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  1. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Darwin: In Our Time, Darwin: On the Origins of Charles Darwin

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 2009 and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Melvyn Bragg presents a series about Darwin’s life and work. Melvyn tells the story of Darwin’s early life in Shropshire and discusses the significance of the three years he spent at Cambridge, where his interests shifted from religion to natural science. Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge David Norman and assistant librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge Colin Higgins.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g9z9x

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  2. The Gin Craze

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the craze for gin in Britain in the mid 18th Century and the attempts to control it. With the arrival of William of Orange, it became an act of loyalty to drink Protestant, Dutch gin rather than Catholic brandy, and changes in tariffs made everyday beer less affordable. Within a short time, production increased and large sections of the population that had rarely or never drunk spirits before were consuming two pints of gin a week. As Hogarth indicated in his print ‘Beer Street and Gin Lane’ (1751) in support of the Gin Act, the damage was severe, and addiction to gin was blamed for much of the crime in cities such as London.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084zk6z

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  3. BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Bruce Springsteen

    Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is Bruce Springsteen.

    His career has brought him 20 Grammys, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award and his albums sell in their millions around the world. He grew up in New Jersey where the Catholic church played a central role in his early life. The family teetered on the brink of poverty, and his first guitar was rented, rather than bought. He spent his apprentice years as a musician and singer with local bands before landing a record deal in 1972. When ‘Born to Run’ was released in 1975 it turned him into a household name. His first Top Ten single was ‘Hungry Heart’, ahead of his most successful album ‘Born in the USA’ which was released in 1984.

    In spite of having long transcended the environment he grew up in, Springsteen has remained a chronicler of blue-collar lives. His records are frequently a political commentary on the struggles of ordinary Americans. In the Nineties he settled into family life with his wife Patti Scialfa who sings with his E Street Band.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0855znp

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  4. BBC Radio 6 Music - The John Peel Lecture, Brian Eno’s BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2015

    Listen to Brian Eno deliver his John Peel Lecture on the ecology of culture.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033smwp

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  5. BBC Radio 4 - Food Programme, Barbecue

    From the ‘slow and low’ tradition of the American south to the village of Llantwit Major in South Wales, Dan Saladino explores the revival of one of the food world’s most misunderstood words; barbecue.

    A world away from the burnt burgers and charred sausages of the British barbecue experience, the ‘barbecue belt’ of the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee to Texas captures a story that goes beyond food. From politics and class to race and gender: barbecue has become a vital American institution.

    A cooking technique requiring endless patience, effort and care, Dan Saladino talks to some of barbecue’s biggest enthusiasts about how their modern approach is shaping our oldest form of cooking.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xcv9p

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  6. Front Row - Neil Young

    From Armstrong to Zappa - music documentaries from the Radio 4 archive bringing you a brand new episode each week.

    In a rare interview, Neil Young talks to John Wilson about his album ‘Americana’ and his long, somewhat unpredictable career. He talks about his politics, the current state of the protest song and the joys of playing with his longterm sparring partners Crazy Horse.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4music

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  7. BBC Food Programme: Knives

    The knife, that most coveted of kitchen tools, is Sheila Dillon’s subject to explore this week.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/foodprog

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  8. Claudia Roden

    Claudia Roden’s life through food.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/foodprog

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  9. Desert Island Discs: Bob Harris

    Kirsty Young talks to broadcaster Bob Harris.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03sr7dy/Desert_Island_Discs_Bob_Harris/

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  10. BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Jarvis Cocker

    Sue Lawley’s castaway is musician Jarvis Cocker.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/0c9b7ea6#p00935rv

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