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In the last of the current series, Andy Zaltzman and the panel take on the week's headlines.Ayesha Hazarika, Matt Winning, Geoff Norcott and Elis James join Andy in 'convivial, fraternal spirit' to look take a close look at COP26, and whether Brian Cox is right about earth's extinction leaving the galaxy bereft of meaning. They also discuss Southen…
 
We talk to an Afghan family housed in one of the many hotels which have become home for thousands of others like them. Many families and children often struggle to exercise which has an impact on their physical and mental health.BBC producer Sue Mitchell a keen swimmer is working with them to enable them to be able to make use of hotel and local au…
 
Flying London to New York and back. 244 times every day. For half a year. That’s the size of the carbon footprint of all the personal protective equipment used in health and social care in England during the first six months of the pandemic. So I take a look at how the NHS is going green including efforts to make a reusable facemask. Also, a shorta…
 
Patricia Lockwood is the latest author to join our Booker Prize Book Groups. Three listeners will ask her about No One Is Talking About This, a novel that’s been described as “ferociously original”, exploring a relationship with the online world and how it changes when an incredibly moving event happens in real life.The Science Museum has come in f…
 
Writers Musa Okwonga (One of Them, Striking Out) and Sophie Heawood (The Hungover Games) share their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Musa chooses The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross, a crime novel set in the Caribbean. Sophie picks Lunch Poems, a collection by Frank O'Hara written on the streets of New York and Harriett introduces them to An Expe…
 
Abandoned by its entire population in 1930, St Kilda has been uninhabited ever since. What's it like to spend six months with the birds on one of Britain's most isolated islands?Conor McKinney is a naturalist and broadcaster with what might be- depending on your personality- either the best job in the world or the worst. St Kilda is seriously isola…
 
Budget 2021: What do you want to change? We hear from Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget group, an independent not-for-profit organisation that monitors the impact of government policies on men and women When you look back over your past relationships do you see patterns? Whether it’s being drawn to bad boys, ending up with narciss…
 
Today's Nick Robinson visits Royal Preston Hospital a year on from his last visit, when the city in Lancashire was the country's COVID hotspot. He speaks to doctors at the hospital about the situation there now and a new treatment which they hope will reduce further transmission. Nick also hears from patients there recovering from Coronavirus who w…
 
The huge popularity of meerkats is in no small part down to Professor Tim Clutton-Brock, zoologist and evolutionary biologist of the University of Cambridge.‘Meerkat Manor’ and many natural history TV documentaries that have followed the lives of these small appealing mongooses were filmed at the field research centre in South Africa which Tim set …
 
In the first instalment of our new series, Inside the Songs, Paul McCartney talks about his life and song-writing through the prism of ten key lyrics, beginning with The Beatles’ classic All My Loving.Poet Paul Muldoon discusses working with Paul McCartney on his intimate and revealing new book, The Lyrics, and explains why he sees McCartney as a g…
 
This week, while teaching a class on mysticism, I showed my students a picture of the mythical King Oedipus. It showed him raging for answers as to why nature was suffering and his people ill or dying. On the palace walls behind him were paintings of past generations caught in an inherited web of tragedy alongside trees, animals and crops – all cry…
 
Last week, a whole new set of climate-related phrases entered the Oxford English Dictionary including global heating, eco-anxiety and net zero. But despite being increasingly used in conversation, do people really know what terms like 'net zero' mean - and what is the general public willing to do to get us there? Prof Becky Willis from Lancaster Un…
 
Can you be friends with someone who’s politically very different? Are anti-vaxxers welcome in your house? Have you fallen out over anyone over Meghan Markle? What about climate change deniers? Someone who insists All Lives Matter? Someone who boos footballers taking the knee? Someone who paid to go and see Nigel Farage? In Geoff Norcott's new Radio…
 
The hospitality sector has a problem: it just can't get the staff.Businesses from bars to hotels are facing a massive worker shortage, as job vacancies in the sector hit their highest levels since records began. Last month, in an open letter to the government, various hospitality professionals warned that the sector was “close to imploding” because…
 
Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and professor of government theory at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Public Philosopher and The Global Philosopher, in which he examines the thinking behind a current controversy.His books have tackled the idea of meritocracy and the moral li…
 
The former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new book out, “State of Terror”, a political thriller written with the award winning author Louise Penny. The two women were already friends before deciding to pen the novel which features a President who “smells of meat” and appears to resemble Donald Trump and a British Prime Minister…
 
The French political scene has a new kid on the block, or one might say, a new veteran. Eric Zemmour is his name, not one familiar in the UK, but Zemmour has long been well known in his own country as a right-wing television presenter. His controversial pronouncements on race, religion and immigration have in the past got him into legal trouble, bu…
 
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. This week's panellists are Pippa Greenwood, Christine Walkden and James Wong, answering questions from a virtual audience.Our green-fingered experts kick off the show with a seasonally appropriate discussion around those crunchy delights - apples! They also off…
 
On the Fortunately podcast this week, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey have a chat with legendary comedian Bridget Christie. Bridget tells Fi and Jane about her new show Who Am I?, her experiences of the menopause, British folklore, the best things about Gloucester, and feeling 400 years old. Bridget will be appearing at the Leicester Square Theatre, Lond…
 
Draft legislation on assisted dying is being debated in the House of Lords on Friday. The bill would give terminally-ill patients of sound mind, who have six months or less to live, the right to end their life with medication approved by two doctors and a High Court Judge. Martha Kearney speaks to Lord Forsyth, who watched his father slowly succumb…
 
The former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new book out, “State of Terror”, a political thriller written with the award winning author Louise Penny. The two women were already friends before deciding to pen the novel which features a President who “smells of meat” and appears to resemble Donald Trump and a British Prime Minister…
 
Chris Pearson and Ella Watts recommend audio fiction podcasts, which are re-making, adapting, or spinning off from other stories.Dirk Maggs joins us to discuss Audible's The Sandman: Act 2, as well as his venerable career in adapting other works for audio.Plus Realm Productions on Orphan Black: The Next Chapter. Senior producer Marco Palmieri and h…
 
Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Elis James and historian Dr Katherine Hurlock to explore the life and political career of medieval Welsh rebel Owain Glyndŵr, the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, who led an uprising against English rule. It’s an extraordinary tale of war, vengeance, poetry, annoying next-door neighbours, top-notch gardens and prob…
 
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