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)

  • Frederic Raphael on Living Abroad: Spain

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Frederic Raphael gives an off-the-beaten-track perspective on Franco's Spain, during the late 1950s, where he lived in a small artistic community and witnessed the impact of grand politics on Spanish village life.

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  • Frederic Raphael on Living Abroad: France

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    'Every man has two countries, his own and France' says Frederic Raphael, quoting Thomas Jefferson, as he begins his essay series about living abroad across Europe.

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  • Frederic Raphael on Living Abroad:

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Oscar-winning writer Frederic Raphael reads the first of his essay series about living abroad throughout Europe between the 1940s and 60s, beginning with the first foreign country he ever lived in: England.

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  • Shaping the Air - Writers and Radio - Fi Glover

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The last of five personal essays on the voice and radio. Broadcaster Fi Glover on how radio voices make the global local and the local global. Fi Glover has worked in almost every job that radio offers and is currently presenting the Listening Project on BBC Radio 4 - a programme in which her voice hardly appears whilst the voices of its contributors (ordinary people often at corners of their lives) are rich in personality and incident. Is radio good at not presenting and just listening? Has the BBC traditionally over-managed those who speak on its airwaves? And what of hate speech and hate radio? Why does the radio voice still reach deep into our hearts and minds in the era of screen-based living and social media? 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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  • 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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