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4 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 21 December 2009

Dotun Adebayo speaks to Iranian blogger Potkin Azarmehr about the death of the senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Includes reports on Brazilian drugs cartels, Rage Against The Machine's Christmas number 1 and Kool and the Gang being granted a visa to play in Havana.

Plus, Breaking Science News with the Naked Scientists and how a policeman in Washington turned up to stop a snow ball fight wielding a gun.


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    1. The Oxford English Dictionary. (Chosen by Anita Sethi, 27/4/09).
    2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. (By popular demand, 11/5/09).
    3. Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan. (Coreena in Essex, 25/5/09).
    4. The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. (John in Gravesend, 1/06/09).
    5. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. (Oriel in Bristol, 15/6/09).
    6. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. (David in Ironbridge, 22/6/09).
    7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (Paula in Lewisham, 29/6/09).
    8. Animal Farm by George Orwell. (Steve in Ormskirk, 6/7/09).
    9. The Bible.
    10. Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee, 20/7/09.
    11. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, 27/7/09.
    12. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. (Matthew in Edinburgh, 3/8/09).
    13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 10/8/09.
    14. Geoffrey Chaucer's, "The Canterbury Tales".
    15. Oxford Advanced Atlas by John Bartholomew. (Irene Coleford, Gloucester).
    16. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. (Pat in Newcastle, 28/9/09).
    17. The Nation's Favourite Poems, foreword by Griff Rhys Jones.
    (Steve in Ormskirk, 5/10/09).
    18. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. (Carina in Brighton).
    19. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
    20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 2/11/09.
    21. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, 9/11/09.
    22. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. (Tony, Aberdare, 16/11/09).
    23. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
    24. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (30/11/09).
    25. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
    26. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. (Ellen in Leeds, 14/12/09).
    27. On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

    28 to 100 to come week by week! Listen in to the Books phone-in "Reading Between The Headlines" from 0200 to 0330 every Monday morning and take part in the selection process.



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