61 Sunday Feature: A Symphony of Psalms2018-04-01 17:45:00
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62 Sunday Feature - Blind, Black and Blue2018-03-19 14:21:00
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63 Sunday Feature - Concerto: The One and the Many2018-03-15 16:39:00
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64 Sunday Feature - A Portrait of Val Wilmer2018-03-04 18:45:00
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65 Literary Pursuits - Jekyll and Hyde2018-02-26 11:26:00
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66 Sunday Feature: Patrick Kavanagh - the Inexhaustible Adventure of a Gravelled Yard2018-02-18 19:35:00
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67 The Radio 3 Documentary: Radio Controlled2018-02-12 11:54:00
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68 Alex La Guma - The Black Dickens2018-02-04 18:45:00
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69 SUNDAY FEATURE THE 40 DAYS OF MUSA DAGH2018-01-29 16:22:00
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70 Sunday Feature: Select Copy Paste 3 of 3 - Experience2018-01-21 19:15:00
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71 Sunday Feature: Select/Copy/Paste (2/3) Execution2018-01-15 11:42:00
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72 Sunday Feature: Select Copy Paste 1 of 3 - Conception2018-01-07 18:30:00
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73 Immortal North2018-01-03 11:14:00
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74 Illuminating the Stage2017-12-25 19:30:00
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75 Sunday Feature : Laura Ingalls’ America2017-12-10 21:00:00
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76 New Generation Thinkers: Edmund Richardson and Sarah Jackson2017-12-03 18:45:00
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77 Sunday Feature: Kandinsky - a story of revolution2017-11-26 19:00:00
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78 Resurrecting Mayakovsky2017-11-19 19:30:00
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79 Sunday Feature: A Column For Infinity2017-11-12 10:33:00
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80 Sunday Feature: Emigranti - 1917 Revisited2017-11-06 11:29:00
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Sunday Feature: Emigranti - 1917 Revisited

How do Russia's latest cultural émigrés feel about leaving their homeland? In Russia, culture is increasingly on the front line - many writers, theatre directors and academics feel stifled or under attack. Lucy Ash hears from those who have wrestled with the dilemma of whether to leave. For some, working abroad opens up space to think, while for others, the grief of obscurity can be all-encompassing. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, President Putin's most famous opponent, avoids speaking English and spends his days in cyberspace. He is among a long line of opposition figures trying to imagine a different Russia from beyond its borders. We drop anchor in Berlin, described by one poet as the 'stepmother of Russian cities', which, like London, is experiencing a surge of Russian cultural energy not seen since the aftermath of the October Revolution. The current exodus has an eerie precursor. During the creation of the Soviet Union, Lenin decided to 'cleanse' the state by shipping out undesirable thinkers. The passengers of the so-called Philosophy Steamer faced a bleak choice, between execution or deportation. Nearly a century on, cheap flights and the internet make many highly educated Russians feel like global citizens - and that, as music producer Philipp Gorbachev says, living in a global culture is 'the only way of existence'. But mixed feelings of rejection at home and homesickness abroad can be a paralysing cocktail. Including contributions from Boris Akunin, best-selling novelist; Alexander Delphinov, poet; Philipp Gorbachev, music producer; Mikhail Kaluzhsky, playwright; Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Open Russia foundation; Sasha Lapina, art student; Aigulle Sembaeva, German-Russian Exchange; and Vadim Zakharov, artist. Producer: Dorothy Feaver.…read more