Radio

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

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Each year the Reith Lectures come round as Radio 4’s annual assertion of intellectual authority, fulfilling the BBC’s original aspiration…

Was this Christian pioneer of radio evangelism a fraud?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

She was the sequinned star of the airwaves back in the 1920s, the first preacher to realise the potential of…

Why radio is a surprisingly good medium for talking about art

22 November 2014 9:00 am

You might think it a fool’s errand to attempt programmes about art on the wireless. How can you talk about…

The voices of Indian PoWs captured in the first world war

15 November 2014 9:00 am

At six o’clock on 31 May 1916, an Indian soldier who had been captured on the Western Front alongside British…

Many more Germans were displaced in 1945 than Indians during partition

8 November 2014 9:00 am

What Radio 3 needs is a musical version of Neil MacGregor. The director of the British Museum and now a…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

What it's like being a scarily talented teenager

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It was when she said how she loved ‘watching the computer do exactly what you wanted it to do’ that…

Can Radio 3 escape the digital squeeze?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The new controller of Radio 3 has at last been appointed. Alan Davey (not to be confused with the former…

Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think…

The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of…

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

13 September 2014 9:00 am

‘I don’t know what I think,’ says Lenny Henry, echoing what many of us who were listening were probably also…

Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014 9:00 am

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting…

Who needs drugs when you have Radio 3?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m willing to bet it’s only on the BBC’s Radio 3 that you’ll find yourself listening to a programme quite…

Ambridge recovers its sense of humour — finally

23 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Isn’t that charming!’ Carol declares at the height of the great Home Farm cocktail party, after being subjected to Jennifer’s…

Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up…

Two lessons in listening

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Our hearing is the first of our senses to develop while we are in the womb. It’s the first connection…

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

2 August 2014 9:00 am

What’s been missing from the schedules during the Commonwealth Games has been a straightforward reminder about who makes up the…

Does Radio 3 need a new controller?

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Where next for Radio 3? Last Friday was the First Night of this year’s Proms season but it was the…

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

19 July 2014 9:00 am

You might (if you’re over a certain age) still think it pretty amazing that TV not only allows you to…

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

12 July 2014 9:00 am

It seems incredible now but when the BBC’s youth station, Radio 1, was launched in 1967 there were no female…

Why I'm switching to Danish radio

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Out there in the great ether there’s a whole new world of radio beyond the stations of the BBC and…

The gardener-soldiers of the First World War

28 June 2014 9:00 am

First, a confession. Even an ardent radio addict can enjoy a fortnight away from the airwaves, disconnected, switched off, unlistening.…

What's happened to children's radio?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Much praise has been lavished on Radio 2’s 500 Words short-story competition, the winners to be announced on Friday’s Chris…

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

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Tucked away in the schedules, just before midday, just after midweek (on Thursday), just four lines in the Radio Times,…

The best blues singer you’ve never heard of

17 May 2014 9:00 am

A rustle of paper as the sleeve is removed. A clunk and click as the needle arm is swung across.…