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Mart’s Radio Highlight of (last) Week: Home Front, September 15th 1917 – Ivy Layton

If you're not a regular listener to Home Front this may not mean a lot to you, but the burgeoning romance between Ivy Layton and disfigured soldier Dennis Monk has been bubbling for a while. Wonderful writing and acting, and the delicate pacing of this story, made the final lines of this episode a real … Continue reading Mart’s Radio Highlight of (last) Week: Home Front, September 15th 1917 – Ivy Layton

Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: the BBC’s iPlayer Radio app

Smartphones. They didn’t exist ten years ago, but now they’re glued to palms of all ages. They're affecting social interaction, causing our thumbs to become enlarged and unsightly bends in our necks. Something like that anyway. It’s raising concerns. More than once I’ve considered getting rid of mine and reverting to a smaller, lighter, less distracting, … Continue reading Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: the BBC’s iPlayer Radio app

Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: Moving to the Red Planet

Although this programme was originally broadcast on 7 March 2017, I only got around to listening to it this week, so... In Moving to the Red Planet, Claudia Hammond discusses the psychological challenges facing human travellers to Earth's nearest neighbour, such as isolation, lack of privacy, and clashes among crew members. While the physical challenges … Continue reading Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: Moving to the Red Planet

Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: Dr John Cooper Clarke

Brilliant punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke is interviewed and drawn by Martin Rowson on Radio 4's Life Drawing. Dr JCC: a unique combination of insight, entertainment and art. What lasts longer than a pop song? You'll forget about any book. You'll have to read a book again. But a song. A popular song. That's there … Continue reading Mart’s Radio Highlight of the Week: Dr John Cooper Clarke