There can be, and I hope are, few readers with nothing better to do next Tuesday evening than listen to me. But if you're at that loose an end, you could turn to BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves programme at 9.30pm, where I shall be among the guests debating two new films, Good Night, And Good Luck and Syriana. The first film, directed by George Clooney, "details the real-life confrontations between legendary television journalist Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy" (Murrow by the way is not legendary: he really did exist, and I've seen the tapes); the second, directed by Stephen Gaghan, is "a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry".
Both come from the stable of Participant Productions, which declares:
Participant believes in the power of media to create great social change. Our goal is to deliver compelling entertainment that will inspire audiences to get involved in the issues that affect us all.
I reserve till then my judgement of this compelling entertainment, and the extent to which it will inspire me to get involved in the issues that affect us all.
UPDATE: The broadcast will also be available for download from the programme's web site for up to a week after the programme.
UPDATE II: I am informed by email that Nightwaves is available only for streamed listening, and is not "downloadable" in the normal sense. My thanks for the correction.