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A Good Read

Joanna Trollope and Sabrina Mahfouz

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Harriett Gilbert, Joanna Trollope and Sabrina Mahfouz talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Trollope
Interviewed Guest:
Sabrina Mahfouz

Thinking Allowed

Women and democracy - the language of power

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Sociological discussion programme. Is democracy failing women? Also, Laurie Taylor explores how 'normality' is established in language - the remarkable power of the unremarkable. Show more

Gardeners' Question Time

Thornton le Moor

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Eric Robson and the panel are hosted by the Thornton le Moor Garden Forum, North Yorkshire. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw answer the horticultural questions. Show more

Start the Week

In Praise of Passion

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Andrew Marr on our fascination with wildness, disorder and Bacchic revelry with Bettany Hughes, John Lewis-Stempel, Rachel Hewitt and Stephen Walsh. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
Bettany Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
John Lewis-Stempel
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Hewitt
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Walsh
Producer:
Hannah Sander

Saturday Live

Alexandra Burke

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Alexandra Burke reveals the life events that have inspired the songs on her new album. Including Inheritance Tracks from the actor David Morrissey. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Aasmah Mir
Presenter:
Richard Coles
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Burke
Interviewed Guest:
Raynor Winn
Interviewed Guest:
Jules Hudson
Interviewed Guest:
Darren Townsend-Handscomb
Interviewed Guest:
David Morrissey
Producer:
Louise Corley

The Essay

The Free Thinking Essay

Episode 9: Kids With Guns

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

New Generation Thinker Emma Butcher looks at what we learn about war from the writing of child soldiers in The Battle of Trafalgar and the childhood writings of the Bronte family. Show more

The Essay

The Free Thinking Essay

Episode 8: Speaking Truth to Power in the Past and Present

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Joanne Paul on satire, flattery and document leaks in the C16 and C17 centuries and the relevance of strategies for telling truth to those who hold power over us now. Show more

The Essay

The Free Thinking Essay

Episode 10: What Do You Do If You Are a Manically Depressed Robot?

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

New Generation Thinker Simon Beard, from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, looks at AI and what the writing of Douglas Adams tells us about who should be in control. Show more

The Essay

The Strangeness of Memory

Episode 4: The Tricks of Memory

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

How well do we remember facts or details? Prof David Shanks is an expert in memory and training, and tells us the secret techniques to improve revision or learning a language. Show more