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Podcasts of the week- men who sleep in cars and good news is no news?

Men Who Sleep in Cars

An old jalopy for men washed up and homeless in the recession. Image: “Joshua Tree – Love car” by © Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons.

Drama, documentary and comedy

BBC R4’s ‘Play of the Week’ is ‘Men Who Sleep In Cars’ written by Michael Symmons Roberts and starring Maxine Peake. Three men whose lives have been turned upside down by the recession sleep in their cars, caught in an economic trap. It’s also available on listen again.

In the longest and most successful soap in the history of radio, the BBC weekly Archers Omnibus Jennifer stands triumphant, and Shula has a shock.

The BBC Radio Documentary Download of the week is ‘Good News is No News’  Is news bad for us? Former news editor and writer and professor of media and communicaations at the London School of Econocmis Charlie Beckett explores whether there is an unrelenting negativity in the news agenda and asks how it might be done differently.

Recent documentary of the week downloads include ‘A Modern Magna Carta’– What would you put into your Magna Carta? The lawyer and human rights champion Helena Kennedy QC attempts to design a Magna Carta for today’s globalised world.

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In ‘Anne Frank’s Trees: Keeping the Memory Alive’ to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Michael Rosen examines the ways in which Britain remembers the darkest period in modern history.

BBC Comedy of the Week download is Mark Steel’s In Town. Mark Steel visits Huddersfield in West Yorkshire in the show that researches the history, heritage and culture of different places and does a stand-up set in each one.

Investigative radio documentaries from the BBC.

The Report offers French, Republican and Muslim, Insha’Allah? France is urging its Muslim population to be more French. But, Helen Grady asks, does this insistence on secularism leave them any space for being a Muslim?

In Germany, Islam and the new Right Germany’s new anti-Islamisation movement, Pegida, is attracting a middle-aged following to its weekly marches around the country. Catrin Nye travels to the city of Dresden and meets its founder.

CIA Torture – What Did Britain Know? is a programme  enquiring into the Senate report on the CIA and torture raises important issues for Britain. Is enough being done to investigate the possible involvement of UK intelligence agencies?

The BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme has explored the question ‘You Can’t Say That.’ Does free speech include a right to cause offence? Edward Stourton joins speaks historians, theologians and philosophers to explore the outer limits of free expression.

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In ‘Referendum Conundrums’– Scotland last year showed how dramatic referendums can be. So what would an in-out vote on the EU be like? Chris Bowlby hears about fears, hopes – and plans already underway.

‘Maskirovka’ is a documentary in which Lucy Ash explores the Russian military strategy of deception – maskirovka – from its use against invading Mongols in the 14th Century to the current crisis in Ukraine.

BBC R4 File on Four’s  latest programme is called ‘Asylum Seekers.’ Stories of asylum seekers living in fancy hotels have hit the headlines, but are they a symptom of bigger failings in the system for housing and supporting refugees?

‘Where have all the Nurses gone?’ BBC R4 File on Four asks the question Where have all the nurses gone? In the middle of a winter crisis why is the NHS so short of staff and how much is it costing to plug the gaps?

BBC World Service Documentaries

‘Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Maidan Killings’, One year on from the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan square, when more than fifty protestors were killed. It was the events on Maidan that led to Ukraine’™s pro-Russian president fleeing the country, sparking a confrontation over Crimea and now in the east of the country. So what did happen on Maidan square, an event that has pushed the world to the brink of a new cold war? Gabriel Gatehouse investigates.

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‘Digitising Stalin’, For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed? The Stalin Digital Archive aims to release 400,000 pages of Soviet secrets from 1890 through to 1952, and may give us a new way of looking at this period, and at Stalin.

‘Egypt – Searching for Justice’, Claire Read has spent the last six months following a court case in Egypt and trying to get to grips with how the country’s justice system operates under the government of President Sisi.

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‘My Africa – Uganda’, My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. As part of the BBC’s Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future

‘Heaven and Earth: Le Ly Hayslip’, A Vietnamese woman’s perspective of the Vietnam War. Her memoirs have inspired film director Oliver Stone and given an essential insight into the conflict between Vietnam and the US.

‘Tata: India’s Global Giant’ Tata is the biggest industrial employer in the UK, owning Jaguar, Land Rover & Tetley. Now, the Tata family no longer controls the companies which bear its name. Can this powerful organisation hold onto its historic values in a world of the ruthless multinationals?

‘The Mengele Twins‘, The testimonies of twins who survived the brutal medical experiments of Dr Josef Mengele during the second world war in Auschwitz.

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Between The Ears BBC Radio 3

‘A Song of Bricks and Mortar’– A composed feature by Nina Perry that explores creative journeying and the art of making via a compositional road trip.

‘The 21-Gun Salute Suit’– A funny and moving autobiographical documentary about one of Britain’s most brilliant performance poets, John Cooper Clarke; a revealing look at John’s relationship with clothes, monkeys and fatherhood. John takes us to a gig, a Savile Row tailors and a journey into his mind exploring his relationship with clothes from childhood to present day, and culminating in his feelings of paternal love.

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‘Eric Ravilious: Chalk & Ice’, Eric Ravilious is considered one of the best watercolourists of the twentieth century. Alexandra Harris explores the life of work of this elusive man and his art.

‘Palace of Shame’, It’s a story of loot, revenge and devastated beauty that looms over British-Chinese relations. Chris Bowlby uncovers the fate of the imperial summer palace in Beijing.

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‘Beautiful Death’, Stephen Johnson connects Mahler’s beliefs about death to Viennese funeral customs, and particularly the idea of ‘beautiful death’ which was pervasive in Mahler’s Vienna.

Other Podcasts from the world of Radio and Sound Art

Rawcast Radio.

Episode One Still Life.

Episode Two Rambler Without A Cause

From Radio Diaries USA

First Kiss Josh Cutler has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. In this episode, listen to his teenage diary about getting his first kiss.

From Transcom

Intro from Jay Allison: One hundred years ago this week, Guglielmo Marconi made his historic transatlantic broadcast from Cape Cod. Imagine: on that day, there was only one message traveling in waves in the air. How many swirl around us today? Our neighbor Dennis Downey has written an homage to that moment and to this one. He borrowed a cassette machine from us and recorded himself here on Cape Cod.

Song of Marconi

Third Coast Festival Chicago USA- Celebrating the best audio stories produced worldwide for radio and the Internet.

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