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Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Boorman's Playful Wit Continues in "Queen and Country"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoices in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb. What's he like a decade later?

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LIES

Josie Long Plans On Staying Here Illegally

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The British writer and comedian is ready to be an American, and she has the perfect plan: fix her accent, join the mafia, and get her face on Mt. Rushmore.

PRI's The World

Reading, math and ... Javascript? Coding is now mandatory in English schools

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This month, England launched one of the most ambitious computer education programs in the world. Every child from 5 to 16 will now learn computer programming, and advocates say it's not only vital but easier than you might think to teach schoolkids how to code.

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PRI's The World

This English chef is bringing working-class 'bread and dripping' to his finest patrons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You could call Tom Sellers a "culinary wunderkind." At 26, he already has his own award-winning restaurant in London. Now, he's trying to bring "bread and dripping" — a traditional dish for many working-class Britons — to the plates of England's most refined foodies.

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The Takeaway

Will Scotland Vote for Independence?

Monday, August 18, 2014

A month from today, just over 4 million people in Scotland will get to vote in a historic referendum on whether their country should become independent for the first time in more than 300 years. 

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The Takeaway

A British Spy Agency is Manipulating the Internet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From changing the outcome of online polls to artificially increasing website traffic, GCHQ has been blurring the line between online surveillance and state propaganda, according to new documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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New Sounds

New Music From England

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hear new music from England, including brand-new off-world music from ”The Red Book,” the second record by the global chamber/world music group Penguin Café, (as led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of the late Simon Jeffes, founder of Penguin Café Orchestra).  These Penguin Café works were written for the International Space Orchestra and NASA Ames in 2012, and were beamed into space as part of NASA’s Kepler project. 

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On Being

Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists [remix]

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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On Being

[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Working Class Slag from a Crap Town Edition

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and John Swansburg discuss the Joe Swanberg film "Drinking Buddies," Laura Helmuth's piece on the impact of longevity on humanity, and Simon Doonan's new book on his life.

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On The Media

Royal Baby Media Frenzy

Friday, July 12, 2013

During the past couple months, the media have been scrambling to cover all angles of the impending birth of Kate Middleton's "royal baby." Included in those angles: What clothes the pregnant Duchess wears, what the baby's gender will be, and just how Kate Middleton will give birth. Bob reports from London on the royal baby media frenzy.

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Listen to Lucy

The New Lady of Threadneedle Street

Monday, June 24, 2013

The New Lady of Threadneedle Street

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Soundcheck

Danny Boyle On Picking Music for 'Trance,' 'Trainspotting' And More

Friday, April 12, 2013

Known for using pre-existing songs, Boyle doesn't use a music supervisor and selects tracks himself. "It’s one of the deepest pleasures for me. It helps shape the film in so many ways, [beyond] just the music."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thatcher Today

Monday, April 08, 2013

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher died this morning. British journalist Alan Cowell of The New York Times, currently reporting from Paris, discusses how Thatcher is viewed in the UK today. Plus: your calls. How do you view Margaret Thatcher today? Post your thoughts below or call 212-433-9692

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WNYC News

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead at 87

Monday, April 08, 2013

Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. She was 87.

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The "Overpoweringly Witty" Fiction of Noël Coward

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WNYC

Celebrating the appearance of his first published novel, Pomp and Circumstance (1961), Noël Coward coolly rebuts those critics calling him "antiquated, snobbish, and belonging to an earlier, more complacent age." 

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The Takeaway

The Two Faces of London: John Lanchester's "Capital"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

London has had plenty of reasons to celebrate lately. Last April was the Royal Wedding, and just a few weeks ago thousands commemorated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But behind these posh events, and the billions of dollars in taxes they require, is a struggling citizenry that has been plagued by terrorism, and more recently, widespread rioting.

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The Takeaway

Queen Elizabeth Marks 60 Years as Monarch with Diamond Jubilee

Monday, June 04, 2012

On June 2, 1953, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey in London. 2012 marks 60 years of her renowned and at times tumultuous reign. The Diamond Jubilee is a series of celebrations throughout England to honor the Queen's 60-year rule. Historian at London University Kate Williams has written several books about the monarchy, including "Young Elizabeth."

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Features

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: Water Music for a Queen

Friday, June 01, 2012

On Sunday, a joyous flotilla of 1,000 vessels will process up London's River Thames in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Here in New York, a smaller flotilla will also pass the Statue of Liberty on Sunday to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee.

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