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Westminster Attack: What response to Parliament Rampage? (part 1)

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Internet users say 'we are not afraid' after Westminster attack

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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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2017-03-23 culture

French sculptor Rodin's Centenary exhibition

From a preview of Paris's hot new blockbuster exhibition for Auguste Rodin’s centenary to Iran's hidden art treasure trove and the official opening of Banksy's Walled Off hotel...

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2017-03-22 culture

Film show: 'Midwife', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Girl Asleep'

From the censorship issues of "Beauty and the Beast" to two of France's favourite actresses, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, facing off in "Midwife", plus "A Life...

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2017-03-21 culture

Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh finds freedom in music

When the Syrian uprising began six years ago, Damascus-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh couldn't score a single note. Now, on his most recent album “Songs For Days To...

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2017-03-20 culture

Canadian band Bleeker talk burgers, booze and Paris

A band of brothers, with one from another mother: Canadian rock outfit Bleeker have hit a career high, picking up a nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the Juno...

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2017-03-17 culture

Whose Line is it Anyway? Funnyman Greg Proops in the Hotseat

One of the funniest men around has written "The Smartest Book in the World". Comic, actor and podcast star Greg Proops is best known for his quick-fire wit on the hit improv...

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