Rescue workers at the scene of the wrecked Pantglas Junior School at Aberfan, where a coal tip collapsed killing over 190 children and their teachers. (Photo: Getty)

How singing helped the people of Aberfan overcome a tragedy

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘I went in at seven and came out aged 22,’ said Brian as he looked back on the day in…

Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey of Radio 4’s Woman's Hour. Photo: BBC/Amanda

Woman's Hour is depressing and retrograde

15 October 2016 9:00 am

When Jane Garvey announced to the audience who had just ‘taken part’ in the 70th birthday celebrations of Radio 4’s…

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Appointing a former Labour cabinet minister to oversee radio is not just odd but alarming

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Quite how one person is expected to oversee not just radio but also ‘arts, music, learning and children’s departments’ was…

Newtown school massacre newspaper collage

Hear the real impact of guns on America

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The weather was ‘treacherous’ on Saturday, 23 November 2013, the day chosen randomly by Gary Younge as the focus for…

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It’s hard to justify spending money on Radio 3 – but here’s why we must

24 September 2016 9:00 am

We now think of Radio 3 as the music station, but when it was created in 1946 as the Third…

Cooking with Poldark

The Food Programme is a miracle of radio

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Cooking really shouldn’t make good radio. On television, it’s already frustrating that you can’t taste what you’re seeing, but on…

The Archers domestic abuse storyline has distressed listeners

I fear it's curtains for The Archers if the editor continues to chase ratings so desperately

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Such a hoo-ha about The Archers this week as Helen faces trial by jury — and, much worse, has to…

Melvyn Bragg (Photo: Getty)

I have no interest in hearing Melvyn bragging about the North

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The last thing we need right now, in these divisive times, is a series that spends all its time crowing…

Victims of the atomic blast, Hiroshima (Photo: Getty)

How Radio 4 made it possible for people to talk to the dead

27 August 2016 9:00 am

One of the weirdest responses when someone close to you dies is the gradual realisation that now at last you…

Quincy Jones performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Photo: Getty)

The women who were paid to sing for the dead in Ireland

20 August 2016 9:00 am

‘We think we’re in charge of this stuff but we’re not,’ said Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger, jazz trumpeter, musical…


‘Funny is now dangerous’: Michael Heath’s Desert Island Discs reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m off now,’ says Michael Heath, signing off from his selection of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, ‘to go…

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Why Elena Ferrante doesn’t work on radio

6 August 2016 9:00 am

It’s a brave dramatist who would seek to adapt for radio the hit novels of the Italian writer Elena Ferrante.…

England's Jackie Charlton tackling West Germany's Held (Photo: Getty)

What it was really like to be at the 1966 World Cup

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It cost just £4/10s for 19-year-old Alan Dryland to buy a season ticket that would take him inside the stadium…

Primo Levi in his studio. Turin, 1981 (Photo: Getty)

Radio 4’s dramatic disruption of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table is unforgivable

23 July 2016 9:00 am

It was hard to believe that Monday morning’s introduction to the Italian writer Primo Levi on Radio 4 lasted for…

Onora O'Neill (Photo: Getty)

What Betjeman’s suburbs can teach us about multicultural integration

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In After the Vote, her talk for this week’s special edition of A Point of View (Radio 4) on the…

Terry Waite walks along the Beirut seafront surrounded by heavily armed bodyguards, 1987 (Photo: Getty)

The World Service programme that gave birth to ‘soft’ journalism

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Fifty years ago on Monday the World Service programme Outlook was launched as an innovative news and current affairs programme…

Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak (Photo: Getty)

The perfect radio antidote to the gathering storm

2 July 2016 9:00 am

A brief encounter with Radio 4’s Any Questions to gauge the measure of opinion in the shires after the referendum…

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The man who read the whole of Anna Karenina, letter by letter, to the man next door

25 June 2016 8:00 am

I’d just heard (on catch-up) Jenny Abramsky (a former director of BBC radio) telling Gillian Reynolds (the esteemed radio critic…

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Slow radio at its best

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Three women, three writers, three very different life experiences. On Monday afternoon the artist Fiona Graham-Mackay introduced us to Imtiaz…


Podcasts will never outclass the impact of Radio 4

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Just to prove my esteemed colleague wrong I’ve been out there in podcast space looking for a wireless moment that…

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Radio reviewing is based on a lie – that Radio 4 is brimming with fascinating programmes

4 June 2016 9:00 am

There are few jobs more dishonest than being a radio critic in Britain. I know this because it was how…

A premature baby in an incubator known as an 'isolette' - a plexiglass bubble that approximates the conditions of the womb (Photo: Getty)

Coney Island amusement park used to display premature babies to a paying public

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I like Radio 4 — you can have it on in the background burbling away for hours and hours without…

Radio 4's biggest prize, Angelina Jolie (Photo: Getty)

Radio 4's bold challenge to government policy

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Monday’s ‘World on the Move Day’ on Radio 4 was a bold challenge to government policy and proof that radio…

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Might Eurovision determine the outcome of the EU referendum?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You might not think that the Eurovision Song Contest (screened live from Stockholm tonight) could have any connection with how…

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If you want to know how music really works listen to Classic FM not Radio 3

7 May 2016 9:00 am

He’s been billed as the new Pied Piper but it’s going to take a while for Tom Service to quite…