In Our Time

My love affair with Hannah Arendt

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The three of us — me, Catriona and her daughter Skye — were having a wash and brush-up before going…

Why do writers enjoy walking so much?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Writers like walking. When people ask us why, we say it’s what writers do. ‘Just popping out to buy a…

Are the Dead Ringers audience told to laugh?

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Nine on a Thursday morning is University Hour for those of us who don’t commute to an office every day.…

How many words were coined by Thomas Browne?

15 June 2019 9:00 am

‘How many words will you use today, first used by Thomas Browne in the 17th century?’ asked a trailer on…

The marketisation of BBC radio is a recipe for creative disaster

21 July 2018 9:00 am

There’s been a lot of fuss and many column inches written about levels of pay at the BBC, as revealed…

Benjamin Zephaniah once found the leg of a man in the back of a Ford Cortina

5 May 2018 9:00 am

‘For me rhyming was normal,’ said Benjamin Zephaniah, reading from his autobiography on Radio 4. Back in the 1960s, on…

Why I love The Bottom Line

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Evan Davis’s series on business life, The Bottom Line (made in conjunction with the Open University), has become one of…

The pleasures and perils of podcast listening

28 February 2015 9:00 am

No phrase is better calculated to tense the neck muscles of a regular podcast listener than ‘We have something special…

Melvyn Bragg's notebook: I found hell on Regent Street

14 December 2013 9:00 am

John Lloyd, producer of Blackadder, Spitting Image, QI etc, has boldly picked up where he left off at Cambridge more…