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The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth interviews and debates with artists, scientists and public figures.
 
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The Essay
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Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise
 
BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.
 
An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition both in Britain and abroad
 
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Sound of Cinema
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Series of programmes exploring film music
 
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The Verb
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Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance
 
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Private Passions
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Guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates, and talk about the influence music has had on their lives
 
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Music Matters
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The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters
 
Unique studio sessions bringing together musicians who have never recorded together before to create spontaneous new hybrid music. From BBC Radio 3.
 
Discover classical music loved by celebrated guests from all walks of life. To hear the music in full go to BBC Playlister.
 
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Between the Ears
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Celebrating 20 years of innovative and thought-provoking features that make adventurous use of sound and explore a wide variety of subjects. Made by leading radio producers
 
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Highlights from BBC Radio 3’s In Tune - featuring interviews with guests from the world of music and the arts. In Tune is presented by Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham.
 
Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews performers about their choral passions. The Choir programme broadcasts every Sunday at 4pm, exploring all things choral, with performances and...
 
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The Proms Podcast
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Composer and comedian Vikki Stone unbuttons the BBC Proms and asks the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
 
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Join Mowgli, Shere Khan and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough in the lush and dangerous Indian forest of Rudyard Kipling's imagination.Although he was born in India, Kipling had never visited the central Seoni region where he set The Jungle Book. As Daniel Karlin from Bristol University tells Eleanor, the vivid and detailed descriptions of the fores ...…
 
Matthew Sweet takes to the woods with thoroughly modern witch, William Hunter, and writer and folklorist, Zoe Gilbert, to look for green men and suitable spots for a ritual. If modern magic is all about re-enchanting the world then old magic was more about fear and keeping witches out but as a new exhibition opens in Oxford, Dafydd Daniel and L ...…
 
What's it like to be banned from your own country or to have your writing spark a row? Rana Mitter's guests talk identity, borders, forest landscapes and the long impact of the Ottoman empire. The American political scientist Francis Fukuyama is associated with the phrase "the end of history". His latest book Identity: The Demand for Dignity an ...…
 
What's it like to be banned from your own country or to have your writing spark a row? Rana Mitter's guests talk identity, borders, forest landscapes and the long impact of the Ottoman empire. The American political scientist Francis Fukuyama is associated with the phrase "the end of history". His latest book Identity: The Demand for Dignity an ...…
 
There’s a shadow creeping across the forest in the works of JRR Tolkien. Nature may be incorruptible but the creatures of the forest cannot withstand the relentless march of evil. Slowly but surely the songbirds are replaced by giant spiders, black squirrels and rampaging goblins. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is joined by Mark Atherton from Oxf ...…
 
Walk through a dark forest and you can't escape the brooding presence of the Brothers Grimm. Unwilling to stray from the path? A glimmer of sharp, white teeth behind that tree? It’s the Brothers Grimm to blame. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is joined by the writer and illustrator Chris Riddell for a walk through the deep, dark Germanic forest of ...…
 
Putting women back into the C20th history of British philosophy. Shahidha Bari talks to Alex Clark about the 2018 Man Booker Prize, considers the thinking of Mary Midgley whose death at the age of 99 was announced last week and puts her alongside Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, and Iris Murdoch who were undergraduates at Oxford University du ...…
 
Is soap opera the heir to the gothic novel? Is America seeing a resurgence of gothic TV and fiction? Shahidha Bari looks at new Gothic research with Nick Groom and Xavier Aldana Reyes. Vampires weren’t invented by horror writers, but were first encountered by doctors, priests and bureaucrats working in central Europe in the mid 17th century - t ...…
 
Sean Rafferty presents a host of musical highlights from the last week on In Tune, including Emmanuel Despax discussing how he tries to become Chopin’s vessel. We reminisce with Georgia Marcio about going from barwoman to centre stage at Ronnie Scotts. And finally we hear about how Alban Gerhardt struggles to perform with his eyes open.…
 
Lose yourself in a forest of fair maidens and knights with suspiciously shiny armour. This is a forest where the romantic couplings may be fantastical but the backdrop is meticulously drawn. Each leaf, each clump of moss is taken directly from nature. This is the mediaeval forest as reimagined by late Victorian aesthetes aghast at the grit and ...…
 
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enters the forests of our imagination, looking for stories. Alternative realities, holy quests and fairytales hidden among the glories of the Autumn forest.Despite our evolution in the African rainforests, Eleanor wonders whether it is tales from the frozen North that have given us the most potent forests of the ima ...…
 
Big Issue founder John Bird talks to Michael Berkeley about the role music played in transforming his life. For two weeks in 1970 John Bird worked in the Houses of Parliament washing dishes; in 2015 he returned as a life peer. To say he didn’t have a great start in life is something of an understatement. Born in 1946 in a Notting Hill slum, he ...…
 
Whether it's the threatening and atmospheric environment of the hotel in The Shining or the opulence of the Grand Budapest Hotel these public buildings have excercised more than their fair share of inspiration on filmmakers and film music. Matthew Sweet looks back at the hotel in cinema through some of these film's music in the week that has se ...…
 
Presented by Tom Service Tom meets members of the cast of English National Opera's new production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, including Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) and Nadine Benjamin (Clara).Also, the conductor Mark Wigglesworth on his new book 'The Silent Musician', and the artist and composer Heiner Goebbels in Manchester on ...…
 
Novelist Louise Welsh on the life, love, the rise and the fall of Scottish artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. The two Roberts, as they came to be known, met in 1933, as students at Glasgow School of Art. They were together until their early deaths; Colquhoun at the age of forty-seven, MacBryde four years later at the age of fifty-thr ...…
 
The Verb on 'failure' with Kate Fox, Mohammed Hanif, Scanner and Bryony Kimmings
 
Marking the centenary of his death, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Hubert Parry.Donald begins with the story of Parry's early years, rooted at Highnam Court in Gloucestershire, before looking at the period he was centred around Orme Square in London, the home of his teacher and mentor Edward Dannreuther. We hear about Parry’s conn ...…
 
Helena Kennedy on #MeToo and the message it sends that the British legal system needs to get its house in order. Plus power in Pinter's plays and rape in Chaucer. Shahida Bari talks to theatre directors Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams about language and the roles for women on stage in the Pinter at the Pinter Season, an event featuring all of Haro ...…
 
Novelist Neel Mukherjee on the abiding reticence that characterises the work and the life of American poet Elizabeth Bishop, particularly in relation to her sexuality. Mukherjee explores the two great loves of Bishop's life: the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares and American student Alice Methfessel, who was 32 years her junior. Part of ...…
 
The Scottish Clearances by Tom Devine, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh. The Farm, a new novel by Hector Abad is translated by Anne McLeanThe Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College. Anne McElvoy presents a sh ...…
 
Academic and poet Gregory Woods, author of Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World, explores the tumultuous but enduring relationship of poet WH Auden and librettist Chester Kallman, lifelong companions and collaborators. Part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, w ...…
 
Does LSD open the doors of perception or just mess with your head? Leo Butler tells Matthew Sweet about writing a play inspired by taking part in the world's first LSD medical trials since the 1960s. Philosophers Peg O'Connor and Barry Smith lock horns with neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt over whether drug-induced hallucinations allow acce ...…
 
A heartfelt meditation on the (in)visibilty of gay women.Writer and theatremaker Stella Duffy describes growing up lesbian in New Zealand in the 60s and 70s and considers what the 40 year expatriate 'marriage' of novelist, poet and playwright Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, author of The Alice B Toklas Cookbook, means to her.Part of Gay Brit ...…
 
In 1969 while the actor was performing his one man show in Belfast, a young Simon Callow was Micheál MacLiammóir's dresser. Callow pays tribute to the 50 year relationship of Micheál MacLiammóir and his partner Hilton Edwards, who were the founders of Dublin's influential Gate Theatre.Simon Callow is an actor, musician, writer, and theatre dire ...…
 
Sir Hubert Parry is largely remembered today for a handful of iconic works including Jerusalem, I was Glad, Blest Pair of Sirens, and for writing the hymn tune to Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. But Parry was far more significant than these few works which have remained in the public consciousness. In this centenary year since the composer’s d ...…
 
Lucie Skeaping takes her second musical journey through the mysterious world of possession, featuring witchcraft, demons, sorcery and madness, including pieces by Handel, Tartini, Purcell and Charpentier.
 
Ed Vulliamy has worked all around the world as a journalist; he’s best-known for his prize-winning coverage of the war in Bosnia, on television and in The Guardian. The war crimes he reported on led to his becoming a witness in the trial of the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, and he was the first journalist since the Nuremberg trials to t ...…
 
With the release of the new version of A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Matthew Sweet profiles music for films about stars in the making.The programme features music from 'Venus In Fur', 'The Red Shoes', 'Svengali', 'The Artist', 'Maps To The Stars', 'Hail Caesar', 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' and 'Ed Wood'; and he featu ...…
 
Tom Service meets conductor Jonathan Nott to discuss his passion for music which began as a choral scholar in Worcester, the unanswerable questions that the masterpieces of Mahler and other composers pose as we move through life, and the new concert hall complex being built in Geneva for his Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.Hubert Parry: a major ...…
 
How does Chaucer write about rape and consent ? What links Kim Kardashian West & Margery Kempe - an English Christian mystic and mother of 14 children who wrote about her religious visions in the 1420s in what has been called the first autobiography in English. Alicia Spencer-Hall, Elizabeth Robertson and New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes join ...…
 
Could the wonders of the universe and nature of creation be explained through music? The music of the spheres was a serious intellectual idea that applied music theory to the search for underlying order in the natural world. Conceived in the 6th century BC, the concept survived for centuries, influencing poets and playwrights, including Shakesp ...…
 
Recorded at the Contains Strong Language Festival of poetry and performance in Hull, this week The Verb is examining young poets and young writing and celebrating 20 years of the Foyle Young Poet Award.Ian is joined by three previous winners of the the award. Phoebe Stuckes published her debut pamphlet Gin & Tonic in 2017, is a Barbican Young P ...…
 
Donald Macleod is in conversation with Thea Musgrave as she celebrates her 90th birthday.Donald and Thea begin by discussing her dream of becoming a composer, and the dreams that have inspired her works. Born in Edinburgh, Thea left her medical degree for music, winning a composition prize which took her to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. ...…
 
Could the wonders of the universe and nature of creation be explained through music? The music of the spheres was a serious intellectual idea that applied music theory to the search for underlying order in the natural world. Conceived in the 6th century BC, the concept survived for centuries, influencing poets and playwrights, including Shakesp ...…
 
.Museum directors from USA, Austria and Britain look at the challenges of displaying their collections for new audiences. Anne McElvoy's guests include Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA, Sabine Haag, Director, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum. Recorded with ...…
 
Could the wonders of the universe and nature of creation be explained through music? The music of the spheres was a serious intellectual idea that applied music theory to the search for underlying order in the natural world. Conceived in the 6th century BC, the concept survived for centuries, influencing poets and playwrights, including Shakesp ...…
 
Matthew Sweet talks to the author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry, about her re-imagining of the Melmoth story, first published in 1920 by the Irish playwright, novelist and clergyman Charles Maturin. His Melmoth the Wanderer was a critique of Catholicism following a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for living 150 years lon ...…
 
Could the wonders of the universe and nature of creation be explained through music? The music of the spheres was a serious intellectual idea that applied music theory to the search for underlying order in the natural world. Conceived in the 6th century BC, the concept survived for centuries, influencing poets and playwrights, including Shakesp ...…
 
Gandhi's power, portable citizenship and Indian writing. Rana Mitter talks to Ramachandra Guha about his new biography of Gandhi, hears about "portable citizenship from Indrajit Roy and discusses Indian writing and literary tradition with Amit Chaudhuri and Sandeep Parmar. Rana also breaks off from the subcontinent briefly to explore the myster ...…
 
Could the wonders of the universe and nature of creation be explained through music? The music of the spheres was a serious intellectual idea that applied music theory to the search for underlying order in the natural world. Conceived in the 6th century BC, the concept survived for centuries, influencing poets and playwrights, including Shakesp ...…
 
Lucie Skeaping takes the first of two musical journeys through the mysterious world of possession, featuring music associated with the ecstatic trances of Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila and Joan of Arc, Sufi dervishes, musical exorcisms performed to the wild rhythms of the Tarantella and initiation rites of the Afro-Brazilian Candomble.…
 
Bel Mooney describes her pleasures as: watching for kingfishers, riding pillion on a motorbike, and dancing to a 1962 Wurlitzer. That entertaining list reflects something of her enjoyment of a life which has brought many challenges as well as pleasures. Bel Mooney started out as a writer almost fifty years ago, and in 1976 was one of the first ...…
 
Presented by Tom Service Tom talks to the Grammy-Award American composer Joan Tower, who turns 80 this month and who's crafted one of the most successful careers in music in her country, which include also the roles of piano performer and teacher. As Gustav Holst's masterwork reaches its first centenary, we take a look at the new Planets, a pro ...…
 
The Verb at the 'Contains Strong Language' festival in Hull with Jackie Kay, Gruff Rhys, Louise Wallwein, Joe Hakim and work inspired by 'Palgrave's Golden Treasury'.
 
Donald Macleod explores Sergei Rachmaninov’s years in America.Reluctant even to visit at first, and once there always more than a little homesick, this proudly Russian composer in fact lived in the United States of America for 25 years, from the end of the First World War until his death in 1943. His life there was principally that of a virtuos ...…
 
Lisa Appignanesi, prize-winning writer and Freudian scholar, with a personal memoir that explores public and private loss and anger. Presenter Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough also looks at a Festival of Canadian and North American writing meeting authors Heather O'Neill and Cherie Dimaline whose novels explore the meaning of family in dystopian vi ...…
 
Can causing offence be a good thing? Philip Dodd explores this question with the Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, the American author, Camille Paglia and the Danish journalist, Flemming Rose.Camille Paglia is a Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia whose Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson ...…
 
Katie Derham presents the In Tune Highlights: a selection of musical guests. Including Nicky Spence and William Vann talking about and singing Parry, Eric Lu winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, an exclusive walk around the Royal Opera House Open Up project and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.…
 
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie talk to Matthew Sweet about how humour changes and the targets of their TV comedy show which ran during the '70s and early '80s. A box set of the 67 half hour episodes is being released. Producer: Harry Parker.
 
Joanna Robertson's earliest childhood memory is that of the baker calling at noon each day, with a basket full of fragrant buns, cakes and bread. It was the first indication of what was to develop into a lifelong love affair with food.For Joanna, food has never just been about nourishment. It has shaped her life in highly personal as well as pr ...…
 
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