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    1. I was surprised but obviously delighted when, seven years ago, I was told that In Our Time was to become the first BBC programme to be podcast - but, to be honest, I didn't quite know what it meant at the time. It turned out to mean a very great deal. Thus strikes the law of unexpected consequen...

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    2. Ed's note: On the BBC Comedy blog there's a post about a new Radio 4 comedy Very Old Pretenders that starts this Thursday - PM. From Carl Gorham, creator of cult animation classic Stressed Eric, comes Very Old Pretenders, in which two Jacobite soldiers from 1745 are found alive and well in...

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    3. Today, Tuesday 13 September, is the 95th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, a hugely popular and prolific writer who has been referred to as "one of the greatest story-tellers for children of the twentieth century". Dahl's memorable and magical books for children include: Charlie and the Ch...

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    4. Editor's note: This Tuesday morning Radio 4 broadcasts Eliza Manningham-Buller's second Reith Lecture, Security, at 09.00 BST. It will be repeated on Saturday 17 September at 22.15 BST - PM. In Security, recorded last week in Leeds, Baroness Manningham-Buller argues that the securi...

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    5. Editor's note: The Radio Times described this fantastical Afternoon Play: Floating as "a maritime Passport to Pimlico, with the locals relishing their unexpected autonomy and selecting a leader". The Guardian review said that Floating has "a delightfully quirky presence, and a poignant conclusio...

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    6. Editor's note: This coming Monday Andrew Marr discusses the life, work and legacy of the writer Vasily Grossman in a special Start the Week recorded at an event in Oxford to celebrate his novel, Life and Fate. Centred around the bloody battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate charts the history of bo...

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    7. Editor's note: In Business explores what's behind the flurry of entrepreneurial web-based businesses siting themselves near an east London roundabout which has led to the area being dubbed Silicon Roundabout in a clear nod to Silicon Valley. BBC journalist Mike Wendling considers if these hungry...

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    8. Tea for the Goons in 1958 - from left to right - Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe How would you react to the phrases "needle-nardle-noo" or "what, what, what what, what!"? Naturally, context is everything. In response to the query "what are you doing in my bathroom?" well,...

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    9. Editor's note: Over the past year, writer Sebastian Baczkiewicz has been working with the Herefordshire communities of Kington, an historic market town on the English/Welsh border, and Ewyas Harold, a village in the Golden Valley, to create The Marches for Radio 4. Here, the writer Sebastian...

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    10. Two nights ago, in a pub not too far from Broadcasting House, Matthew Sweet asked whether people would hook themselves up to a machine guaranteeing a fulfilled life. Among the guests were philosopher Jo Wolf and David Willets MP. (You can hear the debate online.) Our panellists: (left to r...

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