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February 14 2014


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


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

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

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

January 31 2014


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

December 26 2013


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

November 23 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - History Hour

From World War II to the Arab Spring, history as told by the people who were there. Presented by Max Pearson. The... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/history

November 18 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Daily Bacon

The best interviews and chat from Richard Bacon's afternoon programme on BBC Radio 5 live. Featuring a broad variety of... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/dailybacon

November 17 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Outriders

Outriders is BBC Radio 5 live's programme dedicated to exploring the frontiers of the web. It is broadcast on Tuesdays... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pods

November 12 2013


Outriders: 12 Nov 13 Re-decentralization and tacos

Outriders is BBC Radio 5 live's programme dedicated to exploring the frontiers of the web. It is broadcast on Tuesdays... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pods/all

October 28 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Comedy of the Week

Brighten your week with an episode of the latest Radio 4 comedy. Every Monday we bring you a fantastic variety of... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/comedy

October 24 2013


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

October 07 2013


BBC Podcasts - Great Lives - Michel de Montaigne

Robert Winston chooses Michel de Montaigne, one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Adding their help are biographer Sarah Bakewell and presenter Matthew Parris.

BBC Podcasts - Great Lives - Primo Levi

Edmund de Waal chooses a writer he believes is one of the greatest of the modern age - Primo Levi, author of the Periodic Table. Born in 1919 in Turin, Levi was an Italian Jew, one of the few deported to Auschwitz who would escape alive. Ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal joins Matthew Parris to discuss how Levi's work inspired The Hare With Amber Eyes - his own memoir of his family's history as Jews in 19th and 20th century Europe. And biographer Ian Thomson, one of the last to interview Levi, explains why we shouldn't confuse Levi the writer with Levi the man. Producer: Lizz Pearson

September 12 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Best of Today

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/today/all

August 27 2013


BBC - Studio Picks

Janice Forsyth’s pick of key events in Scottish cultural life. From theatre to T in the Park, ballet to Strictly... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/cspicks

July 13 2013


BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Outriders

This week Jamillah talks to the creator of electronics for people with disabilities so they can use games consoles, a guy who tells stories in 3d online, a couple of chaps who created music using camera sounds and the creator of Dr Puppet - a web based animation linked to the 50th anniversary of Dr Who. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pods

May 11 2013


The Feynman Variations 29 Sep 2010

Brian Cox presents an archive tribute to Richard P Feynman. Widely regarded as the finest physicist of his generation and the most influential since Einstein. With contributions from friends, colleagues, students and the great man himself. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery/all

April 08 2013


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

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of philosophy - from ancient Greek thinkers to the major questions that... http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iotp/all

August 29 2012


BBC - Podcasts - Reith Lectures

The economic historian Professor Niall Ferguson presents the 2012 BBC Reith Lectures, titled The Rule of Law and Its Enemies. Across four programmes he explores the role of man-made institutions on global economic growth and democracy, referencing the global economic crisis and financial regulation, as well as the Arab Spring. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith
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