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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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The week in audio: Allen Stanford: The Man Who Bought Cricket; Poison; And Away…; Athletico Mince
Take your pick from an amusing spin on how Allen Stanford conned cricket, Jacob Zuma’s fear of being poisoned, and a doubly delightful Bob Mortimer

Miranda Sawyer

02, Oct, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The week in audio: No Time to Die; The Music of James Bond; The Sandman: Act 2; Lights Out
In advance of the release of the new James Bond film, the 007 podcasts rush in. Plus an excellent Radio 4 series that’s crying out to be a podcast

Miranda Sawyer

25, Sep, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The week in audio: Brixton: Flames on the Frontline; The Lazarus Heist; Gangster
An in-depth BBC podcast digs in to the context and detail of the Brixton riots, 40 years on

Miranda Sawyer

24, Apr, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Baking won’t get me through a Covid winter but Melvyn Bragg just might | Grace Dent
As the colder, darker half of 2020 looms, I’m turning to my special happy place: the BBC’s In Our Time

Grace Dent

03, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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The week in radio and podcasts: Bad People; The Bomb; Nice White Parents
Three new podcasts consider human evils lurid and mundane, from serial killers to schools

Miranda Sawyer

08, Aug, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Leave means leave, Nigel! Now Farage is out, will LBC stop hiring toxic blowhards?
The Brexiter was shown the door after comparing Black Lives Matter protesters to the Taliban. But he’s far from the radio station’s only problem

Stuart Jeffries

12, Jun, 2020 @2:20 PM

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The week in radio and podcasts: Nightwaves Radio; No Signal 10 v 10; Race and Covid-19;
The best of lockdown live radio, from soundclash battles to urgent topical discussion

Miranda Sawyer

09, May, 2020 @4:00 PM

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The week in radio and podcasts: The End of the World Has Already Happened, Wild Music and more
Philosopher Timothy Morton and Greta Thunberg ushered in the new year with practical and engaging takes on the climate crisis

Sean O’Hagan

05, Jan, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Miranda Sawyer’s best radio and podcasts of 2019
The year we came close to peak podcast nonetheless saw a wealth of talent, while radio saw more upheaval

Miranda Sawyer

31, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Bans, defiance and death blows: how theatre tore down the Berlin Wall
They defied the Stasi and sparked a revolution. Our writer reveals the pivotal role East Germany’s dynamic theatre culture played in the fall of the GDR – and the collapse of European communism

Andrew Dickson

01, Nov, 2019 @4:49 PM

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The week in radio and podcasts: Today; 1619
John Humphrys finally bows out from the Radio 4 flagship, while a New York Times podcast illuminates US history

Miranda Sawyer

22, Sep, 2019 @4:30 AM

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