Thinking Allowed's Laurie Taylor

    The preamble

    As last week I've picked out a selection of the currently available Radio 4 podcasts. You can listen online or download to keep, or put onto your phone or MP3 player. There are many more available on the Radio 4 podcast page.

    Some podcasts are available for only seven days (eg Comedy of the Week; Friday Night Comedy) but others do have a huge archive you can download at any time (eg Desert Island Discs; In Our Time). If you haven't used podcasts from the BBC before there's some podcast help here.

    The selection

    1. Lives in a Landscape
    All of the current series where award-winning presenter Alan Dein goes in search of original stories from around the country is now available as a podcast.
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    2. Thinking Allowed: Kissing men - Decline of violence in history Laurie Taylor explores Professor Steven Pinker's notion of a decline in human violence as well an apparent rise in heterosexual men kissing other men.
    More programme info
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    3. Four Thought: Dreda Say Mitchell
    Crime novelist Dreda Say Mitchell argues that the importance of the family, faith and community has been ignored in the debate about social mobility.
    More programme info
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    4. Warhorses of Letters
    Stephen Fry stars as Napoleon's horse and Daniel Rigby stars as Wellington's horse in a love story of two horses sundered by war told through their letters to each other.
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    5. Desert Island Discs: John Peel Archive Special
    Sue Lawley's castaway is broadcaster John Peel. This episode has been made available to mark the broadcast of the first John Peel Lecture on 6 Music.
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    Paul Murphy is the editor of the Radio 4 blog

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