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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."

October 24 2013

10:41

BBC - Radio 4 The Listening Project - Fathers and Daughters: Alan and Sophie

Alan and his youngest daughter Sophie talk about their evolving relationship http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-listening-project/conversation/p01jzhyw

August 25 2013

23:15

FriComedy: The News Quiz 02.08.2013

Television, Trip Advisor and Tory tangles - Sandi Toksvig and her panel of guests comically review the week's news. From fracking to Manning, and online reviews to geographically confused. Joining regular panellist Jeremy Hardy: Justin Moorhouse, Roisin Conaty and Bob Mills. Producer: Sam Michell

August 17 2013

22:34

Meet David Sedaris - Series 1 - Episode 3

US humorist David Sedaris reads his essays Picapocketoni and I'll Eat What He's Wearing.

July 25 2013

03:46

Jon Ronson on Confirmation Bias

Jon Ronson wonders why he keeps noticing the time is 11.11. Is it confirmation bias? http://jonronson.com/ronsonon.html
03:44

Jon Ronson on Brainstorming

Suspicious of respect for loud extroverts, Jon Ronson asks if brainstorming really works. http://jonronson.com/ronsonon.html
03:44

Jon Ronson on Being Normal

Jon Ronson puts a new manual of mental disorders to the test. http://jonronson.com/ronsonon.html
03:44

Jon Ronson on Undeserved Rewards

Jon Ronson investigates why the least deserving people often get the richest rewards. http://jonronson.com/ronsonon.html
03:43

Jon Ronson on Pride

Jon Ronson investigates how having pride in your work can backfire. http://jonronson.com/ronsonon.html

August 15 2012

23:00

BBC - Podcasts - The Life Scientific - Pat Wolseley 14 Aug 12

Jim Al-Khalili talks to Pat Wolseley about her obsession with lichen and a nationwide project to involve ordinary people in the gathering of scientific data about nature.

February 23 2012

15:58

Tony Benn: The Security Services

Political veteran Tony Benn shares private recordings from history's frontline. Bumbling spooks can't manage surveillance. Benn finds that his actions are being monitored by security forces, and his son Joshua is perturbed by events. Originally broadcast 8th Sep 1995 23:45-23:59 (Radio 4).

July 11 2011

21:14

Supermarket Symphony

Nina Perry's composed feature 'Supermarket Symphony' reveals the beauty, musicality and personal stories found in supermarkets over a day. Specially composed music and the sounds of the supermarket are interwoven with some of the human encounters to be discovered along with the weekly shop. Amongst stories and rituals of shoppers and supermarket workers, we hear from Michael, a theatrical cheese counter assistant, who now in his 70's reveals his many past lives, and the happiness he finds serving people with cheese; Father Pat, a priest who enjoys the chance to connect with his local community whilst wheeling his trolley down the aisles and Julie who works on the tills, and has a gift for turning a frown into laughter. Produced by Nina Perry A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

June 27 2011

16:33

Meet David Sedaris - Series 1 - Episode 4

From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humourist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles. "Kookabura", and "With a Pal Like This...." The producer is Steve Doherty. This is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

June 19 2011

23:10

Meet David Sedaris - Series 2 - Episode 2

First on 4 Extra. The American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 Extra for a series of audience readings. This week: 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'It's Catching'.
22:50

Meet David Sedaris - Series 1 - Episode 3

US humorist David Sedaris reads his essays Picapocketoni and I'll Eat What He's Wearing.

May 26 2011

13:53

Jon Ronson On… Aiming Low

Jon Ronson talks to Stewart Lee about why we are all so caught up in competitive lives. They discuss how choosing to aim low in a conscious way is the way forward. Producer: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

May 18 2011

09:36

Jon Ronson On… Witch Hunts

Jon Ronson considers the moment when we follow the herd and make accusations. Jon talks to Meredith Maran who at one time believed she was abused by her father. Her beliefs wrecked her family's relationships. Years later she was to question her memory, and ask whether she had been caught up in a wave of accusations that swept America at the same time which was based on false memory syndrome. But what were the consequences of her doubts on her family and her father? Music writer David Quantick brings a lighter note to the programme with his stories of his time as entertainment officer at the student union where he took part in an evening of humiliation towards the rock society. He is still left with feelings of guilt around his actions. Producers: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

May 11 2011

00:39

Jon Ronson On… The Fine Line Between Good and Bad

Writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson returns for another series of fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition. Recorded on location in Fremont, New Hampshire, Jon meets the sisters who were part of the girl group from the 1960s 'The Shaggs'. Created by their father, the sisters were home schooled and made to practice every day. Their album, Philosophy of the World was ridiculed and a flop, but remarkably many years later they were re-discovered and hailed as way ahead of their time and a major contribution to music. The other story in this programme is told by Simon Hollis who recalls the time he worked as a designer in Calvin Klein's New York flag ship store and made a major mistake with too many red candles. Producers: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

May 09 2011

17:36

The Unbelievable Truth - Episode 6, Series 7

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents. Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Rhod Gilbert and Charlie Brooker are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as: Ears, Divorce, Badgers and Ice Cream. The show is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith. Producer: Jon Naismith A Random Entertainment for BBC Radio 4.

May 04 2011

18:12

Jon Ronson On… Spying

Writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson returns for another series of fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition. Jon Ronson talks to comedian Josie Long who found herself in a situation where she had to make a choice on whether to spy on someone's life... did morality step in? Writer Danny Wallace recalls the days when a spy was sent to his home to spy on his father, a leading expert on East German literature. Johnny Howorth, rookie documentary maker, was also in a situation where he was asked by US Marshals to spy on the couple Ed and Elaine Brown who were convicted of tax crimes. As he naively got more deeply involved, he feared another Wako and had to make a difficult decision... John Symonds, a so-called 'romeo spy' also tells his sometimes shocking story. Producers: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.
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