Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
Rank #1: The Now Show - Series 55 Episode 3.
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday.
Rank #2: The Now Show - Series 55 Episode 2.
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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
Rank #1: Twayna Mayne: Black Woman.
Comedian Twayna Mayne's upbringing as a trans-racial adoptee is explored as she searches for her own Black British female identity. Along with stand-up in front of a live audience she chats to other women about their shared experiences, with this episode featuring a contribution from lead singer of the two tone band The Selecter, Pauline Black.Producer: Julia McKenzieA BBC Studios Production
Rank #2: Little Brexit.
Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. The referendum has united this country like never before. Everybody loves Brexit. But how will Brexit affect the ordinary people of Britain? Matt Lucas and David Walliams return for a special episode of their much-loved sketch show Little Britain.Written and performed by Matt Lucas and David WalliamsAlso starring Tom Baker, Joann Condon, Anthony Head, Ruth Jones and Samantha PowerMusic by David Arnold.Produced by Ashley BlakerA Pozzitive and Little Britain production for BBC Radio 4
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
Rank #1: NSTAAF International Factball: Brazil v Croatia.
Brazil v Croatia: The QI Elves in association with www.visitengland.com bring you the first episode of this No Such Thing As A Fish Factball special - the only football podcast that has absolutely nothing to do with football. Today Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland), James Harkin (@eggshaped), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm) and Anna Ptaszynski (@qikipedia) pit Brazil against Croatia to find out which is the most Quite Interesting country.
Rank #2: Episode 289: No Such Thing As A Horse Called Brian.
Dan, James, Anna and Andrew discuss leaping maggots, the point of motion sickness and why you shouldn't put on too much red lipstick.Visit nosuchthingasafish.com for news about live shows, merchandise and more episodes.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Rank #1: Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how, in September 1812, Napoleon captured Moscow and waited a month for the Russians to meet him, to surrender and why, to his dismay, no-one came. Soon his triumph was revealed as a great defeat; winter was coming, supplies were low; he ordered his Grande Armée of six hundred thousand to retreat and, by the time he crossed back over the border, desertion, disease, capture, Cossacks and cold had reduced that to twenty thousand. Napoleon had shown his weakness; his Prussian allies changed sides and, within eighteen months they, the Russians and Austrians had captured Paris and the Emperor was exiled to Elba.WithJanet HartleyProfessor Emeritus of International History, LSEMichael RoweReader in European History, King’s College LondonAndMichael RapportReader in Modern European History, University of GlasgowProducer: Simon Tillotson
Rank #2: The Rapture.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas developed by the Anglican priest John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), drawn from his reading of scripture, in which Jesus would suddenly take His believers up into the air, and those left behind would suffer on Earth until He returned with His church to rule for a thousand years before Final Judgement. Some believers would look for signs that civilization was declining, such as wars and natural disasters, or for new Roman Empires that would harbour the Antichrist, and from these predict the time of the Rapture. Darby helped establish the Plymouth Brethren, and later his ideas were picked up in the Scofield Reference Bible (1909) and soon became influential, particularly in the USA. With Elizabeth PhillipsResearch Fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham UniversityCrawford GribbenProfessor of Early Modern British History at Queen’s University Belfastand Nicholas GuyattReader in North American History at the University of CambridgeProducer: Simon Tillotson
History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Producer: Peter Curry
Rank #1: English History's Most Famous Battle: Agincourt with Mike Loades.
Mike Loades is a world leading expert on archery. He has shot traditional bows from Japan to Wales. His knowledge on the English and Welsh longbowmen at Agincourt is unparalleled.In this podcast he explains why and how the battle was fought. He explains how the terrain, the mud, the longbow and the gritty battlefield leadership of English king Henry V was responsible for a crushing English victory. But he also explains that while the battle was a shattering defeat for France, its longterm consequences were limited. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: The Race To Save The Romanovs with Helen Rappaport.
There are many mysteries surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs: could King George V have saved them? Could there have been a constitutional monarchy? Did any of them survive? In her new book, packed with original research, Helen Rappaport definitively answers these and other questions. For more exclusive history interviews & documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Pete DennisRecorded: Felix Maynard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
Rank #1: Malcolm Gladwell.
The writer Malcolm Gladwell is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.Always concise, frequently counterintuitive and unexpectedly beguiling, his work orders the world in a way that gives fresh insights into human behaviour.He believes that a knowledge of people's backgrounds is necessary to understanding their success; his own achievements may presumably then be attributed, not just to his keen mind and polished prose, but also to his parents - an English mathematician and a Jamaican psychotherapist.He says, "I am the bird attached to the top of a very large beast, pecking away and eating the gnats.... I am someone who draws inspiration from the brilliance of others and repackages it ... I am a populariser, a simplifier and a synthesizer."Producer: Sarah Taylor.
Rank #2: Tom Hanks.
Kirsty Young's castaway is Tom Hanks.From 'Big' to 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'Captain Phillips' to 'Apollo 13', his long and distinguished film-making career has brought him multiple awards and many plaudits. He's the recipient of eight Emmys, one Bafta and four Golden Globes and was the youngest ever actor to be given a lifetime achievement award by the American Film institute. The voice of Woody in the 'Toy Story' films, he won the first of his two Oscars in 1993 for Philadelphia and again the following year for Forrest Gump.His parents split up when he was 5 and he went to live with his father. By the age of 10 he'd lived in ten different houses in five different cities. He loved school and developed a passion for history which is reflected in the film he made with Steven Spielberg, 'Saving Private Ryan' and the TV mini-series 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific' which he also produced.His latest film is 'Hologram for The King'.He is married to the actor & producer, Rita Wilson.Producer: Cathy DrysdaleThe podcast version of this programme is an extended version of the broadcast interview.
Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies
Rank #1: 03/10/2014.
David Fincher talks to Simon about directing Gone Girl. Mark reviews the film as well as Dracula Untold, Dolphin Tale 2 and Draft Day. Plus the Box Office Top 10.
Rank #2: With Tina Fey.
Tina Fey talks to Simon about her film Sisters. Plus the UK Box Office Top 10 and Mark's reviews of the week's new films including By The Sea, Grandma, Hector and The Forbidden Room.Download the Kermode and Mayo podcast at bbc.co.uk/podcasts/5live.Email: email@example.com Text: 85058 (charged at your standard network rate) Twitter: @wittertainment.
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
Rank #1: Numbers of the Year 2015.
Tim Harford looks back at some of the most interesting numbers behind the news in 2015, from the migrant crisis to social media messages. Contributors include: Professor Jane Green, Helen Arney, Paul Lewis, Andrew Samson, Leonard Doyle , Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Farai Chideya, Claire Melamed and Professor John Allen Paulos.
Rank #2: New hospitals promised, aid to Ukraine, and bacon sandwiches.
Dissecting the government’s hospitals announcement and President Trump’s Ukraine claims.
The award-winning Science Weekly podcast is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics – and sometimes even maths. Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin and Nicola Davis meet the great thinkers and doers in science and technology. Science has never sounded so good! We'd love to hear what you think, so get in touch via @guardianaudio or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rank #1: Questioning AI: does artificial intelligence need an off switch? - Science Weekly podcast .
Our final mini-series episode asks what impact might AI have on society – and who decides when to turn it off?
Rank #2: Questioning AI: what are the key research challenges? – Science Weekly podcast .
In the first episode of our Questioning Artificial Intelligence mini-series, Ian Sample explores some of the key hurdles for machine learning, including reasoning and social intelligence
British comedian Adam Buxton talks with interesting people. The rambly conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes more serious with funny bits. Adam records the intros and outros for most episodes while walking with his dog friend Rosie in the East Anglian countryside where he lives with his wife and three children.Adam has appeared in films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Son Of Rambow’ as well as a variety of TV shows in the UK. Since 2007 he has hosted ‘BUG’, a live show that combines music videos and comedy that became a TV series on Sky Atlantic in 2012. From time to time he also does live shows featuring just his own material. Along with lifelong friend Joe Cornish he also is one half of award winning TV, radio and podcast duo Adam & Joe who have worked together since 1995.You can find many of the insanely catchy jingles Adam makes for the podcast as well as amazing bonus material, beautiful merchandise and a selection of his incredibly funny and brilliant YouTube videos on the free Adam Buxton app.Adam is writing this himself using the third person.
Rank #1: EP.89 - DAVID MITCHELL.
Adam talks with actor, writer, and British TV panel show king, David Mitchell about bad habits, bad driving, bad small talk at school gates, the technical challenges of filming 'Peep Show', David's comedy influences and other important stuff.Thanks to Séamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support, Matt Lamont for additional editing and Dan Hawkins for bass playing on 'Supermarket Car Accident' jingle, which also features 'Soniccouture' virtual instrument plug-ins (see below for links).RELATED LINKSADAM BUXTON BOOK WORK IN PROGRESS READINGS, NORWICH https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/adam-buxton-nac-regeneration-fundraiser/#ticketsSHORT ARTICLE ABOUT 'GREED' STARRING STEVE COOGAN, ISLA FISHER, DAVID MITCHELL ETC.https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/first-images-steve-coogan-michael-winterbottom-greed/'UPSTART CROW' https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07bp64b/upstart-crow-series-1-1-star-crossed-loversTHE ADAM BUXTON APPhttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-adam-buxton-app/id1264624915?mt=8HOW I FOUND MY VOICE PODCASThttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice'CATCHER IN THE RYE' (REVIEWS, SUMMARY & LINKS TO BUY)https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5107.The_Catcher_in_the_RyeDAN HAWKINS (ON LINE BASS PLAYER)http://www.danhawkinsbass.com/SONICCOUTURE VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT PLUG-INShttp://www.soniccouture.com/en/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: EP.24 - RICHARD AYOADE (TRAVEL MAN CONVERSATIONS 1).
A series of conversations with director, writer and actor Richard Ayoade, recorded in May 2016 while filming his Channel 4 show 'Travel Man' in Lisbon. All your favourite subjects are covered including guilt, films, Oscars, Michael Haneke and the challenges presented by interviews. Thanks to Seamus Murphy Mitchell for production support. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
Rank #1: Middlesbrough, Money and Me.
Steph McGovern returns to her home town of Middlesbrough to ask why we aren’t better equipped to deal with the practical maths that we need to work out phone contracts, energy tariffs and any number of other challenges thrown at us in everyday life. She argues that too much emphasis is put on abstract maths in the school curriculum, and visits a Teesside primary school that is bucking the trend by emphasising practical maths to see what difference it is making. Steph meets university maths lecturer Sven Ake Wegner and hears about his struggles with cucumbers and tax returns, as well as the crucial relationship between theoretical and applied maths. Finally Steph attends the finals of a young enterprise competition to talk with teams of schoolchildren learning about profit, loss and percentages through running their own businesses. Along the way Steph sets a series of puzzles to test the listener’s own ability to make the numbers add up.Producer: Geoff BirdANSWERS:1/ It's cheaper to pay off the card in equal amounts for 12 months than pay the transfer fee.2/ Shorts were £5.253/ Less than £100.00
Rank #2: Intrigue: The Ratline.
A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, and journeys right to the heart of the Ratline.
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
Rank #1: The Physics of Time.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of time. When writing the Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton declared his hand on most of the big questions in physics. He outlined the nature of space, explained the motions of the planets and conceived the operation of gravity. He also laid down the law on time declaring: “Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external.” For Newton time was absolute and set apart from the universe, but with the theories of Albert Einstein time became more complicated; it could be squeezed and distorted and was different in different places.Time is integral to our experience of things but we find it very difficult to think about. It may not even exist and yet seems written into the existence of absolutely everything. With Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey; Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University and Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick.
Rank #2: Calculus.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the epic feud between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz over who invented an astonishingly powerful new mathematical tool - calculus. Both claimed to have conceived it independently, but the argument soon descended into a bitter battle over priority, plagiarism and philosophy. Set against the backdrop of the Hanoverian succession to the English throne and the formation of the Royal Society, the fight pitted England against Europe, geometric notation against algebra. It was fundamental to the grounding of a mathematical system which is one of the keys to the modern world, allowing us to do everything from predicting the pressure building behind a dam to tracking the position of a space shuttle.Melvyn is joined by Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Darwin College; Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor at Clare College, University of Cambridge; and Jackie Stedall, Departmental Lecturer in History of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
Rank #1: The Bronze Age Collapse.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Bronze Age Collapse, the name given by many historians to what appears to have been a sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilizations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Among other areas, there were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. The reasons for the changes, and the extent of those changes, are open to debate and include droughts, rebellions, the breakdown of trade as copper became less desirable, earthquakes, invasions, volcanoes and the mysterious Sea Peoples. With John BennetDirector of the British School at Athens and Professor of Aegean Archaeology at the University of SheffieldLinda HulinFellow of Harris Manchester College and Research Officer at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of OxfordAndSimon StoddartFellow of Magdalene College and Reader in Prehistory at the University of Cambridge Producer: Simon Tillotson.
Rank #2: The French Revolution's reign of terror.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the reign of terror during the French Revolution. On Monday September 10th 1792 The Times of London carried a story covering events in revolutionary France: "The streets of Paris, strewed with the carcases of the mangled victims, are become so familiar to the sight, that they are passed by and trod on without any particular notice. The mob think no more of killing a fellow-creature, who is not even an object of suspicion, than wanton boys would of killing a cat or a dog". These were the infamous September Massacres when Parisian mobs killed thousands of suspected royalists and set the scene for the events to come, when Madame La Guillotine took centre stage and The Terror ruled in France. But how did the French Revolution descend into such extremes of violence? Who or what drove The Terror? And was it really an aberration of the revolutionary cause or the moment when it truly expressed itself? With Mike Broers, Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall; Rebecca Spang, Lecturer in Modern History at University College London; Tim Blanning, Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.
Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.
Rank #1: 1 - When We Were Very Young .
Far out in the ocean of discovery huge swells have been gathering and combining to create the great tsunami that will soon engulf us, We look back at how innovation in technology has, from the first, changed our ways of living, our sense of who we are and what we are to expect from life.Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: 6 - The Iotatron that Wasn't.
Series 1 Finale! Across the ocean of discovery the swells are building with ever increasing mass and speed. The swells of robotics, AI, nano science, the internet of things, quantum computing, genomics, gene editing, bio-augmentation, bionics, autonomous weaponry and transport, brain machine interfacing – all these existentially transformative developments are gathering pace and momentum now and a remarkable future beckons.Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A free and occasional podcast from Ricky Gervais.
Rank #1: Out Now - The Ricky Gervais Guide To... The Arts.
Episode 3 is out February 2009 - This time it's The Ricky Gervais Guide To... THE ARTS. Ricky and Steve introduce this clip from the new episode; Karl describes life in his art-free living room.
Rank #2: Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius - Pilot Episode .
The non-broadcast pilot for Ricky's new series of radio shows on Sirius XM which commences late October '17 on Sirius XM. Joining Ricky in this edition are Sam Roberts and Mike Birbiglia.