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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



2016-06-30 culture

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Today on Encore! Valerie Defert has been talking to actor Matthew McConaughey. He stars in the new film "Free State of Jones", which recounts one of the lesser known episodes of...

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2016-06-29 culture

Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

We dive into the wordless world of "The Red Turtle" by Michael Dudok de Wit. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why it’s a laid-back yet thrilling animated gem. We also check...

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2016-06-28 photography

Brazil’s contemporary art star Vik Muniz comes to Paris

He’s painted the Mona Lisa in peanut butter, recreated Liz Taylor’s face with real diamonds and smeared Sigmund Freud’s portrait in chocolate sauce. Vik Muniz started out as a...

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2016-06-27 culture

Music show: Metronomy, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and Jazz

Metronomy are back with their fifth album. The English band collaborates with a hip-hop pioneer to drop a beat on "Old Skool". Music critic Mark Thompson tells us why listeners...

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2016-06-23 culture

Quai Branly museum renamed to honour former French president Chirac

It's a temple of tribal arts in the heart of Paris. The Quai Branly museum marks its 10th birthday, celebrating with a new name and an exhibition dedicated to former French...

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