A tremendous asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and a computer selects eight people from all walks of life to escape on the lone spaceship.
"Henry Rollins was fantastic!"
Neuroscientist Eric Kandel explains how art affects the brain. Plus, we find out why Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" is a work of nonfiction. And the indie duo Snowblink plays their dreamy music live in our studio.
A recently married man misses his dead mother and his childhood so much that he can't seem to live in the here and now, causing untold horror for his new bride.
Actor Jeff Bridges and singer and songwriter Joe Pernice on this edition of Fresh Air. Jeff Bridges has starred in The Last Picture Show, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tucker, The Big Lebowski, Seabiscuit and other films. On each of his movie sets he's photographed the action behind the scenes.
For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015. Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.
"A laugh in every chapter."
David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even moire hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is his first series for Radio 4, and he reads essays and diary entries from across all seven of his books.
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland comes to life again in this dramatized version of the timeless classic, with stellar performances by Georgia Lee Schultz as Alice, and multi-award-winning Barbara Rosenblat as the Mouse, Duchess, Cheshire Cat, and the Queen. This version features a full cast of characters, music, and sound effects and introduces the original song "My Garden Back Home."
In this thrilling radio drama, Batman has been crippled by his fiercest foe ever: Bane, a villain of superhuman strength, cunning and evil.Gotham City is reeling from the shocking news that Batman is confined to a wheelchair. Who will now protect the innocent from the dangerous inmates of Arkham Asylum, whom Bane has released? A new hero - Azrael - takes up the mantle of the Bat. But Azrael is a more brutal Batman than Bruce Wayne, and far more eager to punish the guilty than to protect the innocent.
"Chaotic and childish"
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.
A frazzled ad executive learns you can't go home again after he steps back in time and meets his mom, his dad and his youthful self.
Steely. Seasoned. Smart-alecky. The storied San Francisco snooper is back! Share the exciting exploits of Dashiell Hammett's famous gumshoe through this thrilling 6-hour collection. Featuring all of the episodes from both our Volume One and Volume Two collections, Howard Duff and Steve Dunne star as Sam Spade in 12 madcap capers from 1946 - 1951. As crass as he is charismatic, this dynamic detective attracts a curious clientele - gentlemen who tend to drop dead and ladies who are drop-dead gorgeous.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Ellis Peters' thrilling mystery featuring medieval monk Brother Cadfael. It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment of a sword-wound, he finds himself embroiled in the conflict.
From silly chuckles to rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series Selected Shorts.
Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.
Colin Baker's career as an actor spans six decades of television and theatre. To many he is Paul Merroney from the BBC's much-loved 1970s drama The Brothers. To others he is the unhinged Bayban the Butcher in Blake's 7 or Inspector Morse onstage. Or perhaps some know him best simply as Colin Baker himself, the man who entered the jungle and won over the nation in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Yet millions know him best as the colourfully dressed Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who.
In January 2014, Tom Baker celebrated his 80th birthday. In March 2014, Tom sat down with Nicholas Briggs to look back over his 80 amazing years - his youth, his early acting career, his great success with Doctor Who and beyond...and his return to his most famous role with Big Finish. This candid and intimate interview forms two fascinating hours of engaging entertainment in the unique company of Mr. Baker.
From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors, and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.
Two years after the trial for the murder of her lover, the blaze of publicity surrounding mystery writer Harriet Vane has begun to die away and Harriet decides it's time for a break. But the peace of a North Devon walking tour is rudely shattered when she discovers the body of a man on the beach, his throat slit from ear to ear. The moment the story breaks Harriet’s old friend Lord Peter Wimsey is on the scene to lend his powers of detection. Can the two of them discover who the murderer is?
The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors. The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.
Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species - like passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths - back to life.
Titles produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua include Seven Letters of Love, Michael & Louise, The Dying End?, and The Ad Game.
There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz - but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade. We talk with some of today's biggest and most innovative jazz stars, including Esperanza Spalding and Vijay Iyer, and explore the magic of improvisation.
On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, we look at the ways his work continues to change and adapt. In the 19th century, Shakespeare's work got caught up in minstrel shows - and African-American actors are still struggling to claim the Bard as their own. Also, we find out how a father-son team is changing the way Shakespeare sounds by bringing back his original pronunciation.
There's a lot of handwringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did? We'll find some unexpected lessons from Ancient Rome and even earlier, the collapse of Bronze Age civilization. We also celebrate the wisdom of the ancient classics, and hear how one philosopher teaches Plato to Palestinian students.
Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy? The hip hop future.
John Nathan-Turner was the ninth - and longest-serving - producer of classic Doctor Who, running the show from 1980 until it was effectively cancelled in 1989. In this candid memoir, he looks back over his years working on the series.
On this week's show, novelist Brit Bennett reads from her debut novel, The Mothers. Plus, Josh Katz gives us a tour of American regionalisms. And Leonor Caraballo and Abou Farman create art in the face of the cancer.
Reading books isn't always the best way to learn. Some things you need to learn from your elders, and their wisdom has often been passed down through the generations. We celebrate traditional ways of knowing - from the Potawatomi knowledge of the plant world to the Norwegian folk wisdom of how to chop and burn wood. Also, a plea for Africans to reclaim their local knowledge.
You live in an attention economy. From the moment, you wake up until the tile you go to bed, you're bombarded. By viral videos, news alerts, things trending on Facebook and exploding on the Internet. And that doesn't even include the endless onslaught of ads. How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull? This hour, we focus our attention - on attention.
This week: How a former reality TV star was elected president. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith writes a poem inspired by a Baton Rouge protester. And we explore the creation of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land".
Walk long enough and far enough, and you will never be the same. This week, stories of people who transformed their lives by picking up their feet, blazing trails, enduring blisters and frostbite and bad trail food.
After one of the ugliest and most divisive presidential races in history - can America heal? Weeks of vitriolic campaign rhetoric have taken a toll on friends and families. A majority of voters are disgusted with politics and don't believe the next president will be able to unite the country. So where do we go from here? This hour, a look at reconciliation - how to recover personal and political harmony.
Sheila never expected to meet America's first princess, but Irene Daco is hosting a dinner, and Jasira has invited Sheila to come. Her decision would be so much easier, if the nature of Sheila's relationship with Jasira were clear. When Sheila agrees to go, she finds her principled opposition to dynasty rule challenged by the things she discovers in the world of America's royal houses.
Spooky comedy, including: "The Monster in the Wardrobe", "Forever a Monster"; "A Halloween Happening", "Bewitched Tongues", "A Camp Waterlogg Halloween", "The Ugly Fairy", "The Evil Millispore", "The Poor Bunny's Magic Bouquet", "The Flying Contest", "The Incredible Black Rain", and "Rain Drop, Snow Flake".
Included in this comedy variety show, Lorie Kellogg performing "Bob Dylan Sings Mother Goose", "The Big Match", "The Vegetable Patch", "Elise's Bachelor Party" part one (from The Comedy-O-Rama Hour), "The Girl with the Beautiful Face", kitchen scene from "Our Miss Brooks: One Principle Too Many, One Principle Too Meany", "The Island of Invention", "Elise's Bachelor Party" part two (from The Comedy-O-Rama Hour), "Uncle Goopie: Too Big or Too Small Store" (from The Comedy-O-Rama Hour), and more.
A tribute to the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, with brand new stories. Includes never-before-performed scripts by Daws Butler, JoeBev's mentor and the original voice of these characters, now interpreted by JoeBev.
In the variety hour, Joe Bevilacqua performs his own jazz compositions, accompanied by Paul Salomone on piano, Edward Fuqua on bass, Leif Eric on guitar, and Jim Mason on drums. In addition, Joe Bev performs Daws Butler's "Magic Drums" with Joe Gatto on drums, and sings Cab Calloway and Irving Mills' "Minnie the Moocher" as his Camp Waterlogg character Sgt. Lefty and the Chipmunks, featuring Julian Baker on trombone and keyboard. The selections are gleaned from Bevilacqua's hundreds of hours of audio work that spans more than 40 years.
Nature comedy, including "The Magic Tree", "The Tree and the Vegetables", "The Lazy Bird", "A Frog in a Frying Pan", "A Drop of Water", "The Last Dinosaurs", "Billy Peck, Tight Rope Waddler", "Batbird", "The Little Stone Bird", "Friends from the Vegetable Patch", "Colorful Animals", "The Grumpy Tree", "Birth of the Turtles", "The Unfriendly River", "The Toothy Toad", "Sparky Hooves", "Scuttleball, Soccer for Ants", "The Red Moon", "The Carnivorous Plant", and more.