Kevan / Kevan Davis

Still a bit astounded that I can fill my phone with good spoken-word radio just by right-clicking on things.

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  1. BBC Radio 4 - The Grand Masquerade

    Thirty years after the publication of Kit Williams’s groundbreaking picture puzzle book Masquerade in 1979, John O’Farrell reflects on the mayhem that followed as millions of readers became caught up in the search for a jewel-encrusted hare, buried somewhere in the British countryside.

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one week ago

  2. Kit Williams Interview with Don Swaim

    In this 1984 interview with Don Swaim, Kit Williams, creator of the puzzle book Masquerade (still unsolved at that time) describes his childhood and remembers doing poorly at school, then leaving school to join the British navy. When life in the the navy became very mundane for him, he left the navy and adopted painting as his new trade. Eventually, he gained recognition for his art and later went on to publish several novels such as Book Without a Name, Engines of Ingenuity and Masquerade.

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one week ago

  3. 99% Invisible - Barcodes

    When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn’t tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. “My husband here’s the one who invented that barcode,” she’d occasionally say. And the check-out people would look at him like, “you mean there was a time when we didn’t have barcodes?” A time without barcodes is hard to imagine now. But it wasn’t that long ago, and the story doesn’t start with George Laurer. It starts with an engineer named Joseph Woodland.

    —Huffduffed by Kevan 2 weeks ago

  4. Fw:Thinking Catches Some Zs

    What is the future of sleep? Sleep is an important biological function - but could we engineer a way to eliminate it?

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  5. The Lives Of Harry Lime: Too Many Crooks

    Orson Welles reprised his role of Harry Lime from the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel The Third Man. The radio series is a "prequel" to the film, and depicts the many misadventures of con-artist Lime in a somewhat lighter tone than the character’s villainy in the film.

    "That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie The Third Man. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime … but it was not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives … and I can recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple. Because my name is Harry Lime."

    The first episode is "Too Many Crooks".

    —Huffduffed by Kevan 2 weeks ago

  6. BBC R4 Documentary of the Week - A Shower of Sparks

    One of the most quirky and recognisable of rock acts, Sparks are about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first hit. They reflect on their career, with Stuart Maconie.

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    —Huffduffed by Kevan one month ago

  7. Spoken And Unspoken : TED Radio Hour : NPR

    We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways, spoken and unspoken. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect. Linguist John McWhorter says texting has come of age with such speed and force that it’s created an entirely new language within a generation. Biologist Mark Pagel believes our complex language system is a piece of "social technology", simply created to help us get things done. Teacher Phuc Tran tells a personal story of how being caught in a world between the subjunctive and indicative tense — yes, grammar — helped him find his identity. Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story of the word "president." Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how body language, like “power posing”, can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our success.

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one month ago

  8. TLDR #14 - The Knowledge

    Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the U.S. play a game called "Last Man." The goal is to be the last person in America to find out who won the Super Bowl. TLDR Sports reporter Lisa Pollak followed the game this year, and found out just how hard information was to avoid in the internet age.

    http://www.onthemedia.org/story/tldr-14-knowledge/

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one month ago

  9. Yorkshire Post podcast: Barry Cryer & Graeme Garden interview

    In 1958 Barry Cryer had a Number 1 hit record in Finland with the song ‘Purple People Eater’ by Sheb Wooley. Over his 50-year career he has written for, among many, Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor. He is a comedy legend. Graeme Garden is one third of the Goodies. He is also a comedy legend.

    They were in Ilkley to talk about their book, The Doings of Hamish and Dougal: You’ll Have Had Your Tea?, based on their Radio 4 series.

    In this 2008 podcast, they talk to the Yorkshire Post’s Digital Editor David Behrens about the book and their long association on the BBC Radio 4 comedy series, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, whose chairman Humphrey Lyttleton died earlier that year. And they reveal finally the origins of the mysterious game Mornington Crescent.

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one month ago

  10. I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again: 25th Anniversary Show

    Prologue by David Hatch; How it all started; BBC governors; Spring,Spring,Spring; Recycled radio; Tracing the writers; John & Mary; Tracing Tim Brooke Taylor; Prune Playhouse; End of radio; Silly walk; Cleese buys BBC radio; Ferret Song (sung by John Cleese with cast as chorus).

    —Huffduffed by Kevan one month ago

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