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)

  • Shaping the Air - Writers and Radio - Roger Phillips

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The fourth of five personal essays on the voice and radio. BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips describes his job as the listening anchorman of the station's daily phone-in programme. What is is like to be the in the middle of a city as it talks to and of itself every day of the week? How does the city's voice manifest itself in the way it talks? Are there as many talkers in Newcastle or Bristol? What does the Liverpool voice do to the Liverpool mind? Thoughts too on victim culture and Scally jokes. An essay given in front of an audience at the British Academy in London in October 2014 as part of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Producer: Tim Dee.

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  • Essay:Shaping the Air- Writers and Radio: David Hendy

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The third of five personal essays on the voice and radio. Former BBC journalist and now media professor David Hendy explores how, in the early years of radio, the voices coming through the airwaves were heard and regarded. Why did a heard voice carry more swaying power than written words, why did a radio voice carry - so experiments and test showed - even more potency? How did radio become a tool for demagogues? Why are our ears susceptible? An essay given in front of an audience at the British Academy in London in October 2014 as part of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Producer: Tim Dee.

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  • Essay:Shaping the Air- Writers and Radio: Olivia O'Leary

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The second of five personal essays on the voice and radio. Journalist and broadcaster Olivia O'Leary describes her autobiography in radio from Irish nuns at her boarding school hunting down wicked wirelesses to thoughts on the speed of the Irish voice by comparison with the English. Olivia O'Leary has worked in radio for decades and is well known - as a voice - for her penetrating yet tactful interviewing skills. She shares some of her secrets. An essay given in front of an audience at the British Academy in London in October 2014 as part of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, himself one of the most famous radio voices of all time. Producer: Tim Dee.

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  • Shaping the Air- Writers and Radio: Samuel West

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The first of five essays on the voice and radio - all delivered by seasoned broadcasters and practitioners. Actor Samuel West explores the art of performance and declarative language. How should an actor speak? What is the best way to read poetry on the radio? How does radio drama get by without images? Are the pictures really better? Recorded in front of an audience at the British Academy in London in October 2014 as part of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, himself one of the best known radio voices of all time. Subsequent essays from the British Academy come from veteran Irish broadcaster Olivia O'Leary, Professor of Media David Hendy, Radio Merseyside's phone-in host Roger Phillips and Radio 4's Fi Glover - all sharing their varied perspectives on the art of radio. Producer: Tim Dee.

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  • The Book That Changed Me - Luke Johnson 24 Oct 14

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson celebrates the simple but powerful messages of "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David J Schwartz.

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  • The Book That Changed Me - Malorie Blackman 23 Oct 14

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman on how Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" legitimised her need to be a writer.

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  • The Book That Changed Me - Simon McBurney 22 Oct 14

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Actor/director Simon McBurney on how John Berger's "And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos" plays with ideas of connection and memory which are essential to his theatrical work.

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  • The Book That Changed Me - Tracey Thorn 21 Oct 14

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Tracey Thorn, singer from the band Everything but the Girl, describes how Germaine Greer's "The Female Eunuch" spoke to her as a teenager - but now reads very differently.

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  • The Book That Changed Me - Alan Johnson 20 Oct 14

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Alan Johnson, Former Home Secretary, describes how "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens mirrored his poor and troubled childhood in West London. After the death of his mother, the discovery of this great novel gave him the hope to build a happy and secure adult life.

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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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