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Today’s guest, John Axelrod, is probably the only conductor working today who was previously a rock'n'roll talent scout for a record company discovering the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, and the head of a wine firm. He has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras. His most recent appointment is Chief Conductor of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, here in France.
Ireland's foremost new media talents Cleary and Connolly join us in the studio to talk about their new exhibition "Look Both Ways" at the Centre Culturel Irlandais here in Paris. Also, a new show explores the influential work of French artist Eugene Boudin, and we take a trip to Basel where art from one of the best-known Swiss painters of the 19th century, Ferdinand Hodler, is on display.
Malian music legend Cheick Tidiane Seck is in the studio to talk about his new album and fighting for his country's cultural heritage. Also on the show: we hear from director Kassim Sanogo who's making a film about the victims of Sharia law in Mali. Finally, we discover the "Kinshasa Kids" who have turned to music after being kicked out of their homes accused of witchcraft.
Our guest is the man who's claiming the hotly-contested title of most talented child of a major artist - Harper Simon - plus we listen to world music from the award-winning Namibian singer-songwriter Elemotho.