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Dominic West as Hector Madden, The Hour's presenter.
The Hour: series 2, episode 1
By Caroline Crampton - 15 November 8:57

The BBC drama about a BBC news programme is back, and it's never felt more relevant.

Two singers singing at a microphone during a recording session
Ninety years of BBC radio – listening back through time
By Caroline Crampton - 14 November 16:04

On 14 November 1922, the first ever BBC radio broadcast went out. At troubled time for the corporation, remind yourself of all the great things it has done in the last 90 years.

Two women listening to the radio on the beach
G D H Cole in 1927: “Whatever the BBC does is, of course, wrong.”
By Philip Maughan - 14 November 12:35

The Beeb has always been a space for debate on culture, ethics and standards.

Haifaa Al Mansour
The image-less kingdom
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 13 November 17:16

Film is helping to demystify Saudi Arabia.

New Statesman
A Village Romeo and Juliet: Review
By Alexandra Coghlan - 13 November 10:26

Alexandra Coghlan gives her verdict on this year's Wexford Festival Opera

In the Frame: Friendly bacteria
By Tom Humberstone - 13 November 10:19

Tom Humberstone's observational comic strip for the New Statesman.

Alice Munro
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 12 November 18:10

The critic's verdicts on Nate Silver, Alice Munro and Ben Thompson's Mary Whitehouse biography

Roth and Obama
Philip Roth calls time on his literary career
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 10 November 13:16

The American novelist announces that Nemesis is his final novel.

Herbie Hancock
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 09 November 17:39

Our cultural picks for the week ahead

Michael Peña
Gilbey on Film: An interview with Michael Peña
By Ryan Gilbey - 09 November 10:31

The American actor is finally a leading man.

Michael Jackson
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 08 November 11:17

Terry Eagleton on Roger Scruton, Kate Mossman on Michael Jackson and Anne Applebaum interviewed.

Wind Map still
Disaster art
By Jonathan Socrates - 07 November 15:57

The emergence of a trend.

Albert Camus reading a newspaper
Albert Camus: A conscience with a style
By V S Pritchett - 07 November 15:41

Today is the anniversary of Camus's birth. In a piece from the archive, V S Pritchett reflects on his death.

In the Frame: Metaman
By Tom Humberstone - 07 November 10:11

Tom Humberstone's observational comic strip for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
Tower Hamlets cashes in on Henry Moore, art world up in arms
By Charlotte Simmonds - 05 November 17:05

If the looming sale of Draped Seated Woman proves anything, it's that we can't have it all.

Ian Rankin
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 05 November 12:37

The critics’ verdicts on Brian Sewell, Ian Rankin and Chinua Achebe.

Bedding In
Bedding In: An interview with Liz Crow
By Jonathan Socrates - 02 November 16:13

In response to the coalition's benefits overhaul, Liz Crow is Bedding In.

The Day of the Dead
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 02 November 15:12

Our cultural picks for the week ahead

Allen Lane holding a copy of Lady Chattlerley's Lover
Lady Chatterley triumphant
By Philip Maughan - 02 November 11:33

Fifty-two years ago Lady Chatterley's Lover beat the obscenity trial against it. Here's what the NS had to say.

George Lucas
Gilbey on Film: Disney saves Star Wars from its creator
By Ryan Gilbey - 02 November 10:47

George Lucas was always the franchise's worst enemy.

Barack Obama
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 01 November 16:10

David Priestland on popular history, Anthony Horowitz interviewed and Sarah Churchwell on Henry James.

New Statesman
The piano competition of the future?
By Alexandra Coghlan - 31 October 11:27

Honens International Piano Competition 2012 announces its search for not just a pianist, but a "complete artist".

In the Frame: And finally...
By Tom Humberstone - 31 October 10:08

Tom Humberstone's new observational comic strip for the New Statesman.

Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo
Past and future
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 30 October 17:28

The civil war in Syria war threatens to do irreparable damage to the country's archaeological treasures.

Billy Bragg
The bard of Barking
By Tom Rollins - 30 October 13:41

Why Billy Bragg is our greatest political singer.

Leonard Cohen on stage
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 29 October 14:49

The critics’ verdicts on Peter Hook, Ali Smith and Sylvie Simmons.

Penguin House
A publishing powerhouse
By Philip Maughan - 26 October 14:41

Could a merger between Penguin and Random House stop Amazon in its tracks?

Richard Hawley in concert
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 26 October 14:18

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Jacques Audiard
Gilbey on Film: Rust belt
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 October 10:15

Jacques Audiard tosses his audience some bones.

Peter Gabriel in concert
Mossman on music: So '80s!
By Kate Mossman - 25 October 15:57

The 25th anniversary of Peter Gabriel's classic album.