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Masseurs’ story

Radio: THE form may have been diminished by endless parodies, but there is still something thrilling about a traditional investigative documentary. The thrill of the chase, the late-night stake-outs, and the final confrontation - it is what journalists used to do

Carmen in China

Did you know that the oldest cities in the world were essentially salt silos?

In need of pity?

Radio: IT IS the stuff that nightmares are made of. You are at your college reunion, and come across an old chum who consistently did worse than you in exams. But now the blighter is earning ten times your salary

Sad, but true

Radio: WHAT is the saddest piece of music ever composed? A survey carried out by The Why Factor suggested that the answer was Samuel Barber's Adagio. And the saddest instrument in the world? The Armenian duduk

Modest last wish

Radio: It was a message repeated in Churchill's Grave (Radio 4, Friday) with a regularity bordering on the irritating: everyone, from the local cabbie to the founder of Churchill Insurance, insisted that this showed Churchill to be at heart a man of the people, unpretentious, discreet, and humble

Hitler’s prose

Radio: IT IS a dilemma that translators must face with some frequency: what to do with a piece of bad writing. Make it sound better, and save the author's blushes; or present the text, warts and all? But when the text in question is Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, the dilemma is that much more acute

Four-day survey

Radio: Timberlake Wertenbaker's adaptation of War and Peace for Radio 4 is a worthy undertaking, and comes with a wealth of online materials

Pioneer showgirl

Radio: Theatre and religion have always had an uneasy relationship, the morals of the average thespian not always being of a standard regarded as appropriate by the Churc

Events remembered

Radio: All Is Calm: The story of the Christmas Truce (Radio 2, Christmas Eve) managed to shake off that patina of sparkle that can so often tip Christmas programming over from magical to tacky

In the crowd, all alone

Radio: MORE than four million people will spend this Christmas alone. Statistics of this kind are a seasonal ritual; but Professor Christina Victor told us on Woman's Hour (Radio 4) last Friday that Christmas was not the worst time of the year for people who feel lonely

Judge ’em, cowboy

Radio: IT IS a rare thing indeed to hear the judiciary praised in terms more divine than human. In this country, it would be unthinkable to imagine a judge's being described as having a hotline to God - except in a deeply satirical sense

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Poet who crossed frontiers

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of T. S. Eliot, Martyn Halsall examines the writer's work in order to map his spiritual journey  Subscribe to read more

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