The Listening Project

The Listening Project

Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

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  • 21 DEC 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Conversations about being stared at because you look different, being persecuted because you behave differently, and being in love with the land you farm, all introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 14 DEC 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 14 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A moving, one-sided conversation between a mother and her stillborn son, introduced by Fi Glover, together with a couple facing the finiteness of life, and friends debating disability caused by polio or by sport

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  • 07 DEC 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 7 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between men who have had help to get off the streets, a couple planning a collaborative writing project, and a mother and son who were both boarders, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 30 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Moving up to secondary school, walking on and caving beneath limestone, and volunteering on the Talyllyn railway all feature in conversations introduced by Fi Glover, from Devon, Cumbria and Wales

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  • 23 NOV 14: Sunday Omnibus - Karen and Nicole

    Sun, 23 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Three excerpts from one of the last conversations a mother dying from cancer will have with her adult daughter, introduced by Fi GLover.

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  • 16 NOV 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 16 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The death of a parent, growing up in care, and the skilled use of wheelchairs all feature in conversations between people helped by Children in Need funded charities, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 09 NOV 15: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 9 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between people who have been helped by charities funded by Children in Need, about autism, fear and growing up,from Walsall, Stoke and London,introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 02 NOV 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 2 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between women, revealing friendships forged through travel or work, or living through the death of a 6 year old, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 26 OCT 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 26 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    A mother and son from Carlisle talk about whose right it was to reveal he was gay, and the depression which both he and his father have experienced, in a conversation introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 19 OCT 14

    Sun, 19 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations about adoption by civil partners, getting around the Underground with a disability, and children dealing with their alcoholic father's death, all introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 12 OCT 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Three snippets from a conversation between friends who became close when Rachel's daughter died but who still find joy in writing a diary or running for charity, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 05 OCT 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 5 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The challenges of adoptiion, remembering grandad through his recipes, and facing terminal cancer, all feature in conversations introduced by Fi Glover, from Devon, Northern Ireland and Leeds

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  • 28 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 28 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Three conversations between work colleagues, old friends, and female members of a Jewish family introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 21 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 21 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Living with blindness, with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and with Parkinson's all feature in conversations from Glasgow, London and Maryport introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 14 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 14 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Life as an immigrant, adoptiing a child, and surviving sexual abuse,all feature in conversations from Wales and Leeds,introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 07 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 7 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between UKIP councillors, members of the Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guild, and a man whose life was changed by literacy with the mentor who taught him, all introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 31 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 31 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The impact of the National Front in the 1980s, coming to terms with infertility, and the history beneath your feet all feature in conversations from London, Scotland and Devon, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 24 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 24 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A conversation from Cumbria between a mother and daughter about coping with the death of the strong man who was their husband and father, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 17 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 17 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Mothers who have lost sons, a mother-in-law and her son's civil partner, and a couple of pensioners who regularly ride roller coasters all feature in conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 10 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 10 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations about choices to be made around health, education and career, between two mothers and their sons and between an eight year old and her grandmother, introduces by Fi GLover.

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  • 03 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 3 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    For 40 years Iby kept it secret that she’d been held in Auschwitz – she didn’t even tell her husband. Finally, 30 years ago, she told Carolyn. Now the two have a conversation about why her, and why then. Iby also talks with her granddaughter about her refusal to be defined by being a Holocaust survivor, and reads the powerful poem she wrote in the hope that her experiences will not have been in vain.

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  • 27 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 27 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between couples who together find the strength to make a fresh start, eliminate starvation in a small Tanzanian town, and deal with fatal illness, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 20 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 20 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Losing your sight but holding on to your appearance, the power of scouting to break down cultural barriers, and whether we help animals or they help us all feature in conversations from Devon, Wales and Cumbria, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 13 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 13 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Life after anorexia, proposals over satellite phone and posing nude from Edinburgh, Leicester and Cumbria all feature in conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 06 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 6 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Marriage and disability, children and disability and the importance of grandmothers all feature in conversations from Scotland, Devon and London, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 29 JUN 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 29 Jun 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A gay vicar and his partner, two footballers, and a father and son who work together are in conversation from London, Suffolk and Leeds, all introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 22 JUN 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 22 Jun 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Age differences in marriage, the learning curve in adoption, and collaboration in writing and illustrating all feature in conversations from Cumbria, Suffolk and Devon introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 15 JUN 2014: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 15 Jun 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Divorce, surviving road traffic accidents and comas, and multi-tasking as a gifted child all feature in conversations from Scotland, Leeds and London, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 08 JUN 14

    Sun, 8 Jun 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Coming out as gay after marriage and children, life as a dwarf and life with a politician in the family all feature in conversations from Birmingham, Devon and Leeds, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 01 JUN 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 1 Jun 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    A fitness instructor with MS, two men who haven't been held back by their learning disabilities, and two more with a passion for horror all feature in the conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 25 MAY 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 25 May 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Clean breaks from drugs, making friends with the person who talked you out of suicide, and whether one child is enough all feature in the conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 18 MAY 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 18 May 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The silence around childhood sexual abuse, love and marriage late in life, and childhood friends rediscovered, all feature in conversations from Devon, Birmingham and London, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 11 MAY 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 11 May 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A widow's loneliness, a long-lasting theatrical romance, and how not to be an absent father all feature in conversations from Middlesbrough, Llandudno and Leeds Chapeltown, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 04 MAY 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 4 May 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    May Queens, letter writing, and deleting Facebook on your phone all feature in conversations from Devon, Wales and Suffolk introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 27 APR 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 27 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations about life with unstable epilepsy, work with search and rescue dogs, and a family predisposed to adventure from Cumbria, Wales and Leicester, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 20 APR 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 20 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Muslim attitudes to the arts, the experience of wartime evacuation, and life with Type 1 diabetes all feature in conversations from Cardiff, Torquay and South Shields introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 13 APR 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 13 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Living with wolves, having gastric surgery, and finding inspiration in David Hockney's art, all feature in conversations from Devon, Leeds and London, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 06 APR 14: Sunday Omnibus

    Sun, 6 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Second chances, final choices and life-changing events all feature in conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 29 DEC 13: Sunday Edition - Listeners' Choice

    Sun, 29 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Transgender life, pantomime camels, parents who were in holy orders, and running away to the circus all feature in the conversations chosen by listeners, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 22 DEC 13: Sunday Edition Children's Voices

    Sun, 22 Dec 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Siblings, ambition, stolen chocolate and imaginary gaffer tape all feature in these conversations involving children introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 15 DEC 13: Sunday Edition Women Dealing With Life

    Sun, 15 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Terminal cancer, acne, friendship and dreadlocks all feature in the four conversations introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 08 DEC 13: Sunday Edition - Being Parents

    Sun, 8 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations about letting wolves care for your child or bringing him up as a vegetarian are introduced by Fi Glover, along with the highs and lows of fatherhood.

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  • 01 DEC 13: Sunday Edition The Connection

    Sun, 1 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations between people who work at The Connection and those who have found friendship and purpose there, whether through art or cooking, introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 24 NOV 13: The Listening Project Sunday Edition

    Sun, 24 Nov 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Young carers and a couple dealing with alcoholism and the path to recovery feature in these conversations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 17 NOV 13: Sunday Edition Man Talk

    Sun, 17 Nov 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations ranging from managing a NHS Trust to being a football hooligan, via fishing in the Irish Sea and enjoying pickled eggs in a pub, all between men, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • BBCLP:10 NOV 13: Sunday Edition Couples Talking

    Sun, 10 Nov 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Couples talk about pregnancy, weight loss, the anxieties of being an army wife, and how two different worlds can collide within a marriage in four conversations introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 03 NOV 13: Sunday Edition Mothers and Daughters

    Sun, 3 Nov 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between mothers and daughters, whose shared experiences range from tragic death in the family to simply discovering the power of a hug, introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 27 Oct 13: Sunday Edition Kath and Kate

    Sun, 27 Oct 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A 90 year old and her eldest daughter talk about children, marriage, holidays and death, and explain what recording their conversation meant to them to Fi Glover.

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  • 20 OCT 13: Sunday Edition Family Support

    Sun, 20 Oct 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations between grandparents, a grandchild, and a mother and daughter;the strength of their relationships and their enduring support shines through. Introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • TLP 13 Oct 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 13 Oct 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Books, hugs, flowers and loss all feature in four conversations introduced by Fi Glover in the Sunday Edition of the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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  • 06 Oct 13

    Sun, 6 Oct 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    At the British Library, Fi Glover discovers how Listening Project conversations are archived as the Library launches its online archive of the unedited recordings.

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  • 01 SEP 13: TLP Sunday Edition Edinburgh Special

    Sun, 1 Sep 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations recorded at the Edinburgh Festival between people inspired by the Listening Project make up this special Sunday Edition, presented by Fi Glover.

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  • 30 JUN 13: The Listening Project Sunday Edition

    Thu, 27 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Death and remembrance, soul midwives to ease the final journey, and contact with the other side are all dealt with in conversations introduced by Fi Glover in the Sunday Edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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  • Sunday Edition - Two Plus Two

    Sun, 23 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Life as a transgender woman and beating leukaemia - Fi Glover surprises listeners with the unexpected turn each conversation takes.

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  • 09 JUN 13: The Listening Project Sunday Edition

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Love, marriage and education feature in conversations uploaded by listeners themselves and introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 2 JUN 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 2 Jun 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The miners' strike,the Suffolk flood of 1953, how mums are never satisfied, and the impact a teacher can have on a student all feature in the conversations introduced by Fi Glover.

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  • 26 MAY 13: Sunday Edition StoryCorps

    Sun, 26 May 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Conversations from StoryCorps, the American inspiration for The Listening Project, in this Sunday Edition presented by Fi Glover

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  • 19 MAY 2013: Sunday Edition - Parenting

    Sun, 19 May 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Life with locked-in syndrome, with terminal cancer, without your grandchild, and with a dominatrix called FiFi all feature in conversations from around the UK introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 12 MAY 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 12 May 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    From the appeal of the Morris Minor to an admission of self-harm, and whether to take the test for a cancer gene - all subjects of conversations from around the UK introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 05 May 13: Sunday Edition Schools Project

    Sun, 5 May 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Eleven and twelve year olds recorded conversations about their lives and those of their parents and friends for The Listening Project Schools Pilot

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  • 28 APR 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 28 Apr 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The perils facing fishermen, Catholicism, ensuring disabled children are cared for after you've gone, and career choices all feature in the converations introduced by Fi Glover

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  • 21 Apr 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 21 Apr 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Community,changesin Northern Ireland, and memories of the glamorous 1950s are all featured by Fi Glover in this Sunday Edition

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  • 14 Apr 13: Listening Project Sunday Edition

    Sun, 14 Apr 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Swansea City, coming out, delivering your own grandchildren, and second time around marriages are all covered in the conversations Fi Glover presents in this Sunday Edition

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  • 07 APR 13: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 7 Apr 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Teenage sexuality, stepmothers and organ donation are all covered in the conversations Fi Glover introduces between friends, mothers and children in this Sunday Edition

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  • 30 DEC 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 30 Dec 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Listeners' requests presented by Fi Glover in the Sunday Edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen

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  • 23 DEC 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 23 Dec 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Babies, Christmas and loved ones remembered: all in the conversations presented by Fi Glover for the Sunday Edition of the Radio 4 series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen

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  • 16 DEC 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 16 Dec 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Marriage, spiders, frogs, birds, leaving home for university and coming back again: conversations about all of these in the Sunday Edition presented by Fi Glover

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  • 09 DEC 12: Sunday Edition - Lyn and Mary

    Sun, 9 Dec 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    After Lyn's prison sentence for drink-driving she and her civil partner Mary re-consider their relationship Fi Glover presents.

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  • 02 Dec 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 2 Dec 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Homelessness on the streets of London: one of the conversations introduced by Fi Glover on the day Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal. Also conversations about politics and activism.

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  • 25 NOV 12:Sunday Edition

    Sun, 25 Nov 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Fi Glover hears what Professor Dorothy Sheridan of the Mass Observation Archive thinks of the value of The Listening Project to oral historians of all types.

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  • 18 Nov 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 18 Nov 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between people helped by Children in Need-funded charities, ranging from theatre groups to those offering support for victims of domestic violence.

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  • 11 Nov 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 11 Nov 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Fi Glover with conversations about Nepal, love, death - and spaghetti bolognese for breakfast. All uploaded by listeners themselves.

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  • 04 Nov 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 4 Nov 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Conversations between those who have suffered from psychosis and depression, and those who have stood by them.

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  • 28 Oct 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 28 Oct 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover features men's conversations exclusively in this Edition and proves that, when you listen, it's surprising how far from stereotypical expectations they can be

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  • 21 Oct 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 21 Oct 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Surprising conversations about dead pets, plastic surgery, retirement, and the impact of disability on family relationships.

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  • 14 Oct 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 14 Oct 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Two is stronger than one when it comes to meeting life's challenges.Couples talk about how they've survived family crises together.

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  • BBCLP 07 Oct 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 7 Oct 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A marriage proposal and conversations about sex, Romany mourning traditions and the weather prove that it's surprising what you hear when you listen as Fi Glover eavesdrops on The Listening Project nationwide

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  • 17 Jun 12: Sunday Edition

    Tue, 26 Jun 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Encounters from Scotland, Cheshire and a British Library view of the Project. we meet former Olympic athlete Mark, who remembers his experiences in Moscow and Los Angeles for his daughter Sophie, and civil partners, Nick and Philip from Scotland, who reflect on how attitudes to homosexuality have changed. Jonny Robinson explains how the British Library is saving such conversations for posterity.

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  • BBCLP 24 Jun 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 24 Jun 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation. Today's programme focuses on the residents of the east London borough which is the focus of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend - Hackney, with its diverse and colourful community. We hear from Oby and Rebekah about the consequences of their childhood as Jehovah's Witnesses, from Ashley and Raj about friendship in childhood and beyond, and from Gabin and Paul, Kerry and Duncan and Victoria and Nathaniel about their lives - all lived in Hackney. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

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  • BBCLP 10 Jun 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 10 Jun 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation:we meet Sarah Jane and Philip, a brother and sister from Wales who talk frankly about the pressures and problems that Philip's period behind bars caused the family; from London Margaret and Barry, whose son Jimmy was murdered in a knife fight, remember their beloved boy; and a chance to meet David Isay, the award-winning American documentary-maker who came up with the idea of these intimate conversations in the first place. StoryCorps is so successful that the BBC has, with David's blessing, brought it to Britain as ...The Listening Project. Many of the conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

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  • 03 Jun 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 3 Jun 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today's programme covers the vital support offered by friendship, and also family life in all its rich variety. Betty, a retired cook from Hull, chats with her daughter, Elaine - a cleaner - about bringing up ten children with lots of love, but not much money. Catherine tells her friend, Liz, about the impact the fact that her parents met when they were a priest and nun had on her childhood, and on her current relationship with the Catholic church. And friends Anne and Steve talk about how each has supported the other through the serious dramas of life: bereavement and the suicidal despair caused by childhood abuse.

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  • 27 May 12: Sunday Edition

    Sun, 27 May 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today we meet Jasmit and Jaswant from Lincolnshire, still happily married 34 years after it was arranged. From Scotland mother and son, Lily and Francis, on Francis' addiction to heroin and its terrible consequences. And from Berkshire the dilemma facing dairy farmers,as Michael and Don decide whether to sell their herds. Also, the first User Generated Content to be uploaded to The Listening Project: Sophie wanted to ask her brother Oscar about his experience of living with autism. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

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  • The Sunday Edition, 20 May 12

    Sun, 20 May 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover introduces Joan and Ray from Merseyside, who only recently discovered they shared a father, farming brothers Gerald and Roland from Lincolnshire, and Michael and Jill, friends from Hull who both lost family members in the 1968 triple trawler tragedy. And she hears from producer David Reeves who recorded two of the conversations.

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  • Sunday Edition 13 May 12

    Sun, 13 May 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today encounters from Cardiff, Lincolnshire and Reading - via Northern Ireland. The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4, offering a snapshot of contemporary Britain. Conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

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  • Sunday Edition 06 May 12

    Sun, 6 May 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme we meet 19 year old Afshan, who has left her traditional Muslim home in Manchester for university in London, and her mother, Flavia, who is unhappy that her daughter also seems to have left behind all plans for an arranged marriage. And from Radio Merseyside, a conversation through bars - not prison bars but those of an enclosed convent. Here brother and sister Peter and Mary, priest and nun, discuss their lives and religious vocations. And the producer who recorded this extraordinary Listening Project encounter gives his personal account of the meeting. The Listening Project aims to offer a snapshot of contemporary Britain Learn more by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

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  • Sunday Omnibus, 29 Apr 12

    Sun, 29 Apr 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    In today's programme, we meet Ciaron and Brendan, Irish brothers whose fraternal bond was tested to the limit when Brendan fell ill; from Radio Berkshire, the story of Jim and John who touchingly remember the biscuity pleasures of working at the Huntley and Palmers factory in Reading which closed in the 1970s, while from Stoke on Trent, the agonising tale of Stevie, the brother to Chris and son to Norman, who vanished while on holiday in Crete. And there's a chance too to hear just how the magic of these Listening Project encounters actually works from one of the team gathering the interviews across Britain.

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  • Between friends, 22 Apr 12

    Sun, 22 Apr 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Barbara talks to her best friend Becky about her compulsive disorder and how it's affected her life; Humberside transsexual Michelle discusses living as a woman with her friend Cilla; Bob talks to his son-in-law James about his life of crime and Jim and Joan from Northern Ireland share an intimate conversation about growing old together and the end of life.

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  • A Family Matter, 15 Apr 12

    Sun, 15 Apr 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Mike talks to his adoptive son about how he rescued him as a baby from South Vietnam; Jayne talks to her mother Sally in Liverpool about their life together and the father she never knew; from London, Jamaican-born Monica discusses with her gay son Rikki how coming out as gay was difficult for her too; and in Stoke on Trent Marc discusses with his foster dad Colin about how he's managed to turn his life round after a very difficult beginning.

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  • Generations in conversation, 08 Apr 12

    Sun, 8 Apr 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Beryl is a twice married grandmother who talks with her grandson about love, loss and how she lost her heart late in life to the man who gave her a lift home in his Reliant Robin; Jean and her daughter Rebecca talk about the difficulties of facing up to failing health and death; Cy tells his granddaughter Lucy about his life as a musician in Liverpool's glory days and Alan and Christine from Stoke on Trent talk about the magnetic hold the town's Spode porcelain factory has had on their lives.

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  • The nation in conversation, 01 Apr 12

    Sun, 1 Apr 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Chick is a former miner from Pontefract in Yorkshire. He discusses his life in a conversation with his granddaughter Lindsay, whose eyes are set on a very different career path. Sasha is a mother from Berkshire whose son Paddy has an inherited heart condition. They talk about life together at home in Marlborough. Alison and Willie are a couple in their mid-sixties from Northern Ireland. They've had a rich life together, but now face the challenges of an uncertain future as old age approaches. And from Tunstall in Stoke on Trent, Paula and Maddie share memories of Paula's comedian father.

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    Tue, 20 Mar 12

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Capturing the nation in conversation. A BBC Radio and British Library Partnership. The Listening Project is inviting people across the UK to share an intimate conversation. Some of these conversations will be broadcast by the BBC and curated and archived by the British Library building a unique picture of our lives today and preserving it for future generations. What people talk about is their choice. It could be a moment of joy, sadness or reflection. This project is about creating the space for people to have that conversation they always meant to have. Radio 4's Controller Gwyneth Williams is bringing a new kind of conversation to Radio 4, made possible by the unique nature of radio, its intimacy and entanglement in the lives of audiences.

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