Our 21 Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We asked WNYC staffers to choose their single favorite podcast episode of the year, whether it came from inside our building or across an ocean. These are the chosen ones.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hong Kong protests illustrated, honest Transformers, BBC and friends cover The Beach Boys, Putin gets a weird birthday gift, and "Singin' in the Rain" sans singin.
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Transportation Nation

Yellow Cab Blues: Learning The Ropes as a New Cabbie in the City

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


We visit a school for new cabbies in New York, where immigrant drivers learn to navigate the city streets and charm passengers for better tips.

We want to hear from you: What's the most interesting thing you've learned from a cab driver? Cabbies, what's the most interesting thing you've learned from a passenger?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Celebrating Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

Friday, May 02, 2014

President Jimmy Carter, author and activist Kevin Powell, and theater director Charlotte Moore share their remembrances of the poet.

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BBC Witness: Black History Month Special

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On this special hour-long episode of Witness from the BBC World Service, listen to incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience as told by people who were there.



You Are The Judge

Friday, January 17, 2014

As a young man, producer Jesse Cox learned that his grandparents, Sydney and Lesley Piddington, had been enormously popular radio performers of the 1950’s. They were mentalists, wowing listeners with their uncanny ability to read each other’s minds. Sixty years later, a question remains: how did they do it? No ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Middle East

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Paul Danahar, the BBC's Middle East bureau chief (2010-2013) and the author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring, discusses his book and the current politics in the region.

→EVENT: Paul Danahar will be reading tonight at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, at 6 PM. 

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Thomas Hampson Takes the Hot Seat on BBC's 'HardTalk'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.

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Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera.

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Our Continuous Quest for Silence

Friday, May 03, 2013

We bring you an excerpt from the recent BBC 4 radio series "Noise: A Human History" hosted by Professor David Hendy



Exploring 100,000 Years Of Human Noise

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This week on Soundcheckwe want to know how you block out noise in your day to day life. A recent BBC 4 radio series, Noise: A Human History, examined how noise has shaped civilization for the past 100,000 years. Professor David Hendy, the host and writer of that series calls in from BBC studios in Oxford, England to explain his method of telling the story of noise.


The Takeaway

'Letter from America' Examines the United States Through a British Lens

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our discussion about BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke and his iconic radio program, "Letter from America," continues with journalist Alvin Hall. The BBC, in conjunction with Boston University, recently unveiled an archive of Cooke's program, which broadcast every week from 1946 to 2004.


The Takeaway

'Letter from America': An Archive of Stories Connecting America and Britain

Monday, December 10, 2012

For 58 years, BBC radio host Alistair Cooke hosted "Letter from America" on the BBC, and the show became a singular and unique source of information for Britons on their neighbors across the pond. The BBC and Boston University recently compiled an archive of Cooke's shows and scripts, and broadcaster Alvin Hall explored "Letter from America" in a series of programs, looking at American culture (through British eyes) in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

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BBC Proms 2012 Live

August 6-13: Debussy, Dubugnon and Delius

Monday, August 06, 2012


The Olympic Stadium isn't the only place in London where history is being made, with a list of UK and world premieres among the many concerts at the BBC Proms this week. Listen here.


BBC Proms 2012 Live

July 16-21: Barenboim, Bach's Art of Fugue and 'Rach 2'

Monday, July 16, 2012

WQXR is your passport to the BBC Proms in London, with an audio stream of the daily "promenade" concerts.

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The Takeaway

More Than 80 Killed in Attacks in Iraq

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Deadly violence across Iraq this morning. Our partner the BBC reports more than 80 people have been killed in a wave of attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. Authorities say the bombing appears to have been coordinated to strike during a major religious festival. Sebastian Usher is the Arab affairs editor for the BBC.



John Peel’s Vault

Thursday, May 10, 2012

For almost 40 years, the late BBC radio host John Peel spun cutting-edge tracks and launched entire careers with his legendary “Peel Sessions.” Along the way, he amassed an enormous, meticulously organized music collection. Now, artifacts from that collection are finding a home online. Joining us to tell us more about the project are Tom Barker of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, and Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft.

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Grappling With The Ultimate Question

Monday, January 30, 2012


When You're Gone, You're Gone.  Or not...

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The Takeaway

One Reporter Looks Back at His Year in the Arab Spring

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On December 17, 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of his treatment at the hands of municipal officials. His act of desperation would become the catalyst for a full-scale revolution that would sweep across North Africa and into the Middle East in what would become known as the Arab Spring. This week has brought more violent clashes between protesters and police in Egypt, but the idea of such actions transpiring just a year ago would have been unfathomable. The year 2011 has seen democratic movements swell in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.



Attendance Records Broken at BBC Proms

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BBC Proms, London's eight-week music festival which ended its 117th season Saturday night, has reported record audiences for the second year in a row. Watch a video of the pianist Lang Lang performing on the Last Night.

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