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Does the future of radio really lie in podcasts?

28 March 2015

To a debate on the future of radio at the BBC where it turns out not to be a discussion on who’s listening now but how they’re listening. The Reithian… Read more

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Radio is the best way to mug up on the classics

21 March 2015

If ever I found myself at a pretentious literary party obliged to play David Lodge’s ‘Humiliation’ game and to confess to the great books I’ve never read, I’d only escape… Read more

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What it’s really like to live in India today - stressful

14 March 2015

After a month cooped up in a Scottish castle, no internet, no TV, and no radio, watching hectic snowflakes billowing through the wooded hillside opposite my window, I realise that… Read more

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The amazing story of the blind photographer

14 February 2015

Perhaps the news that Radio 5 live will be the only BBC station (under the new broadcasting rights agreements) to broadcast ‘live’ golf will ensure that its audience stays above… Read more

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Why BBC Arabic is booming

7 February 2015

Last weekend BBC Arabic celebrated 77 years since John Reith (as he then was) launched the first foreign-language service of the fledgling BBC Empire Service with an announcement (in English)… Read more

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The man who discovered Ebola

31 January 2015

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was now recovered, the guest on… Read more

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Radio 4’s War and Peace: almost as good as the book

24 January 2015

To have listened to Radio 4’s marathon ten-hour adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace as it was being broadcast on New Year’s Day must have been both wonderful and a… Read more

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Was Beethoven influenced by yoga?

17 January 2015

How many digital radios have you bought over the years? How many are still working? Of the four I used to have, only two are now working and those only… Read more

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Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

10 January 2015

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The treatment for cancer had been gruelling, but that was 15… Read more

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Why Serial is the future of radio

3 January 2015

The fuss may now be over, the last episode of Serial revealed. But if the global success of WBEZ Chicago’s latest weekly podcast is a portent, then the future of… Read more

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Children’s radio was once at the core of the BBC - now it’s all but disappeared

13 December 2014

It was a bit of a surprise to hear Jarvis Cocker, the embodiment of cool and former frontman of Pulp, confessing to a love of Singing Together, a BBC programme… Read more

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Why you have to listen to this year's Reith Lectures

6 December 2014

Each year the Reith Lectures come round as Radio 4’s annual assertion of intellectual authority, fulfilling the BBC’s original aspiration to inform and educate (although not always to also entertain).… Read more

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Was this Christian pioneer of radio evangelism a fraud?

29 November 2014

She was the sequinned star of the airwaves back in the 1920s, the first preacher to realise the potential of the wireless, long before Billy Graham and co. But who… Read more

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Why radio is a surprisingly good medium for talking about art

22 November 2014

You might think it a fool’s errand to attempt programmes about art on the wireless. How can you talk about pictures or sculptures or any other visual form without being… Read more

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The voices of Indian PoWs captured in the first world war

15 November 2014

At six o’clock on 31 May 1916, an Indian soldier who had been captured on the Western Front alongside British troops and held in a German PoW camp stepped up… Read more

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Many more Germans were displaced in 1945 than Indians during partition

8 November 2014

What Radio 3 needs is a musical version of Neil MacGregor. The director of the British Museum and now a stalwart of Radio 4 is an intellectual powerhouse but his… Read more

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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