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Best BBC Radio 4 podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best BBC Radio 4 podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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BBC Inside Science
Monthly+
 
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Seriously…
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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In Our Time
Weekly
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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The Digital Human
Monthly
 
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
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Money Box
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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
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Woman's Hour
Daily
 
The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an E ...
 
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.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
 
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Intrigue
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Tunnel 29: Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards.
 
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Costing the Earth
Monthly+
 
Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
Weekly
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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Thinking Allowed
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New research on how society works
 
Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
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Inside Health
Monthly+
 
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
 
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File on 4
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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
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A Point of View
Weekly
 
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
 
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Drama of the Week
Monthly
 
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.
 
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Only Artists
Monthly
 
Only Artists from BBC Radio 4 brings two artists together to talk about their creative work. The agenda is theirs, the conversation is free-flowing, and there is no presenter.
 
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Moral Maze
Monthly+
 
Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
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Front Row
Daily
 
Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
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Short Story
Monthly
 
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.
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
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The Briefing Room
Monthly+
 
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
 
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GrownUpLand
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If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way.
 
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World at One
Monthly
 
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Sarah Montague.
 
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Best of Today
Monthly
 
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
 
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world
 
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The Bottom Line
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
 
Five-minute reports on the key events in Parliament presented with insight and humour by BBC correspondents.
 
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Beyond Today
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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.
 
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Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday.By BBC Radio 4
 
Medical professionals say shortages of commonly prescribed drugs are currently worse than ever before - impacting on patient care and potentially costing lives. The government has banned the export of some medications from the UK in an attempt to protect dwindling supplies but desperate patients are still travelling abroad to get the medication ...…
 
RJ Palacio’s first novel Wonder has been published in 45 languages, sold 5 million copies worldwide and been made into a film starring Julia Roberts. We speak to RJ about her new graphic novel White Bird which tells the back story of the classroom bully from Wonder, Julian, whose Jewish grandmother fled from the Nazis. A row involving Taylor Sw ...…
 
David Lindo, the Urban Birder, rarely sees a black or ethnic minority face when he's bird-watching in town or country. That's something he's determined to change for all our sakes. When diverse communities use their green space and demand more of it, health and well-being is improved and the battle to conserve species can more easily be won.Pro ...…
 
Three days later and the fallout from Prince Andrew’s BBC interview keeps coming: today university students and a big accountancy firm are distancing themselves from the duke. Prince Andrew appeared on Newsnight to address controversy over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But it backfired after critics called the intervie ...…
 
Three days later and the fallout from Prince Andrew’s BBC interview keeps coming: today university students and a big accountancy firm are distancing themselves from the duke. Prince Andrew appeared on Newsnight to address controversy over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But it backfired after critics called the intervie ...…
 
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4
 
From a broken-hearted granddaughter's search for understanding to a collective conversation around desire - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about desire, love and heartbreak.ROW-cubProduced by Neena PathakTexts I've Sent The GovernmentFeaturing John-Luke Roberts and River HallFalckensteinscredoProduced by Phil Sm ...…
 
Criticised for not expressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his recent interview with BBC's Emily Maitlis, Prince Andrew has since told friends he ‘regretted’ not doing so. We consider how victims and survivors are so often an afterthought when allegations of sexual assault are being discussed. Actor Mia Wasikowska and director and ...…
 
Facebook claims to have 2.5bn users. But how many of those users are fake?(Image: silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo. Credit: Reuters)By BBC Radio 4
 
In 1979, Pattie Moore, a 26-year-old designer in New York was so was so incensed by the way her colleagues ignored the needs of the elderly that she embarked on a daring piece of social research. Disguised as an 85-year-old woman, she took to the streets of America, travelling to over 100 cities, to discover the realities of being old. Her disg ...…
 
NATO’s military strength and unswerving trans-Atlantic solidarity enabled it to contain and ultimately defeat the Soviet Union. But with Vladimir Putin’s Russia resurgent, and eager to restore some of its past glory, people speak of a new “Cold War”. But this one is very different from the first. It is being fought out on the internet; through ...…
 
Dear Evan Hansen is the Tony award winning musical about a socially anxious teenager who, via a web of lies, gets caught up in social media adulation following a classmate’s suicide. As the musical opens in London’s West End amidst much anticipation, co-creator Steven Levenson talks about turning such a sensitive story into a life affirming sho ...…
 
There was a story in October you may have missed: a 15-year-old boy from London was stabbed to death after getting off a bus on his way home from school. Baptista Adjei was one of the youngest people to be murdered in the capital this year. In this episode we speak to BBC London’s Greg McKenzie, who’s been reporting on knife crime in 2019, incl ...…
 
There was a story in October you may have missed: a 15-year-old boy from London was stabbed to death after getting off a bus on his way home from school. Baptista Adjei was one of the youngest people to be murdered in the capital this year. In this episode we speak to BBC London’s Greg McKenzie, who’s been reporting on knife crime in 2019, incl ...…
 
Aleks Krotoski explores how the culture in Silicon Valley led to a growth in the cult of personality and asks if it's gone too far. This kind of worship has been hot housed in Silicon Valley ever since Steve Jobs burst out of his garage and onto the scene. Here, we take a look at how Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and others are now regarded as cha ...…
 
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4
 
Paul Gambaccini hosts the last semi-final of the general knowledge music quiz.By BBC Radio 4
 
As the County Durham miner turned painter gets his first major retrospective, Professor Jean Brown tells our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones that he should be seen as one of the world's greatest artists.(Image: The Crowded Bar. Credit: Norman Cornish)By BBC Radio 4
 
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Johnny Cochrane Episode 176: Fatherhoodwith special guests Elliot Rae and JJ Recorded 21 October 2019 at Kings Place in London. Released 18 November 2019. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. More about Deborah Frances-White http://deborahfrances-white.co ...…
 
Earlier this month, McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook was fired for having a consensual relationship with a subordinate. But what are the rules where you work? And how easy are they to navigate?Do you know where the line is between flirting and harassment in the post #MeToo era? Or has it all gone too far? Whether you’ve had ...…
 
Party leaders to set out their stall at the CBI conference(Image: Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI. Credit: Reuters)By BBC Radio 4
 
Malawi's most famous comedian Daliso Chaponda returns for a second series.The UK and Africa have had a long a complicated past. This series looks at the history of this relationship as well as current issues, with Daliso as our relationship guidance counsellor, helping us navigate the rocky historical waters between the two places.Episode 1: Cu ...…
 
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers reflecting the range of contemporary life in the United Kingdom. Dan Johnson reports direct from the flooded River Don in South Yorkshire where feelings are running high among locals about the response to the latest inundation. As the ...…
 
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers reflecting the range of contemporary life in the United Kingdom. Dan Johnson reports direct from the flooded River Don in South Yorkshire where feelings are running high among locals about the response to the latest inundation. As the ...…
 
Andi Oliver, Rick Stein and Yotam Ottolenghi join Sheila Dillon at the BBC Radio Theatre to celebrate 40 years of The Food Programme and ask what changes the next four decades might bring to the way we eat and drink. Together with restaurant critic for The Guardian and MasterChef regular, Grace Dent and food blogger and presenter Leyla Kazim, t ...…
 
Stephen Graham is an actor, whose credits include key roles in films including This is England and The Irishman, and in TV dramas such as Boardwalk Empire and Line of Duty. Stephen was born in Kirkby just outside Liverpool in 1973. He discovered acting at school, where a starring role in a production of Treasure Island at the age of 10 was a tu ...…
 
It’s well-known that the Roman Catholic Church is struggling to find new priests. Sexual abuse scandals haven’t helped. But for some years, there’s been a movement to allow women to be priests. Will we see it happen any time soon? The writer Marnie Dickens explains why she wanted to focus on the life of an older woman for her new BBC One series ...…
 
The UK's banks haven't been able to agree who should pay compensation to customers who have had money fraudulently stolen from their bank accounts. Until last May the banks routinely refused to refund these customers. A new Code promised that all innocent customers would be reimbursed from 28 May but that runs out at the end of next month. We s ...…
 
They believe they are fighting for their way of life, for Hong Kong’s very existence, but the protesters know they can’t really win says Paul Adams. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world:There is a saying in Russia “If he beats you - he loves you” hears Lucy Ash as she visits a refuge for the survivors of domestic vi ...…
 
They believe they are fighting for their way of life, for Hong Kong’s very existence, but the protesters know they can’t really win says Paul Adams. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world:There is a saying in Russia “If he beats you - he loves you” hears Lucy Ash as she visits a refuge for the survivors of domestic vi ...…
 
"Only when I wander, usually by accident, into my spam box", writes Adam Gopnik, "do I find anything resembling actual affection - prose that captures the spark of human sympathy, the language of exquisite deference, that the Enlightenment philosophers insisted was the necessary mucilage of human societies".The excessive courtesy of spam letter ...…
 
As Northern Ballet reaches its half century, the company's Artistic Director David Nixon discusses his love of telling stories through Dance.Ever fancied sleeping in an artwork? Soon you’ll be able to do exactly that at the Art B&B – a new hotel in Blackpool which has commissioned 30 artists to turns its rooms into works of art. Michael Trainor ...…
 
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s longest-serving leader and first indigenous president, stepped down last week amid weeks of protests sparked by a dispute over a recent presidential election in the country. His opponents say the election was rigged but the embattled former president said it was a cunning coup. We take a closer look at the election result ...…
 
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s longest-serving leader and first indigenous president, stepped down last week amid weeks of protests sparked by a dispute over a recent presidential election in the country. His opponents say the election was rigged but the embattled former president said it was a cunning coup. We take a closer look at the election result ...…
 
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4
 
We know that one in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life and that anxiety seems to be on the increase. The latest research suggests that rates of psychological distress and illness are especially high among undergraduates. Dr Laurie Santos wanted to do something about it: she’s professor of psychology ...…
 
We know that one in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life and that anxiety seems to be on the increase. The latest research suggests that rates of psychological distress and illness are especially high among undergraduates. Dr Laurie Santos wanted to do something about it: she’s professor of psychology ...…
 
In this episode of Fortunately, Fi and Jane play host to Nick Bright. You can find him talking football on 5Live's The Squad, or DJ-ing in the 1Xtra saturday morning slot.The ladies take Nick on a tour of their childhood beverages, get their heads around Jurgen Klopp's diary and seek out the inside goss on BBC Sports Personality.And before that ...…
 
Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Dramatised by Mike Harris.Episode 1A pacy, radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England. Vivacious 19-year-old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older, conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser. Life should be good, but she is in love ...…
 
Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Dramatised by Mike Harris.Episode 1A pacy, radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England. Vivacious 19-year-old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older, conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser. Life should be good, but she is in love ...…
 
Shadow chancellor says the party would take Openreach into public ownership to bring everyone free and fast broadband... but insists he won't announce plans to nationalise anything else.(Image: John McDonnell Credit: Oli Scarf/AFP)By BBC Radio 4
 
Jane speaks to director, Jessica Kaliisa about her play, Queens of Sheba, inspired by the four black women turned away from a London nightclub in 2015 for being “too dark-skinned and overweight”. On stage next week at the Battersea Arts Club in London, actor, Tosin Alabi, joins the discussion of how the lives of a group of friends were changed ...…
 
With an election looming, the UK's political parties have different plans for broadband. What are they? Plus, the markets and the minimum wage. (Photo: Getty Images)By BBC Radio 4
 
"How do you make antimatter?' asks Scott Matheson, aged 21 from Utah.The team takes charge of this question with a spin through the history of antimatter. Adam talks to physicist Frank Close, author of 'Antimatter', about its origins in the equations of Dirac to its manufacture in the first particle accelerator, the Bevatron. Cosmologist Andrew ...…
 
In the first of the three-part series "Playing Well" Chris Hawkins has an intimate conversation with the band mates of Scott Hutchison, who took his own life in May 2018.In conversation with Scott's brother Grant, drummer in Frightened Rabbit, and guitarist Andy Monaghan, Chris discovers more about the anxious child who reframed his family nick ...…
 
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