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Verity Sharp hosts a series of conversations and performances recorded by songwriters at home. Tonight she calls composer, singer and teacher Nancy Kerr.After a year of restricted movement, cancelled gigs and binned recording projects, have some of the UK’s most seasoned folk musicians changed their creative lives for good? Has the pandemic brought…
 
How determined do you have to be to become a writer? How do you return to the page every day when inspiration runs dry, or you receive a rejection? And how do you know when to step away in case your writing becomes over-determined. To answer these questions Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Paula Byrne who has just written a new biography …
 
Andy Zaltzman squares up to the week's headlines with panellists Hugo Rifkind, Susie McCabe, Daliso Chaponda and Lucy Porter.Panellists lobby for points as they answer questions on the Greensill affair and the theft of a giant rabbit.Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Simon Alcock, Tasha Dhanraj and Jenan Younis.Pr…
 
Donald Macleod surveys the string quartets of Joseph Haydn.From his opus 0 and opus 1 of the 1750s to his unfinished opus 103 of 1803, Haydn’s 68 string quartets span the major part of his compositional life. While he wasn’t the inventor of the form, he’s fully deserving of the epithet, the “father of the string quartet” as he elevated the form to …
 
In the decade leading up to the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Shah's wife, Farah Pahlavi spent much of her time encouraging the building of museums and institutions intended to celebrate the art and craft of the country. But alongside buildings housing priceless carpets and glassware, she was also keen to use the country's oil wealth to bring exa…
 
Verity Sharp hosts a series of conversations and performances recorded by songwriters at home. For this edition she calls Scottish singer Julie Fowlis at her home in the Highlands.After a year of restricted movement, cancelled gigs and binned recording projects, have some of the UK’s most seasoned folk musicians changed their creative lives for goo…
 
16 April 1746, the Jacobite rising was quelled by the Duke of Cumberland's army at the Battle of Culloden. Marking this anniversary here's a chance to hear Matthew Sweet discussing portrayals of Scotland's Highlands in the Peter Watkins' film Culloden and in the Outlander series of books which have become a successful TV series. His guests in a con…
 
The story of what we understand about the rare cases of blood clots associated with certain Covid-19 vaccines is constantly evolving. In today’s programme Professor Beverley Hunt looks at the emerging evidence.How have the restrictions due to Covid 19 effected how we grieve? Professor Claire White an expert in grief and mourning and investigating w…
 
Verity Sharp hosts a series of conversations and performances recorded by songwriters at home. In this episode she dials up Haitian-born and Birmingham-based musician Germa Adan.After a year of restricted movement, cancelled gigs and binned recording projects, have some of the UK’s most seasoned folk musicians changed their creative lives for good?…
 
Verity Sharp hosts a series of conversations and performances recorded by songwriters at home. For this edition she dials up Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter of Stick in the Wheel.After a year of restricted movement, cancelled gigs and binned recording projects, have some of the UK’s most seasoned folk musicians changed their creative lives for good? H…
 
"A hermit in the middle of Los Angeles" is one way she described herself - born in 1947, Butler became a writer who wanted to "tell stories filled with facts. Make people touch and taste and know." Since her death in 2006, her writing has been widely taken up and praised for its foresight in suggesting developments such as big pharma and for its cr…
 
This show was recorded on 8th April 2021Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home!Joining them from a safe distance is Ria Lina and Alun Cochrane with music supplied by Rachel Parris .Voice Actors: Katie Norris and Luke KempnerProducer: Pete StraussProdu…
 
During lockdown, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ‘churchcrawls’, defined as “like a pub crawl, only with churches”, retreated to one single place that he knows well. In his final essay, the historian takes us to his local parish church of St Barnabas Jericho in Oxford, which has become a version of home to him, like the parish church of Wetherden w…
 
By Stephanie DaleThe UK’s first ‘environmental refugees’ are due to be displaced in the next 20 years. This is the story of Fairbourne, in North Wales.Fairbourne’s council has chosen to stop funding its coastal defences, so in a few years residents may be forced to leave their homes. Fairbourne’s story begins in the 19th Century, when mill owner Ar…
 
When Major General George Owen Squier coined the term Muzak, back in the early 1930s, the idea according to elevator music enthusiast Joseph Lanza was “to have a civic use of music”.At Muzak Corporation’s height during the late 50s and 60s, this practically became a reality as their in-house orchestral arrangements emanated from the walls of hotel …
 
For Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch ‘churchcrawling’, defined as “like a pub crawl, only with churches” has been a constant hobby over seven decades of his life. In this essay, the historian explains how there was also a time when visiting churches became therapy for his personal crisis after the Anglican church rejected his ordination as an openly g…
 
Capitalism and Schizophrenia is a major text of French poststructuralist thought by Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Made up of the two volumes Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, it articulates a new way of doing both philosophy and psychoanalysis that insists on the concrete relevance and transformative potential of the disciplines for day-to-…
 
In 2016, an accelerator physics centre called Fermilab acquired a massive circular 50 foot magnet from a lab in New York. Too big for the roads, the magnet had to take a 2000km detour via New Orleans to get to its new home. This was the start of the “muon g-2” experiment. Last week, Fermilab announced some of their results, and they don’t quite add…
 
Blind, and with his hair cut and his strength shorn - in Milton's dramtic poem Samson has already been betrayed by Delilah. It goes on to explore ideas about violence , revenge and tragedy. Published on May 29th 1671 alongside Paradise Regained, Milton's notes show that he started thinking of ideas for this work 30 years earlier. In 1741 Handel fin…
 
Blind, and with his hair cut and his strength shorn - in Milton's dramtic poem Samson has already been betrayed by Delilah. It goes on to explore ideas about violence, revenge and tragedy. Published on May 29th 1671 alongside Paradise Regained, Milton's notes show that he started thinking of ideas for this work 30 years earlier. In 1741 Handel fini…
 
Nick Baker’s collection of programmes and interviews reflects on how the impact of technology has changed, from the dawn of language to the age of virtual reality. In this final episode, ‘Anywhere’, Nick looks at bigger changes in our physical perceptions, and experiences a new medium – Virtual Reality, as developed in the BBC Virtual Reality hub. …
 
For the historian, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, ‘churchcrawling’, which he defines as the relentless pursuit of churches of all shapes and sizes just for the fun and profit of visiting them, has been a lifelong pursuit. In this essay, Diarmaid takes us to the building that he most regards as home at St Mary’s church in Wetherden, Suffolk. It’s th…
 
Slavery and empire building shaped Liverpool's development. Can art works help give a new understanding of the city's history? In a discussion organised in partnership with the Liverpool Biennial, Anne McElvoy is joined by the Festival curator Manuela Moscoso, by the artist Xaviera Simmons, the historian Dr Diana Jeater and the composer Neo Muyanga…
 
In a dusty attic in the Yorkshire hills sits the life’s work of John Kingston, a man who spent decades investigating whether his own stepfather, Stanislaw Chrzanowski, was, in fact, a Nazi war criminal.Whilst most knew ‘Mr Stan’ as a friendly pensioner, growing fruit for his neighbours and zipping around his village in the Midlands on his mobility …
 
Jules Buckley mixes classical playlists for music-loving guests. If you fancy giving classical music a go, start here. This week, Jules is joined Dan Searle - drummer, songwriter and founder member of the metalcore band, Architects.Dan's playlist:Alexander Mosolov - The Iron FoundryHoward Skempton - LentoNicolò Paganini - Caprice no.5 in A minor (f…
 
Nearly forty years ago Teresa Keswick exchanged her career as a London lawyer for life as a nun in an enclosed and largely silent Carmelite monastery in Norfolk. She’s devoted her life to prayer and work and has become a highly skilled embroiderer. Since 2014 she’s written a regular column for The Oldie magazine. In a special programme for Easter D…
 
Jess Gillam is joined by composer and pianist Tom Donald to swap tracks they love, including music by Keith Jarrett, Schumann, Stravinsky, big dog little dog and Elton John.Playlist:Keith Jarrett - Book of Ways 4Igor Stravinsky - Infernal Dance from The Firebird (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons)Gustav Mahler - Symphony No 3 i…
 
Photo credit Simon FowlerTom Service speaks to the French violinist Renaud Capuçon about his new recording of Elgar's Violin Concerto, made during lockdown last year with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra who premiered the work back in 1910.The musicologist Michael Spitzer Joins Tom to talk about his new book, The Musical Human: A Hist…
 
Ian McMillan and guests delight in the writing and naming of planets (Ian loves Neptune best), exploring how we as writers influence the perception of them, and how our perception may influence how humans treat them.Bettany Hughes is a historian, author and broadcaster. She shares her passion for Venus (planet and goddess) and looks at the first po…
 
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