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)

  • 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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  • 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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