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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

From the Ashes

8/14/2018
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Allan Little looks at arts festivals started in the aftermath of World War Two

Duration:00:44:46

Monteverdi's Women

8/13/2018
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Catherine Fletcher explores Monterverdi's pioneering use of female roles and performers

Duration:00:43:54

The Killers

8/9/2018
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Adam Smith traces the birth and afterlife of Hemingway's explosive short story.

Duration:00:43:52

v. is for Tony

8/7/2018
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To mark Tony Harrison's 80th birthday, Paul Farley profiles the unique poet. (R)

Duration:00:43:28

I Know an Island - RM Lockley

8/6/2018
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Jon Gower uncovers the work of the pioneering naturalist RM Lockley, whose work inspired Watership Down, paying tribute to the stunning coastline and island where Lockley worked.

Duration:00:43:49

In Search of Yves Klein

7/16/2018
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Liliane Lijn explores the work of postwar French artist Yves Klein, famous for patenting ultramarine blue and jumping from a window in the suburbs of Paris. Leap into the Void!

Duration:00:43:57

Tony Harrison's Prague Spring

7/8/2018
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Chris Bowlby travels with Tony Harrison to Prague, to discover how one of Britain's best known poets was shaped by the cultural energy and tragedy of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Harrison reads from his Prague poems in the locations where they were written. And he relives with Czech friends stories of cafes and cartoons, sex and surveillance and the hope and despair of a people fighting Soviet tanks and secret police with words, plays and tragic self-sacrifice. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor:...

Duration:00:43:31

Binary and Beyond: part two

7/1/2018
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Emma Smith on how coverage of gender in the arts might help us understand today's debate

Duration:00:43:37

Binary and Beyond Part 1

6/24/2018
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Might explorations of gender in great art of the past help illuminate today's issues?

Duration:00:43:10

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

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

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

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