Desert Island Discs

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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.

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41:56 | Apr 15th, 2018

Another chance to listen to the theoretical physicist speaking to Sue Lawley in 1992. Stephen Hawking wrote the best-selling A Brief History of Time and was the founder of the Centre for Theoretical C...Show More
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Fascinating story

37:03 | Oct 8th, 2017

Sir James MacMillan is a Scottish composer and conductor. He's one of Britain's most successful living classical composers, with his percussion concerto, Veni Veni Emmanuel, receiving more than 600 pe...Show More
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Fascinating to hear how family history of coal miners and carpenters inspired/supported one of western classical music's greatest composers....Show More

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49:39 | May 7th, 2017

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Ed Sheeran. His songs have brought him two Grammys, four Brit awards and global success. Shortly after the release of his latest album, Divide, tracks from it occu...Show More

34:30 | May 31st, 2016

Kirsty Young's castaway is the political scientist and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University Professor Louise Richardson. She was born in Ireland, is one of seven children and has gone on to have an i...Show More
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Listened to this randomly, but so interesting. Interview with the (first female) president of Oxford set to her own soundtrack.

47:55 | May 8th, 2016

Kirsty Young's castaway is Tom Hanks. From 'Big' to 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'Captain Phillips' to 'Apollo 13', his long and distinguished film-making career has brought him multiple awards and many p...Show More
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Tom Hanks is a vivid story teller

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