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    Blog posts by year and month April 2011

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    1. Front Row reports on The Pale King by American writer David Foster Wallace which is being published posthumously today, following the 46-year-old American author's long battle with depression and eventual suicide in 2008. Arts editor Will Gompertz on what made Wallace's writing so special, and...

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    2. Jack de Manio, 1967: "Radio's breakfast-time look at life around the country and across the world, introduced by Jack de Manio." You've read those stories about children brought up by wolves (sometimes monkeys). Children shaped by the most unorthodox of upbringings. I was brought up by Rad...

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    3. The Afternoon Play, Titanium, marks the 50th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first manned spaceflight. The story is told through the eyes of Gagarin's training partner Gherman Titov, the man who so nearly could have been the first man into space. Peter Snow brings the events ...

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    4. Radio 4 Extra is almost one week old - and we've all been delighted to read far more publicity for the network than we ever expected. Our notice boards are groaning with press cuttings of previews and reviews from a wide variety of newspapers across the UK. We also made a number of feature pages...

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    5. Many A Slip: Eleanor Summerfield (left) and Isobel Barnett Part 2 of Russell Davies's history of radio quizzes and panel games, Let's Get Quizzical - Brains, Pickles and Slips cries out for one of those showbiz family trees that Pete Frame created for the world of rock music in the 1970s. ...

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    6. Fags, Mags and Bags is back. One of the most enjoyable days in my tenure as Radio 4 blogger was spent in a Sauchiehall Street studio in Glasgow with the team behind Lenzie's best-known radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags.   

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    7. I'm standing in a large conference room - devoid of furniture, carpet pulled back - in an ordinary well-known branded hotel in Kent. The room reverberates with shouts and cries: "Give me your money!" I've got a gun and I'll use it if you don't give me your valuables! br> Get down! Get down! br...

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    8. Some radio programmes seem to appear on air fully-formed, almost overnight - others have a somewhat longer gestation period. Let's Get Quizzical - Russell Davies's two-part history of the radio panel game and quiz show - falls most definitely into the latter camp. If you've come to 4 Extra from...

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    9. After we bid a fond farewell to BBC Radio 7 after over 8 years on-air - what a delight to be able instead to welcome you to the world of BBC Radio 4 Extra. Whether you're a newbie or one of our loyal band of followers - I can promise you plenty to enjoy in our new schedule, which kicks off tomo...

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    10. Looking through the list of Bookclub recordings brings back some extraordinary memories... of Joseph Heller talking about Catch 22, Wendy Cope reading poetry in a basement studio in Broadcasting House while the story from New York was coming in on September 11, 2001, Muriel Spark reading from Th...

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