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Paris: a literary paradise

We embark upon a tour of Paris's literary hotspots, starting at the iconic Café de Flore. Next, we head to famous bookshop Shakespeare & Company to meet the owners who turned it into an exciting literary meeting place. And American author Dinaw Mengestu explains why Parisian life is such a source of inspiration.

Our last stop is Victor Hugo's house for a guided tour by our literature critic Augustin Trapenard, who also discloses his very Parisian summer read of choice.

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2014-04-17 US cinema

Fast cars and slow trains

On today’s show we take you on a high-speed, behind-the-scenes chase through actor Aaron Paul's latest film, "Need for Speed". Jade Barker sat down with the "Breaking Bad" star...

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2014-04-16 cinema

Art, sex, money, memory and manga

On today’s cinematic Encore! Lisa Nesselson discusses two movies for grown-ups. "The Best Offer" is the first English-language film by Giuseppe Tornatore who gave us "Cinema...

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2014-04-15 theatre

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Today’s guest weaves music with movement, dialogue with dance, photography with philosophy and myth with imagery. Film-maker and choreographer Wim Vandekeybus joins Jade Barker...

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2014-04-14 rap/hip-hop

Meet France’s newest indie darlings: "François and the Atlas Mountains"

France is known worldwide for its electro scene but in recent years these bands have also been enjoying success outside of the French-speaking market, with the likes of Phoenix,...

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2014-04-11 photography

Freddy Cole: 'I’m not my brother, I’m me'

He’s been dubbed "the jazz great with the panache of Duke Ellington and a voice like raw silk". Masterful vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole has been captivating listeners for over...

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