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R3Arts: night Waves - Prometheus

June 1st, 2012

Episode 152 of 1201 episodes

Director Ridley Scott returns to the big screen this week with his new film Prometheus. Writer Toby Litt gives Anne McElvoy his verdict. In a new book "Consumption and its consequences", anthropologist Daniel Miller argues that consumption is actually central to social relationship and that advocating curbing it is the wrong place to start. Sociologist Don Slater joins the discussion. Military Historian Antony Beevor talks to Anne McElvoy about his new history of the Second World War. He explains why he feels the conflict must be treated as an amalgamation of conflicts, why there is a renewed fascination with the war today, and why it is so critical for Europe - especially now - to remember the lessons that were learned between 1939-1945. And Anne McElvoy visits the Serpentine Gallery in London and talks to the architects responsible for the Beijing National Stadium about their first UK collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei - this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion