Kate Chisholm

The man who discovered Ebola

31 January 2015 9:00 am

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while…

Radio 4’s War and Peace: almost as good as the book

24 January 2015 9:00 am

To have listened to Radio 4’s marathon ten-hour adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace as it was being broadcast on…

Was Beethoven influenced by yoga?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

How many digital radios have you bought over the years? How many are still working? Of the four I used…

Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The…

Why Serial is the future of radio

3 January 2015 9:00 am

The fuss may now be over, the last episode of Serial revealed. But if the global success of WBEZ Chicago’s…

Children’s radio was once at the core of the BBC - now it’s all but disappeared

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It was a bit of a surprise to hear Jarvis Cocker, the embodiment of cool and former frontman of Pulp,…

Why you have to listen to this year's Reith Lectures

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Each year the Reith Lectures come round as Radio 4’s annual assertion of intellectual authority, fulfilling the BBC’s original aspiration…

Was this Christian pioneer of radio evangelism a fraud?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

She was the sequinned star of the airwaves back in the 1920s, the first preacher to realise the potential of…

Why radio is a surprisingly good medium for talking about art

22 November 2014 9:00 am

You might think it a fool’s errand to attempt programmes about art on the wireless. How can you talk about…

The voices of Indian PoWs captured in the first world war

15 November 2014 9:00 am

At six o’clock on 31 May 1916, an Indian soldier who had been captured on the Western Front alongside British…

Many more Germans were displaced in 1945 than Indians during partition

8 November 2014 9:00 am

What Radio 3 needs is a musical version of Neil MacGregor. The director of the British Museum and now a…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

What it's like being a scarily talented teenager

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It was when she said how she loved ‘watching the computer do exactly what you wanted it to do’ that…

Can Radio 3 escape the digital squeeze?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The new controller of Radio 3 has at last been appointed. Alan Davey (not to be confused with the former…

Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think…

The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of…

Warhol’s ‘time capsules’ contain everything from toenails to previously unseen paintings worth millions

13 September 2014 9:00 am

‘I don’t know what I think,’ says Lenny Henry, echoing what many of us who were listening were probably also…

Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014 9:00 am

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting…

Even near the front line, there were flowers on the ward

6 September 2014 9:00 am

It’s the tub of bright red geraniums at the heart of the picture that startles. How did anyone have time…

Who needs drugs when you have Radio 3?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m willing to bet it’s only on the BBC’s Radio 3 that you’ll find yourself listening to a programme quite…

Ambridge recovers its sense of humour — finally

23 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Isn’t that charming!’ Carol declares at the height of the great Home Farm cocktail party, after being subjected to Jennifer’s…

Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up…

Two lessons in listening

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Our hearing is the first of our senses to develop while we are in the womb. It’s the first connection…

Home Front: Radio 4's first world war drama will fight out the full four years

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Kate Chisholm on the BBC’s ambitious new radio series

Glasgow and the Commonwealth go back a long way; Radio 4 explores a murky past

2 August 2014 9:00 am

What’s been missing from the schedules during the Commonwealth Games has been a straightforward reminder about who makes up the…