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Blog posts by year and month June 2009

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  1. Here's an unusual thing: this month's issue of iconic tech mag Wired, house journal of the digital elite (recently revived in the UK by US parent Condé Nast after some years out of the market) classified Radio 4 as 'Wired', here meaning cool or contemporary or just useful. Here in The Castle we ...

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  2. This weekend sees the return of Good Radio Club, our experiment in 'social listening'. If you joined in last time you'll remember that it involves tuning in to a radio programme and discussing it with others while you listen. There's a blog post over on the Good Radio Club web site that explains...

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  3. If you're in a better mood than you usually are on a Thursday morning it might be because you heard the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on Today at 0741. Together with Kathy Clugston, of this parish, they provided a lovely few minutes of strummed Beethoven and details of how to join in with A...

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  4. We have played with the format just a bit - by beginning each lecture with a quick chat between Sue Lawley (presenter) and lecturer (Professor Michael Sandel). We also had more members of the public and students than in previous years (where the audience has been largely invited). And in recent ...

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  5. "The bees will beat us you know", our bee mentor, Clive Joyce, sagely told me yesterday while we tried, yet again, to stop the Farming Today beehive swarming. Clive is usually the voice of optimism, but even he - when faced with more Queen Cells than he's ever seen - is preparing to face up to t...

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  6. Like so many of his predecessors, the 2009 Reith Lecturer Michael Sandel says he was "honoured and excited" when he was first asked to accept this year's Reith wreath. Professor Sandel spent four years at Balliol College, Oxford, as a graduate student, and says he was therefore aware of what he...

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  7. The Radio 4 blog isn't the only Radio 4 blog. Here are four more from around the network that I think are all exceptional examples of the blogger's art. PM (RSS). If there's a natural blogger at the BBC it's Eddie Mair. He's comfortable with the informal tone and uneven pace of a blog. When jou...

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  8. Can radio make good "TV"? For the past couple of weeks on Today, we've been conducting an experiment: filming the goings-on in our studio so that it's now possible not only to listen to the programme, but also to watch some of it Many radio interviews, of course, aren't done face-to-face, but "...

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  9. For the last few months there have been a rash of quite ancient comedy parlour games being adapted to Twitter where groups of friends devise, in 140 characters of course, punnery and wordplay around film and tv titles. Just in the last month credit crunch movies (eg: The Italian Jobless), mediev...

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  10. A while back I posted about why we use illustrations on iPlayer for key radio programming (on the BBC Internet blog). In short we want to avoid galleries of largely unknown faces which don't really hook the listener as much as a well-executed illustration. When we come to illustrate dramas whic...

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