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)

  • Cornerstones- Slate

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The poet Gillian Clarke speaks about slate and the human cost of quarrying it in Snowdonia.

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  • Cornerstones - Granite

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Sculptor Peter Randall-Page on Dartmoor's obdurate and unforgiving granite boulders.

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  • Cornerstones - Sandstone

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How sandstone shapes the walker, writer and geologist Ronald Turnbull's favourite landscapes.

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  • Cornerstones - Limestone

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    England's limestone landscapes. By Sue Clifford, co-founder of Common Ground.

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  • 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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  • 21 Jul 2014: Praising Powell and Pressburger - Deborah Bull

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Continuing the Sound of Cinema season, ballerina, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull gives a dancer's take on Powell and Pressburger's best-known film, the 1948 classic 'The Red Shoes', starring Moira Shearer, and based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

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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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