Yann Martell talks to James Naughtie about his book, The Life of Pi
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Sue Lawley’s castaway is actor John Malkovich.
Kirsty Young’s castaway is the singer-songwriter Morrissey.
Entertainer Johnny Vegas joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.
Anniemole is the London Underground Tube Diary blogger and Sam Mullens is the director of the London Transport Museum, we met at the Sense and the City exhibition at the museum to talk about how the gadget in your pocket could play a big part in the future of how you get around. Interestingly the exhibition not only promises a hack-day soon, it also provides some beautiful visualisations of how we get around the city.
Nathan Yau is a statistics Phd Student who has written a book called "Visualize This". It’s a great guide for those who may be interested in creating their own visualisations but are not sure where to start.
Episode one of Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.
What’s 2 minus 2? The answer is obvious, right? But not if you wore a tunic, no socks and lived in Ancient Greece. For strange as it sounds, ‘nothing’ had to be invented, and then it took thousands of years to catch on.
Writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson returns for another series of fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition.
Recorded on location in Fremont, New Hampshire, Jon meets the sisters who were part of the girl group from the 1960s ‘The Shaggs’. Created by their father, the sisters were home schooled and made to practice every day. Their album, Philosophy of the World was ridiculed and a flop, but remarkably many years later they were re-discovered and hailed as way ahead of their time and a major contribution to music. The other story in this programme is told by Simon Hollis who recalls the time he worked as a designer in Calvin Klein’s New York flag ship store and made a major mistake with too many red candles.
Producers: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.
Writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson returns for another 5 part series of fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition.
Eleanor Longden started to hear voices in her head when she was at university and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic - a label she totally rejects. Now she is a high achieving academic. What started the voices and how did she get to a point where she not only lives happily with the voices that still exist but also works with others who have the same experience? With contributions from writer Graham Linehan and comedian Josie Long.
Producer: Laura Parfitt and Simon Jacobs An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.
Animator and film director Terry Gilliam joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.
He first planted his foot-print on our cultural landscape more than thirty years ago - back then, it was a huge, animated foot which squashed everything beneath it and became one of the defining images of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
In the years since, his film credits have included Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Now aged 70, he’s directing his first opera. He says: "I’ve always liked the extremes, the edges. I like to know where the cliff is, but you only find out by stepping off."
Journalist Jon Ronson investigates the extraordinary story of Mary Turner Thompson, who experienced the worst internet date ever which lasted seven years and was to cause the total devastation of her life.
Edinburgh-based Mary met and married a man who told her he was a CIA agent. Jon visits her in Scotland and hears the incredible twisting and turning love story of Will and Mary. Will carried a gun and had to dash off to Israel at a moment’s notice; Mary was left holding the baby, never knowing when he would come back, and was unable to contact him. She even feared a terrorist attack on her home. But the most bizarre twist was still to come.
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