Kate Chisholm

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You can’t forget what Will Self says - even if you wish you could

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It lasted for just a few seconds but was such a graphic illustration of the statistics behind the bombing campaign…

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A gripping Start the Week from a Paris on the edge

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It was as if Andrew Marr and his guests on Start the Week on Monday morning were standing on the…


Was Bach really a ‘tasteless and chaotic composer’?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

It’s just not what you expect to hear on Radio 3 but I happened upon Music Matters on Saturday morning…

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Radio 4’s ‘online first’ facility will destroy what makes the station so great

7 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s been a lot of fanfare and trailers about BBC Radio’s new ‘online first’ facility. We can now get hold…

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt,1415. (Photo: Getty)

Agincourt was neither necessary, nor great. We’re mad to celebrate it

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Can anyone explain this sudden enthusiasm for Agincourt, that unexpected victory over the French, now being celebrated, or rather commemorated,…

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What’s it like to talk to a serial killer?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

‘I’ve never met a human being who doesn’t appreciate being listened to, being taken seriously,’ said Asbjorn Rachlew, the Norwegian…

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National Poetry Day's mistake: letting normal people do the reading

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Imagine what Brennig Davies must have felt like just before 11 o’clock last Tuesday evening. The 15-year-old was about to…

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I’ve never thought much of John Lennon’s music – until now

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s probably blasphemous to admit that I’ve never thought very much of John Lennon’s music. Common sense tells me it…

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Why we should embrace being average

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Maybe what we love about radio is the way that most of its programming allows us the luxury of staying…

Four New York Times Journalists Missing In Libya

How The Archers tried to derail the launch of ITV

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Two significant anniversaries, each very different but both reflecting the BBC’s mission and the reasons for its continued success. From…


The Baroque composer who was a world music pioneer

19 September 2015 8:00 am

On Private Passions this week the writer Amitav Ghosh gave us a refreshingly different version of what has become a…

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Late Night Woman’s Hour assumes that all women think about is dating, desire and drinking

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Late Night Woman’s Hour has created a Twitter storm with its twice-weekly (Thursdays and Fridays) doses of ‘mischievous and unbridled…

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What’s the point of BBC Music?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

To Radio 2 to meet Bob Shennan, controller of the BBC’s most popular radio station (the station attracts one third…


If we all got drunk like Jeffrey Bernard, we could save the NHS a lot of money

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Just back from a few nights in Sweden to find the perfect programme on Radio 3. It was one of…

The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, New Jersey, which marked the end of the era of passenger-carrying airships.   (Photo: Sam Shere/Getty Images)

As the Hindenburg burned, you could hear radio news being born

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s really hard to imagine now a world before 24-hour news, continually and constantly accessible in a never-ending stream of…

American bomber pilot Paul W. Tibbets Jr. (centre) stands with the ground crew of the bomber 'Enola Gay' which Tibbets flew in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Why are we so silent over Hiroshima?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s 70 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and yet there has been no rush to…

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If the government have their way, will Radio 4’s dramas be broken up by ads for dentures?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Bait by Cartier,’ she growls as her priceless diamond bracelet is strapped to a piece of rope and dropped overboard…

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Why it would be absurd to sell off Radio 2 - even if it could do with a refresh

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The idea that Radio 2 should be sold off by the BBC to a commercial rival is as nonsensical as…

Seth McFarlane returns to the Proms to celebrate Frank Sinatra with the John Wilson Orchestra

The Proms is taxpayers’ money well spent: it’s a national asset like fish and chips and the royal baby

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the Proms, whose 2015 season was launched last night, would not, could not, exist without the BBC,…


Listen: the gaffe from Nicola Sturgeon that everyone missed

11 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s not surprising that politicians have such an on-off relationship with the broadcast media. One slip. One casual comment. One…

American troops on the march during the First World War, 1917 (Photo: Getty)

Does history provide the answer to what happened in Tunisia?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

There’s a part of me that thinks OK, we’ve heard enough now, one year on from the beginning of the…


Why sound beats image when it comes to memory

27 June 2015 9:00 am

It’s often not visual images that stimulate memory but a smell, a taste, the sound of pebbles crashing on to…

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Why I love The Bottom Line

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Evan Davis’s series on business life, The Bottom Line (made in conjunction with the Open University), has become one of…


Just writing about this radio programme makes me feel nauseous

6 June 2015 9:00 am

If you’re in the least bit squeamish you’d better stop reading now. What follows is not for those who blanch…

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When Dr Johnson went to Tahrir Square

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Goodness knows what the Great Cham would have made of Radio 4 airing an adapted version of his philosophical fable,…