Radio

Prayer for the Day is the best thing to wake up to

13 May 2023 9:00 am

As the owner of a radio alarm clock, I could theoretically start listening to the Today programme before I’m even…

How productive is it to listen to productivity gurus?

29 April 2023 9:00 am

I was making my way slowly through one of my dismally prosaic little to-do lists – ‘pay the water bill’…

Crossing Continents is the best of the BBC

15 April 2023 9:00 am

Ask a member of Generation Z where in the world they would most like to live, and chances are they…

In praise of From Our Own Correspondent

1 April 2023 9:00 am

Most of us are familiar with the notion of writer’s block, that paralysis of invention induced by the appalling sight…

Is the BBC World Service superfluous or a vital adjunct of British diplomacy?

25 March 2023 9:00 am

Is the World Service superfluous, or a vital adjunct of British diplomacy, wonders Oscar Edmondson

A short introduction to the philosophy of Moomin

18 March 2023 9:00 am

One of the lesser-known schools of modern philosophy is the Philosophy of Moomin. Like Cynicism or Epicureanism, it is difficult…

What’s the difference between Shamima Begum and Unity Mitford?

4 March 2023 9:00 am

The debate sparked by Josh Baker’s BBC podcast on Shamima Begum, and her teenage flight to join Isis, has divided…

What a voice Plath had – stern yet somehow musical, long-vowelled, bear-like: Radio 4’s My Sylvia Plath reviewed

18 February 2023 9:00 am

Can you ever truly know a poet? The question arises every time one publishes a collection that looks vaguely confessional.…

His dark materials

11 February 2023 9:00 am

Radio works its strongest magic, I always think, when you listen to it in the dark. The most reliable example…

Is Matthew Parris the modern Plutarch? Radio 4’s Great Lives reviewed

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

Whenever I listen to Great Lives on Radio 4, which is often, I am reminded of the gulf between fame…

An all too brisk and too narrow history of eugenics: Radio 4’s Bad Blood reviewed

10 December 2022 9:00 am

Like so many of history’s great catastrophes, the story begins with an eccentric Victorian Englishman. Francis Galton was a maker…

An author speaks out against social censorship: The Reith Lectures reviewed

3 December 2022 9:00 am

‘The Age of Anxiety’, W. H. Auden’s book-length poem, has always been described as strange, and difficult. It is an…

The extraordinary case of Malcolm MacArthur

12 November 2022 9:00 am

Non-fiction tells you what happened, fiction affirms the kinds of things that happen. According to Aristotle, anyway. So while journalism…

Manet’s Mona Lisa: Radio 4’s Moving Pictures reviewed

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Elizabeth the First is a ten-part American podcast series that isn’t about Elizabeth I at all. The assumption of its…

Shocked and moved me far more than I anticipated: Hoaxed reviewed

15 October 2022 9:00 am

I shied away from conspiracy stuff during the Trump era. Not the theories themselves, but the huge volume of content…

The genius of More or Less

8 October 2022 9:00 am

In a week of slim audio pickings, I spent time reacquainting myself with some of the BBC classics and can…

Welcome to the weird world of the New Right: Subversive podcast reviewed

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Subversive is a podcast that documents the world of the ‘New Right’, a strange development in conservatism. Host Alex Kaschuta,…

BBC radio has excelled itself over the past week

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Listening to BBC Radios 3 and 4 over the past week has been like meeting an old friend who, after…

Emily Maitlis tries too hard not to be teachery on her new podcast

10 September 2022 9:00 am

The competition between news-led podcasts is nearing boiling point. If you tuned in to The Media Show on Radio 4…

Why we must defend Radio 3 from threatened cuts

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Who doesn’t love Eurovision? All that razzmatazz. The ghastly frocks and gloopy pop songs, the false bonhomie and bare-faced bias…

Rivals Wagatha Christie for its lowbrow twists: FT's Hot Money – Who Rules Porn? reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

It was recently reported that almost 8 per cent of global internet traffic is to pornographic websites. The rise of…

Why is the post-colonial guilt only applied to Western classical traditions? Radio 3's World of Classical reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The blurb accompanying the Radio 3 series World of Classical, inviting us to ‘join the dots between classical music traditions…

A belter of a podcast, featuring a mad South African: Smoke Screen reviewed

23 July 2022 9:00 am

I go back and forth on tobacco companies. On the one hand, they are merchants of death. On the other,…

Hearing Percy Bysshe Shelley read aloud was a revelation

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Last week I heard the actor Julian Sands give a virtuoso performance of work by Percy Bysshe Shelley to mark…

No genre of storytelling is more formulaic or more exhausted than true crime

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Nothing new under the sun. Or at least it feels that way these days, doesn’t it? The movies are TV…