BBC Radio 4 Alert

Three programmes, one passed, two upcoming, on the Beeb’s spoken word channel might be of interest to our readers.

Yesterday’s In Our Time covered Henry Thoreau – the American philosopher and naturalist previously discussed here on the Voice in one of our extracts from the Dictionary of Liberal Thought. In Our Time is one of very few Radio 4 programmes where past programmes are available in perpetuity. Currently the link is here.

Happily More or Less, a half-hour programme discussing the maths and statistics currently making the news, is another of those programmes where they leave previous editions available. Sunday’s show, at 8pm, features a specific discussion about how politicians use numbers to bolster arguments or to mislead. Contributing will be a number of politicians, including from the Lib Dems, our own Vince Cable MP.

And speaking of Vince, he will be Kirsty Young’s guest this Sunday, at 11.15 am, on Desert Island Discs, choosing eight records and a luxury item to while away his time in mythical isolation.

Oh, and some dog reviewed a comedy show.

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