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Updated August 2020
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Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word. They'll be in control of everything (even the weather) as we're taken along for the ride to not only hear some great performances bu…
 
In this episode Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague, Kristof Terreur and Julien Laurens and the chat is all about the big games in the Champions League quarter-finals. They debate if Manchester City can go all the way and beat Lyon, and if Bayern can defeat Barcelona and Messi? Not only that, attention turns to Italy as the guys chat about …
 
Laurie Taylor explores the increasing use of metrics across diverse aspects of our lives. From education to healthcare, charities to policing, we are are target-driven society which places a heavy emphasis on measuring, arguably at times at the expense of individual professional expertise. Laurie is joined by Jerry Muller, Professor of History at t…
 
Alexandra Wilson on her new book “In Black and White”. The story of breaking down barriers of race and class to become a barrister. She explains how losing a very close family friend to knife crime made her pursue a career in law and how she has overcome her family’s fears of becoming “part of the system”Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for Presid…
 
“We’re talking here about a woman who was Mexican, dark skinned, disabled and queer, who produced art and didn’t allow her disabilities to define her. She defined who she was on her own terms," says Circe Henestrosa, co curator of Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up.Circe joins Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist in discussion about the Mexican art…
 
Covid-19 cases are rising in the UK - is it a sign of a second wave of the virus? We’re picking apart the data and asking how concerned we should be both now and as autumn approaches. Scotland is undercounting Covid deaths, England is overcounting them: we’ll ask why and whether the problems will be fixed. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver claims over a …
 
Steve Crossman is joined by former Scotland winger Pat Nevin and former Wolves wide man Matt Jarvis to look at Wolves' late defeat to Sevilla in the last eight of the Europa League and whether they face a fight to keep their best players. Meanwhile Pat explains why Manchester United should feel confident ahead of facing the Spanish side in the semi…
 
How will this year's expanded flu vaccine programme be delivered? In addition to usual groups the flu vaccine will be offered to all eleven year olds, any household contacts of vulnerable people told to shield, more health and social care workers and - the biggest change - everyone over 50! Dr Margaret McCartney discusses the difficult logistics fo…
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for Britain and France to work together to stop migrant boats crossing the Channel to Dover. On Friday a record number of unaccompanied migrant children arrived in the UK. The 23 youths were taken into the care of Kent County Council, on top of the 70 who arrived in July. According to the latest Home Office S…
 
Professor Andrew Fabian from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has spent his career trying to unravel the mystery of how some of the most dramatic events in the universe can profoundly influence its evolution. For over 50 years he’s been examining our universe using X-ray satellites orbiting way above earth’s atmosphere . He’s built up compelling …
 
Champions League winners Philip Neville and Darren Fletcher have their say on Manchester United making the Europa League semi-finals, Mason Greenwood's rare finishing ability, and the likelihood of Jadon Sancho arriving at Old Trafford. We also hear from Nuno ahead of Wolves' tie with Sevilla, and Italian football expert Mina Rzouki joins the pod a…
 
Presented by Jenni Murray.Every few days we hear of more jobs going. The Bank of England said at the end of last week that unemployment is likely to hit 2.5 million this year. That means the jobless total would almost double by Christmas. Tonight there’s a Channel 4 documentary series starting which focuses on a job centre in Leeds and the people w…
 
Victoria Coren Mitchell interviews Dawn French in the first of a new series in which famous women look at their lives from the perspective of the cars they have known, the journeys they've been on and the things they keep in their boot for emergencies.Hear what Dawn wrote on the back of her first car; find out which comedian totalled her beloved Co…
 
Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists look at a new study which suggests children can carry more coronavirus than we previously thought. Its also a big week for space exploration and we’re one small step closer to nuclear fusion, in France. Plus, how science could help assess your relationship with your cow, and cook a tastier barbecue. Get more in …
 
Seth Rogen is back - and in cinemas to boot! - with An American Pickle, a high-concept comedy about grief, loss, ancestry, religion and what it would be like if your grandfather met you, a 30-something app developer in New York, after waking up from being pickled in brine for over 100 years. You may need to read that sentence again, I don't blame y…
 
One More or Less listener has heard that if all the ice in Antarctica melted, global sea levels would rise by 70 metres. But it would take 361 billion tonnes of ice to raise the world's sea levels by just 1 millimetre. So how much ice is in Antarctica? And in the coming years, what impact might temperature changes have on whether it remains frozen?…
 
Emma Saunders is joined by former Chelsea keeper Rob Green, Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis & The Athletics’ Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson as they look back at Chelsea being dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich. BBC Sports Rob Schofield also joins the panel to reflect on Barcelona’s progression to the quarter-finals after t…
 
The multi award winning writer Zadie Smith on 'Intimations', a collection of personal essays about lockdown. Photo courtesy of Dominique Nabokov.The rise in families with children under 5 needing help from baby banks has risen significantly since the pandemic began. We hear from Lauren Elrick who has a fifteen month old daughter and uses Abernecess…
 
In Lebanon, shock is turning to anger at the authorities and political class at large, after the catastrophic blast in the capital Beirut. It was caused by explosive chemicals stored improperly at the city’s port, and caused much loss of life, thousands of injuries, and damaged large swathes of the city. Lizzie Porter asks what impact this will hav…
 
Steve Crossman is joined by former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin, former Manchester City midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips and correspondent John Murray to reflect on Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. It means they’re through to the ‘Final 8’ tournament style end to the competition with a 4-2 victory on aggregate.…
 
Ali is all on his lonesome this week as he tries to get his head around the Disney+ release strategy for Mulan, gets excited for The Boys series two and lists ten of his favourite 'underseen indie movies' from the 21st century. Plus, The Martian is this week's Ali Plumb Film Club choice - look forward to Ali trying to get his head around the scienc…
 
Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening panel show, with Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw and Matt Biggs joining her to answer questions sent in by listeners.This week, the team discusses how to add a water source to your garden, which plants are best for a living wall, and an impressive amount of train-related plant names. Away from the questions, Huma…
 
Ben Bailey Smith and Anna Bogutskaya are joined by Seth Rogen and Ben Mendelsohn, who talk about their films An American Pickle and Babyteeth. Plus your essential streaming film reviews including Shailene Woodley and Jamie Dornan in Endings, Beginnings and new British drama Perfect 10.Ben and Anna chat through all the films worth seeing on streamin…
 
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