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The week in radio: Serial

theguardian.com — Serial | serialpodcast.org The final episode of Serial aired on Thursday. It was - hallelujah! - a return to form. After a few weeks of disappointing programmes - l ast week's, an extended waffle about the psychology of psychopaths, had me spitting - Sarah Koenig got back to the nitty-gritty of the case with a recap of what her year-long investigation has revealed, plus some new information.

The week in radio: Manchester: Alchemical City; Tunics for Goalposts; Writing the Century: My Greenham

theguardian.com — Manchester: Alchemical City (R4) | iPlayer Tunics for Goalposts (5Live) | iPlayer Writing the Century: My Greenham (R4) | iPlayer I wanted to love Alchemical City, Jeanette Winterson's musings on Manchester: she's a heroine of mine, and Manchester is the city I grew up in, the city that made me grow up.

Miranda Sawyer: radio’s five biggest game-changers of 2014

theguardian.com — The first ever spin-off show from the long-established US podcast This American Life, Serial quickly overtook the success of its well-regarded parent. Presented by journalist Sarah Koenig in weekly instalments, Serial re-examines the real-life murder of student Hae Min Lee in 1999 in Baltimore.

The week in radio: The Frequency of Laughter; Raw Meat Radio; Holdfast Network

theguardian.com — The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (Radio 4) | iPlayer The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (Radio 4) | iPlayer Raw Meat Radio (Radio 4 Extra) | iPlayer Holdfast Network | listen I have been enjoying Grace Dent's Saturday morning series on the history of radio comedy, The Frequency of Laughter .

The Reith Lectures; Reply All; Criminal - radio review

theguardian.com — The Reith Lectures (R4) | iPlayer Criminal thisiscriminal.com This year's Reith Lectures will perhaps make fewer headlines than Grayson Perry's last year. Judging by the first lecture, there will certainly be fewer jokes. But a quieter approach seems more befitting of a doctor, and Atul Gawande is a surgeon and Harvard professor.

Archive on 4: Art School, Smart School; The Documentary: Who’s Left Holding the Baby?; Radiotopia - radio review

theguardian.com — Archive on 4: Art School, Smart School (R4) | iPlayer The Documentary: Who's Left Holding the Baby? (BBC World Service) | iPlayer Archive on 4 yesterday took a long look at art schools, those romantic postwar educational institutions where students of all ages, from all sorts of backgrounds, would gather in order to stretch their minds.

Serial review - the greatest murder mystery you will ever hear

theguardian.com — Are you listening to Serial yet? You have to start listening to Serial. Please. It's a podcast from the makers of This American Life, it's been going since October, there are seven episodes to catch up on (start from the beginning, listen in order) and... I'm obsessed.

The Missing Hancocks; Short Cuts: After Dark - radio review

theguardian.com — The Missing Hancocks (R4) | iPlayerShort Cuts: After Dark (R4) | iPlayer I was on Radio 4's Loose Ends the other week, and one of the guests was the actor Neil Pearson. He was there to promote The Missing Hancocks , a series of radio programmes that he's produced, rather than acted in: remakes of Hancock's Half Hour.

Kerry’s List; 52 First Impressions With David Quantick - radio review

theguardian.com — Kerry's List (Radio 4) | iPlayer 52 First Impressions With David Quantick (Radio 4) | iPlayer Caroline Raphael, the BBC's long-standing comedy commissioner (full title: commissioning editor, comedy and fiction; she was also the commissioning editor for Radio 4 Extra), last week announced she would be leaving next spring, after the BBC decided her job should be reframed, to comedy and entertainment commissioning editor, and her hours cut from five days a week to three.

From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women

theguardian.com — Twiggy: defiant in a two-piece suit This isn't a perfect look, but that's why I like it. Twiggy should be wearing heeled brogues, or at least some shoes that are closed at the front. Those white clip-clop heels are designed to go with a casual kaftan and big shades, for standing on the edge of a swimming pool pointing out leaves to the pool boy.
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