iPlayer Radio What's New?
Manipulating mouse memory; London pollution; Nature of knowing; Snail fur
Image for Maternal Love: Sasha and Paddy

Listen now 5 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Maternal Love: Sasha and Paddy

5 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 March 2012

In a new series for Radio 4, mounted in conjunction with the British Library, Fi Glover introduces the second of a series of encounters capturing the nation in conversation. Sasha is a mother from Berkshire whose son, Paddy has an inherited heart condition. They talk about life together at home in Marlborough.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a sort of snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. Listeners are given a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on these moments of closeness that capture the essence both of a special relationship and of something that really matters to them both.

The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium, while Radio 4 is broadcasting three of these jewel-like moments each Friday, with an omnibus on Sundays at 2.45pm. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

The next conversation is before the midnight News.


Find a conversation

The Listening Project

Broadcast across Radio 4 and on local radio stations across the UK and Northern Ireland.

The British Library

British Library - Listening Project

The Listening Project is a BBC Radio & British Library partnership.


  1. Image for The Listening Project

    The Listening Project

    Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss