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Suspected gas cylinder blast kills 42 on Zimbabwe bus

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Theresa May soldiers on; Israel political turmoil; France fuel protests

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'New right', old ideas? A closer look at the far right in Germany

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Art Deco: France's love affair with the Roaring Twenties

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India's vanishing women workers

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Reporters: An outside view of France's Fifth Republic

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Audrey Tang: A hacker-turned-minister in Taiwan

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The Land of the Rising Sun comes to La République

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Concerts Without Borders: Making classical music accessible

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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 : 2014-01-28

Brokeback Mountain - the opera - premières in Madrid

Annie Proulx's tale of forbidden love between two Wyoming cowboys has already become an Oscar-winning film, and now it’s getting the operatic treatment. On the day that it premières at Madrid's Opera Real, we hear from Proulx on why she wrote the libretto, and how she thinks her story lends itself well to the medium.

Sticking with the classical theme, we’re discovering an American take on European opera with Ryan Brown, founder and conductor of the US-based Opera Lafayette. He tells Catherine Nicholson about the artistic coincidences behind why his company is playing Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées back-to-back in two marathon musical sessions with the same singers and musicians.

Also on the show: we discover how Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour is planning to bring peace to Central African Republic; and we find out how French horse theatre from Bartabas, and Chinese musical virtuosity from pianist Wu Mu Ye formed part of a massive celebration of 50 years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2018-11-16 ENCORE!

The Land of the Rising Sun comes to La République

France and Japan are celebrating 160 years of diplomatic ties with a cultural season of the very best of Japanese art, architecture, performance and cinema. Olivia...

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2018-11-15 ENCORE!

David LaChapelle: 'Celebrity is replacing religion in these times of turmoil'

David LaChapelle speaks to Eve Jackson about working with stars like Kim Kardashian, Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus, the time he fired Madonna and how moving to a remote part of...

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2018-11-14 ENCORE!

Film show: On the red carpet for the world premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Bulgarian filmmaker Milko Lazarov joins Eve Jackson in the studio to talk about his award-winning film "Aga" and the rest of the week’s film news, including the world premiere of...

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2018-11-13 ENCORE!

She's alive: Discovering Mary Shelley, 200 years after Frankenstein was published

She was a teenage girl whose first novel became a modern myth. This year marks 200 years since Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece "Frankenstein" was first published. For the...

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2018-11-12 ENCORE!

Music show: Alex Hepburn, Vanessa Paradis and Smashing Pumpkins

Five years after her tremendously successful debut "Together Alone", Alex Hepburn is back with a new album, "If You Stay". She's gone back to the influences that made her want to...

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