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Toni Morrison, Indigenous Australia, Car Share

April 21st, 2015

Episode 863 of 1502 episodes

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison joins Samira Ahmed to discuss her latest novel, God Help the Child, which returns to the relationship between a mother and her children, a theme she explored in Beloved. Indigenous Australia is a major new exhibition at the British Museum charting colonialism's impact on the Aboriginal people. The show features rock and bark paintings, masks, basketware, tools and historical objects, such as a shield which Captain Cook collected in Botany Bay in 1770. Samira talks to curator Gaye Sculthorpe who has indigenous heritage in Tasmania. Peter Kay's latest project is Car Share, a 6 part TV series which will premiere on iPlayer. When an out of town supermarket issues a new car share scheme, Assistant Manager John (Peter Kay) and Promotions Rep Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) are forced to commute together. Boyd Hilton reviews for Front Row. Edgar Allan Poe, master of the macabre, is also a pop muse. His poems have been adapted by rock stars for years, the most well-known being Lou Reed's The Raven. Kevin LeGendre considers why Poe's ghost is writ large on music. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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