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One of the UK's leading radio producers, and Indie of the Year for 2014. Here are some of our prime cuts, archive blasts, slip-ups, bloopers and stop-in-your-tracks listener moments. We hope you enjoy them.
In 1927 - or thereabouts, a car pulled up outside a hotel in central Chicago. The pianist Fats Waller was bundled in the back ... or was he? Kurt Elling investigates one of the strangest footnotes in jazz in this extract from the forthcoming Radio 2 documentary.
#FatsWaller #AlCapone #Mob...
Sue MacGregor reunites cast and creatives to recall how director Peter Brook's revolutionary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, set inside a brilliantly-lit white box, changed theatre and Shakespeare forever.
Sue MacGregor is joined by Peter Brook, designer Sally Jacobs and actors Sir Ben...
The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942 led to the surrender of 67,000 British servicemen, the single largest capitulation in British military history.
While many were sent to forced labour projects such as the Thailand-Burma railway, many more were sent on "hell ships" across...
Former senior police detective Jackie Malton - the inspiration for Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the TV series Prime Suspect – talks to retired and serving officers to explore whether the laddish canteen-culture and sexist attitudes among male police officers has really changed since...
Radio Today's Trevor Dann speaks to managing director of Whistledown, David Prest about the new RIGTrain scheme which aims to offer the skills required to expand the independent radio production sector, and to support the freelancers working in the industry.
It's 20 years since a precocious trader brought Britain's oldest merchant bank to its knees. In this edition of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor brought together Nick Leeson and his former boss Peter Norris for the first time since the bank's spectacular demise in 1995. (An extract from 'The Reunion',...
Radio 4's long-running programme 'Face The Facts' is coming to an end. Its presenter John Waite, the doyenne of dogged investigative journalism, was never afraid to confront less than salubrious characters face-to-face, an attitude that placed him in a particularly memorable radio encounter with...
In post-Ferguson USA and on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, four unique voices from America consider the legacy of Malcolm X amidst the protests referred to as a “new Civil Rights Movement”. With Malcom X’s name and quotes used on placards and in chants, this programme explores the...
UK debt currently stands at over one trillion pounds. But while that sum may seem vast beyond comprehension, Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, uses the historical numbers behind UK debt to suggest that we may not be in such a bad state after all. (An extract from BBC Radio 4's...
“She was sweet man…” She’s credited with nurturing the talents of many of the key players in Jamaican Reggae when the industry took off in the 1960′s. Jonathan Charles tells the story of Sister Mary Ignatius Davies in this extract from The Nun Who Nurtured Reggae.
Mipsterz, or Muslim hipsters, are confronting cultural stereotypes and society expectations head on - in a hijab. How do they combine their glowing grades, Hijabi swagger and high aspirations with their beliefs and cultural expectations? #mipstersisters
Never mind the anatomy of a car crash.. Iggy Pop introduces BBC Radio 4 listeners to his hero William Burroughs in this Whistledown special feature. Colin McNulty produced this one, which meant spending time in Mr Pop's holiday cottage in Miami. The long version is on the Radio 4 website for a...
A fast show taster of Radio 4's The Reunion.
We gather Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson,
John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Simon Day.
Catch the complete programme on
Christmas Day at 10pm.
Robin Lustig investigates the claims of corruption and kickbacks
that have dogged Sochi's Winter Olympic journey.
Hear more in "The Road to Sochi" on Radio 4
this Friday at 11am, or on BBC World Service
An extract from Radio 4's UK Confidential,
produced by Whistledown, in which Margaret
Thatcher meets Mikhail Gorbachev for the
very first time. The 1984 papers reveal what
really went on. Presenter Martha Kearney,
Producer Deborah Dudgeon. Taking part: Lords
Kinnock, Lawson and Armstrong.
Radio historian and lecturer Tim Crook
reveals some of the gems from his collection
of WW1 propaganda phonograph cylinders.
#Peru has overtaken its neighbour #Colombia as the world's greatest producer of cocaine. The turnaround comes after Colombia drastically cut its production
with the help of a #US backed, multi-billion dollar eradication programme aimed at destroying the crops from which cocaine is manufactured....
It's Hank Marvin's birthday. So here from the Whistledown
Archives is a gem of an interview with a 2013 re-edit
and re-mix. Hank talks about his love for the Fender
Stratocaster that became his trademark with The Shadows.
Bend that Tremelo arm Hank.
I’m a tall fellow.
On the Radio Today Programme this week, Trevor Dann is joined by Steve Ackerman (Somethin' Else), Moz Dee (CONTENTed) and radio futurologist James Cridland joins the conversation via Skype.
The panel discuss Jonathan Wall’s interview on the Radio Today Programme last week, Global, Real & Smooth...
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