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A tour guide at Polish holocaust sites is at the centre of a new novel by Yishai Sarid. The author talks to Anne McElvoy about his own trips to Poland as a teenager and then as a father and the questions they made him ask about how that history is taught and commemorated. Plus three researchers share insights from their studies. Roland Clark has co…
 
After two WAshes matches were washed out, Alex and Kate don’t have a great deal of cricket to talk about. So instead, they talk about the time a swan bit Kate on the belly button, and how a bee stung Alex in a delicate area. Then there’s the time Kate’s dad gave her car to her ex boyfriend after they’d split up. And we find out what they order when…
 
Henry Moeran, Alex Hartley, Kristen Beams and Melinda Farrell discuss the challenging build up to Women’s Ashes, the series so far and what makes Australia so good. England Captain Heather Knight reflects on the start of the series and we hear from England head coach Lisa Keightley. The team also look ahead to the women’s 50-over world cup.…
 
Fifty years ago on 30 January 1972, a day that came to be forever known as “Bloody Sunday”, soldiers of the First Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, shot dead 13 civil rights marchers in Londonderry/Derry. Peter Taylor tells the story of that day with a mix of his own unique archive and new interviews from those on all sides about what the events m…
 
Mark Chapman is joined by former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and West Indies World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite to talk about a first English victory this winter.We also hear from Mick Newell, Director of Cricket for Nottinghamshire, to discuss the County Championship season.Plus we talk about the cost of cricket for young players and if the gam…
 
Widening the repertoire of classical music comes under the spotlight in today's Free Thinking conversation as New Generation Thinker Christienna Fryar speaks to researchers uncovering music that has been left out of the canon. Ahead of concerts featuring their work, she hears about the stories of three composers: the 18th-century French polymath Jo…
 
Despite barbed quips about the impossibility of writing about music, people have been at it, successfully, for thousands of years, from Plato in ancient Greece until today. Many composers, too, have felt the need to set down in writing their musical credos; composers like Berlioz and Debussy have themselves been great writers about music. And then,…
 
Actress, comedian and playwright Katherine Parkinson shares her favourite music with Michael Berkeley.Two years out of drama school and heavily in debt, Katherine Parkinson was offered a part in a new television comedy series The IT Crowd. As all fans of the cult series know, she played Jen, the hopeless boss of two computer geeks – she was the so-…
 
Building a Library: Emily MacGregor recommends a her favourite recording of Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.For Bartók, the circumstances surrounding the composition of his Concerto for Orchestra could hardly have been more miserable. In 1940 he fled his native Hungary to escape the Nazis and spent the remaining five years of his life in the U…
 
Jess Gillam talks to recorder player Lucie Horsch about the music they love including the warm vocal tones of Omara Portuondo, some speaker shaking bass from Mark Guiliana, an early choral classic from Faure and masterful film music from Bernstein and Hans Zimmer.Playlist:Bernstein – West Side Story: Overture [Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Orc…
 
Photo credit: Marco BorggreveSara Mohr-Pietsch talks to viola virtuoso Tabea Zimmermann about her dazzling career on the concert platform. She first picked up a viola at the age of three, and in the decades since she’s performed with the world’s greatest orchestras and has become a hugely respected chamber musician and teacher. She discusses the mu…
 
Donald Macleod reflects on Franz Liszt's Hungarian story - he spent little time there and couldn't speak the language but just how important to his music was the land of his birth?Music Featured:Hungarian Rhapsody No 8 in F sharp minorDie Drei ZigeunerSymphonic Poem: From the Cradle to the GraveFantasy on Motifs from Beethoven's 'Ruinen von Athen'V…
 
QAnon and the plot to break reality... When a mob storms the Capitol in Washington DC, reporter and presenter Gabriel Gatehouse sees someone he recognises: a man draped in furs with horns on his head. He is known as the Q Shaman. Gabriel had met him at a Trump rally in Arizona, ranting about a conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton and a cabal…
 
After countless requests England batter Danni Wyatt (finally!) joins the podcast to preview the Women's Ashes, reveal how Virat Kohli reacted to her twitter marriage proposal, explain why her attempt to be Tarzan aged 10 helps her hit the ball to different areas of the ground, and why she once showered with a tubigrip on her face. There's some cric…
 
Drama and gaming are being used in a pair of projects exploring adolescent mental health. Dr Daisy Fancourt finds out why this meeting of the arts and science might unlock new ideas for treatments and discovers the different ways in which young people are participating in the projects. Professor Eunice Ma is the Provost of Falmouth University and i…
 
Love during a lockdown is at the centre of Sarah Hall's latest book Burntcoat. Monica Ali's new novel is called Love Marriage and looks at love across two cultures and different ideas about feminism, family and careers. Adam Mars-Jones' Box Hill is a darkly affecting love story between men set in 1975. The authors join Shahidha Bari for a conversat…
 
Mark Chapman is joined by former England batter Michael Carberry and West Indian World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite to look back at the final Test in Hobart and the 4-nil series defeat. The team dissect where it went so badly wrong for England this series.We also preview the women’s Ashes with England’s Kate Cross and look at the legacy of Virat Ko…
 
Tom Service on two of the most astounding musical skills, which the majority of professional classical musicians have in abundance - the ability to play from memory, and the ability to play at sight, without study or much in the way of rehearsal. How and why do they do it? With pianist and teacher Richard Sisson, and violinist Eva Thorarinsdottir, …
 
Following his very public rift with long-term contributor Jean-Baptiste Lully, Molière turned to Marc-Antoine Charpentier to provide the incidental music for his last theatrical productions. As part of Radio 3's celebration of Molière's quatercentenary, Lucie Skeaping explores the music Charpentier composed for Molière's final theatre pieces, inclu…
 
Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew, former England fast bowler Steven Finn and Australian cricket writer and broadcaster Geoff Lemon for reaction to the third day of the fifth Ashes Test.Australia have won the Ashes 4-nil after England collapsed to give them a 146-run victory in Hobart. England captain Joe Root reflects on the series defea…
 
Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in Britain from Vienna as a five-year-old, without her parents. It was 1939, and she was one of 10,000 Jewish children brought by train on the Kindertransport to escape the Nazis. She went on to become one of the most successful businesswomen of the 20th century; in 1962, working from home, she founded one of the firs…
 
Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew and former England fast bowler Steven Finn for reaction to the second day of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart. We'll hear from Australia's Mitchell Starc and England's Sam Billings after he made 29 on his Test batting debut.Plus Dominic Baker, chief executive of Cricket Tasmania, tells us how they came to h…
 
Jess Gillam is joined by the conductor Oliver Zeffman to share some of the music they love. Including a rare and beautiful song by Tchaikovsky, a banging tune by Lizzo, plus possibly THE greatest ending in all of music with Mahler’s 8th Symphony.Playlist:Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21, in C Major, K. 467; II. Andante [Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Englis…
 
As a week exploring the legacy of the late great Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink draws to a close on Radio 3, Tom Service talks to today’s cohort of leading conductors and hears how they work their magic from the podium. With contributions from Marin Alsop and Sir Antonio Pappano, alongside rising stars Ryan Bancroft and Kalena Bovell, Rebecca Miller…
 
Living the American dream, Chuck makes a life altering decision that has a knock on effect across the world. Looking for new opportunities, Chuck meets with world leaders like Fidel Castro, and behind the scenes, plays a role in peace negotiations in Northern Ireland.Roma Downey pieces together the story of this man, as the truth unravels on how he…
 
Chuck's global money-making machine seemed unstoppable but what was the source? And how did it disappear? We enter into a world of savvy intelligence, tax free havens & a yearning to reconnect with ancestral ties in Ireland - all shrouded in secrecy and wrapped in a fortune. Roma Downey tries to piece together the story of this mysterious man acros…
 
In a tiny apartment in San Francisco, lives an apparently ordinary, elderly man, with only the shirt on his back, a cheap plastic watch and one pair of shoes. Few know who he is, or what he was. This is the story of the backroom broker, who, through brown envelopes and the handover of billions, may just have changed the course of history. Some say …
 
Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew and former England fast bowler Steven Finn for reaction to the opening day of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart. We'll hear from Travis Head after his century helped Australia recover from 12 for 3 to close the first day on 241 for 6.England Bowling coach Jon Lewis gives his reaction to the first d…
 
ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison joins Jonathan Agnew to react to the DCMS select committee report on racism in cricket.DCMS Chair Julien Knight and former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq give their reaction and Yorkshire Chairman Lord Patel explains how he's overhauled the county since taking charge in November.(Photo: Tom Harrison the ECB Chief Exec…
 
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Jean-Baptiste LullyJean-Baptiste Lully was the most influential French composer of the 17th Century, a key figure in the court of Louis XIV. This week, Donald Macleod explores how Lully rose from humble origins in Italy to become the most powerful musician in France, a story of lies, ambition and intrigu…
 
Writer Colin Grant guides us through a nuanced story of cannabis use... and abuse. As he states at the beginning of the series, Colin carries ‘no lawyer’s brief for marijuana’. In previous programmes, he has explored how it helped his epileptic brother and also how he believes it has provided a form of social service to subsistence communities. But…
 
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