Radio 3 Essay

Radio 3 Essay

Authored essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week. Each episode is full of insight, opinion and intellectual surprise from one expert voice. The Essay is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Monday to Friday 10.45pm. We aim to include as many episodes of The Essay in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • A Body of Essays - The Appendix 17 Oct 14

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five writers choose an organ of the body on which to write an essay. In a compelling synthesis of biology and literature, we'll hear the 'dark continent' of our inner body, scrutinised through its hidden constituents - the organs. In his piece, novelist and journalist Ned Beauman confronts the idea that the appendix is redundant.

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  • A Body of Essays - The Intestines 16 Oct 14

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five writers choose an organ of the body on which to write an essay. In a compelling synthesis of biology and literature, we'll hear the 'dark continent' of our inner body, scrutinised through its hidden constituents - the organs. In her piece, novelist and journalist, Naomi Alderman reflects on the incredible labyrinth that is the intestines.

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  • A Body of Essays - The Lungs 15 Oct 14

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five writers choose an organ of the body on which to write an essay. In a compelling synthesis of biology and literature, we'll hear the 'dark continent' of our inner body, scrutinised through its hidden constituents - the organs. In his piece, poet Daljit Nagra describes how the lungs are an exchange system, similar to poetry.

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  • A Body of Essays - The Skin 14 Oct 14

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five writers choose an organ of the body on which to write an essay. In a compelling synthesis of biology and literature, we'll hear the 'dark continent' of our inner body, scrutinised through its hidden constituents - the organs. In her piece, journalist Christina Patterson reflects on the skin and her own experience of living with acne.

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  • A Body of Essays - The Gall Bladder 13 Oct 14

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five writers choose an organ of the body on which to write an essay. In a compelling synthesis of biology and literature, we'll hear the 'dark continent' of our inner body, scrutinised through its hidden constituents - the organs. In this piece, playwright Mark Ravenhill asks if his identity has changed since his gall bladder was removed.

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  • Stories from the Cairo Genizah - Alchemy and Magic 13 Jun 14

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Gabriele Ferrario of the Genizah Research Unit reveals a secret side to life in medieval Cairo: one governed by alchemy and magic.

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  • Stories from the Cairo Genizah - Three Lives 12 Jun 14

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Daniel Davies describes the private papers of philosopher Maimonides, leader Solomon ben Judah and merchant Abraham ben Yiju to shed light on three very different medieval lives.

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  • Stories from the Cairo Genizah - Women 11 Jun 14

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Melonie Schmierer-Lee examines ancient deeds of marriage, divorce and pre-nuptial agreements to reveal the varying fortunes of women in medieval Cairo.

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  • Stories from the Cairo Genizah - Letters 10 Jun 14

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Ben Outhwaite reads private letters between merchants to reveal an international trade network uniting Jews, Muslims and Christians across the medieval Mediterranean.

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  • Stories from the Cairo Genizah - The Discovery 09 Jun 14

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Esther-Miriam Wagner reveals how an eccentric scholar and two Scottish twins braved a legendary curse to uncover a treasure trove of medieval manuscripts in a Cairo synagogue.

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