Only connect

28 January 2012 11:00 am

It was uncanny, discomfiting, even a little bit alarming. He seemed to be reading my mind, as if my thoughts…

Communal listening

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Where mostly do you listen to the radio? In the kitchen, on the M25 or M62, under the duvet, soaking…

…and on the air

14 January 2012 11:00 am

The trouble with Dickens is that there’s just far too much plot. How do you make sense of his incredibly…

Swapping stations

7 January 2012 11:00 am

‘Do you feel like crying?’ asked Shaun Keaveny on his 6 Music breakfast show this week, before replying, ‘Text us…

Highlighting the goodies

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Since the Home Service was relaunched as Radio 4 in September 1967, the station has established itself almost as the…

Twelve crackers

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

It might cheer the spirits of our over-stressed EU leaders this weekend if they were allowed time out from their…

Wild wastes of forgetfulness

10 December 2011 12:45 pm

Too much dark, not enough light, often leads us inwards, into those dark regions of the mind where memory resides.…

Dark time

3 December 2011 12:00 pm

Keep awake, urges the Gospel messenger in the readings for the beginning of the Christian festival of Advent. That’s not…

Limited menu

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

The changes to the Radio 4 schedule have been in operation for a couple of weeks. Have they made any…

History lesson

19 November 2011 11:00 am

When I was a student of history, the first book we were asked to read was E.H. Carr’s What Is…

Democracy on trial

12 November 2011 1:00 pm

At the debate on parliamentary democracy recorded last week in Portcullis House for The Forum (broadcast on Sunday on the…

After the tyrants

5 November 2011 2:00 pm

What’s the best way for a dictator to fall, wondered Owen Bennett-Jones on Saturday night’s Archive on 4 (Radio 4,…

Great expectations

29 October 2011 1:00 pm

‘We chose to believe things that could not be true,’ says Velma Hart, the American finance officer who famously confronted…

Aussie rules

29 October 2011 1:00 pm

The Australians do suburbia well. We seem to be interested in the working classes and the poor (EastEnders, Coronation Street,…

Sunday sustenance

22 October 2011 2:00 pm

Before we knuckle down to the week’s offerings I’m going to seize the opportunity (this review is a one-off, so…

Smart operator

8 October 2011 4:00 pm

Back in the Fifties, it was possible for a single TV sitcom to capture 92 per cent of the small-screen…

Eastern promise

1 October 2011 12:00 am

Sad to say that none of the ex-pats who were interviewed in India for Home from Home (Radio 4, Friday)…

Musical chairs

24 September 2011 12:00 am

It’s such a relief to come back from a trip to America, to switch on the first available radio and…

Conversation piece

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Dr Johnson would be thrilled. His name up there in lights in the West End. He craved theatrical fame, and…

Novel experiment

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Having argued last week that it takes time (maybe a couple of generations) before fiction can be appropriately applied to…

One day

10 September 2011 12:00 am

‘History is not a dull subject,’ warned Caryl Phillips, the novelist, at the end of his 9/11 Letter.

The bees’ knees

3 September 2011 12:00 am

‘It makes you happy that something like that exists,’ says Devente, a young beekeeper from Hackney as he emerges from his protective suit in a halo of smoke, having just checked that all is well in the colony.

Personal best

27 August 2011 11:00 am

Two programmes, two very different worlds, and all in the space of a Sunday afternoon. Imogen Stubbs gave us a Radio 4 moment when she used the network to campaign against those personal statement forms which young students have to write as part of their applications to colleges and universities.

Bearing witness

20 August 2011 12:00 am

Even the great Alan Bennett sounded out of synch with the times as he read from his new short story ‘The Shielding of Mrs Forbes’ for this week’s Book at Bedtime (Radio 4).

Kate Chisholm on The Reunion

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Voices of a banking collapse