 2013

Rank #13

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste chooses Miles Davis' 1959 album Kind of Blue. Plus archive interviews with drummer Jimmy Cobb and trumpeter Henry Lowther and archive features about the Miles Davis' early life and relationship with bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.

16mins

27 Jun 2013

Rank #14

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Clarke Peters

Actor and musician Clarke Peters – best-known for his TV roles in the Wire and Treme – chooses They Came Before Columbus, the bestselling 1970s book by Dr Ivan Van Sertima, that porposed a new interpretation of African American ancestry.

19mins

3 Jul 2013

Rank #15

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Lee Hall

Playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall chooses Briggflatts, a poem by Basil Bunting. Plus archive interviews with Elton John, Tom Pickard and Basil Bunting himself.

28mins

26 Jun 2013

Rank #16

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Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer chooses the painting Ecce Homo by the 19th Century Italian artist Antonio Ciseri. Plus BBC archive about Pontius Pilate. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

17mins

1 Aug 2013

Rank #17

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones chooses Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Plus BBC archive of Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton. Full details at Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website.

20mins

26 Jul 2013

Rank #18

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Mark Ravenhill chooses Casanova, Dennis Potter's first TV serial. Plus archive BBC interviews with and about Dennis Potter. Go to Front Row's Cultural Exchange website for full details.

24mins

22 Jul 2013

Rank #19

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Paul Franklin

The Oscar-winning Visual Effects Designer, Paul Franklin chooses The Thief of Bagdad (1940). Plus archive interviews with Alexander Korda, Powell and Pressburger, Andy Serkis and Paul Franklin himself.

19mins

19 Jul 2013

Rank #20