In the Show – 22nd March 2011

On today’s show, we’re talking about politics and the environment. But don’t worry. We haven’t changed from an arts programme to a current affairs programme.
Belarus Free Theatre

The Belarus Free Theatre is considered a threat to the government .It was set up in Minsk in March 2005 by husband and wife, Mikalai Khalezin a playwright and journalist, and theatre producer Natalia Kaliada. In Belarus, arts, cultural activities and television are state controlled. Since 1994 the country has been ruled by President Alexander Lukashenko, a man the Western press calls “Europe’s last dictator”.It is regularly criticised for its gross violations of human rights. The members of the group have all been arrested. Even their audience has been arrested. Now the group’s members no longer officially exist. And neither does the group itself.

Movie Review “The Adjustment Bureau”

The film “The Adjustment Bureau” is based on a 1954 short story by American science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Its main character is David Norris (Matt Damon), an up-and-coming young politician running for the United States Senate. At one point he discovers that his fate, and the fate of many others, is directed by a group of individuals who can alter the course of events. One problem is that he has fallen in love with dancer Elise (Emily Blunt), and the mysterious Adjustment Bureau is telling him, and trying to make sure, that it is not their fate to be together. He decides otherwise. Well, it is reviewer Gary Pollard’s fate to be with us here in the studio today so he’s talking to us about the movie.

Book – “When a Billion Chinese Jump”

Turning from a movie about fate and the future to a book that contains warnings about the future. There are already more than 1.3 billion people in China, and – like the rest of the world – they all want to improve their quality of life. That can cause a lot of damage to the environment. As author Jonathan Watts points out in his book “When a Billion Chinese Jump”, even though China is facing many challenges in this area the whole world has some responsibility for the problem.

Dizi performance

At the City Hall last Friday, two brothers Chan Chi-chun and Chan Chi-yuk performed a recital of music on the Chinese flute or dizi. In case you missed that, they’re going to perform one piece from that show in our studio tonight. It’s a Shandong folk tune called “Shandong Xiao Kaimen”.

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