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The week in audio: Exactly With Florence Given; Desperately Seeking Wisdom; The MLK Tapes
Florence Given’s livewire new podcast is all about empowerment

Miranda Sawyer

22, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Dun, Dun Duuun! Where did pop culture’s most dramatic sound come from?
Did the iconic three-note sequence come from Stravinsky, the Muppets or somewhere else? Our writer set out to – dun, dun duuuun! – reveal the mystery

Amelia Tait

18, Jan, 2022 @10:42 AM

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Deborah Levy: I used writing as therapy to help me talk again after jailing of my father
Acclaimed novelist reveals she became almost silent as a child due to stress

Vanessa Thorpe

16, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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The week in audio: The Nolan Show; Jimmy’s Jobs of the Future; Now You’re Asking; Room 5
As the No 10 party debate raged, Northern Ireland’s listeners helped Stephen Nolan sniff out some home truths

Miranda Sawyer

15, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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From Mendelssohn to mush: a day tuned to Scala Radio’s Women Composers
A new digital station plays only music written by women. Stephen Moss finds treasures as well as tedium, but wishes Scala’s classical channel could be bolder

Stephen Moss

10, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The week in audio: The Coming Storm; Now, Where Were We?; Gemma Cairney Gets Classical
Gabriel Gatehouse journeys deep into the QAnon conspiracy movement; Barry Cryer delights down the pub; and Cairney adds another string to her bow

Miranda Sawyer

08, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Charlotte Higgins on The Archers: is romance set to bloom for Stella and Ruth?
Home Farm’s new manager coquettishly suggests a drink while the weirdness of Lynda Snell’s Christmas production brings humming cicadas to Ambridge

Charlotte Higgins

04, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The BBC’s Ros Atkins: ‘I do a bit of body-boarding… posting videos is like catching a wave’
The journalist behind those ‘explainer’ videos on seeing his No 10 Christmas party video go viral, being a drum’n’bass DJ and wearing ‘an awful lot’ of blue

Michael Hogan

02, Jan, 2022 @9:30 AM

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New year arts: Observer critics pick the culture to get us through to spring
From live music to glass sculpture, game-changing performances to fitness podcasts… our writers on cultural treats to light up the months ahead

02, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The week in audio: Four Peaks Sound Walk; Desert Island Discs; A Tribute to Janice Long; Christmas Takeover
Horatio Clare hit the heights, Richard Osman opened up, and Janice Long was fondly remembered

Miranda Sawyer

01, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Meditation, the Euros and Usain Bolt: how Raheem Sterling tackled the Today programme
Guest editing the Radio 4 news show, the England winger commented eloquently on education, mental health issues, his Jamaican heritage and sport’s place in society

Hannah J Davies

29, Dec, 2021 @4:03 PM

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Janice Long obituary
Broadcaster and DJ who was the first woman to have her own weekday show on Radio 1 and be a regular host of Top of the Pops

Peter Mason

27, Dec, 2021 @3:13 PM

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