Radio

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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…

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How the BBC made the most unlikely TV hit of the swinging Sixties

30 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Comedy is like music,’ said Edwin Apps, one of the characters in Wednesday afternoon’s Radio 4 play, All Mouth and…

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How trauma is passed down through the generations in our DNA

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Sue Armstrong’s programme on Radio 4 All in the Womb (produced by Ruth Evans) should be required listening for anyone…

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A timely reminder of what junior doctors actually do – and it's not pleasant

16 April 2016 9:00 am

All this week Radio Five Live has been giving us an insight into what it is like not just to…

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The Archers v the cricket: which was the more dramatic?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It was a toss-up on Sunday between the atmosphere in the Radio Five Live Sports Extra studio in Kolkata for…

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Could radio save Syria?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Could radio, and in particular a weekly soap, have a role to play in the Syrian crisis? You might think,…

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‘I could do many things... but I could not listen to Bach’

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Six years ago, on Good Friday, the journalist Melanie Reid was thrown off her horse while on a cross-country ride…

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Supporting Assad against the ‘invaders’

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Four programmes, four very different kinds of radio, from a classically made drama to weird sonic ramblings, via the best…

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Why has classical music been so gender-biased for so long?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Hurrah for Radio 3 and its (long-overdue) efforts to give us music not just performed by women but composed, and…

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Why the World Service is worth every penny

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of…

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Radio comedy still misses Kenneth Williams

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s tempting to believe that somewhere in the bowels of Broadcasting House in London the voice of Kenneth Williams is…

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The blind boy who learnt to see with sound

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The deadline for Radio 2’s 500 Words competition falls next Thursday. Children between the ages of five and 13 are…

Glass of wine and naked legs

Is Radio 4 encouraging us to overshare?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Much ado about Radio 4’s latest venture into the new smart world of aural selfies. Reaction Time, on Thursday mornings,…

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Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

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Serial returns with a story of loyalty, resilience and punishment

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The new season of the Serial podcast (produced by the same team who make This American Life) was launched last…

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Stephen Hawking shows that all is not lost if by mischance you fall into a black hole

23 January 2016 9:00 am

You don’t expect to be brought close to tears by the Reith Lectures, which are after all at the most…

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Corbyn’s turn on Today was as graceful and twinkle-toed as Bowie himself

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Some might say that Jeremy Corbyn is cloth-eared, tone-deaf, socially inept but on Monday morning, as the death of the…

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Could a change of body language make a difference to American policing?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

One of the most shocking items of recent news has been the bald statistic that the number of people shot…

A British classic: Morris Minor

The best - and worst - podcasts

2 January 2016 9:00 am

My resolution this New Year is to get to grips with podcasts, to brace up and embrace this new aural…

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Radio is flowering because it’s so much more potent than TV

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Who would have thought in this visually obsessed age of YouTube, selfies and Instagram that radio, pure audio, no images…

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Glenda Jackson is brilliant in Radio 4’s Zola adaptation - and terrifying

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It was a stroke of genius to invite Glenda Jackson to make her return to acting as the star of…

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You can’t forget what Will Self says - even if you wish you could

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It lasted for just a few seconds but was such a graphic illustration of the statistics behind the bombing campaign…

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A gripping Start the Week from a Paris on the edge

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It was as if Andrew Marr and his guests on Start the Week on Monday morning were standing on the…

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Was Bach really a ‘tasteless and chaotic composer’?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

It’s just not what you expect to hear on Radio 3 but I happened upon Music Matters on Saturday morning…

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Radio 4’s ‘online first’ facility will destroy what makes the station so great

7 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s been a lot of fanfare and trailers about BBC Radio’s new ‘online first’ facility. We can now get hold…