12 posts about War on this blog
Wednesday 2 January 2013, 13:58
Ben Macintyre discusses Agent Zigzag - his bestselling book on the true story of a professional criminal named Eddie Chapman, a successful British double agent who infiltrated the Nazi intelligence services during World War II.
Monday 14 November 2011, 11:00
"The good escaper", says the 1944 document Tips for Escapers and Evaders, "is the man who keeps himself fit, cheerful and comfortable. He is not a 'he-man' who boasts about his capacity to endure discomfort. He should be a man with sound common sense and above all a man of great determination".
Friday 27 May 2011, 15:57
Editor's note: It's been known for a while that Radio 4 were adapting Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, a great passion of Radio 4's former controller, to run over one week. It's been announced today that Kenneth Branagh will be playing the central role of Viktor.
Producing the Radio 4 dramatisation...
Friday 29 April 2011, 23:10
The first time I saw my father's book The Silver Sword being transferred to another medium was in 1957. I was 7, and Dad took me and my older sister Helen up to Shepherd's Bush, where a black-and...
Saturday 4 December 2010, 10:00
I am staring at a pile of papers on my desk. It's 5 inches high. To anyone passing by, it's just a rather tedious heap of orange and blue folders. But to me, it represents a period in my life when I became utterly obsessed with making a single radio documentary. So obsessed that at one point my boss...
Wednesday 8 September 2010, 20:25
UPDATE: the Taliban debate on Radio 4 has now finished and I've closed the live chat. The chat will be archived here permanently and we've lifted the seven-day limit on the radio debate so you'll be able to listen again whenever you like. If you listened, or took part in the online debate, please leave...
Tuesday 7 September 2010, 17:49
We'd like you to join tomorrow's Radio 4 debate about the outcome of the war in Afghanistan. Host Eddie Mair is heading over to Chatham House to record the programme after he's finished on PM this evening, for transmission at 2000 tomorrow. We'll be opening the discussion here on the blog half an hour...
Friday 13 August 2010, 14:55
"Why did this trial only appear on the BBC's News radar when there was a celebrity event to cover?" - Julie Smith.
"The BBC seems to be becoming like the tabloid newspapers, caught up in the cult of celebrity" - Cynthia Wells.
"The message is loud and clear that it is important because famous people are...
Wednesday 14 July 2010, 19:13
Editor's note: Sometimes the decision to commission a programme about events from recent history is a complicated one. Samir Shah lays out the many factors that contributed to one such decision - SB.
Fascination with the Second World War and Nazism is one of the abiding characteristics of post war Britain...
Tuesday 10 November 2009, 16:04
The seeds for Sunday Worship from Helmand were sown more than five years ago. I'd always been interested in the role of religion in an organisation where the job - when all else failed and to put it bluntly - was to blow things up and kill people. It took about 18 months from first contacting the Ministry...
Wednesday 7 October 2009, 20:01
Eric Joyce MP.
Brigadier Buster Howes, Head of overseas operations, MOD.
Francesc Vendrell, former EU Special Representative to Afghanistan and Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition.
Eddie Mair, presenter
Eddie Mair, presenter
To warm you up for tonight's debate about the war in Afghanistan, chaired by Eddie...
Thursday 24 September 2009, 13:00
Guantanamo Bay: 245 prisoners.
US camps in Iraq: 8,305 prisoners.
They're in two relatively small camps near Baghdad. The third - and most used - Camp Bucca, in the southern desert, has just closed.
Here's a taste of it:
editor's note: these remarkable pictures, taken by Hugh Sykes in a US 'theatre internment...
Behind the scenes at Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra from producers, presenters and programme makers.
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