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)

  • 23 July 2014: Praising Powell and Pressburger - Rev Richard Coles

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Rev Richard Coles ponders heaven and hell in the classic 1946 Powell and Pressburger film A Matter of Life and Death, starring David Niven.

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  • Homage to Caledonia: Hidden Identities

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With Scotland and all things Scottish very much in the air, acclaimed writer, comedian and now ex-pat, AL Kennedy, continues her reflections on what Scottishness means to her in this week's series of The Essay. In this podcast: Scotland's many hidden identities. AL Kennedy was born in Dundee, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. Her latest short story collection, 'All the Rage', was published in Spring 2014. Written and performed by AL Kennedy

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  • Homage to Caledonia: The Language of the Scots

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With Scotland and all things Scottish very much in the air, acclaimed writer, comedian and now ex-pat, AL Kennedy, continues her reflections on what Scottishness means to her in this week's series of The Essay. In this podcast: the language of Scotland. AL Kennedy was born in Dundee, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. Her latest short story collection, 'All the Rage', was published in Spring 2014. Written and performed by AL Kennedy

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  • Homage to Caledonia: Morality and Misery

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    With Scotland and all things Scottish very much in the air, acclaimed writer, comedian and now ex-pat, AL Kennedy, reflects on what Scottishness means to her in this series of The Essay. In this podcast: morality and misery - is dourness necessarily such a bad thing? AL Kennedy was born in Dundee, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. Her latest short story collection, 'All the Rage', was published in Spring 2014. Written and performed by AL Kennedy

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  • Homage to Caledonia: GSOH

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With Scotland and all things Scottish very much in the air, acclaimed writer, comedian and now ex-pat, AL Kennedy, reflects on what Scottishness means to her in this new series of The Essay. In this podcast: a good sense of humour. AL Kennedy was born in Dundee, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. Her latest short story collection, 'All the Rage', was published in Spring 2014. Written and performed by AL Kennedy

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  • Homage to Caledonia: Scots Abroad

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    With Scotland and all things Scottish very much in the air, acclaimed writer, comedian and now ex-pat, AL Kennedy, reflects on what Scottishness means to her in this new series of The Essay. Today: tartan, the kilt and a sense of identity. A L Kennedy was born in Dundee, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. Her latest short story collection, 'All the Rage', was published in Spring 2014. Written and performed by A L Kennedy

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  • Goodbye to All That: Jeanette Winterson

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Taking Robert Graves' phrase Goodbye to All That as their starting point, five writers from countries involved in the First World War reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended. These five essays that have been curated by writer Lavinia Greenlaw to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, as part of 14-18 Now, a major cultural programme across the United Kingdom. Jeanette Winterson examines her own sense that recent years have seen a turning point in British attitudes to the importance of the arts.

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  • Goodbye to All That: Xiaolu Guo

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Taking Robert Graves' phrase Goodbye to All That as their starting point, five writers from countries involved in the First World War reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended. These five essays that have been curated by writer Lavinia Greenlaw to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, as part of 14-18 Now, a major cultural programme across the United Kingdom. Chinese-born author, Xiaolu Guo, contemplates the role of Chinese 'coolies' on the battlefields of the First World War.

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  • Goodbye to All That: Daniel Kehlmann

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Taking Robert Graves' phrase Goodbye to All That as their starting point, five writers from countries involved in the First World War reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended. These five essays that have been curated by writer Lavinia Greenlaw to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, as part of 14-18 Now, a major cultural programme across the United Kingdom. Episode Three: A Visit to the Magician German writer Daniel Kehlmann reflects on recent German history through the prism of a hypnotism show taking place in a central Berlin theatre.

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  • Goodbye to All That: Colm Toibin

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Taking Robert Graves' phrase Goodbye to All That as their starting point, five writers from countries involved in the First World War reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended. These five essays that have been curated by writer Lavinia Greenlaw to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, as part of 14-18 Now, a major cultural programme across the United Kingdom. Colm Toibin tells the story of Lady Gregory's fighter pilot son, whose death inspired one of Yeats' most famous poems, 'An Irish Airman Foresees His Death'.

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