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Clare Balding and The Why Workshop

Clare Balding chats to Zoe about her book The Racehorse Who Learnt To Dance. It’s The Why Workshop, and Zoe quizzes the QI Elves with more of your puzzling questions.

Wake up and embrace the day with Zoe Ball! Clare Balding chats to Zoe about her book The Racehorse Who Learnt To Dance, plus she stays to chat to friend, BBC 5 Live commentator and former England Women's goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis with Hugh in the sport section.

It’s The Why Workshop, and Zoe quizzes the QI Elves with more of your puzzling questions. Today, Anne Elf and Dan Elf answer: what wins between non-stick surfaces and super glue, where does the saying 'chip on your shoulder' come from and is there a limit to how loud something can be?

Along with Claire Runacres on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Hugh Ferris on sport, she and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at!

There's also weather with Carol Kirkwood live from a RHS School Gardener of the Year-winning school, a daily Pause For Thought from Reverend Kate Bottley and we speak to National Teaching Award winner Mr Sadler, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Pet Shop Boys

    Left To My Own Devices

    • Pet Shop Boys - Discography.
    • EMI.
  • Elton John & Taron Egerton

    (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again

    • Rocketman O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • Christopher Cross

    Ride Like The Wind

    • Christopher Cross.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Dua Lipa

    New Rules

    • Dua Lipa.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Judy Clay & William Bell

    Private Number

    • Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various).
    • Global Television.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Boogie Wonderland (feat. The Emotions)

    • The Best Seventies Album In The World.. Ever!.
    • Virgin.
    • 2.
  • Kylie Minogue

    New York City

    • Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection.
    • BMG.
  • Destiny’s Child


    • Now 49 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Westlife

    Hello My Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • Bee Gees

    You Should Be Dancing

    • Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits.
    • Polydor.
  • Don Diablo & Jessie J


    • (CD Single).
    • Casablanca.
  • Sister Sledge

    Thinking Of You

    • Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist.
    • Global Television.
  • Jack Savoretti

    Youth And Love (feat. MIKA)

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
  • Supergrass


    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Yvonne Elliman

    If I Can't Have You

    • And They Danced The Night Away.
    • Debutante.
  • Shawn Mendes

    If I Can't Have You

    • CD Single.
    • Virgin/EMI.
  • Rag’n’Bone Man


    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Taylor Swift

    ME! (feat. Brendon Urie)

    • (CD Single).
    • Republic Records.
  • Tears for Fears


    • Songs From The Big Chair: Deluxe Edition.
    • Mercury.
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Black Star Dancing

    • Black Star Dancing EP.
    • Sour Mash Records.
    • 1.
  • Rosie Gaines

    Closer Than Close

    • Huge Hits 1997 (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Lizzo


    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Alphabeat


    • (CD Single).
    • Copenhagen.
  • Mark Ronson

    Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony BMG.
  • Justin Timberlake


    • (CD Single).
    • Jive.
  • Katy Perry

    Never Really Over

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol Records.
  • Kim Carnes

    Bette Davis Eyes

    • And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1.
    • Debutante.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
From the Reverend Kate Bottley: 
As you know, Zoe, like you, I’m a breakfast show host, every Sunday morning here on Radio 2 , so every Saturday night I enjoy a hotel stay in Sunny Salford. Rather than eat dinner alone I like to have a bit of a bed picnic. But this last Saturday when I called in for my usual crackers, the shop was packed, the cricket world cup was in town and every cricket fan needed nibbles too. Queuing at the till, was a Dad and his young daughter with faces painted in the colours of the Indian flag and wearing cricket world cup shirts. 
The Dad was having trouble, each one of his fistful of international credit cards was refused. The cashier asked for additional I.D., he didn’t have it, no cash either, so remembering once when I was a frazzled mum in a queue, and a kind soul doing the same for me, I saw my opportunity to pay a favour forward and offered my card. Initially the Dad was a bit confused, but not so his daughter who worked out what was happening straight away. With a slight side eye and without missing a beat she carefully slid a packet of sweets into the basket and smiled, the Dad looked at me, cheeks flushed with embarrassment and slightly panicked, ‘Go on then’ I said, admiring her cheek. 
Now, while we might paint our faces different colours and dress in different team shirts, there’s much that makes us all the same. St Paul not only had some advice on what we should wear but also how we should behave, writing ‘As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ Actions that translate well and clothes that suit wherever we are in the world. Back in the queue as soon as the Dad worked out what was happening embarrassment turned to smiles and thank yous, and while he and I might not be shouting for the same team in the cricket, we were united briefly in the evidence that some things are the same the world over, transcending culture, things like kindness, the need for Saturday night snacks and 8 year olds trying their luck at supermarket checkouts.


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