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Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different points of view; where you can understand that the world… Read more

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What it's like being a scarily talented teenager

25 October 2014

It was when she said how she loved ‘watching the computer do exactly what you wanted it to do’ that I realised how exceptional she must be. To be so… Read more

The man in charge: Alan Davey

Can Radio 3 escape the digital squeeze?

18 October 2014

The new controller of Radio 3 has at last been appointed. Alan Davey (not to be confused with the former bassist from Hawkwind) comes to the BBC from the Arts… Read more

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Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think it’s really unsatisfactory,’ he at last replied. ‘But Jeremy,’ retorted… Read more

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The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of the Juilliard School, just about to embark on their professional… Read more

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Warhol’s ‘time capsules’ contain everything from toenails to previously unseen paintings worth millions

13 September 2014

‘I don’t know what I think,’ says Lenny Henry, echoing what many of us who were listening were probably also puzzling over. ‘Part of me thinks it’s art by the… Read more

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Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting to save her job while suffering from depression and thoughts… Read more

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Even near the front line, there were flowers on the ward

6 September 2014

It’s the tub of bright red geraniums at the heart of the picture that startles. How did anyone have time (or energy) to water these bright, hopeful flowers amid the… Read more

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Who needs drugs when you have Radio 3?

30 August 2014

I’m willing to bet it’s only on the BBC’s Radio 3 that you’ll find yourself listening to a programme quite like Words and Music (Sunday evenings). You might want to… Read more

A technician mends the broken glass of a landing light at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, during the Berlin Airlift, 1949 Photo: Getty

Ambridge recovers its sense of humour — finally

23 August 2014

‘Isn’t that charming!’ Carol declares at the height of the great Home Farm cocktail party, after being subjected to Jennifer’s somewhat over-enthusiastic description of her wine storage unit. Just three… Read more

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Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up to 1.89 million per week (just .05 million more than… Read more

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Two lessons in listening

9 August 2014

Our hearing is the first of our senses to develop while we are in the womb. It’s the first connection we make to the life around us, and to other… Read more

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Home Front: Radio 4's first world war drama will fight out the full four years

2 August 2014

In a studio in Birmingham, there’s an air of excitement. Jessica Dromgoole and her team are recording new scenes for Home Front, Radio 4’s specially commissioned drama commemorating the first… Read more

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Glasgow and the Commonwealth go back a long way; Radio 4 explores a murky past

2 August 2014

What’s been missing from the schedules during the Commonwealth Games has been a straightforward reminder about who makes up the roster of nations and why. When, for instance, did it… Read more

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Does Radio 3 need a new controller?

26 July 2014

Where next for Radio 3? Last Friday was the First Night of this year’s Proms season but it was the last night at the Proms for Roger Wright, who for… Read more

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The two men who walked barefoot to the capitals of the four nuclear powers on a peace pilgrimage

19 July 2014

You might (if you’re over a certain age) still think it pretty amazing that TV not only allows you to watch Mario Götze put in that amazing goal, live, as… Read more

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The next new presenter of Woman's Hour should be a man

12 July 2014

It seems incredible now but when the BBC’s youth station, Radio 1, was launched in 1967 there were no female presenters. That’s right. Not a single woman’s voice to leaven… Read more

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Why I'm switching to Danish radio

5 July 2014

Out there in the great ether there’s a whole new world of radio beyond the stations of the BBC and the FM dial. This week I found myself listening to… Read more

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The gardener-soldiers of the First World War

28 June 2014

First, a confession. Even an ardent radio addict can enjoy a fortnight away from the airwaves, disconnected, switched off, unlistening. On return even the programmes that are usually ignored because… Read more

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What's happened to children's radio?

31 May 2014

Much praise has been lavished on Radio 2’s 500 Words short-story competition, the winners to be announced on Friday’s Chris Evans show, live from the Hay Festival. Quite right, too.… Read more

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When Virginia Woolf's husband ruled Sri Lanka's jungles

24 May 2014

Tucked away in the schedules, just before midday, just after midweek (on Thursday), just four lines in the Radio Times, was one of those radio gems. Nothing remarkable on the… Read more

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The best blues singer you’ve never heard of

17 May 2014

A rustle of paper as the sleeve is removed. A clunk and click as the needle arm is swung across. The needle hits the vinyl, bringing it to life. At… Read more

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Nothing beats Book at Bedtime

10 May 2014

There I was trapped in the bathroom at 10.55 p.m., unable to leave for fear of missing anything. The time it would have taken me to get to the bedroom,… Read more

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The Archers hit a new low by letting Tom dump Kirsty at the altar

3 May 2014

Did you hear those bloodcurdling screams from Kirsty? Those long-drawn-out wails that echoed horrifically through the ancient walls of St Stephen’s Church last Thursday — in a strange, unwelcome echo… Read more

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Dolly Parton’s secret for surviving decades of celebrity

26 April 2014

It’s a shame Dolly Parton has never gone into politics. She’s someone who’s lived her life very much in the public eye and yet has never lost sight of who… Read more