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Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her special guests as they discuss topics “all 21st 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 Edinburgh Fringe regular, screenwriter and is hugely in demand for her corporate seminars.
 
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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…
 
- 'NEXT-GENERATION' RADIO SYSTEM ACTIVE ON ISS - AFTER STORM, LOUISIANA HAMS FOCUS ON SAFE GENERATOR USE - BREAK-INS AT AUSTRALIAN MARINE DISTRESS RADIO SERVICE - HAMS SAVOR TRANS-ATLANTIC TRIUMPHS ON 2 METRES - HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY CONSIDERS VIRTUAL VERSION - ANTIQUE RADIO CONTEST GETS A 'VIRTUAL' VIEWING - LONG-RUNNING INTERNATIONAL D-STAR NET IS…
 
Dove Cottage Grasmere is the heart of Romantic poetry and is hosting part of this year's Contains Strong Language festival. We'll be asking what the Romantics have to tell us now, with the poet Kate Clanchy who has adapted Samuel Taylor Coleridge's unfinished poem Christabel with a newly commissioned score by composer Katie Chatburn. Novelist, poet…
 
This week on the podcast, Fi and Jane chat to broadcaster, DJ and radio superstar Annie Nightingale. The Radio 1 presenter speaks tells them about why she's a night owl rather than a morning lark, what's she's looking for in a record and they reminisce about the millennium bug. Before they connect to Annie, Fi and Jane compare catalogue purchases a…
 
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…
 
Students in Scotland have been warned not to visit pubs or restaurants this weekend or go home after hundreds of students across Scotland tested positive for Covid. Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, told Martha Kearney: "Universities are very large communities, they bring together people from …
 
Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt makes his 1,000th call to lifelong Spurs fan - 76 year old Roger Peerless - as part of the clubs charity drive to help the vulnerable during the pandemic. Mabbutt has spent two hours a day since March making calls to vulnerable fans. He was in conversation with the Today Programme’s Garry Richardson.Credit: Press Associati…
 
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…
 
- DEMOLITION SET FOR HARA ARENA - GLOBAL EMERGENCY-PREP PROGRAM SEEKING HAMS - HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR 'SUPERBATTERY' - PRIDE RADIO GROUP LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA - 'GET ON THE AIR' CAMPAIGN DRAWS NATIONAL EXPOSURE, NEW HAMS - VISITORS' AMATEUR STATION TO SHUT IN SWEDEN - CITIZEN SCIENCE CONTRIBUTES TO SPACE WEATHER STUDY - CW CONTEST IS SLOW SPEED BUT F…
 
Amanda Litherland is joined by the podcaster and journalist Greg Cochrane to recommend podcasts to keep up to date with the US Election and understand some of the history that's made the country what it is today. Also Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis discuss making the BBC's Americast - how is reporting for the podcast different to radio or TV broadcast…
 
David McKee has just been named as the recipient of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award 2020. Author and illustrator of the Elmer books which with vivid colour and humour make a case for inclusion and acceptance, and the creator of the magical Mr Benn, he also wrote and illustrated Not Now, Bernard, a funny and perceptive plea for children not…
 
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…
 
Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy in The Archers, takes Clare Balding for an adventurous hike across Dartmoor. As they navigate the granite boulders of Wistman's Wood and scramble cross the West Dart River, Barry discusses the challenges of recording The Archers during lockdown, the knot he invented a few years ago (the Farrimond Friction Hitch)…
 
A major outbreak of Covid-19 at Glasgow University has led to 124 students testing positive. The university said the actual number of infected students was "likely to be higher", and added that 600 people were self-isolating. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Nick Robinson he would “not rule anything out” when asked whether students at univers…
 
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…
 
Doctor Foster creator, Mike Bartlett, has come up with a new drama for BBC1. Set in Manchester, Life follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats, and explores love, loss, birth and death, and features some of the characters from Doctor Foster. Nick Ahad reviews.Channing Godfrey Peoples talks about writing and direc…
 
New restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus in England have exposed a split among scientists. Professor John Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Justin Webb that although the measures were “welcome”, in his view they did not go "anywhere near far enough". When asked if there was a realistic chance the R co…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Thromboses - blood clots that form in the circulation - are easily the biggest single killer of British men and women. They affects people of all ages, races and ethnicities. Most strokes and heart attacks are caused by thromboses forming in the arteries supplying the heart or brain. But clots in the veins can be just as lethal, particularly when p…
 
A 10pm curfew for all pubs, bars and restaurants and compulsory table service will come into effect from Thursday across the whole of England. The restrictions could last for six months. Will they survive?(Image: bar staff at a Westminster pub in London watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson address the nation regarding new coronavirus restrictions. Cr…
 
Six months since Britain was instructed to ‘stay at home’, File on 4 examines the decisions that affect new mothers and their babies and asks if the potential for long term damage outweighs the risk of spreading the virus. For pregnant women, many of the hospital restrictions implemented at the height of the pandemic remain. Many women must attend …
 
Lead singer of Britpop band Skunk Anansie, Skin has headlined Glastonbury, sold millions of albums, and recently competed in The Masked Singer. As her memoir, Skin - It takes Blood and Guts, is published, we ask her about channelling rage into her performances and if she thinks her achievements as queer black woman have been overlooked.After a six-…
 
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…
 
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