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27/06/2017
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    1. AL Kennedy's new Radio 4 documentary - AA: America's Gift to the World - tells the story of Alcoholics Anonymous and its methods, and asks whether AA is still the best 'cure' for addicts given new science and treatments.

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    2. We wanted to know what difference it makes to someone, suddenly changing school, perhaps shifting class or modifying accent, in going from state school to boarding at a posh school on a free bursary. In this case one of the people was your dispassionate reporter. A surprisingly layered assi...

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    3. Last month we announced that Radio 4 will be dramatising Vasily Grossman's epic novel Life and Fate starring Kenneth Branagh. During a week in September, it will take over every drama slot on Radio 4 - apart from The Archers - to tell the novel's interconnected stories about members of a Russian...

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    4. At 11.25pm last Wednesday night, the comedian Mark Watson was hoist aloft by Hunter (of Gladiator fame): You'll need to listen back to Mark Watson's Live Address to the Nation in order to fully understand why that happened. Assisted by Tom Basden and Tim Key, Mark's back on Radio ...

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    5. The census is all well and good. (Unless you think it a gross violation of your privacy, of course, or a colossal waste of public money - as a programme about statistics, however, we on More or Less quite like it). It will tell us how many we are, where we live, with whom, and more. Good, hard ...

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    6. ''Serendipity'. Or to be even more direct, 'luck'. Those are the words I most associate with Britain In A Box which returns for a fourth series this Saturday. This is the programme where comedy producer and television executive Paul Jackson delves back into the origins of TV classics and explor...

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    7. Here's a puzzle - and to help you solve it, a clue. The Bottom Line is a conversation show where top chief executives and entrepreneurs have a lively debate about business topics with Evan Davis. Now, can you spot the odd-one-out in the following list? A hypnotist A vegetarian An expert o...

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    8. Elena Kudimova, sister of the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya writes about the 15 Minute Drama series inspired by her tireless pursuit of the truth.

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    9. Whose voice does Stephen Hawking speak with? How did comedian Mel Smith almost have the entire Edinburgh festival shut down? And how could Churchill be compared to a child?

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    10. Editor's note: A new comedy for Radio 4, Dave against the Machine starts this Thursday night at 11.00pm written by and starring Dave Lamb. We asked Dave where the idea for Dave against the Machine came from. This is what he sent us. I am best known as 'that sarcastic bloke who takes the mick...

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    11. Ed's note: You can hear Kirsty Lang's interview with Meryl Streep on Front Row tonight, Monday 12 December at 7.15pm on BBC Radio 4. It'll also be available as part of the Front Row podcast. Details at the end of the post - PM. Meryl Streep's foot and hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Thea...

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    12. A disability does not define who you are -  Donna Lavin discusses the new series of The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles.

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    13. Sue Lawley chair of The Reith Lectures, 2013, shares her impression of Grayson Perry.

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    14. The launch of a long-gestated series always brings a combination of exhilaration and apprehension. And in the case of Foreign Bodies (Radio 4, weekdays, 1.45pm, until November 2nd) - the 15-part series investigating famous European fictional detectives, on which producer Robyn Read and I have be...

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    15. Following our initial meeting on Monday, writer Gurpreet Bhatti delivered a first draft this morning. It's amazing what the From Fact to Fiction writers do in the time we give them. Gurpreet's already found her characters and the shape of the play. She's stayed with her original choice of news ...

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    16. The Poppy Factory, Wednesday 9 November at 11am, tells the story behind the red commemorative poppies and the ex-service men and women who make them. It's also a Radio Times choice of the day - PM. Cutting out petals at the Poppy Factory in 1935 With the death of the last First World...

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    17. American novelist Jonathan Lethem discusses 4 songs which have inspired his past books, and one which forecasts the next. His latest novel Dissident Gardens features on Radio 4's Book At Bedtime from 20 January at 22.45pm 

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    18. Clive James - presenter of A Point of View As an editor, there are some experiences that are less than happy. Like the moment when one of the BBC's in-house lawyer frowns and says that your rock-solid investigative story won't withstand assault under the libel laws. Or when you have a crac...

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    19. Gwyneth Lewis was the first Poet Laureate of Wales. She wrote her original poem A Hospital Odyssey drawing on very personal experience after her husband was diagnosed with cancer. For the Radio 4 Blog she writes about those experiences that inspired the work.  

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    20. Radio 4 sent me to New York to find out The Truth About Goldman Sachs. And I can exclusively reveal the shock answer: it is beige. The New York-based investment bank (more on what that means later) has moved into a brand new Global Headquarters right by the square where the twin towers once sto...

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