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As well as both being professional comedians, Stuart Goldsmith and Sindhu Vee have two other big things in common: they a) are both parents and b) have no idea how to be parents. But hey, does anyone? In this show, the acclaimed host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast and the writer/creator of BBC Radio 4's Sindhustan try to find out, seeking the advice of notable parents and experts on how to cope with parenthood, exploring the sacrifices, choices and mistakes made along the way. Light-hear ...
 
Have you ever wanted to swing through the air like Spider-man? Have Wonder Woman's high kick? Or have Superman's laser eyes? What if you could have all of them?! (theoretically). Are you passionate about who's face is best - Captain America's or Thor’s? Who would you want to hang out with at a party - Magneto or Ghost Rider? Who's better in bed - The Hulk or Robocop? The answer to these and so much other nonsense is in The Silliest Superest Heroest Podcast. Join your friendly neighbourhood c ...
 
The After School Club is where we talk to a guest about their time at school – funny stories, inspiring teachers, memorable lessons, we’ll ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up, and how their experiences back then influenced their lives now. The After School Club is supported by Satchel, the team behind the UK’s number one homework software for schools – Show My Homework. To find out more about what Team Satchel can do for your school, head to showmyhomework.co.uk.
 
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Comedian Stuart Goldsmith visits the island to talk about weaponising empathy, stealing plates and the 24th Discworld novel, The Fifth Elephant. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld…
 
Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist wrote about fictional walkers, learning about themselves and others on the Camino, in 'Two Steps Forward'. Another book, with another walk and more humour. 'Two Steps Onward' has fictional friends and family walking the Way of St Francis of Assisi. One friend has health difficulties and a lie she only wants to share wi…
 
President Biden says the US is determined to lead NATO's response to evolving geographical and technological threats. But there have been marked disagreements between alliance members on relations with Russia, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, defence spending and the so-called ‘systemic challenge’ posed by China. Just how united is the We…
 
Stephen Sackur speaks to former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes. He has written a new book, After the Fall, reflecting on his time in the White House, the legacy of President Trump and the foreign policy challenges facing President Biden. With the rise of authoritarian, nationalist trends around the world, is the US …
 
How did a grumpy table magician find a way to turn “being pathetic” into 400 shows a year in his own theatre at Las Vegas? Only Piff The Magic Dragon knows! We’ll discover how a shop-bought dragon costume flicked the switch from sackable corporate table guy, to deadpan bulletproof performer and self-styled “loser of America’s Got Talent”. Along the…
 
‘The French Gift’ could be the unpublished manuscript of a crime novel or the bond of friendship between two unlikely women, one a French Resistance fighter and the other, a murderer. Historical fiction at its best by Kirsty Manning.Alice Pung highlights the travails of a pregnant teenager looking for agency and independence in her life against the…
 
Poet and writer Dottie James visits the island to talk about the magical nature (or otherwise) of treacle tarts, the online Wild West and the 32nd Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Disc…
 
In their youth, lovebirds Elizabeth and Ray had to fight to be together. Conscription altered their happiness and Lizzy now has to fight her own stubbornness on a bizarre road trip to reunite her family in Amanda Hampson’s 'Lovebirds'.Hope lies in the resourcefulness and resilience of children in Kelly Rimmer’s novel, 'The Warsaw Orphan', set again…
 
If you thought wrestlers shared some of the tropes of comedians’ lives, wait til you hear about historians! Comedy-adjacent public historian, writer of “Dead Famous” and other superb books, and creator and host of “You’re Dead To Me” (BBC Sounds) Greg Jenner had factual oversight on every word of Horrible Histories ever recorded, and wrote some of …
 
Who holds the reins of power in Pakistan? Prime Minister Imran Khan leads a government elected in 2018; if Pakistan is a genuine democracy, then that’s where power resides. But many government critics say the military dictates much that happens inside the country, particularly when it comes to silencing opposition to the covert power of the so-call…
 
Could a successful female Melbourne doctor be as vulnerable as an orphaned girl from remote Pakistan? L. P. McMahon takes us on a remarkable read through the circumstances of life and surgery in 'As Swallows Fly'.We can often drive ourselves to the edge in our search for identity and meaning. Both Ethan and Harry, half-brothers, find themselves on …
 
Stephen Sackur speaks to retired US general Ben Hodges, former Commander of the US Army in Europe. The 20th century was in many ways shaped by America’s unrivalled power; two decades into the new century, and it's clear the story arc is shifting. China is projecting its power across the globe, Russia is out to reassert its regional supremacy, and t…
 
Vanity Fair senior writer Joanna Robinson joins us on the island to talk the resurgence of watercooler TV, covering the Oscars during a pandemic and the 35th Discworld novel, Wintersmith. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Islan…
 
Amanda talks to Michael Bryant (Head of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association) about…one of the unpleasant side effects of a pandemic is that suddenly tonnes of government and medical types are telling us what we can and cannot do. Most of us are willing to do what we’re told but for those keeping a sharp eye on our civil rights, it is a time to…
 
Russia’s relations with the West have been poor for some time but now they have reached a new level of hostility. Since the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, new sanctions have been imposed by both the US and EU. The Ukraine conflict, allegations of cyber attack and covert operations – the list of unresolved issues is growin…
 
“Not a cute ragdoll, but a disgusting sex robot”, Rosie Jones is a triple-threat in ways of which you couldn’t dream if you hadn’t seen her act. Leveraging hugely punchy comedy from people’s constant underestimation at her sheer agency, we discover the precision comic timing borne of her cerebral palsy; her new political dynamism; and why she won’t…
 
John Kinsella's evocation of the Australian landscape and the voices of the ordinary people speaks eloquently of the emotions, concerns and feelings with which we can all identify in his anthology of short stories, "Pushing Back".From the formalities of a funeral home to the inside working of a kink club, death, sex and make-up are all parts of "Ne…
 
The escalating violence between Israel and the militant Islamic groups in Gaza has the potential to inflict terrible bloodshed, but will it change any of the underlying realities in this seemingly endless conflict? Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely.(Photo: Tzipi Hotovely in the Hardtalk studio)…
 
Laser-guided comic, writer and corporate host, the "modnifique" Ian Moore is every inch the Comedy Store headliner, but in the early part of his career his battle with stage fright left him a more deadpan act than he intended. We talk about the phenomenon of white blokes in suits raging against the world; the reality of his apparent dream life comm…
 
Belinda Lyons-Lee touches on the macabre history of Madame Tussaud, the lifelike images of wax and how they excited the likes of the necromancer, Philidor, and the His Grace William Cavendish in her gothic tale, 'Tussaud'.'Now That I See You' is a story of complicated love when a partner becomes transgender. Emma Batchelor tells this through letter…
 
We have reached the point in the Covid pandemic where the impacts of the virus are varying wildly. Here in the UK, infection rates have been contained and a rapid vaccine roll out is having its effect, but in many other countries the situation remains critical. In this patchwork pandemic how much scope is there for a resumption of travel and touris…
 
Zeinab Badawi interviews Fawzia Koofi, the first woman to lead a political party in Afghanistan, and is part of an Afghan delegation in talks with the Taliban. Yet she is one of their fiercest critics, endures constant intimidation, and has survived several attempts on her life. Why is Fawzia Koofi so worried about the future stability of Afghanist…
 
Environmental campaigner and podcaster Dave Powell visits the island to talk the Emperor's New Clothes, Mrs McGinty's recycling and the 37th Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
Month by month, US President Joe Biden is shifting away from Trump-era foreign policy positions. But how dramatic will the pivot be? In the Middle East, there are signs of a changed approach to the region's two oil-rich adversaries Saudi Arabia and Iran; more pressure on the Saudis, more engagement with Tehran. Stephen Sackur speaks to the influent…
 
Is Stuart Laws an absurdist rambler who froths up a load of increasingly hilarious nonsense whilst honking in a gilet? Or is he an astute and quite private man who started a production company when he was 18, and went on to produce his own sitcom Grave new World (Amazon Prime) as well as directing James Acaster’s “Repertoire” (Netflix) and countles…
 
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