Factual radio

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The week in audio: Love, Janessa; The Comb; Arctic Monkeys: Believe the Hype and more
A global catfish scam and a Somalian woman’s adolescence make for two gripping World Service shows, while Sheffield’s finest still sound good on the dancefloor

Miranda Sawyer

04, Feb, 2023 @5:00 PM

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The week in audio: The Archers; Buried; The Sound: Mystery of Havana Syndrome and more
While Ambridge is left reeling, new podcasts delve deep into a waste scandal in Derry and a sinister Cuban mystery, and Zoe Ball gets reading

Miranda Sawyer

29, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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The week in audio: Bugzy Malone’s Grandest Game; Origin Story; Operation Morning Light; The Feud – review
There’s lots to learn on this week’s best podcasts, from the meaning of Grand Theft Auto and Ayn Rand to the trouble with Christ Church College, Oxford

Miranda Sawyer

19, Nov, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The week in audio: Angela Rayner, Chris Bryant, Annie Mac and more radio sit-ins
Angela Rayner and Chris Bryant excelled as talk radio understudies on LBC, while Annie Mac and Deb Grant were impressive guest hosts on 6 Music

Miranda Sawyer

23, Jul, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The week in audio: Two Mr Ps in a Pod(cast); Teach Me a Lesson; Schools Apart and more
Shows on education range from the warmly comic to the thoughtfully investigative, while TS Eliot’s The Waste Land gets a centenary revival

Miranda Sawyer

16, Jul, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The week in audio: 28ish Days Later; The Followers; In Dark Corners
Periods, stalkers and sexual abuse in private schools are all the subject of essential, fascinating listens

Miranda Sawyer

09, Jul, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Alan Dein: ‘I like to think I’m an educator, not an entertainer’
The award-winning oral historian and broadcaster on talking to random people on the radio in his hit BBC show Don’t Log Off and why he always switches the camera off on Zoom

Miranda Sawyer

29, May, 2022 @8:30 AM

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The week in radio: Death by Conspiracy; Science Vs (Joe Rogan: The Malone Interview); Mission Transmission
Marianna Spring tackles Covid misinformation; Wendy Zukerman and Rose Rimler take Joe Rogan apart; and FunKids goes boldly and delightfully into space

Miranda Sawyer

26, Feb, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The week in radio: 5 Live Drive; Nazanin; Shaun Keaveny’s Community Garden Radio and more
Clare McDonnell is a Drivetime natural; Ceri Thomas explores the story behind Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s heartbreaking plight; and Shaun Keaveny has been busy

Miranda Sawyer

19, Feb, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The week in audio: Piers Plowright, Soundsmith; Radio 1’s Pop 101; The Lotte Berk Technique; Dear Daughter; LBC
Storytelling in its varied forms comes in a tribute to a master radio producer, objects as a way into pop star lives, and a profile of a women’s fitness guru

Miranda Sawyer

19, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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This week in audio: Fat Leonard; Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera; Afterwords: Stuart Hall
The man at the centre of a vast US navy scandal confesses all; the human cost of reality TV; and in praise of the superstar intellectual

Miranda Sawyer

04, Dec, 2021 @5:00 PM

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The week in audio: The Exploding Library; Famous Firsts; Ry-Union; Bed of Lies
Flann O’Brien takes centre stage, while the latest round of celebrity ‘interviews’ are in need of a tough producer

Miranda Sawyer

27, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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