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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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2014-08-29 culture

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

For the past 20 years he's wowed the audiences of Quebec, Las Vegas and Atlantic City with his talent and humour. Now Alain Choquette is targeting the French with his show...

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2014-08-28 Greece

An art wonderland: A burnt-out piano, a bed in a box and a giant magic mushroom

For the first time, the famous Sèvres ceramic museum just outside Paris has opened up its gardens for a monumental exhibition. "Sevres Outdoors" brings together the works of...

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2014-08-27 cinema

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

In our weekly film show, our critic Lisa Nesselson talks about two movies that have got French people's hearts racing: "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Party Girl".

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2014-08-26 culture

France's Ongoing Literary Love Affair

Whether you think they’re literary snobs, book geeks or just avid readers, the French pride themselves on their literature. In today’s show Eve Jackson is joined by American...

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2014-08-25 celebrity

The French Maestro of Soul

He's been making musical headlines since his he burst onto the soul scene with his 2010 debut album, selling almost half a million copies and winning accolades. Ben L’Oncle Soul...

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