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Wild, TS Eliot poetry prize, Oppenheimer at the RSC and Barbara Hannigan

January 12th, 2015

Episode 719 of 1502 episodes

We review Reese Witherspoon's new film, Wild. Adapted from Cheryl Strayed's memoir by Nick Hornby, it's the story of Cheryl's 1,100 mile solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, to recover from recent catastrophic events in her life. Director Angus Jackson and playwright Tom Morton-Smith discuss their new play, Oppenheimer, about 'the father of the atom bomb', J. Robert Oppenheimer. The play is set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America, and explores the tension at the heart of the Manhattan Project. Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan talks about the extraordinary leaps she is able to make with her voice and how she is taking on more and more conducting (often while singing). Plus, we talk to judge Fiona Sampson about the David Harsent's collection Fire Songs which has won the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry 2014.

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