Radio

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…

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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…

Pharrell Williams addresses  the United Nations on International Day of Happiness (Photo: Getty)

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…

Derek Nimmo with Frankie Howerd, David Bellamy, Stirling Moss and Frank Bough (Photo: Getty)

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…

Devastation after the collapse of the Twin Towers (Photo: Getty)

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…

Junior Doctors stage a 24-hour strike (Photo: Getty)

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…

Tension ends in agony for England (Photo: Getty)

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…

Can radio help Syria? (Photo: Getty)

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…

Life in Syria (Photo: Getty)

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…

Cantata, by Barbara Strozzi (Photo: Getty)

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…

An Iranian votes in the 2016 elections

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…

Chris Evans (Photo: Getty)

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,…

Sir Terry Wogan (Photo: Getty)

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.…