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Best BBC Radio 4 podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best BBC Radio 4 podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
New research on how society works
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
 
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
 
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
 
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
 
Greg Foot and his guests look for the facts behind the fads and search for the scientific evidence behind a product’s bold claims.
 
Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
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.
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
 
An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
 
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
 
Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society
 
Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney
 
Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
 
Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.
 
Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way.
 
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe and guests offer sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events
 
Popular history series where the past connects with the present.
 
A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
Your weekly fix of brand new stories written specially by today’s best writers. Brought to you by BBC Radio 4, home of the Modern Short Story.
 
Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of the British Isles
 
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Nish is joined by Kerry Godliman, Angela Barnes, Justin Moorhouse and Isabel Hardman.By BBC Radio 4
 
British people in Chinese cities shut down by the Coronavirus, say they're unable to get out of the countryBy BBC Radio 4
 
Can understanding a little chemistry and physics help us cook better? Dan Saladino asks Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc.Photograph: Emily Jarrett PhotographyBy BBC Radio 4
 
Anne Enright won the Booker Prize for her fourth novel, The Gathering, in 2007, and was appointed the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in 2015. She has written seven novels, two collections of short stories and a book of essays about motherhood and her work has been widely translated. Born in Dublin in 1962, Anne is the youngest of five childre…
 
Armando Iannucci has taken on Dickens' David Copperfield with Dev Patel in the lead roleA new play by Lucy Kirkwood, Welkin, has opened at London's National Theatre. The Welkin is set in Norfolk in 1759, when a jury of matrons is called to try a female murder suspect who is 'pleading the belly' in order to avoid execution Motherwell is the memoir o…
 
The young, black cellist from Nottingham making chart history.Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first ever black winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year. He performed with the eyes of the world looking on at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. And now he's become the first ever cellist to reach the UK’s top 10 album chart. Who is the 20-year-…
 
Anxiety around sleep is widespread. Many of us feel we don’t get enough. An army of experts has sprung up to help, and this week we test some of the claims from one of the most prominent among them: Professor Matthew Walker. He plays ball and answers some of the criticisms of his bestselling book Why We Sleep.…
 
The President of China has said that the country faces a "grave situation" as further measures are taken to contain the spread of a new strain of coronavirus.By BBC Radio 4
 
Gail Porter, once one of the UK’s most sought after female TV presenters, talks about her life in the documentary Being Gail Porter. From developing alopecia to suffering severe mental health problems and ending up homeless. As the Office for National Statistics releases new employment figures – we look at what sorts of jobs women are losing and wh…
 
Home owners are at risk of losing large amounts of money when selling their properties by using so called quick sale estate agents. That’s a warning from Trading Standards. It’s told Money Box it’s seen dozens of examples of people losing tens of thousands of pounds from the market value of their homes when agents exploit people who are desperate t…
 
The anti-nationalist protesters in Italy and the man they are trying to stop - Mark Lowen meets members of the Sardines as well the hard-line politician Matteo Salvini who is hoping to become Prime Minister.Kate Adie introduces this and other stories:In Cape Verde, Colin Freeman finds out why Europe’s drug problem is also a problem for the Atlantic…
 
A coroner has said the death of a baby a week after an emergency delivery was wholly avoidable, and followed a series of errors by medical staff.By BBC Radio 4
 
As the Goop Lab TV series lands in Netflix accounts, Greg Foot and guests look at the scientific evidence for the therapies tried out by Goop staff, including Gwyneth Paltrow herself. Dr James Rucker, lead on the psilocybin trials at Kings College, London, talks about psychedelic therapy, and Dr Sarah Davey, Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, Ox…
 
"All racism is a species not only of unreason... but of unreason enthusiastically embraced", writes Howard Jacobson. Howard discusses why anti-Semitism should trouble us all, regardless of our background. Producer: Adele ArmstrongBy BBC Radio 4
 
The Pet Shop Boys talk about their highly anticipated new studio album Hotspot, which is released today. Hotspot is the duo’s final release with producer Stuart Price who ushered in a period of ‘electronic purism’ in their work. Recorded using a large amount of analogue equipment, Hotspot is a departure from the Pet Shop Boy’s recent hyper dance po…
 
The list of ways campaigners say we need to change our behaviour in response to climate change seems to grow every week. Now, streaming video is in the frame. We test the claim that watching 30 minutes of Netflix has the same carbon footprint as driving four miles. We hear scepticism about a report that sepsis is responsible for one in five deaths …
 
“We must reject the perennial prophets of doom”. These were Donald Trump’s words at Davos earlier in the week, dismissing those who warn of the dangers of climate change. We know climate change is real, but Trump doesn’t seem to be listening to the experts who tell him this. It’s a tendency the author Michael Lewis noticed in Trump the day after he…
 
The panel joins Peter Gibbs in his garden for a correspondence edition. Christine Walkden, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage answer questions sent in by listeners via post, email and social media.As the panellists inspect Peter's garden, they discuss moving Peonies, getting wayward Wisteria to behave and green manure. They also come up with sugge…
 
Fi and Jane crack on with another episode of Fortunately and with them this time is Love Island star Dani Dyer.Dani gives two of them a guide to living their best lives, including how to look after your eyelashes and being less harsh on yourself. They chat about the opportunities and problems of appearing on reality TV and what it was like to grow …
 
Lorna Cooper says she feeds her family of four on £20 a week. She's cut it down from £100. She offers her best tips for planning meals and stretching your grocery money.Churches, mosques and gurdwaras should be safe places for teenagers. Yet due to a loophole in the law adults in faith settings can have sexual relationships with 16 and 17 years old…
 
Manufacturer Rolls Royce is developing ‘mini’ nuclear reactors. How would they work? Plus the post-Brexit immigration system, and the markets. (Photo: Rolls Royce)By BBC Radio 4
 
Rutherford & Fry reveal which of your questions they’ve chosen for Series 15. Plus they select more of their favourite strange-but-true science papers, including how to use mathematics to challenge a parking fine and training tortoises to yawn.By BBC Radio 4
 
"Pregnant? Don't want to be? Call Jane at 643-3844" Between 1969 and 1973, in the years before the US supreme court opened up access to abortion across the country, a group of women in Chicago built an underground service. The University of Chicago student Heather Booth had been asked for help in 1965, when a friend's sister with an unwanted pregna…
 
What lessons do previous pandemics provide about how we should treat the new coronavirus? David Aaronovitch tracks the disease's origins in China, explores its spread. He considers how dangerous this virus is and asks how prepared we are for an outbreak in the UK. Contributors:Howard Zhang, editor of the BBC’s China serviceDr Nathalie McDermott, Im…
 
As the BBC Three hit comedy Man Like Mobeen returns for a third series, its creator and star, Guz Khan, discusses the development of his on screen persona, Mobeen Deen, and why his show has something for everyone.Front Row's Risk Season continues with filmmaker Penny Woolcock and Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North. Both have faced big …
 
Beijing has imposed widespread restrictions to stop Coronavirus.By BBC Radio 4
 
The trial of Harvey Weinstein started in New York this week. Once upon a time he was a Hollywood giant, then in 2017 allegations he sexually harassed a number of women began to surface. Over 80 women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, only a few of the complaints have led to criminal charges. For many people Weinstein facing justice s…
 
With news reports moving as quickly as the virus may be spreading, the latest coronavirus outbreak which is thought to have started in Wuhan in central China is fast becoming a global health concern. Adam Rutherford speaks to BBC Inside Science's resident virologist Professor Jonathan Ball from Nottingham University, who says one of the most urgent…
 
Ryebank Fields is a small patch of land in Chorlton in the south of Manchester. Spanning around eleven acres this overgrown piece of grassland has become a favourite spot for the community's families to wander, explore and play. But this much-loved spot is now under threat. The owners, Manchester Metropolitan University, want to sell the land for d…
 
The Culture Secretary on why she went from Remainer rebel to Boris loyalist, her decision to quit frontline politics and the uncertain future of the BBCBy BBC Radio 4
 
A new scanning technique that can identify aggressive tumours could help to transform the treatment of breast cancer. Dr Ferdia Gallagher, an academic radiologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge explains. Meanwhile, cervical cancer affects more than 3,000 women a year, but there is concern that progress has stalled in tackling the disease. D…
 
Isabel dos Santos is the billionaire daughter of the former president of Angola and Africa’s richest woman. She claims to be a self-made businesswoman. But more than 700,000 documents, recently leaked from her business empire, suggest otherwise. The emails, charts, contracts, audits, and accounts in the so-called Luanda Leaks have put her under int…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the flow of particles from the outer region of the Sun which we observe in the Northern and Southern Lights, interacting with Earth's magnetosphere, and in comet tails that stream away from the Sun regardless of their own direction. One way of defining the boundary of the solar system is where the pressure from the s…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the flow of particles from the outer region of the Sun which we observe in the Northern and Southern Lights, interacting with Earth's magnetosphere, and in comet tails that stream away from the Sun regardless of their own direction. One way of defining the boundary of the solar system is where the pressure from the s…
 
As the Chinese authorities try to shut down the spread of the coronavirus - what might the virus mean for the Chinese and Asian economies?(Image: Chinese police officers wear protective masks as they patrol at Beijing Station, Beijing, China. Credit: Getty Images)By BBC Radio 4
 
Michael Palin remembers his friend and fellow Python, Terry Jones - writer, director, actor and historian - whose death at the age of 77 was announced today. Hugh Laurie discusses his new role in Armando Iannucci’s new TV comedy drama Avenue 5, which is set on a galactic cruise liner. When a mishap turns the eight-week pleasure jaunt among the star…
 
The UN says Mohammed bin Salman may have tried to hack the phone of the owner of the Washington Post, one of whose journalists was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.By BBC Radio 4
 
The gig economy is booming in the UK. More than a million people are using online platforms to secure jobs. Some people say that Uber drivers and couriers are the poster boys and girls for an exploited part of the workforce. Others argue the flexibility of working when and where you want works perfectly for those who don't want a 9-5 job. Adam Shaw…
 
The psychedelic powers of a traditional Amazonian plant medicine called ayahuasca are attracting more and more tourists. It’s becoming big business in countries such as Peru where backpackers and travellers, as well as rich Silicon Valley types are spending weeks and sometimes thousands of dollars to drink an indigenous cocktail. It makes them vomi…
 
Borders: Laurie Taylor explores the control of national borders. He talks to Nira Yuval Davis, Director of the research centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London and co-author of a new book which asks why borders have moved from the margins into the centre of political life and turned many ordinary citizens into u…
 
Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay was written while Otis Redding was reflecting on his life on Sausalito Bay in California in the summer of 1967. Its upbeat, laidback melody belies the loneliness of the lyrics. Just a few months later Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash and the song was released, becoming the first posthumous number 1 record in t…
 
Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the health think tank the Nuffield Trust, joins Dr Margaret McCartney for this special programme about the challenges of remote and rural healthcare.Margaret travels by boat from Mallaig to the Hebridean islands of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna off the north west coast of Scotland where, after 100 years the islanders l…
 
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