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Archive on 4: Black Aquarius
Archive on 4: Black Aquarius
April 24 2015

Matthew Sweet explores the dawning of the age of Black Aquarius - the weirdly great wave of occultism that swept through British popular culture in the 1960s-70s.

Good News is No News
Good News is No News
February 13 2015

Former news editor Charlie Beckett explores the mainstream news agenda's preoccupation with violent crime, misfortune and disaster, and asks why alternative, so-called positive or solutions-based ideas for news are so readily dismissed by journalists, broadcasters and editors.

Can Time Run Out for Justice?
Can Time Run Out for Justice?
November 18 2014

How long can justice wait? Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC explores the relationship between justice and the passing of time.

The Wood Pushers
The Wood Pushers
September 11 2014

A close encounter with the street chess players of Greenwich Village in New York, who play for money on the stone tables in Washington Square Park.

The Map That Made Manhattan
The Map That Made Manhattan
September 01 2014

Just over two hundred years since the beginning of its construction, this feature explores the Manhattan grid system as real and imagined: architectural matrix, psychic space and site of continuing cultural-political argument.

The Secret History of Bossa Nova Wins Gold Award in the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards
The Secret History of Bossa Nova Wins Gold Award in the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards
June 24 2014

Brook Lapping has won a Gold award in the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards for ‘The Secret History of Bossa Nova’, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, September 2013.

First There Was the Word
First There Was the Word
May 23 2014

Author Yasmin Hai combines personal storytelling with journalistic analysis exploring British Muslim fiction, memoir, readerships and publishing and the forging of a literary 'Islamic gaze'.

The Great Estate
The Great Estate
March 17 2014

Journalist Suzi Feay explores the power and influence of the literary estate on our cultural and intellectual life - its control over what appears in print, what is revealed and what remains concealed from public view - including letters, journals, unpublished works.

Black Liberace
Black Liberace
February 04 2014

Record producer Joe Boyd gives his personal take on the great New Orleans piano player James Booker - aka the Black Liberace.

Houses of Horror
Houses of Horror
January 30 2014

It’s almost a given that the story of British horror belongs to Hammer films: the studio, with its lurid combination of sex and death, lashings of blood and gore, has given it a special stake in British hearts. But throughout its heyday in the ‘60s and ‘70s it did battle with a much smaller, poorer, creative, upstart rival:  Amicus films, a small British horror studio that pioneered the much loved ‘portmanteau’ picture, each movie a composite of four or five short stories whose ghoulish connection is revealed at the end. Horror aficionado and film buff Matthew Sweet explores the productive rivalry between the two contenders for the heart and soul of British horror in a blood-curdling tale of low budget, gore spattered one-upmanship. Contributors include The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith, Stephanie Beacham, David Warner and Angela Pleasence.