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The Infinite Monkey Cage season 14

What is the official protocol for being contacted by aliens? Why do birds’ brains shrink after sex? What’s happening to all the bananas? These questions are tackled in the 14th season of the popular science radio panel show The Infinite Monkey Cage, hosted by comedian Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. This season whooshes us away…

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Dirk Gently, radio drama

Richard MacDuff is having one of those days. His couch is stuck in the stairwell, there’s a horse in the bathroom, and his old school pal Svlad Cjelli has invited himself back into Richard’s life on some kind of interconnected detective case. Penned by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is…

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Undone

Imagine that you just moved from a rinky-dink village called Toaster to the big, bustling metropolis of London where the world is opening up to you, throwing offers of adventure at your feet. Just when you think London is more excitement than you could have ever hoped for, you discover that there is a second…

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Double Science

The students are making drugs in the chem lab, the science teacher has his trousers around his ankles again, someone’s slipped the drama teacher some speed, and MI5 is investigating a possible bomber. Just another day in the double award science department at Forrester College where high school kids are enrolled in a pre-University program…

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Roald Dahl Audiobooks

Last year for Roald Dahl’s brithday (September 13), Penguin Random House posted ways to celebrate the children’s author’s birthday. PRH Audio Group has produced a collection of Dahl’s books read by famous British actors, and one of the ways you can celebrate (again tomorrow) is to listen to the free sampler of the Roald Dahl…

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Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

Where can you find Neil Armstrong, Banksy, David Bowie, Uri Geller, and a fire alarm enthusiast all in one place? It’s comedian Kevin Eldon’s 2012 BBC Radio 4 sketch comedy show Kevin Eldon Will See You Now. Essentially an early voyage for sketches that would later solidify in Eldon’s TV sketch show It’s Kevin and/or his Edinburgh show Kevin Eldon…

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White Face, Dark Heart

Comedian Stewart Lee has long had an obsession with the pueblo clowns–religious figures that upturn the laws of the Native American cultures and embrace their taboos–which have never been recorded by video or audio. Cameras and phones are not allowed in during this ceremony. While Lee was researching The Perfect Fool, the American Southwest novel he wrote,…

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Murder Mysteries, radio drama

There’s been a murder in Heaven. The first murder. The first sin, in fact. Recounted to a human of the modern era, angel Raguel narrates a murder mystery that occurred before humans were even “invented.” Raguel, Angel of Vengeance, was called upon by angel Lucifer to discover who had murdered one of the angels and why. The…

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CERN Podcast

In 2008, before the big Higgs Boson revelation in 2012, Professor Brian Cox hosted a 12-episode audio podcast (some of it is on video) where he took celebrities on a tour of CERN with the understanding that once they turn the Large Hadron Collider on, the public will not be allowed to tour this space…

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Wooden Overcoats, radio sitcom

Having the monopoly on the funeral industry in Piffling, it doesn’t matter how rubbish Rudyard Funn is at his job, everybody needs a funeral at some point in their lives (or indeed after). Enter Eric Chapman, the competition who has the gall to open his funeral home right across the road like a Wallgreens forcing…

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Gef by We Are Goose

Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart comedy night in Camden, London invite performers to come on stage and tell about something that most people don’t know about. Sometimes it is a famous person from history, like Tycho Brahe and his drunken moose, or the theme song to the Disney film The Barefoot Executive. Some of the older…

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Do the Right Thing Podcast

Everybody likes panel shows. Well, okay that’s not true–some people are snobs against them, but if you’re one of those snobs dead set against the more meaningless fluff panel shows on telly, it’s high time you tried more alternative panel shows, like the Do the Right Thing Podcast, an audio panel show recorded in front…

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The Infinite Monkey Cage, season 12

Should we be trying to contact alien life or should we be hiding from the universe? According to a forensic botanist, what makes a strawberry dead or alive? Why is the Higgs the Laverne and Shirley of physics? Find out in season 12 of BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. This season, hosts Professor Brian Cox and…

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Answers: Book Shambles Literary Quiz

If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, don’t read the answers! Test your knowledge here. Answers: ONE   Illustrator Quentin Blake captures the false smile of this author who wrote about his teenage son who died. (a) Michael Rosen in The Sad Book. Laura Dockrill says, “It’s not like any children’s book you’ve ever seen.” TWO   Comedian…

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Book Shambles Literary Quiz

The podcast Book Shambles, which was once Utter Shambles, briefly Cosmic Shambles, Show and Tell, and a medley of other names, has just returned (with the help of crowd funding) as Book Shambles, a new season hosted by Robin Ince and Josie Long entirely based around books. In the spirit of Show & Tell, each of…

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Free: An Infinite Monkey’s Guide to General Relativity

To celebrate the 100th year of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, co-hosts of The Infinite Monkey Cage, host a two-part radio documentary on the theory. Listen in iTunes | BBC Website | Interactive Webpage This documentary includes guests like cosmologist Sean Carroll, who you may remember from season 12 of The Infinite Monkey…

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Free: Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

This week’s FREE THING OF THE WEEK is the Beef and Dairy Network Podcast, a comedy podcast spoof of the sort of food industry podcast you might find on the Heritage Radio Network. Written by Benjamin Partridge and voiced by a variety of comedians like Mike Wozniak or Nadia Kamil, the Beef and Dairy Network…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide, radio show

Space is big. And in space’s mind-bogglingly vastness is a small blue/green planet on which lives Arthur Dent shortly before said blue/green planet is destroyed by an intergalactic construction fleet clearing the way for a hyperspace bypass. Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, whose radio version is its first, best, and truest form, is a…

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Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World

Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World (2015) is a sci-fi comedy radio drama from Mildly Rebellious Productions. You can listen to it on iTunes and Mildly Rebellious Productions’ website. One day, Owen (Joe McCarthy) awakes from his train-brain coma to discover that a virus has run amok (and by run amok, I…