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Best BBC Radio 3 podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best BBC Radio 3 podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
 
BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.
 
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.
 
Michael Berkeley's guests share their musical passions and reveal which pieces bring them joy and sustain them through hard times.
 
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
 
Series of programmes exploring film music
 
Discover the world with music. Join local experts for a sonic journey around the globe.
 
Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance
 
Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works
 
Jess Gillam hosts the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too. Music, eclectic playlists and chat, with a new guest every week.
 
Innovative and thought-provoking features that make adventurous use of sound and explore a wide variety of subjects. Made by leading radio producers.
 
An edited version of the regular Building a Library slot where guest experts review available recordings of a work from the classical music repertoire and give a recommendation.
 
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents a collection of quirky tales from the corners of history, exploring a different theme in each weekly episode.
 
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.
 
Highlights from BBC Radio 3’s In Tune - featuring interviews with guests from the world of music and the arts. In Tune is presented by Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham.
 
The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters
 
Clemmie Burton-Hill mixes classical playlists for music-loving guests. If you fancy giving classical music a go, start here.
 
An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition in Britain and abroad. UK only: please note that not all episodes are podcast.
 
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
 
Leading creative thinkers choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, and talk about how it inspires or provokes, thrills or surprises them. Presented by Alastair Sooke.
 
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
 
Colin Murray talks to some of the biggest names in sport in a truly unique setting...in either his house or theirs!
 
Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
Composer and comedian Vikki Stone unbuttons the BBC Proms and asks the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
 
Is he the world’s greatest playwright? Make up your own mind with these original, innovative productions & casts that would sell out the West End in minutes. Lend them your ears.
 
In this set of free downloads, BBC Radio 3 presenters introduce a key composer and work featured in BBC Prom concerts.
 
A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters. Authored, themed mini-series and one-off programmes offer a chance to share the musical interests of the presenters.
 
Key pieces of music from the Georgian period explored by Suzy Klein and Christian Curnyn. From BBC Radio 3
 
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
 
The big political stories with lively discussion and expert comment and analysis. Presenter Carolyn Quinn is joined by politicians and journalists 10pm every Sunday on BBC Radio 4.
 
World music from the Commonwealth countries for BBC Radio 3’s World on 3, Fridays. Musicians, sportspeople and cultural figures introduce music recorded on location.
 
Artists, musicians and composers introduce fifty key pieces of classical music composed between 1950 and 2000. As featured in the BBC Radio 3 programme, Hear & Now.
 
Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews today’s composers exploring the relationshipbetween their immediate environment and the music they write. From BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, published on Sunday mornings.
 
Discover classical music loved by celebrated guests from all walks of life. To hear the music in full go to BBC Playlister.
 
Obsessed With… is a TV companion podcast where celebrity superfans take a forensic look at some of the biggest phenomena on the small screen.
 
Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.
 
Programme offering advice and guidance to those interested in building a library of jazz recordings or adding to an existing one
 
Creative collaborations in new music. A series where the world’s leading composers and performers explain how they cooperate in the creation of new work.
 
Maurice Ravel revealed through guides to his work and life. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Ravel Day, 7 March 2014.
 
Geoffrey Smith's Jazz does exactly what it says on the tin: a weekly selection of tracks through which Geoffrey Smith shares his passion for jazz from a personal perspective
 
Classical music critic Norman Lebrecht talks to major figures in the field
 
The final shortlist of winning carols in the Breakfast Christmas Carol Competition. Composed by listeners, a setting of a poem by Susan Hill specially written for Radio 3
 
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Ross Sutherland takes us to the birth of modern art as he traces the extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan. Cravan's anarchic art heralded Dada , surrealism, situationism, punk rock and alternative comedy. His whole life was an extravagant show and his influence spreads right across the 20th century.Cravan went through life using multiple mysterious …
 
Nish is joined by Kerry Godliman, Angela Barnes, Justin Moorhouse and Isabel Hardman.By BBC Radio 4
 
Matthew Sweet with NYT journalist Kate Murphy, Anne Karpf & David Toop in a conversation about paying attention and how to hear each other properly. Kate's new book You're Not Listening draws on her interviews with a range of people including priests, focus group co-ordinators and CIA interrogators.Former radio critic Anne Karpf is the author of th…
 
Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks discuss England fighting back after a mini-collapse in the first innings.Plus could Ben Stokes be in trouble for an altercation with a fan after he was dismissed?We hear from Zak Crawley, who top-scored with 66, and from Stuart Broad on his fond memories the last time he played at this ground.…
 
Donald Macleod explores the myriad influences on the life’s work of Karol Szymanowski.The reshaping of Europe at the end of the First World War had a defining effect on Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. As Europe was being reapportioned, the comfortable world he’d known up to that point disappeared for good. His family’s comfortable and cultured l…
 
Joss has returned to Jamaica Inn and is very angry about Mr Bassat's visit.By BBC Radio
 
Colin Murray sits down with multiple Paralympic Gold and London Marathon winner David Weir at his place, for a no-nonsense chat. Covering his career across over 20 years from how he started out, his love of music and DJing, to his big rivalries across track and road races.David also talks frankly about how he has dealt massive success at London 201…
 
Ross Sutherland takes us to the birth of modern art as he traces the extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan. Cravan's anarchic art heralded Dada , surrealism, situationism, punk rock and alternative comedy. His whole life was an extravagant show and his influence spreads right across the 20th century.Cravan went through life using multiple mysterious …
 
Ross Sutherland takes us to the birth of modern art as he traces the extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan. Cravan's anarchic art heralded Dada , surrealism, situationism, punk rock and alternative comedy. His whole life was an extravagant show and his influence spreads right across the 20th century.Cravan went through life using multiple mysterious …
 
Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, poets Sam Illingworth and Sunayana Bhargava, and C19 expert and New Generation Thinker Greg Tate from the University of St Andrews join Anne McElvoy to discuss the parallels between poetry and Victorian laboratory work. Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, is perhaps most famous for first discovering Pulsars - strang…
 
Jonathan Agnew and Mark Chapman look back at how Cronje’s involvement in match fixing affected South Africa as well as the worldwide game.20 years ago South Africa captain Hansie Cronje offered England captain Nasser Hussain the chance to forfeit an innings per side to create a game of a rain-affected Test match at Centurion. It was much later that…
 
Ross Sutherland takes us to the birth of modern art as he traces the extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan. Cravan's anarchic art heralded Dada , surrealism, situationism, punk rock and alternative comedy. His whole life was an extravagant show and his influence spreads right across the 20th century.Cravan went through life using multiple mysterious …
 
Nikita Gill on goddesses, Sandeep Parmar on Hope Mirlees, Francesca Wade looks at the careers of classicist Jane Harrison and LSE's Eileen Power and Victorian Leonard looks at attempts to write more women back into the story of classics. Shahidha Bari presents.Francesa Wade has written a new book called Square Haunting which traces the experiences …
 
Richard Wigmore recommends recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21By BBC Radio 3
 
Tuffers & Vaughan are back together on the podcast alongside Mark Chapman to discuss England's emphatic victory in the third Test against South Africa - their biggest away win in more than nine years giving them a 2-1 lead with one match left in the series. The team discuss just how impressed they are with the future of the England's Test team and …
 
Ross Sutherland takes us to the birth of modern art as he traces the extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan. Cravan's anarchic art heralded Dada, surrealism, situationism, punk rock and alternative comedy. His whole life was an extravagant show and his influence spreads right across the 20th century. Cravan went through life using multiple mysterious …
 
We hear from Joe Root, Ollie Pope and coach Chris Silverwood as England have gone 2-1 up in the series with one Test still to play.Vic Marks joins Jonathan Agnew, plus Middlesex and former Ireland bowler Tim Murtagh will tell us who is around in county cricket who might be in line to replace Broad and Anderson when they retire. And with this being …
 
A satirical river of sound and a platform for diverse new talent, this is topical satire like you’ve never heard it before. A new open-door comedy for a fresh generation of satirists who don’t write sketches, jokes and one liners, but instead channel their talents into playing around with sound.Following an award-winning pilot and an award nominate…
 
Comedian Phil Wang tries Clemmie's classical playlist.Phil's playlist in full:Vivaldi: Concerto in B minor for 4 violinsFelix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no.1 in D minor (2nd mvt)Michael Nyman: In Re Don GiovanniClaude Debussy: ReverieTraditional: She moved through the fairAnne Muller: Drifting CirclesBy BBC Radio 3
 
Carolyn Quinn and her guests discuss HS2 and the labour party leadership.By BBC Radio 4
 
David Bramwell with actors whose lives were transformed by director Ken Campbell.By BBC Radio 3
 
Beethoven: deaf for most of his life, unbearable egotist, flagrant opportunist and musical anarchist whose music reaches the heights of ecstasy. Where do you start with this bundle of contradictions, probably the most admired composer in Western music, whose works have unfailingly filled concert halls for over 200 years? Tom Service goes in search …
 
Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks review the day's play as England get closer to victory.We hear from Mark Wood, plus with such a young England team, we’ll also hear a discussion with former coach Peter Moores and Matthew Hoggard on how you deal with a team in transition.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
Simon Debruslais explores some early examples of trumpets in Oxford's Bate Collection.By BBC Radio 3
 
William Sieghart, the founder of the Forward Prizes for poetry and National Poetry Day, talks to Michael Berkeley about the music and poetry he loves. Over the last twenty-five years National Poetry Day has become a popular fixture in the cultural calendar, and it was William’s idea to have permanent poems engraved at the Olympic Park in East Londo…
 
Jonathan Agnew reviews a rain-affected day that started with Dom Bess completing his first ever Test five-for.We’ll hear more on Dom Bess - including from a former Somerset spinner, Vic Marks – and also from Bess’ agent, Luke Sutton, who also talks about his own struggles with addiction and alcoholism during and after his cricket career.…
 
Jess Gillam is joined by violinist Rakhi Singh to swap tracks and share the music they love, with music from Bach to Portishead and we squeeze bees with Ivor Cutler.By BBC Radio 3
 
Violinist Nicola Benedetti leads an international career as a violinist but she is also one of the world’s leading advocates for high quality music education and the transformational effect music can have on all young people. She talks to presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch about her Foundation and her passion to inspire and enrich the lives of children ac…
 
Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.Pianist Kenneth Hamilton explores the idea that some music is too potent to bear because of the memories it evokes. He considers the role of music for elegy and shares how his mind was filled with Dowland’s song of parting at his mother’s recen…
 
Join Ian McMillan for a celebration of remarkable poets and poetry as he presents highlights of the annual T.S. Eliot Prize readings, recorded in front of an audience at the Royal Festival Hall (at London's Southbank). This year, Roger Robinson won the prize for his collection 'A Portable Paradise' (Peepal Tree Press). The chair of the judges John …
 
Nish is joined by Rachel Parris, Rosie Jones, Ahir Shah and journalist Hugo Rifkind.By BBC Radio 4
 
Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks look back on the second day in Port Elizabeth Test, as Ollie Pope's maiden Test century helped England take control. We hear from the Surrey man on his delight at reaching the landmark. The Cricket Social team, including former internationals Jonathan Trott, Graham Onions and Vikram Solanki discuss Kagiso Rabada's punis…
 
Would you change your nose if you could? What about an entire face transplant? Des Fitzgerald speaks to two researchers investigating the past and future of facial difference and medical intervention. Emily Cock, from the University of Cardiff looks at our relationship with our noses throughout history – from duels and sexual diseases to racial pre…
 
Piers and arcades are distinctly English shrines to the act of play, which dot the English coastline. Steeped in heritage, they still hold a place in many hearts to this day. Through a series of binaural recordings, interviews and musical composition, sound artist Frazer Merrick explores the infectious energy of Walton Pier in north Essex and uncov…
 
Donald Macleod asks conductor Marin Alsop and historian Simon Schama why Beethoven's life and work still matter today.All through 2020, as part of Radio 3's Beethoven Unleashed season, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told ac…
 
War is often described as a dehumanising process. But what happened to Britain’s non-human inhabitants in this terrible conflict?In a painting in Manchester City Art Gallery, a zebra rears up, black and white striking against the terrible night scene. The sky reddens in the distance from a vast explosion in 1940. War artist, Carel Weight painted th…
 
Not poetry, not conversation, not a story - but all of them at once. Interwoven interviews, music and sound design to re-create the experience of pregnancy and birth.By BBC Radio 3
 
A visitor arrives at Jamaica Inn who Mary becomes attracted to. But can he be trusted?By BBC Radio
 
Johnny Flynn and Robert Hudson bring us a musical based on the incredible story of an American venture capitalist, a Russian tax advisor, a crazy heist, the Trump Tower meeting and the very rule of law.Blending music and satire, the story explores the truths and fictions surrounding the origins and aftershocks of the Magnitsky Act; global legislati…
 
Ian Holloway talks to Colin Murray about his family and life in football as both a player and manager.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
100 years on from Isaac Asimov's birth, Matthew Sweet looks at one of the bigger ideas contained in some of his 500 books; Psychohistory. The idea, from Asimov's Foundation series, was that rather like the behaviour of a gas could be reduced to statistical probabilities of the behaviour of billions of molecules, so the history of billions of human …
 
Cellist Steven Isserlis recalls the impact of this commission and his unfolding and lasting friendship with its composer. He remembers tentative first encounters; evenings in Indian restaurants with friends; the shared nerves of premiering the music; mixed reactions of audiences including a spectacular punch-up at a concert in the States and finall…
 
Jonathan Agnew & Vic Marks review the opening day of the third test against South Africa.The guys discuss how on the whole it was a positive day for England & if Joe Root's side can get 350 from here, they'll be in a strong position.We hear from batsman Zak Crawley, plus a special interview with all-rounder Moeen Ali, as he discusses his reasons as…
 
Do men and women use the same language when talking about novels they have enjoyed? How have attitudes in publishing changed towards both readers and writers if figures show that women buy 80% of all novels ? Lennie Goodings is Chair of the Virago publishing house and has now written a memoir. She joins New Generation Thinkers Emma Butcher and Joan…
 
Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.Composer Roxanna Panufnik discovers an unexpected earworm in duty-free at Tel Aviv airport.Producer: Rosie BoultonA Must Try Softer ProductionBy BBC Radio 3
 
Laurence Scott hears about a pioneer of vegetarianism and advocates for nudism and camping as the academics Elsa Richardson, Annebella Pollen, Ben Anderson and Tiffany Boyle discuss the Life Reform Movement. Ideas included arguments for a basic income, healthy eating, gymnastics, world peace and what a perfect body looked like. The movement emerged…
 
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