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Tate Modern - Exploding the Canon Since its inception, Tate Modern was set to move beyond the canon of western art history into the relatively uncharted waters of the global contemporary. This programme was set to celebrate Tate Modern's 20th anniversary, but was stalled by the lockdown, during which time the role of museums and galleries in a pandemic world have been in the spotlight and Tate has been entreated to decolonise and to deal with its patriarchal past. For Director Frances Morris, there is an urgency to ensure Tate Modern is fit for the future. She talks to artists Lubaina Himid, Sonia Boyce and Suzanne Dhaliwal, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, critics and curators including Clara Kim and Hammad Nasar and lawyer and activist, Farhana Yamin to understand how Tate can not only explode the canon, but redesign the institution in which art is shown.

A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 3
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Tate Modern - Exploding the Canon Since its inception, Tate Modern was set to move beyond the canon of western art history into the relatively uncharted waters of the global contemporary. This programme was set to celebrate Tate Modern's 20th anniversary, but was stalled by the lockdown, during which time the role of museums and galleries in a pandemic world have been in the spotlight and Tate has been entreated to decolonise and to deal with its patriarchal past. For Director Frances Morris, there is an urgency to ensure Tate Modern is fit for the future. She talks to artists Lubaina Himid, Sonia Boyce and Suzanne Dhaliwal, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, critics and curators including Clara Kim and Hammad Nasar and lawyer and activist, Farhana Yamin to understand how Tate can not only explode the canon, but redesign the institution in which art is shown.

A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 3
Dyslexia: Into adulthood Stella Sabin hears from dyslexic people across the world who reveal the challenges of growing up and working with dyslexia, and from experts at the cutting edge of dyslexia research.

Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the dyslexic this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the spelling test, the forgetfulness, and the shame of struggling with things that other people find so simple.

Stella Sabin who has dyslexia herself, looks at the impact of the condition in adult life, and asks what difference does it make to know the name of what you are experiencing? Dyslexic people are disproportionally represented in low paying jobs and in the US and the UK 50% of the prison population are dyslexic. She visits the intelligence and security organisation GCHQ who are positively recruiting dyslexic thinkers, who are able to find unusual and imaginative solutions to complex problems…like cracking codes.

Produced for the BBC World Service
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The Topping Tooters Of The Town (produced with Just Radio) 'These are the topping tooters of the town, who play "Lilliburlero" to my Lord Mayor's horse through the city.'

In an exhilarating programme, William Lyons (musician and specialist in performance and Renaissance music) celebrates the music of the Waits - a professional band of musicians who played for civic and ceremonial occasions in major towns across the country until 1835.

Produced for BBC Radio 4
Carlos Gardel: Tango To The New World (Part 1) Tango dancer Fabian Salas explores the nostalgia and drama in the music of Carlos Gardel. He is the most famous figure in Tango and yet, the story and music of Argentina's national hero is barely known outside Latin America. A hundred years ago, Gardel recorded Mi Noche Triste (My Sad Night), and for listeners who are Argentinian or Uruguayan, the song can stop time.
Produced for The BBC World Service
Carlos Gardel: Tango To The New World (Part 2) Tango dancer Fabian Salas explores the nostalgia and drama in the music of Carlos Gardel. He is the most famous figure in Tango and yet, the story and music of Argentina's national hero is barely known outside Latin America. A hundred years ago, Gardel recorded Mi Noche Triste (My Sad Night), and for listeners who are Argentinian or Uruguayan, the song can stop time.
Produced for The BBC World Service
In Search Of Yves Klein Yves Klein is best remembered for his use of a single colour, Yves Klein International Blue, but his theories, extravagant performances, and his radical conceptions have largely gone unacknowledged. Emerging as an artist after three decades of war and destruction, Klein's work and ideas are characterised by a jubilant 'breaking-free' from the clench of the early 20th century-- by optimism, exploration and a desire to experience life beyond the physical world - the "immaterial' as he called it'.
Produced for BBC Radio 3
A Body Of Essays : Daljit Nagra : The Lungs As part of a series of reflections about organs of the human body, poet Daljit Nagra describes how the lungs are an exchange system, similar to poetry.
A Body Of Essays : Ned Beauman : The Appendix As part of a series of reflections about organs of the human body, novelist and journalist Ned Beauman confronts the idea that the appendix is redundant.
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