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BBC Inside Science
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Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Comedy of the Week
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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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Seriously…
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
 
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
 
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
 
Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an E ...
 
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In Our Time
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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Money Box
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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
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Woman's Hour
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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
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GrownUpLand
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If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way.
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
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Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
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Intrigue
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Tunnel 29: Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards.
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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Inside Health
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Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney
 
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Beyond Today
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One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
 
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Costing the Earth
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Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet
 
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Drama of the Week
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Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
 
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Thinking Allowed
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New research on how society works
 
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Moral Maze
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Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
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Front Row
Daily
 
Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
Extended version of the topical panel show, featuring extra content you won't have heard in The News Quiz
 
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The Briefing Room
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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
 
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A Point of View
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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
 
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Great Lives
ماهیانه+
 
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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File on 4
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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.
 
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Flip
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Box set comedy from BBC Radio 4 featuring the funniest people around. The series will flip about once a month. For rights reasons, episodes will be available for 30 days.
 
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Short Story
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Your weekly fix of brand new stories written specially by today’s best writers. Brought to you by BBC Radio 4, home of the Modern Short Story.
 
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World at One
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Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Sarah Montague.
 
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Only Artists
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Only Artists from BBC Radio 4 brings two artists together to talk about their creative work. The agenda is theirs, the conversation is free-flowing, and there is no presenter.
 
Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
 
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A satirical review of the week's news with guest host Nish KumarNish is joined by Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind, Sindhu Vee and US stand-up, Sara Barron.The excitement mounts ahead of Super Saturday and there's podium-based news from across the pond.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios ProductionBy BBC Radio 4.
 
The irradiated lands around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor were large, prosperous, and lively collective farms until the reactor exploded in 1986. Seventy percent of the toxic radiation fell in Belarus – a small, agrarian country in which most people lived on the land. Hundreds of villages were evacuated, but much of the population has since ret ...…
 
The irradiated lands around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor were large, prosperous, and lively collective farms until the reactor exploded in 1986. Seventy percent of the toxic radiation fell in Belarus – a small, agrarian country in which most people lived on the land. Hundreds of villages were evacuated, but much of the population has since ret ...…
 
Christopher Wylie is a 30-year-old Canadian data specialist who moved to London a few years back, started working in political campaigns, and then became deeply involved in two of the biggest political events of his lifetime: the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. He worked for Cambridge Analytica, the company that was caught h ...…
 
Christopher Wylie is a 30-year-old Canadian data specialist who moved to London a few years back, started working in political campaigns, and then became deeply involved in two of the biggest political events of his lifetime: the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. He worked for Cambridge Analytica, the company that was caught h ...…
 
Discussing Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banjeree and Michael Kremer’s economics Nobel Prize.By BBC Radio 4.
 
Fi and Jane venture back out to the BBC Pizza and their guest this week is the journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.They talk Brexit, Feminism, dreamy Greek Finance Ministers, whether sausage rolls are worth it and they go head to head in a running-order off.Plus there's a new way to wear your cardigan and a recommendation of which c ...…
 
How we can age healthily? Today we look at the impact of our diet. How important is it to eat the right thing to live a longer healthier life? If the Northern Ireland Assembly is not restored by Monday October 21st, then abortion will become legal in Ulster in line with the rest of the UK. It’s part of the Northern Ireland Bill which was passed ...…
 
By Jonathan MyersonEntertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents.Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes.1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the c ...…
 
Rutherford and Fry are back with Series 14. In an extended podcast trailer they discuss their favourite strange-but-true scientific studies, from jetlagged hamsters to flatulent snakes.Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam RutherfordProducer: Michelle MartinBy BBC Radio 4.
 
By Jonathan MyersonEntertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents.Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes.1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the c ...…
 
Can a robot host a radio show? Georgia Lewis-Anderson is a conversation designer for voice technology, writing answers to the more human questions that people ask voice assistants like 'what's your favourite food', 'will you marry me' or 'what's the meaning of life'.As voice assistants become better and better talkers, Georgia is doing an exper ...…
 
Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he was withdrawing the remaining US troops in northern Syria sent shockwaves across the security establishment, and caught allies in the region off guard.Turkey moved swiftly to launch an offensive against Kurdish forces across the border. What does President Erdogan want to achieve? And where does this l ...…
 
Gavin Hood, director of Tsotsi and Eye in the Sky, discusses his new film Official Secrets, which stars Keira Knightley as the GCHQ whistleblower who was taken to court by the British government for leaking a top secret email to the press in the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003.Next week The Louvre Museum in Paris opens a major exhibition on Leo ...…
 
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4.
 
Nike spends a lot of money sponsoring and marketing some of the best athletes in the world. It doesn’t just back global superstars like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, but off them too. It made the American football player Colin Kaepernick as the face of an advertising campaign after he protested against racial injustice by ...…
 
Nike spends a lot of money sponsoring and marketing some of the best athletes in the world. It doesn’t just back global superstars like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, but off them too. It made the American football player Colin Kaepernick as the face of an advertising campaign after he protested against racial injustice by ...…
 
Zoonotic diseases are infections that transfer from animals to people, and include killers such as bubonic plague, malaria, ebola and a whole host of others. Trying to understand how diseases make the leap from animals to humans – so called spillover – and how outbreaks occur is a crucial part of preventing them. But outbreaks are complex and d ...…
 
Jung Chang is the best-selling author of 'Wild Swans'. She talks about her new book 'Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister' and how the three Soong sisters helped shape 20th century China. Maternity Action, a charity that campaigns for the rights of women and babies, says it’s receiving an increasing number of calls to its helpline about Matern ...…
 
There's been violence for several days in Barcelona in reaction to the jail sentences handed out on Monday to Catalan separatist leaders. Guy Hedgecoe has been on the streets as demonstrators and riot police clashed. He says there's no end in sight to this deepening conflict.There's a general election in Canada on Monday, and Justin Trudeau is ...…
 
There's been violence for several days in Barcelona in reaction to the jail sentences handed out on Monday to Catalan separatist leaders. Guy Hedgecoe has been on the streets as demonstrators and riot police clashed. He says there's no end in sight to this deepening conflict.There's a general election in Canada on Monday, and Justin Trudeau is ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells' novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the work and have a different diet. E ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells' novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the work and have a different diet. E ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells' novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the work and have a different diet. E ...…
 
The Sentencing Bill – one of seven criminal justice bills trailed in this week’s Queen’s Speech – will aim to keep serious or violent criminals behind bars for longer than at present. It’s part of the government’s ‘tougher’ approach to law and order, along with an increase in the number of police officers and an avowed intention to give victims ...…
 
We're living in the golden age of television, apparently. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Eleanor Tiernan to talk about the good, the bad and the overrated. Sophie wonders if traditional TV is dead, Ned writes 'GrownUpLand: The Sitcom' to mixed reviews, Heidi picks apart toxic reality TV and Steve Ali explains ...…
 
Having won several album of the year awards for his recording of works by J.S Bach, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson performs and talks about reinventing Bach for a new generation.This year the highest accolade in British architecture, the Stirling Prize, has been awarded for the first time to a social housing development. Social housing as ...…
 
A British woman is on trial in Cyprus, where she is accused of causing public mischief by allegedly falsely claiming to have been sexually assaulted at an Ayia Napa hotel in July. The woman has told the court she was raped, but then "forced" to retract her statement by the Cypriot police 10 days later.12 young Israelis were arrested in connecti ...…
 
A British woman is on trial in Cyprus, where she is accused of causing public mischief by allegedly falsely claiming to have been sexually assaulted at an Ayia Napa hotel in July. The woman has told the court she was raped, but then "forced" to retract her statement by the Cypriot police 10 days later.12 young Israelis were arrested in connecti ...…
 
Serial killers: Laurie talks to Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford, about the media and cultural responses to the child murders committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley two decades earlier. The Moors Murders were to provide an unfortunate template for future media reporting on serial killing, including the c ...…
 
“I started dancing with Eveline.” A final twist in the final chapter.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the ...…
 
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4.
 
“If you don’t have a coffee, then bring me a cognac.” Ellen's plan is derailed.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews ...…
 
Do you know what your credit score says about you? If you’ve had a breakup, make up, break down, spending spree or life shock in the last six years, your credit rating will have it recorded.The majority of us don’t know what our credit score is and how these numbers are created. A good credit rating helps us access loans, mortgages or credit ca ...…
 
I said "ok, I'll do it”. Ellen, Mimmo's girlfriend, agrees to play a dangerous role.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original inter ...…
 
“That’s the first time I saw her again.” Wolfdieter's show trial begins.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with t ...…
 
How much are we squeezing play out of our children’s days, our institutions and spaces? Michael Rosen, author of ‘Book of Play’ joins Jenni to talk about why play matters to both children and adults – and to share tips on how we can get more of it in our lives.By BBC Radio 4.
 
“And then my interrogation began.” The escape operation unravels.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the surv ...…
 
“We had no chance to be together.” The diggers hatch a new plan, unaware the Stasi are onto them.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on o ...…
 
Britain urgently needs a zero carbon source of reliable energy for our homes, industry and the new generation of electric vehicles. This summer's electricity blackouts suggest that we're a long way from achieving the goal. Tom Heap and a panel of power experts offer their solutions.Tom is joined by Jillian Ambrose, Energy Correspondent of The G ...…
 
“If we could hear them, they could hear us.” The diggers reach the terrifying death strip.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original ...…
 
“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money and make an unlikely alliance.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original i ...…
 
“I choose the codename Fred.” A hairdresser becomes a Stasi spy.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survi ...…
 
“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into ...…
 
The Guilty Feminist Crossover #6: Drunk Guilty Feminists Solving Crime Presented by Hannah George, Catie Wilkins, Taylor Glenn and Deborah Frances-White With special guest Sindhu Vee Recorded 1 September 2019 at Kings Place in London. Released 16 October 2019. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. Drinks by https ...…
 
In a new three-part series on longevity, we look at how we can shape our health and vitality in old age. Today we focus on the role of our social lives. We all know that meeting up with friends can feel good, but does it actually make any difference to our health? Jenni speaks to psychologist Julianne Holt-Lundstad about how a good social life ...…
 
The poet Tony Walsh meets the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh. Tony performs under the name Longfella, which describes his 6ft 5in frame. His first collection of verse, Sex & Love & Rock&Roll, was published in 2015. He came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when he recited his poem This is the Place at the vigil following the Manchester Arena bombing ...…
 
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