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In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.
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In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

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Episodes

The Summer Forest

6/15/2018
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Once upon a time, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough woke up in the summer forest.

Duration:00:44:51

Sunday Feature: Under the Water

6/3/2018
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Rikke Houd accompanies a team of maritime archaeologists who are racing against time and tide at a submerged Mesolithic site off the southern coast of England at Bouldnor Cliff.

Duration:00:43:41

David Attenborough - World Music Collector

5/21/2018
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David Attenborough reveals a side of himself that nobody knows, as a collector of music from all over the world. We hear the stories that surround it, and the music itself. One of David Attenborough's first projects was 'Alan Lomax - Song Hunter', a television series he produced in 1953-4. The famous collector of the blues and folk music of America gathered traditional musicians from all over Britain and Ireland and, for the first time, they appeared on television. David loved the music,...

Duration:00:43:46

Japan's Never Ending War

5/11/2018
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Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers World War Two today through film.

Duration:00:43:44

Oh Dr Kinsey Look What You've Done to Me

5/6/2018
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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.

Duration:00:43:38

Japan's Never-Ending War

5/3/2018
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Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers World War Two through movies.

Duration:00:43:44

Japan's Never-Ending War

4/29/2018
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Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers World War Two today through film.

Duration:00:43:44

Sunday Feature: Supernatural Japan

4/22/2018
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In this Sunday Feature, historian Chris Harding travels from Tokyo to the deep countryside of Japan's north east to tell the alternative story of the country, looking at how, throughout their history, Japanese people have used ghosts and ghost stories to make sense of themselves and their place in the world. In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, taxi drivers in the area reported 'ghost riders' in their vehicles. The local fire services were called out regularly to...

Duration:00:43:33

Exit Burbage - The Man Who Created Hamlet

4/16/2018
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Imagine where we’d be without Shakespeare’s plays. It’s difficult to contemplate now. But it was thanks to another man that many of them were brought to life. Today, Richard Burbage is a not a household name. But he should be. He’s the man for whom many of the great Shakespearean roles were created. One of the founding members of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, playing at the newly built Globe in 1599, he’s one of the foundations upon which British theatre was built. Andrew Dickson talks to...

Duration:00:43:36

Too Many Artists

4/8/2018
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Paul Morley asks "Can there be too many artists in the world?"

Duration:00:43:35

Blind, Black and Blue

3/19/2018
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There were many real blind, black bluesman, scraping a living in the Deep South a hundred years ago. From Blind Willie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson on opposite street corners in Dallas to Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller in Georgia and the Carolinas, the early 20th century saw blind bluesmen playing everything from the lewd, raw blues of the juke joint to the God-fearing spirituals beloved of the new wave of Southern churches and with a musical legacy that's lasted through the...

Duration:00:43:20

Sunday Feature - Concerto: The One and the Many

3/15/2018
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Acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale is fascinated by the concerto and how the role of the soloist has evolved from baroque times to now. In this Sunday Feature (exploring the theme of this year's Free Thinking Festival - The One and the Many), Simon explores the complex dynamics between the soloist and orchestra, drawing parallels between the world of the concerto and that of the stage. He asks whether the concerto really is a competition between the soloist and the orchestra or a deeper...

Duration:00:43:59

Literary Pursuits - Jekyll and Hyde

2/26/2018
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Sarah Dillon discovers the story behind the writing of R.L. Stevenson's horror classic

Duration:00:43:39

The Radio 3 Documentary: Radio Controlled

2/12/2018
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Robert Worby on how post-war German radio and new music were conscripted to fight the cultural cold war, juggling political, economic and cultural forces outside of their control.

Duration:00:43:56

SUNDAY FEATURE THE 40 DAYS OF MUSA DAGH

1/29/2018
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In 1933 Franz Werfel's epic novel "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" was published to huge acclaim. Werfel was then at the height of his powers, an internationally known author. He told the story of Armenian villagers who, in 1915, resist deportation & annihilation by Turkish forces on the holy mountain of Musa Dagh led by an Armenian émigré who has returned to his ancestral home at this most fateful time. Set against the Ottoman Empire's attempts to deport or destroy its Armenian populations,...

Duration:00:43:30

New Generation Thinkers: Edmund Richardson and Sarah Jackson

12/3/2017
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Alexander the Great's Tomb was famous and then it disappeared. Classical historian Edmund Richardson has spent the last few years following in the Macedonian's wake and admits to a growing obsession with the mystery of the missing corpse and its final resting place. Join him as he goes in search of those who claim to have found the conqueror's last remains, peers into a legend-filled sarcophagus standing shyly by the Rosetta stone in the British Museum and follows an imaginatively talented...

Duration:00:43:45

Resurrecting Mayakovsky

11/19/2017
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Ian Sansom attempts to resurrect the spirit of poet Vladimir Mayakovsky

Duration:00:44:00

Sunday Feature: New Generation Thinkers

10/29/2017
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Dr Louisa Egbunike, lecturer in English at City University London, is interested in the shifting frame of Afrofuturism. The term was originally coined in 1993 to bracket together work by African-American writers, artists and musicians who were dealing with science-fiction and speculative themes. However it has only recently been suggested that work by creatives living in Africa and those who are part of the more recent African diaspora could also be described as Afrofuturist. Louisa talks...

Duration:00:43:49

Sunday Feature: John Tusa's Opera Journey

10/8/2017
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John Tusa revisits the provincial German towns where as a 19-year-old national serviceman he first discovered opera in 1955 and finds out why, 62 years on, it’s still thriving there. Back then, he was based in the centre of the country, at the garrison in Celle. None of his fellow officers seemed to think it at all unusual when John vanished off from time to time to spend an evening in nearby Hanover glorying, for example, in the Verdian climaxes of what was billed as “Die Macht des...

Duration:00:43:46

Sunday Feature: Every County in the State of California

10/1/2017
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When Dana Gioia was appointed Poet Laureate of California in 2015 he was invited to read in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. But Gioia believes the role is to encourage poetry throughout the state. He has a mission: to visit every county in the state of California. There are 58, stretching from Del Norte 1,000 miles south to Imperial, bordering Mexico; from the Sierra mountains and redwood forests to the desert; densely populated Los Angeles (almost 10 million) to almost empty...

Duration:00:43:37