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How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-12-21

The art of the Apocalypse

Today’s show is dedicated to the end of the world - and how artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians have riffed on the subject over the years. What would you do if the world was about to end? Get drunk? See family and friends? Maybe have sex? It’s the subject of a million pub conversations.

We discuss the new film by New Yorker Abel Ferrara. Eve Jackson asks the surprisingly chipper director why he put an upbeat spin on Armageddon.

We also examine literary imaginings of world annihilation with our book critic Sylvia Whitman.

Finally, we find out how Mexican artists are using manhole covers and paper figurines to represent their spin on the gloomy subject.

By Catherine Nicholson

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2018-02-20 Paris

100% Pure Parisian: Comedian Julie Collas helps locals laugh at themselves

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2018-02-19 music

Music show: Duck Duck Grey Duck, Femi Kuti, Starchild & the New Romantic

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2018-02-16 culture

Portrait of a (First) Lady: The Obamas unveil new paintings

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2018-02-15 culture

Robert Olen Butler: Still haunted by the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago he returned from the Vietnam War. Twenty-five years ago he won the Pulitzer Prize for his stories of Vietnamese immigrants in America. Through his 16 novels...

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2018-02-14 culture

Film show: 'Phantom Thread', 'Finding Phong' and 'The Apparition'

From what's said to be Daniel Day-Lewis' last film to a movie that led to Vietnam changing its law on transgender identity, Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week’s...

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