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Earworms

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 29 February 2012

Earworm expert Vicky Williamson explains how the Man Or Muppet song gets stuck in your head.

Sophie Lording gets us ready for Hay Festival.

The brilliant Libby Vernon, who's 8 and from Newcastle, tells us all about digging up a time capsule from 1892 at school, and finding a riddle.

And what is Bobbie flashing?!

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for Eddie & The Hot Rods

    Eddie & The Hot Rods Do Anything You Wanna Do

    Beautiful Game (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for Jamie Hartman

    Jamie Hartman Girlwise

    III, Flat Cap Records, 1

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better

    The Very Best Of Carly Simon, Global Television

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel Cecilia

    The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel, Columbia

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty I Won't Back Down

    Tom Petty - Anthology, MCA

  • Image for Genesis

    Genesis Invisible Touch

    Genesis - Turn It On Again, Virgin

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Charlie Brown

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts/With A Little Help

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Freddie & The Dreamers

    Freddie & The Dreamers You Were Made For Me

    The Greatest Hits Of 1963, Premier

  • Image for Marcus Collins

    Marcus Collins Seven Nation Army

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads And She Was

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Turn It Up

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Children Of The Revolution

    Tanx + Zinc Alloy, Edsel, 006

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen We Take Care Of Our Own

    (CD Single), Columbia, 25

  • Image for Sonny

    Sonny and Cher I Got You Babe

    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar

  • Image for The Pioneers

    The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Hold On

    (CD Single), Relentless

  • Image for Jason Segel

    Jason Segel Man or Muppet

    The Muppets, Walt Disney Records, 18

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Train In Vain

    The Essential Clash, Sony Music Entertainment

  • Image for Talk Talk

    Talk Talk It's My Life

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Slade

    Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Michael Caine

    Madness - Utter Madness, Zarjazz

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack Good Feelin' About It

    (CD Single), Carrack UK, 1

  • Image for The Trammps

    The Trammps Hold Back The Night

    (Single), Buddah Records, 14

  • Image for Katie Melua

    Katie Melua Better Than A Dream

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    With Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford.

    I have been reading the Bible for a very long time now. And through the years I’ve often wondered why Jesus chose to talk in images and with stories, rather than making points and telling people to agree with them. I used to think it was just a local cultural preference of his time, but I think there’s something deeper going on – something that nagged away at me during the last week.
    Nelson Mandela went into hospital and the world waited to see what would happen. Nothing unusual about an old man whose health is failing, is there? But this old man has become a global icon of selfless reconciliation – a man who suffered for three decades, but emerged as one of the strongest men in the world, enabling South Africa and other countries to look for radically new ways of behaving. Behind the name of the man is a story that moves us deeply in our hearts and our imaginations.
    Then the Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in Syria whilst trying to tell a story – not of dry political arguments or power struggles, but illustrating these with stories of real women and children, real people being brutalised, defenceless people in an ordinary place being subjected to the merciless power of heavy weaponry… and those who control it.
    A fantastic example of good journalism, Marie Colvin put herself in danger in order that the wider world might see and hear how the decisions of others impact the lives of people like us. And it is that power of storytelling that gets into our heads and scratches away at our imagination.
    Which is why, I think, Jesus taught with stories and parables and pictures. Words and statements just go in and get accepted or rejected. Stories scratch away and tease us until we grapple with what they are all about.
    He once told a story about a man wanting to build a tower and asked if he would begin without first counting the cost. Mandela and Colvin counted the cost of their commitment. Their stories will not let us go.

  • Do you have an Earworm?

    Inspired by the super-catchy Man or Muppet song (which you might have heard us play a couple of times...) our Mystery Guest today was Vicky Williamson who studies songs that get stuck in your head... aka Earworms!

    If you want to find out more - click on the link below!

    The Earworm Project
  • Mountains Are Moved By The Simplest Things

    Today's show is dedicated to any Leap Day do-something-different-ers!

  • Today's Show Stars:

    Andy North from Norwich who chooses a Big Screen Belter.

    Rebecca White from Yorkshire who take part in Morton Mayhem Independence Day!

    John Nutbeen from Swindon who knocks off for good.

    Grace Richards from Surrey who celebrates her 3rd AND 12th birthdays simultaneously!

    John Murray from the BBC's football coverage who tell us about this day in history.

    Sue Gowers from Buckinghamshire who takes us back with a Golden Oldie.

    Vicky Williamson who explains earworms.

    Nicola Winter from Hampshire who gobsmacks us.

    Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, who shared some wise words.

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