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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by Cally Beaton, Emmanuel Sonubi and Christy Coysh.Cally takes inspiration from primates, Emmanuel fights his news addiction and Christy delivers a ballad to a national icon.The show was written by the cast with additional material from Catherine Brinkwort…
 
Growing up in Canada, her father's delusions and paranoia gave Julia Shaw a front-row seat into an alternate reality Believing "they” were out to get him – including everyone from aliens to the Bin Laden family – he would later email her, warning that she too was targeted by those monitoring him. He believed that doctors too were part of the conspi…
 
Kelly Cates and guests look ahead to Wales vs England. She’s joined by Rio Ferdinand, Sam Vokes, John Murray, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton, and you’ll hear from Gareth Southgate, Rob Page and Gareth Bale. Also catch reaction to Portugal’s win over Uruguay and thrilling matches involving Ghana and Cameroon, and Statman Dave presents his play…
 
Thousands take to the streets in China to protest against Xi Jinping’s Covid lockdown restrictions. Adam is joined by John Simpson, the BBC’s world affairs editor and Kerry Allen, the BBC’s China media analyst to discuss what’s happening, what it’s like to be arrested as a journalist in China, and whether state media there is censoring images of ma…
 
We hear from Borys Todurov, a cardiac surgeon from Kyiv, whose team used head torches to operate on a 14-year-old boy after a Russian strike knocked out the hospital’s power supply.Olena, a mother of eight from Izium, tells us how an attack near her home killed her mother and left her teenage son unable to walk. He was taken to Moscow for treatment…
 
Rory Stewart travels across Cumbria and Northumbria from an ancient Quaker meeting house in Brigflatts, to a medieval tower on Newcastle city walls, in search of clues in Basil Bunting's life and work to help understand this neglected masterpiece of twentieth century modernist poetry .It's a landscape that the former MP for Penrith and the Borders …
 
Ricki Lake is widely known for her American talk show in the '90s and early 2000s. She's an actor and a producer as well as an independent filmmaker. Emma talks to her about her role as Executive Producer, on a new documentary "The Business of Birth Control" which looks at the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women's health a…
 
An hour of top brand new, upfront tunes from the likes of The Dowling Pool, Maddie Ashman, Bob Vylan, Goddammit Jeremiah, Sleephawk, Hana Lili, Dean Mccreadie, Afro Comb, Tokky Horror, pecq, The Cool Greenhouse, Paige Kennedy, Owen Duff, Emily Breeze, Enjoyable Listens, Agent Starling, George Barnett and Marlody, handpicked by Tom Robinson from the…
 
Kat Sadler’s Screen Time is a fun guide/cautionary tale of how young people today live their lives through their phones and social media. Kat (daily screen time 8hrs 49 mins) meets Abbie (daily screen time 1 hr 26 mins) and starts a relationship, but will their obsession with how the relationship comes across online lead to its downfall?Ensuring no…
 
Kelly Cates and guests reflect on Germany’s draw with Spain. She’s joined by Peter Schmeichel, Alan Shearer, Moritz Volz and commentator John Murray. The panel also hear from Jack Grealish and Joe Allen ahead of England vs Wales. And Juliette Ferrington presents reaction to two big shocks as Morocco beat Belgium and Costa Rica edge past Japan.TOPIC…
 
Professor Angela Gallop is a forensic scientist who has helped solve some of the most notorious violent crimes in recent British history including the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell.After completing a degree in botany and a doctorate on the biochemistry of sea slugs, Angela joined the Home Office’s Forensic Science…
 
With reported rises in the number of people addicted to gambling, is it time for the government to restrict the advertising of the betting industry? Presenter Will Leitch in conversation with Steph Shilton, wife of the former footballer Peter who has publicly acknowledged his addiction; Tim Cairns from CARE - Christian Action Research & Education, …
 
James Tytko, Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.This week: A new rapid way to tell heart failure from a chest infection - just with a sample of breath. How the perseverance rover is getting on looking for life on Mars. And the imperceptible sounds in music that make people want to…
 
Mark Chapman is joined by Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton, Guillem Balague and Tim Vickery for reaction to Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico. We’ll also round-up the day’s other big stories with wins France, Poland and Australia. Some of the Euro Leagues team look ahead to the huge game between Spain v Germany in Group E on Sunday. And Alan Shearer…
 
Brian Cox and Robin Ince continue their LA science adventure as they visit Caltech in Pasadena to meet the scientists hunting for planets orbiting distant stars in solar systems far far from our own. They are joined in their quest by Python Legend Eric Idle and Exo-planet hunters Dr Jessie Christiansen from Caltech and Dr Tiffany Kataria from NASA'…
 
To mark ten years since stalking became a specific crime in England and Wales, we speak to crime reporter and presenter Isla Traquair. In her day job Isla is used to confronting murderers and travelling to dangerous places but it was in a quiet village in Wiltshire where her stalking ordeal took place. In August this year Isla's neighbour, Jonathan…
 
Kate Adie presents stories from Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Colombia and Ireland.The Taliban announced a ban on women going to parks, swimming pools and gyms this month, following one on girls attending secondary schools. Yogita Limaye spoke to one young woman about what life is like in Kabul as these once cherished freedoms disappear.The story of Ga…
 
Somalia is experiencing its worst drought for 40 years and there are warnings that millions of people need food assistance urgently. The UN body tasked with classifying levels of food security has projected a famine, although no official declaration has yet been made. We ask what data is used to formally categorise famine and explore some of the di…
 
Kelly Cates is joined by John Murray, Rob Green, Micah Richards and Rob Green to react to England's goalless draw with USA. Did England play it too safe and should Gareth have brought on Phil Foden? Micah certainly thinks so. Hear from Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier. Plus we get the thoughts of USA captain Tyler Ada…
 
Olena Zelenska says Ukrainians will endure the winter despite the cold and power cuts caused by Russian shelling. Ukraine’s first lady told the BBC’s Lyse Doucet that Ukraine is facing many challenges, but that a blackout is not the worst thing that can happen to them.Also, one of the country’s richest businessmen, Vsevolod Kozhemyako, talks about …
 
The comedian Katherine Ryan has been in the news this week after she spoke out on a recent documentary with Louis Theroux about confronting an alleged sexual predator while making a tv show. She says this ‘star’ has sexually assaulted women she knows and despite it being an ‘open secret’ in the industry no one has managed to nail him down because h…
 
When you think of Jimi Hendrix, you think of the guitar. Since the 1960s he’s consistently topped polls of the greatest guitarist of all time. But there are so many other remarkable layers to this man and musician. On what would have been his 80th birthday, fans from music, literature and academia weigh up all of the other things that should be cel…
 
Kelly Cates and guests look ahead to England vs USA and Wales vs Iran. Hear from Gareth Southgate, Rob Page, Chris Sutton and Robert Earnshaw. Bradley Wright-Phillips has his say on USA’s key players. Catch South American football expert Tim Vickery’s thoughts on Brazil’s first win of the tournament. José Fonte has his say on Portugal edging out Gh…
 
‘We will now open a new chapter in our national story, striking free trade deals around the world’ said Boris Johnson in December 2020 after the UK struck a deal with the European Union for relations after Brexit. The government say these new deals will help level up the UK, cut red tape, provide better investment opportunities and open new digital…
 
New recordings featuring the voices of 53 species of turtle, caecilian and tuatara previously thought to be silent have illuminated the evolutionary origins of vocal communication. Gabriel Jorgevich-Cohen a PhD student at the University of Zurich has travelled the world collecting recordings and summarised his findings in Nature Communications this…
 
It’s one of the most talked-about cosmetic products but what’s the evidence that collagen supplements really do slow the visible signs of the ageing process? Listener Jo got in touch wanting to know if the collagen supplement she’s spending £53 per month on will live up to its claim of reducing wrinkles, while promoting “glossy hair and plump dewy …
 
Lady Glenconner, Anne Tennant, the eldest child of the fifth Earl of Leicester, was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret for three decades. She says her mother brought her up to cope with a fundamental truth of her class and time: women must put up and shut up, and so had been taught to smile through life in high society despite the brutality of a …
 
Some may say that football and politics don't go together but anyone watching yesterday's matches might think otherwise. The Iranian team declined to sing their anthem & Wales fans showed their support for LGBTQ+ rights last night by wearing rainbow bucket hats. So how useful are these shows of solidarity? Laura McAllister, the ex-Wales footballer …
 
The Martin Lewis Podcast is here – founder of Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis answers your financial questions. What is Grey Friday? When is Cyber Monday? Martin reveals whether Black Friday is any good. He shares the best and the worst type of deals – plus his take on pre-Xmas, Boxing Day and January sales. But before you get pulled into an impu…
 
China’s President Xi Jinping says that Taiwan‘s reunification with the mainland “must and will be fulfilled.” The view from democratic Taiwan is somewhat different. It’s a threat the islanders have been hearing ever since the 1949 Chinese Civil War, when the Government of the Republic of China was forced to relocate to Taiwan allowing the Chinese C…
 
A smouldering gorilla suited man racing through London on a motorbike is one of many striking images from Karel Reisz's 1966 film that starred David Warner (who had just played Hamlet at the RSC) alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Robert Stephens. Matthew Sweet is joined by Stephen Frears who worked as assistant director on the film, the director's son…
 
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