Radio

Does the future of radio really lie in podcasts?

28 March 2015 9:00 am

To a debate on the future of radio at the BBC where it turns out not to be a discussion…

Radio is the best way to mug up on the classics

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If ever I found myself at a pretentious literary party obliged to play David Lodge’s ‘Humiliation’ game and to confess…

What it’s really like to live in India today - stressful

14 March 2015 9:00 am

After a month cooped up in a Scottish castle, no internet, no TV, and no radio, watching hectic snowflakes billowing…

All radio drama should be as good as this Conrad adaptation

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The aching hum of crickets. The susurrus of reeds. The lapping of waves. The unmistakable noise of a sound technician…

How long is it since anniversaries stopped being measured in years?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

‘You must promise to be with us for our silver wedding D.V. which will be in four years,’ wrote Queen…

‘Robust’, busted

28 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Heart of Oak are our ships, Jolly Tars are our men,’ shouted my husband unconvincingly. He has taken to doing…

Why Putin is even less of a human than Stalin was

21 February 2015 9:00 am

LBC likes to tell us it’s ‘Leading Britain’s Conversation’, though in the case of weekday pre-lunch presenter James O’Brien you’ll…

The amazing story of the blind photographer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Perhaps the news that Radio 5 live will be the only BBC station (under the new broadcasting rights agreements) to…

Why BBC Arabic is booming

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Last weekend BBC Arabic celebrated 77 years since John Reith (as he then was) launched the first foreign-language service of…

Radio 4’s War and Peace: almost as good as the book

24 January 2015 9:00 am

To have listened to Radio 4’s marathon ten-hour adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace as it was being broadcast on…

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies…

Was Beethoven influenced by yoga?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

How many digital radios have you bought over the years? How many are still working? Of the four I used…

When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The…

Why Serial is the future of radio

3 January 2015 9:00 am

The fuss may now be over, the last episode of Serial revealed. But if the global success of WBEZ Chicago’s…

Children’s radio was once at the core of the BBC - now it’s all but disappeared

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It was a bit of a surprise to hear Jarvis Cocker, the embodiment of cool and former frontman of Pulp,…

Was this Christian pioneer of radio evangelism a fraud?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

She was the sequinned star of the airwaves back in the 1920s, the first preacher to realise the potential of…

Why radio is a surprisingly good medium for talking about art

22 November 2014 9:00 am

You might think it a fool’s errand to attempt programmes about art on the wireless. How can you talk about…

Many more Germans were displaced in 1945 than Indians during partition

8 November 2014 9:00 am

What Radio 3 needs is a musical version of Neil MacGregor. The director of the British Museum and now a…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

Can Radio 3 escape the digital squeeze?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The new controller of Radio 3 has at last been appointed. Alan Davey (not to be confused with the former…

Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think…

The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of…

Warhol’s ‘time capsules’ contain everything from toenails to previously unseen paintings worth millions

13 September 2014 9:00 am

‘I don’t know what I think,’ says Lenny Henry, echoing what many of us who were listening were probably also…

Who needs drugs when you have Radio 3?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m willing to bet it’s only on the BBC’s Radio 3 that you’ll find yourself listening to a programme quite…