And now for something completely different…

by Radio Somewhere


I am a podcast junkie, and a large proportion (around half) are of BBC Radio programs — most of which air on Radio 4. I do not listen to the BBC out of attachment to the old country — there is simply nothing in America which compares for breadth and depth of radio programming. (NPR does not even come close!)

Throughout July, I was rather wrapped up in the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, thanks to a series of Radio 3 Essays and to a Radio 4 program (just ended) called 1914: Day By Day. I was prompted to read Edith Wharton’s Fighting France and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Then I found the Radio 4 daily drama Homefront — and realized I am going to need to pace myself if I am to have any energy left for November 11. So I decided to switch gears and investigate a new-ish podcast mentioned on the Radio 4 Facebook page.

I know very little about the plant kingdom (although I can tell a spruce from a fir from a pine), but listening to a BBC podcast on the bus to/from work is a great way to get a decent introduction to an unfamiliar topic.

The artwork that goes with the podcast is also rather striking!