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February 17 2014

02:23

February 14 2014

14:40

Pop Idol and Big Brother

Successful TV formats like Big Brother, Pop Idol, X-Factor and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire are sold and broadcast all round the world, netting their creators billions of pounds. But how can you protect such a valuable asset? And are too many copycat versions saturating the market and crushing original ideas? Evan Davis finds out from those at the top of the lucrative global industry of TV formats.

February 11 2014

18:19

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Arts and Ideas

The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth interviews with artists,... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r3arts/all
18:12

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Moral Maze

Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/moralmaze
02:45

My War, My Playlist - BBC World Service - The Documentary

y War, My Playlist Duration: 55 minutes First broadcast: Saturday 08 February 2014 In October 2001 Steve Jobs took to the podium to launch his latest innovation – the ipod. Thousands of miles away the war in Afghanistan was just beginning. In this programme we will hear how the MP3 player can now be found in nearly every soldier's kit bag. What role does music play in the lives of soldiers today? As British soldiers prepare for their first war zone posting, building a playlist takes on a real sense of importance for those both excited and anxious about their first tour of duty. What will be the right music to listen to when they are in Helmand? Soldiers stationed at Camp Bastion describe their music as an essential part of their lives. It helps to drown out the constant hum of activity around camp. It gives an adrenalin kick to long, dreary journeys, and helps everybody to relax in their free time. Music can rapidly become a prop, helping those serving to deal with the difficult and potentially-traumatic reality of life serving in Afghanistan. What happens when those troops arrive home? Years after seeing active duty in a warzone, what place do those playlists have in their lives? Do they offer comfort, or rake up difficult and dangerous memories? My War, My Playlist weaves the music soundtracks of Helmand with soldiers' stories of operations. On the face of it, the playlist seems irrelevant, just a selection of favourite songs lying at the bottom of a kit bag. This programme shows that within these track choices, lies an almost endless list of associations, memories and emotions. Picture: A soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards rests in a hammock in Afghanistan, Credit: Ministry of Defence

February 09 2014

15:11

Steven Pinker on Desert Island Discs

Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist and writer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/did/all
15:09

Martin Carthy on Desert Island Discs

Folk musician Martin Carthy is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/did/all

January 31 2014

02:54

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - In Our Time Archive: Science

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas and the evolution of the sciences - from ancient astronomy to... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iots/all

January 14 2014

14:17

Media Futures (1 of 4) - Newspapers | BBC World Service - The Documentary,

With more news now available online does the internet spell doom for the daily newspaper? As more and more news is available online, the idea of buying a traditional newspaper is fast becoming a thing of the past. Or is it? Some parts of the world are still enjoying strong print circulation. And even places like the west where newspaper sales are plummeting, it has often proved difficult to make the digital alternative pay its way. In part one of this four-part series, Mark Coles asks what is the future for newspapers? And if they survive, how will they need to change? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0199y2s http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0199y26

January 13 2014

04:48

The Forgotten Black Cowboys | BBC World Service - The Documentary (April 20, 2013)

How did America's black cowboys get airbrushed out of movies and history books? Hollywood shows us a wild west populated only by white cowboys. But it's only part of the story, as Sarfraz Manzoor discovers as he goes in search of America's black cowboys. On his journey through Texas, he finds that the west was populated by both African Americans and Hispanic cowboys, and that their legacy lives on today. He joins a trail ride with black cowboys as they make their way across the dusty plains following the routes of their ancestors. Complete with 12 covered wagons and up to 200 riders on horseback, Sarfraz finds a great pride in this black heritage. In Wichita, Kansas, he meets one remarkable performer, the very first actor to appear as a black cowboy in the movies of the 1930s. At a time of racial segregation in the United States, few white cinema goers would ever have heard of Herb Jeffries, but he was the hero in films such as 'Harlem on the Prairie'. Today Herb Jeffries is about to turn 100. So how did this part of America get airbrushed out of the movies and the history books? He talks to experts and archivists, as well as those who have lived the life of the range, to find a true life story hidden from sight for many years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016tnfw

January 11 2014

13:11

In Our Time: Caxton and the Printing Press

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and influence of William Caxton, the merchant who brought the printing press to Britain. After working abroad for several years, Caxton set up his first printing press in Westminster in 1476. The advent of print is now seen as one of the great revolutions in intellectual history, although it was a revolution that took time to have an effect. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Richard Gameson, Professor of the History of the Book at the University of Durham; Julia Boffey, Professor of Medieval Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and David Rundle of the History Faculty at the University of Oxford.

January 05 2014

21:34

TMS Podcast - Australia seal whitewash with easy victory; 05 Jan 14

England reached new depths in Sydney succumbing to another defeat to confirm a 5-0 Ashes whitewash for Australia. After perhaps their worst collapse of the series, Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew look at what went wrong throughout the tour. Plus, Michael Vaughan joins Jonathan on the outfield for the end of series presentation.

January 02 2014

22:54

Hardtalk: Thomas Drake

Stephen Sackur talks to Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the highly-secretive National Security Agency in the US. His life changed when he decided to become a whistle-blower and leak to the media his concerns about the way in which the NSA was developing its surveillance strategy inside the United States. He became the subject of a long-running investigation which threatened to see him locked up for much of the rest of his life. His home was raided, his computers analysed, and he became a key figure in a wider Obama Administration drive to crackdown on leakers within the national security system. For Thomas Drake that meant years of anguish and uncertainty; but did he deserve it? http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ht/all
22:48

Assange: Governments 'aspire to god-like knowledge'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the subject of knowledge, and its relationship with power. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/today

January 01 2014

20:37

5by5 | The Incomparable #90: A Suspiciously Efficient Morgue

The BBC's "Sherlock" season two. http://5by5.tv/incomparable/90

December 31 2013

18:30

Vidal Sassoon on Desert Island Discs

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. He developed the architecturally precise bobs and cropped styles that were a defining look of the 1960s. Mary Quant, Mia Farrow and Twiggy were among the glamorous clients who came to his salons in London and Beverly Hills. His scissors and ambition lifted him out of the grinding poverty of his childhood - he spent six years in an orphanage because his mother could not afford to keep him at home. Now aged 83, he says:" I've had the best adventure you could possible have, for a kid that started from nowhere."

December 30 2013

01:45

Hardtalk: Glenn Greenwald

Interviews with the world's leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaking of American intelligence secrets the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist, Glenn Greenwald - he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that's gone too far? http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ht

December 26 2013

13:45

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Men's Hour

Tim Samuels presents the men's magazine for the modern man http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/menshour

December 15 2013

14:38

The Infinite Monkey Cage: Science Museum

Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the monkey cage to London's Science Museum to discuss the wonder of science with guests Neil Degrasse Tyson, Josie Long, Richard Holmes and Ian Blatchford http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/timc
14:33

The Infinite Monkey Cage: Perception

A witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the science of perception. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/timc
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