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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

Sunday Feature: Afterwords – Susan Sontag

1/20/2019
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A fragmentary look at the American writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers.

Duration:00:43:34

Sunday Feature: Afterwords

1/13/2019
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Through the words of Martha Gellhorn, one of the most prescient and insightful journalists of the 20th Century, contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting.

Duration:00:43:25

Sunday Feature: Keats goes North

1/6/2019
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Fiona Stafford recreates John Keats’ epic walk of 1818 which inspired his greatest works, hoping to change his image from consumptive weakling to strapping, fit, doctor-turned-poet

Duration:00:44:02

Literary Pursuits: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables

12/30/2018
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Sarah Dillon explores the stories behind how great works of literature were written.

Duration:00:43:47

A Symphony of Psalms

12/29/2018
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Cerys Matthews explores the enduring influence of the Psalms on musicians and composers across centuries and musical genres - from Judaism to jazz, from plainsong to pop.

Duration:00:43:43

Sunday Feature: Into the Forest - The Pine Tree

12/23/2018
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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough tells the magical story of the tree that sits at the heart of Christmas day - the pine tree. A tale of power, biological wonder and baubles.

Duration:00:43:24

Tales from the Caspian Sea 2 of 2

12/9/2018
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Dr Bettany Hughes illuminates the cogent, neglected culture of the Caspian Sea and its hinterland, where the earth is politics.

Duration:00:43:45

Sunday Feature: Tales from the Caspian Sea (part 1)

12/2/2018
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Professor Bettany Hughes travels to Azerbaijan to investigate the rich cultural history of the Caspian and its history as the ancient “land of fire”.

Duration:00:43:47

Harlem on Fire

11/25/2018
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'Fire!!' was a short-lived literary magazine from the Harlem Renaissance published in 1926, created by and for the young black artists of the movement. Featuring poetry, prose, drama and artwork from some of the biggest names of the Harlem Renaissance including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Bruce Nugent, Wallace Thurman and Aaron Douglas, the magazine was an explosive attempt to burn down the traditional western canon and replace it with a series of brutally honest and...

Duration:00:43:46

The Kristapurana

11/18/2018
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Amazing travels of the first Englishman in India & a hunt for a lost poetic masterpiece.

Duration:00:44:00

Sunday Feature: The Ruhleben Legacy

11/12/2018
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Kate Kennedy reveals how life within a largely forgotten First World War German internment camp shaped the course of early 20th-century classical music. Exploring the lasting impact of this imprisonment on the men’s lives and careers, Kate visits the site of the former camp and speaks to some of the detainees’ families and former colleagues. Many of those imprisoned at Ruhleben would go on to important and influential positions. Edward Clark helped to shape the tastes of the post-war British...

Duration:00:43:46

Sunday Feature: New Generation Thinkers

11/4/2018
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Two features by R3 New Generation Thinkers. Dr Simon Beard and Dr Islam Issa

Duration:00:43:17

Sunday Feature: New Generation Thinkers Hetta Howes and Eleanor Lybeck

10/28/2018
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Two Features by R3 New Generation Thinkers Hetta Howes and Eleanor Lybeck.

Duration:00:43:53

Inside Stories

10/22/2018
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Author Carlo Gebler has spent nearly three decades working in the Northern Ireland prison system as a teacher of creative writing. He's been in all the prisons there - including the notorious Maze/Long Kesh H-Blocks - and has done everything from basic literacy to high end literature; letters to victims to Open University essays. As many of the prisoners Carlo has worked with in their cells would testify, he's spent a long time inside. Now Carlo wants to know if prison arts and education...

Duration:00:43:32

Forests of The Imagination

10/15/2018
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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enters the forests of our imagination, looking for stories. Alternative realities, holy quests and fairytales hidden among the glories of the Autumn forest. Despite our evolution in the African rainforests, Eleanor wonders whether it is tales from the frozen North that have given us the most potent forests of the imagination, invading our psyche, inhabiting our stories, inspiring our architecture, Legendary fairytale guru Jack Zipes introduces us to the darker...

Duration:00:43:36

A Portrait of Parry

10/8/2018
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Sir Hubert Parry is largely remembered today for a handful of iconic works including Jerusalem, I was Glad, Blest Pair of Sirens, and for writing the hymn tune to Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. But Parry was far more significant than these few works which have remained in the public consciousness. In this centenary year since the composer’s death, Simon Heffer argues for a reevaluation of Parry not only as a composer, but as a writer and educationalist. In interview with biographer Jeremy...

Duration:00:43:16

Sunday Feature: A Life in Study: Robert Lowell

9/24/2018
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Author Colm Toibin profiles the turbulent and brilliant life of American poet Robert Lowell, once considered the greatest living poet in English. Four decades ago, the American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977) died quietly in the back of a New York taxi. In his arms, he clutched a priceless portrait of his third wife, the Guinness heiress Lady Caroline Blackwood. Yet Lowell was on his way to see - and hopefully reconcile with - another woman: his beloved second wife, Elizabeth Hardwick. At the...

Duration:00:43:37

Sunday Feature: Grid

9/23/2018
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A feature exploring the grid as the great hidden idea behind modernism, art, music and urban design.

Duration:00:43:54

Sunday Feature - The Nature of Creativity

9/16/2018
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Writer and producer Mary Colwell explores the relationship between nature and creativity, and asks, as nature disappears, are we compromising our ability to express ourselves in art, music and literature? Since the 1970s the world has lost half of the mass of wildlife on earth, so is this affecting human creativity? The opening to Beethoven’s ground-breaking, 5th piano concerto starts with a piano imitation of the call of an Ortolan bunting. It is tiny, weighing just a few grams, but its...

Duration:00:43:45

Ken Campbell As Never Heard Before

9/9/2018
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Actors Jim Broadbent, Toby Jones and Sylvester McCoy join David Bramwell to celebrate Ken

Duration:00:43:54