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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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2016-12-05 Culture

Music Show: Electro star Agoria stays 'Up All Night'

We meet Sébastien Devaud, the DJ, producer and beatmaker known as Agoria. His new EP "Up All Night" saw him working with visual artists as well as musicians; Agoria tells us why...

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2016-12-02 music

Rendez-vous on '42nd Street' as the meta musical comes to Paris

The Theatre du Châtelet stands in for Broadway, as a new production of "42nd Street" delights French audiences. The show’s stars Monique Young and Alexander Hanson join us in the...

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2016-12-01 Catherine Deneuve

French leading lady Catherine Deneuve speaks to FRANCE 24

France's favourite leading lady sits down with FRANCE 24 in Burma at the Memory International Film Festival where she’s the guest of honour. Catherine Deneuve talks about the...

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2016-11-30 cinema

Film show: 'Moana', 'Ma' Rosa' & 'Wolf and Sheep'

We sail to the southern seas with Disney's new heroine, Moana. The pocket-sized Polynesian protagonist shirks the princess label and forges her own adventures on land and sea....

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2016-11-29 culture

'Looking for The Stranger': Alice Kaplan examines the life of L’Étranger

It’s still a bestseller more than 70 years after its publication. Albert Camus’s "L’Étranger" is both a literary and philosophical reference in the French canon. Writer and Yale...

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