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  1. Restart Radio: Documentary photography of abandoned e-stuff

    We interviewed photographer Greg Jones about his charming photography project called “Still Works” to document the abandoned electronics and electricals in his south London neighbourhood.

    Over the course of a couple of years, Greg showed how his neighbours appeared to have carefully placed VCRs, microwaves, monitors, white goods outside their homes. He wonders whether most people wanted others to take them away for reuse. And he photographed notes left by some neighbours indicating just this.

    Greg believes that people still believe in the “real value” of e-stuff, in spite of the fact that we are pushed to perceive everything in terms of “relative value”.

    He shot this collection using an analog SLR dating from 1978.

    Then we discussed a couple of very popular articles in the Guardian about long-lasting appliances and consumption, and Janet’s visit to New York where she met with the Fixers Collective.

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  2. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Chromatography

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins, development and uses of chromatography. In its basic form, it is familiar to generations of schoolchildren who put a spot of ink at the bottom of a strip of paper, dip it in water and then watch the pigments spread upwards, revealing their separate colours. Chemists in the 19th Century started to find new ways to separate mixtures and their work was taken further by Mikhail Tsvet, a Russian-Italian scientist who is often credited with inventing chromatography in 1900. The technique has become so widely used, it is now an integral part of testing the quality of air and water, the levels of drugs in athletes, in forensics and in the preparation of pharmaceuticals.


    Andrea Sella Professor of Chemistry at University College London

    Apryll Stalcup Professor of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University


    Leon Barron Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at King’s College London.

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  3. BBC Radio 4 - Front Row, Martin Parr’s exhibitions, Assemble at Tate Liverpool, Bradford Media Museum controversy, Morrissey as London’s mayor

    As the death is announced of production designer Sir Kenneth "Ken" Adam, director Nicholas Hytner remembers working with him on The Madness of King George III.

    Martin Parr, photographer and chronicler of British culture, gives John Wilson an early preview of the new show he has curated at the Barbican in London, Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, as well another exhibition of his own photographs, Unseen City, in which he gives an unprecedented insight into the pomp and pageantry of the City of London.

    In a controversial move, Bradford’s National Media Museum is transferring its collection of 400,000 photographs and exhibits to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Colin Ford, the museum’s former director, joins John in the studio.

    Assemble, a collective of architects and designers, won the Turner prize last year for their urban regeneration project in Liverpool. They talk to John Wilson about Art Gym - their latest Merseyside collaboration - which has just opened at Tate Liverpool.

    Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Rebecca Armstrong


    Tagged with martin parr

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  4. Computing Britain: LEO the Electronic Office

    Hannah Fry hears the incredible story of how a chain of British teashops produced the first office computer in the world.

    J Lyons and Company was the UK’s largest catering company, with 250 teashops across the country. They also owned their own bakeries, a tea plantation and haulage firm, as Dr Tilly Blyth from the Science Museum describes.

    By the 1950s, this vast business was drowning in paperwork. Lyons embarked on an ambitious new project to build a machine called LEO - the Lyons Electronic Office.

    Their office computer was based on the giant calculating machines being built inside UK universities to solve mathematical equations

    Sure, these machines could manage maths, but could they handle catering?

    Featuring archive from the British Library, the Science Museum and the LEO Society.

    Presented by Hannah Fry

    Produced by Michelle Martin

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  5. A Week with Adam Buxton

    Sketch show pilot from 2008. Adam Buxton offers some personal observations from the past week in a mixture of stand-up, sketches, parodies, songs and intergenerational bickering.

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  6. BBC World Service - Hardtalk, Werner Herzog

    Draw up a list of the greatest living film makers and Werner Herzog would surely occupy a prominent place. He is responsible for some of the most wildly beautiful images captured on film. If you’ve seen Fitzcarraldo you won’t have forgotten the steamship being hauled over a mountain. He’s seen as the film industry’s obsessive genius; the director who once threatened to shoot his lead actor to prevent him quitting. After five decades making movies is Werner Herzog’s love of film as intense as ever?

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  7. Behaving Ourselves: Looking at Your Phone

    Comedy actor and writer David Mitchell’s inquiries into the state of modern manners lead him to assertiveness, and he asks why he always says sorry. He also talks to Professor Sherry Turkle about the dying art of conversation.

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  8. Russell Hoban meets the Guardian book club

    Speculating about why readers are drawn to stories as painful as his account of the pinched, raw existence in the wake of a future nuclear catastrophe, Russell Hoban explains to his audience that "people like to read about people in the last extremity of nothing left".

    His own engagement with the material, as he explains, came about rather more accidentally after an unplanned visit to Canterbury Cathedral that set his mind off on "one of its hobo journeys" that mysteriously deliver him his plots.

    Riddley Walker is remarkable for its reimagining of English in the wake of a collapse of civilisation, and similarly Hoban says that this was not how he started out: "I began in straight English and left it behind", discovering a new tongue that "is an active character and fed me things I wouldn’t otherwise have thought of" including the character of Riddley.

    Unusually for a book club guest, Hoban is accompanied by one of his characters, in this case Mr Punch, who features in the novel as "the absolutely lawless force that wants what it wants immediately", but is fortunately on pretty restrained form for the occasion.

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  9. Adam Buxton on David Bowie

    In a special show as part of 6 Music’s David Bowie Weekend, self-confessed Bowie nut Adam Buxton take us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of one of the UK’s most colourful pop stars. Featuring rare interviews, some unheard for over 30 years, Adam hand-picks some classic BBC Bowie moments, capturing the alternative spirit of Bowie’s ever-changing persona.

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  10. Between the Ears, The Simpson Ferrograph

    Early in 2013 record producer Dan Carey bought a vintage tape machine at a charity shop in Streatham, South London. The Ferrograph recorder came with a box of 7-inch tapes containing an audio documentation of the previous owner’s social life as a young man in the 1950s at a time when reel to reel tape recorders were state of the art audio technology. Among the recordings was a poetry reading event featuring an unusual selection of texts, from obscure comic verse to sections from the King James Bible and a Ministry of Transport pedestrian advice leaflet. Alan Dein goes in search of the recordist Barrie Simpson and surviving members of his circle, in this evocative and poignant story of suburban life and the Baptist church in South London over half a century ago.


    Tagged with history

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