July 12th, 2012
Episode 172 of 1251 episodes
James Fenton joins Rana Mitter to talk about his latest poetry collection, Yellow Tulips, and the themes of inspiration, politics and love. Tommie Smith, who made the iconic Black Power Salute with John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games, discusses the enduring struggle of black politics. As a rare production of Ibsen's first play, St John's Night, opens, theatre critic Susannah Clapp considers the gloomy Scandinavian's under-appreciated comic side. And New Generation Thinker Jonathan Healey explores how 17th Century Britain finally beat the spectre of famine.