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A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests including Francis Wheen, Neil Delamere, Lucy Porter and Fern Brady.Andy Zaltzman looks at the latest COVID-19 advice ("this is not a repeat, I repeat, this is not a repeat") and investigates dodgy bank dealings and even dodgier Welsh broadband.Written by Andy Zaltzman with addition…
 
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas chat to JJ's former QPR teammate Nedum Onuoha to discuss playing in the MLS as well as talking about the Black Lives Matter movement and the boycotting of sporting events.Alan Hutton joins the pod to talk about the possibility of Dele Alli moving on from Tottenham and Everton fan Tony Bellew pops by to discuss the…
 
The chaps are joined by an Unsung Hero that Elis falls in love with, John offers more wayward opinions disguised loosely as facts (this time around the size of Canada), and friend and comedian Rob Rouse talks high vehicle mileage which is sure to get the Under 35's flocking to the podcast in their droves. If you miss the show, don't forget to downl…
 
Kathy Clugston chairs the horticultural panel show. Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage are on hand to answer questions from green-fingered listeners.This week the panellists are joined by a virtual audience as they tackle questions on how to ripen tomatoes and the best plants to provide pollen late in the season, and help a liste…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Ron Howard who talks about Rebuilding Paradise.Plus your essential streaming film reviews including Channing Godfrey Peoples’ drama Miss Juneteenth about a former beauty queen and single mother preparing her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant, Henry Golding as Kit, a British Vietnamese man, re…
 
Windrush campaigner, Paulette Wilson’s brave decision to speak to Amelia Gentleman about the immigration issues she was facing with the Home Office was crucial in exposing the Windrush scandal. In her book, The Windrush Betrayal, Gentleman tells the full story of her investigation. Campaigner, Glenda Caesar was also caught up in the hostile environ…
 
Steve Crossman is joined by Rafa Honigstein, Julien Laurens and James Horncastle as they discuss whether it was right to have fans at the Super Cup, Luis Suarez’s iffy Italian citizenship test and whether Chelsea have solved their goalkeeping problem. Oh, and listen out for some match reports of a decidedly mixed quality from Rafa!…
 
Edmund Fawcett's latest book focuses on the historic and contemporary conflicts in Conservatism. He describes how the constant tensions within the Conservative political thought have been exposed and what it might mean for the continuation of the tradition.Paul Vallely argues that philanthropy is about more than mere altruism. It is always an expre…
 
Beethoven is a towering figure in classical music, beloved by the musical profession. At the same time, it is important to engage with the full diversity and range of his admirers in the 21st century. This series is not so much a classical examination of Beethoven, but rather an opening out and broader engagement with his work in a very modern cont…
 
The chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the government’s new economic measures for when the furlough scheme ends next month. Adam and Laura are joined by Simon Jack to look at the choices now facing businesses, and we’re given a maths lesson on how it could work for you by University Challenge’s Bobby Seagull. Plus, BBC tech correspondent Zoe Klei…
 
The Royal Society’s Insight Investment Science Book Prize’s shortlist has just been announced. Over the next few weeks, Marnie and Adam will be chatting to the six authors in line for the prestigious prize. They’ll be getting a guided tour of ‘The Body – a Guide for Occupants’ with Bill Bryson; Discussing ‘Life According to Physics’ with Jim Al Kha…
 
The award-winning actor Alison Steadman joins Jenni to discuss her latest projects. ’23 Walks’ is a film telling a love story in later life, and ‘Life’ is a new BBC1 drama set in Manchester, and follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats. It explores love, loss, birth, death, the ordinary, the extraordinary and ev…
 
Greece and Turkey have agreed to hold talks to help defuse their stand-off over disputed gas reserves near their shores. Ankara had deployed a research vessel accompanied by warships near a Greek island, and military exercises on both sides followed, giving rise to fears of war between the two long-term rivals, as Heidi Fuller Love reports from Cre…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about the Stone Age people who created the extraordinary images found in caves around the world, from hand outlines to abstract symbols to the multicoloured paintings of prey animals at Chauvet and, as shown above, at Lascaux. In the 19th Century, it was assumed that only humans could have made these, as Neande…
 
Mark Chapman is joined by Chris Sutton, Rob Green and Curtis Davies as the Premier League sides came out on top in the EFL Cup Third Round. New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick in their 6-0 win over Barnsley as Chris Sutton thinks people had written him off too soon before tonight’s performance. Rob Green analyses Everton goalkeeper J…
 
Adam is joined by Professor Jim Al-Khalili from BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific to talk about his recent interviews with Neil Ferguson and Sarah Gilbert. And BBC Scotland Editor Sarah Smith explains the importance of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer refusing to rule out the possibility of supporting a second referendum on Scottish independence.Stud…
 
Beethoven is a towering figure in classical music, beloved by the musical profession. At the same time, it is important to engage with the full diversity and range of his admirers in the 21st century. This series is not so much a classical examination of Beethoven, but rather an opening out and broader engagement with his work in a very modern cont…
 
Bunkers: The bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears: from pandemics to climate change and nuclear war. Laurie Taylor talks to Bradley Garrett, Assistant Professor in Human Geography at University College Dublin, about the global movement of 'prepping' for social and environmental collapse, or 'Doomsday'. They're joined by Di…
 
Why are the world’s best female footballers signing for English clubs? In the past few weeks some of the world’s best female footballers have signed for clubs in the Women’s Super League, highlighting a power shift in women’s football globally and setting up an enticing season, which will be watched, at least remotely, by more fans than ever before…
 
How German argument differs from English, the links between Arabic and Chinese and different versions of The 1001 Nights to the use of slang and multiple languages in the work of young performers and writers in the West Midlands: John Gallagher looks at a series of research projects at different UK universities which are exploring the impact and be…
 
A scary government graph this week showed what would happen if coronavirus cases doubled every seven days. But is that what’s happening? There’s much confusion about how many Covid test results are false positives - we explain all. Plus, do coffee and pregnancy mix? And the Queen, Mao, and Gandhi go head to head: who is on the most stamps and coins…
 
Kelly Cates brings reaction from a busy night of EFL Cup action, which was dominated by COVD-19. West Ham's David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen tested positive for the virus as they arrived to play Hull City at the London Stadium. The game went ahead and West Ham won comfortably - we hear from assistant manager Alan Irvine who took charge of the…
 
Beethoven is a towering figure in classical music, beloved by the musical profession. At the same time, it is important to engage with the full diversity and range of his admirers in the 21st century. This series is not so much a classical examination of Beethoven, but rather an opening out and broader engagement with his work in a very modern cont…
 
James Graham, the award-winning playwright whose work includes the TV dramas "Brexit: The Uncivil War" and "Quiz", tells Matthew Parris why he is inspired by the life and work of John Maynard Keynes. Keynes was not just the revolutionary economist who helped shape the course of post-war history. The programme explores his colourful love life and li…
 
Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about absences which leave a mark. An unexpected visitor, a haunted literature and a grandson searches for the truth about a grandmother he never knew.GhostsFeaturing Mariana EnríquezUnexpected Guests (Extract)Produced by Phoebe Judge, Lauren Spohrer, and Nadia WilsonOriginally made fo…
 
Today we launch the Woman’s Hour Power List 2020 - Our Planet. We will be looking for 30 women based in the UK who are making a significant positive contribution to the environment or the sustainability of our planet. It will showcase inspirational initiatives and stories that are bringing about real change at all levels of society – from influenci…
 
The film starring Michael Caine was adapted from a 1970 Ted Lewis novel set in an underworld of gangsters and teenage pornography. Mike Hodges, Nick Triplow, Pamela Hutchinson and John Gray talk with Matthew Sweet about the influence of the book and film.Originally set in Scunthorpe, Lewis' novel Jack's Return Home was relocated to Newcastle/Gatesh…
 
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