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February 09 2014


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

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

February 04 2014


Desert Island Discs: Bob Harris

January 28 2014


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Jarvis Cocker

January 12 2014


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Vladimir Jurowski

Kirsty Young's castaway is conductor Vladimir Jurowski. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/1b8451e3

January 02 2014


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Doris Lessing

December 31 2013


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 14 2013


Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland on Desert Island Discs

December 11 2013


Frank McCourt on Desert Island Discs

December 07 2013


Zadie Smith on Desert Island Discs

First published at just twenty four her debut novel "White Teeth" garnered huge attention and praise. As a result she suffered the unnerving experience of doing her literary growing up in public. Yet in spite of the scrutiny she blossomed. In the 13 years since, her novels, essays and short stories have brought numerous literary prizes and critical praise. Born to a Jamaican mother and a British father she was brought up in Willesden, North London where many of her characters live. She began writing at the age of 5 and was a voracious reader - devouring the greats of literature. Now she divides her time between Willesden and New York where she teaches creative writing. She describes herself as "an English novelist enslaved to an ancient tradition" and yet her chosen areas of exploration could not be more of the moment. She says, "I'm really interested in what memory feels like ... we only have snapshots of the past ..." she continues to declare that writing isn't about "being experimental, it's about finding something true."

November 13 2013


Architect Daniel Libeskind on Desert Island Discs

August 19 2013


Pink Floyd's Roger Waters on BBC's Desert Island Dics.

August 08 2013


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Russell Brand

Russell Brand, comedian & actor, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. Actor, comic, writer, Russell Brand is a compelling cultural phenomenon who in 2006 was, in his own words, "plucked from a life of hard drugs and petty crime and rocketed into the snugly carcinogenic glare of celebrity." Along with an athletic wit and a florid turn of phrase he specialises in going too far - reckless acts of self-destruction and a degree of chaos seem to be his companions along life's winding path. It's been five years since he rocked the foundations of the BBC with what became known as the Ross Brand scandal. He's since gone on to international success with a movie career, best-selling books and all the trappings of life on the "A" list. His most recent notable appearances have included testifying to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the importance of funding for drugs rehabilitation programmes and an appearance as a panellist on Question Time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/cae284e3#b037524r

September 06 2012


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : David Mitchell


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Marcus Du Sautoy

Kirsty Young's castaway is academic Marcus Du Sautoy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/6c8ca875#b00frmml

BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : David Walliams


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Bill Bailey

Kirsty Young's castaway is comedian and musician Bill Bailey. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/7ecc562b#b00bydg9

BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Armistead Maupin


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : George Michael


BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Neil Tennant

Kirsty Young invites pop musician Neil Tennant to choose eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical desert island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/b2acb206#b00773ry
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