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This edition: February 2006

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Original tape date: February 16, 2006.

Michel Alexandre
When award winning French director Bertrand Tavernier set out to make a cop film in the early 1990s, he had an original idea. Why not consult a real cop? The result was L627 which was nominated for 5 Cesar Awards including Best Screenplay. Michel Alexandre was the cop and the co-author of the screenplay. After 15 years of police work, he's now done more than 15 years of screen work. And he isn't finished yet. CANAPE finds the flic on the scene in New York and interrogates him.

Bernard-Henri Levy
In France he's simply known by his initials: BHL. A philosopher, journalist, activist, and public intellectual, Bernard-Henri Levy enjoys a level of media recognition reserved in the USA for athletes and rap stars. His interests have always been cosmopolitan and have never ignored the USA. He now dedicates himself to knowing even better les americains.
His new book American Vertigo uses nothing less than Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America as its blueprint. CANAPE listens to some of the results.

Anne Deleporte
Restless in her relationship to the visual world, post-modern French artist Anne Deleporte, who bases herself in Brooklyn, combines media to suggest the many shifting layers of our perception. As one admiring critic puts it, “Hidden iconic images appear from behind a whitewashed wall, ethereal figures emerge from the scratched surfaces on glass, and the mundane becomes fantastic in the manipulated subjects of her photographic works, paintings, films and videos.” CANAPE talks with the artist about her world.

La Belle France
Writing a survey of French history requires more than a bit of research. For Oxford University Don Alistair Horne, the research period has been a lifetime and more than 15 previous books. Written with unusual grace and argued with the authority of a scholar who never forgets his grateful reader, the single volume history La Belle France tells a story populated with artists, politicians, armies, and the French people themselves. From Julius Caesar in ancient times to Jacques Chirac in our times, the book offers a voice that weaves person and place, cause and event into history. CANAPE listens to the Don's voice.

BBC Sound System
What's in a name? You might think that a group called BBC Sound System would at least be British. You might not think that they're a Senegalese hip hop group. Apparently, the African singers draw their name from the quality of sound that they make, not from the place where they make it. But as world music fans know, Senegal is a good place for music makers. The three members of the group create a sound that criss crosses the Atlantic with grooves that unite the Sahara to the South Bronx. CANAPE listens to the beat.

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