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  1. Your Top 10 Unmissable Radio 4 programmes

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 17:03

    Radio 4 Radio 4

    We set our Facebook and Twitter followers a challenge - what's the Radio 4 programme you never miss? Here's your Top 10 (in which you actually squeezed eleven...

    Never miss

    Listen to the Top 10:

    The Archers

    The News Quiz

    Today

    I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue / PM

    Just A Minute

    Desert Island Discs

    In Our Time

    The Now Show

    Woman's Hour

    Cabin Pressure

  2. In Our Time: Strabo's Geographica

    Friday 11 April 2014, 17:14

    Melvyn Bragg Melvyn Bragg

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    Editor's note: In Thursday's programme Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed Strabo's Geographica. As always the programme is available to listen to online or to download and keep

    Strabo's Geographica

    Hello

    It’s still rather a mystery why Strabo was not picked up more frequently before the sixteenth century. Perhaps geography didn’t penetrate the consciousness of Europe until post-Renaissance times. Certainly it was not as useful as the work of Galen and Ptolemy in medicine and astronomy. Nevertheless, it was a vast enterprise and it survived complete, and so it still could be said to be rather strange that it was not taken up with more fervour.

    After the programme, to the office to attack the pile of e-mails and prepare for filming with Daniel Radcliffe in New York in a couple of weeks’ time. Then lunch with an old pal and commentary on the Kate Atkinson film which we’re putting out on The South Bank Show in a month or two’s time, and then to the Cinema Museum just outside the Elephant & Castle where I did various links for various new arts programmes. The Cinema Museum is extraordinary. It’s tucked away in a Victorian building and around has the air of a neglected, if not even abandoned...

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  3. Feedback: What Is The Point Of Power Lists?

    Friday 11 April 2014, 17:11

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Editor's Note: You can listen to Feedback online or download it here

    Powerlist Powerlist

    As you well know BBC programmes are supposed to be impartial but I’m not sure if that can be said of Woman’s Hour, at least when it comes to feminism. Woman’s Hour is in fact a powerful advocate for women’s empowerment and this week as part of that campaign it produced its second power list.


    Last year the list was designed to identify the 100 most powerful women in the country. No 1 was the Queen, which some thought was an unoriginal choice. This year the power list was much shorter; there were only ten women on it and it focused on so called “game changers”. Top of the list this time was Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence. She was introduced by the Home Secretary who lauded her campaign to get to the truth about what happened to her son, and when the now Baroness Lawrence walked on stage the 250 or so women present in the radio theatre in Broadcasting House rose as one to applaud her.

    I sat up in the theatre balcony watching what was going on and it was impossible not to be moved by her story and those of some of the other women on the list, and the...

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  4. Josie Long's interactive comic

    Tuesday 8 April 2014, 12:13

    Josie Long Josie Long Comedian

    Listen to Short Cuts - Trespass from 3pm on Tuesday 8 April

    Josie Long has created this comic to accompany this week's episode of Short Cuts - short documentaries under the theme of 'Trespass'.

    Listen to Short Cuts

  5. In Our Time - States of Matter

    Friday 4 April 2014, 14:15

    Melvyn Bragg Melvyn Bragg

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    In Our Time: States of Matter In Our Time: States of Matter
    One of the things about broadcasting is that you feel hungry when you’ve finished.  Especially after a live programme.

    It’s odd because you haven’t done anything particularly strenuous. It’s the same enigma that governs the feeling of tiredness after merely sitting for a few hours at a desk, scribbling away.

    But what I had to eat after this morning’s programme, or rather before that, after the Today programme trail, was a good dollop of humble pie.

    John Humphrys is so fast-witted and such a sport that it’s great fun trying to get a rise out of him,...

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  6. Feedback: Presenters' views about the BBC

    Friday 4 April 2014, 12:20

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Should BBC presenters be allowed to express their views about the future of the BBC and, in particular, of the licence fee?
    Nick Ross is only the latest of a significant number to opine.
    And he would doubtless argue that he has every right to do so since:-
    a. he is a freelance who is not on the staff of the Corporation (like me),
    b. the Corporation is supposed to stand for free speech and not for the censorship of debate and
    c. his primary loyalty is to public service broadcasting , not to the organisation which is designed to deliver it.
    However presenters like John Humphrys are now on the staff. Should...

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  7. Bookclub - The Sea by John Banville

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 13:44

    Jim Naughtie Jim Naughtie Jim Naughtie presents Bookclub on BBC Radio 4

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    Editor's note: This episode of Bookclub is available on Sunday 6th April and will be available to listen online or for download.

    John Banville - The Sea

    John Banville quoted Nietzsche to this month’s readers on Bookclub: every man is an artist when he sleeps. He was making the point that he believes that dreaming is like writing fiction - a good thought for the start of our talk about The Sea, the novel which won him the Man Booker prize in 2005, because it is a book with the quality of a dream. Time shifts like the sands on the seashore, and Max, around whom the story revolves, is conscious of the past and the...

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  8. Tweet of the Day - Kate Humble

    Monday 31 March 2014, 09:00

    Radio 4 Radio 4

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    Editor's Note: Kate Humble presents Tweet of the Day in April. Kate Humble has worked on many BBC Nature programmes including Wild Shepherdess, Lambing Live and Springwatch.

    Kate Humble

    Spring is coming and the mornings are getting noisier. It is as if nature is celebrating, with the rest of us, the lengthening and warming of the days. Our gardens, woodlands, parks and farms have been largely quiet throughout the winter, apart from, perhaps, the occasional plucky robin, or the mournful call of rooks

    Rook Rook

    But now birds are thinking about finding territories and mates and to do that they sing...

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  9. In Our Time - Weber's The Protestant Ethic

    Friday 28 March 2014, 17:09

    Melvyn Bragg Melvyn Bragg

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    Editor's note: In Thursday's programme Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed Weber's The Protestant Ethic. As always the programme is available to listen to online or to download and keep

    Weber's The Protestant Ethic

    Hello,

    After a bracing fifteen minutes with Farming Today, I look forward to who is going to be introducing the Today programme.  When it’s John (Humphrys), with whom for reasons deep in mystery I seem to have formed a special relationship (rather like that between the USA and the UK), I have to think of something that will somehow tease out a laugh. There are not many laughs in the works of Max Weber....

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  10. Feedback: Radio 3 on the Southbank

    Friday 28 March 2014, 17:02

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Editor's Note: You can listen to Feedback online or download it here.

    Window

    Do you know what a pop-up studio is?

    Well if you can get down to the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank of the Thames before Sunday you can see one in action. Radio 3 has built such a studio next to the Riverside café on the first floor.

    Billboard


    It can be put up in a few hours, is made of perspex and is sound-proof, although much of the network’s musical output is transmitted from the area just outside it. When I visited the café the Gypsy Orchestra of Budapest were in full flow, watched over by a grinning Sean Rafferty...

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Woman's Hour Power List 2014

Identifying the top ten game changers operating in the UK today.
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Woman's Hour Power List judges, 2014 Woman's Hour Power List judges, 2014

 

Identifying the top ten game changers operating in the UK today.

 

See the latest on our blog

 

Find out about this year's panel and theme