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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

Seven Ages of Memory

10/13/2017
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What are we without our memories? Philip Ball talks to neuroscientists about when we first become our musical selves through our memories and asks if it is inevitable that we lose them with age and infirmity. He explores the idea that our abilities to recall music reveal particular aspects of the workings of the human brain. Part of Why Music? The Key to Memory, a weekend of events, concerts and discussions exploring the implications of music's unique capacity to be remembered.

Duration: 00:48:07


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


Sunday Feature: Nobody Knows My Name - Notes on James Baldwin

9/24/2017
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In this documentary we hear archive of the renowned American writer James Baldwin in conversation with contemporary writers and activists. Exploring the reasons behind the resonance and resurgence of his work and analysis thirty years after his death. Baldwin was a gay African American writer whose novels including Go Tell it on the Mountain and Giovanni's Room made him a leading thinker on America, sexuality and race from the 1950s onwards. With new documentaries, films, essays and...

Duration: 00:43:53


Sunday Feature: The Killers

8/13/2017
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Adam Smith traces Ernest Hemingway’s brutal, brilliant short story - from its birth in gangster-era Chicago, through its Hollywood afterlife as a noir classic, to its strange status as Ronald Reagan’s last movie. Ernest Hemingway wrote his short story ‘The Killers’ in 1926. Two hitmen enter a small-town lunch-room. They have come to kill an ex-boxer who has double-crossed someone. The boxer is warned, but doesn’t run. Hemingway captures the American man at a moral crossroads. Should he...

Duration: 00:43:56


Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice

7/9/2017
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Forster's gay love story was a forbidden book, unpublished until his death.

Duration: 00:43:21


From the Ashes

7/8/2017
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Allan Little looks at arts festivals started in the aftermath of World War Two

Duration: 00:43:33


Canada 150: Geeking Glenn Gould

6/25/2017
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James Rhodes is a massive Glenn Gould Geek: throughout his childhood he listened to Gould's recordings, had posters of him on his bedroom walls, and in the years since, those recordings have helped James through some of his darkest times. Gould is globally famous today not just for his astounding recordings as a pianist but also his many idiosyncrasies - humming throughout his performances, abandoning the concert stage in his early thirties, bundling himself up in winter coats and hats in...

Duration: 00:43:29


The Radio 3 Documentary: Hitting the High Notes

3/27/2017
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Why did hundreds of jazz musicians turn to heroin in the post-war period?

Duration: 00:43:36


Music on the Brink of Destruction

1/22/2017
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In the Nazi camps and ghettos a vast range of music was created

Duration: 00:46:51


Apocalypse How

1/15/2017
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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough on how different cultures have viewed the end of the world

Duration: 00:43:23


Breaking Free: Freud versus Music

1/6/2017
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Listen in pop-out player Did Freud really dislike music as much as he professed? Stephen Johnson explores Sigmund Freud's enigmatic relationship with music. He talks to the American cultural analyst Michelle Duncan, pscyho-analysts and writers Darian Leader and Julie Jaffee Nagel, the music critic David Nice, whose first job it was to take tours around the Freud Museum in Hampstead, and the Barcelona-based neurologist Josep Marco Pallares who is studying amusia and music-specific...

Duration: 00:43:49


David Attenborough - World Music Collector

12/25/2016
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David Attenborough recalls collecting music from around the world, and listens once again

Duration: 00:43:38


Sunday Feature: Whatever Happened to the Avant-Garde?

12/11/2016
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Is the avant-garde dead? Paul Morley conducts an autopsy, but detects signs of life ...

Duration: 00:43:44


SUNDAY FEATURE: NEW GENERATION THINKERS

11/17/2016
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Sandeep Parmar retraces the steps of "Paris", a lost Modernist masterpiece by poet Hope Mirlees, and Daniel Lee explores the fate of North Africa's Jewish communities during WW2.

Duration: 00:43:45


New Generation Thinkers

11/13/2016
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1. Euphemism and Eroticism in Scottish Gaelic Songs. 2.Reappraising Nollekens.

Duration: 00:43:45


The secrets of the Music Reading Panel

10/9/2016
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What was the BBC's panel for new scores for broadcast?Charlotte Higgins finds out.

Duration: 00:43:15


Sunday Feature: Philip French and the Critical Ear

10/2/2016
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Laurence Scott on the radio producer and esteemed film critic Philip French

Duration: 00:43:31


The Envy of the World: Rudely Truncated

9/28/2016
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Part two of Humphrey Carpenter's history of the Third Programme. First broadcast 1996

Duration: 00:45:02


The Envy of the World: No Fixed Points

9/28/2016
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Humphrey Carpenter's history of the Third Programme. First broadcast in 1996.

Duration: 00:42:59

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