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Known For...

29:07 | Feb 19th

Josie Long presents short documentaries about people or places who become known for a single thing. From the contested title of Britain's most haunted village to a tender reflection on an actor defined by their most famous role. Most Haunted Produce...Show More
Lasso the Moon

31:22 | Dec 25th, 2018

Josie Long presents short Christmas-themed documentaries and adventures in sound. We hear from a long time resident of Santa Claus, Indiana, the comedian Mark Thomas offers a tender reflection on Away in a Manger, and Karolyn Grimes - the woman who ...Show More
Untethered

30:22 | Dec 4th, 2018

Navigating the technological nightmare of the afterlife, the feeling of weightlessness during a late night drive and finding yourself adrift at sea - Josie Long presents short documentaries and mini works of fiction about finding yourself untethered ...Show More
Mistaken Identity

28:31 | Jun 19th, 2018

The lust to escape your life, gifts that make you feel misunderstood and a mystery with an elusive man at it's centre - Josie Long unfurls stories of mistaken identity. The writer Nikesh Shukla and his friends, Nick Hearne and Robbie Lingham, talk a...Show More
Into the Woods

29:56 | Apr 3rd, 2018

From tree climbing to getting lost in the forest, Josie Long ventures into the woods. Featuring Sook-Yin Lee on the wild forest of her childhood, the musician and radio producer Phil Smith on the love and freedom of clambering amid the branches, an...Show More
Silent Night

31:48 | Mar 13th, 2018

A quiet walk through an abandoned prison camp in darkness, late night ambient sound in the Maasai Mara - Josie Long listens for sounds in the hush of the night. Silent Night Featuring Carl Cattermole Produced by Thomas Glasser and based on his docum...Show More
Press Record

28:28 | Jun 25th

The sounds of an empty apartment, the last tape of a loved one, the bootleg VHS tapes that helped inspire a musical movement and an erotic audio audition are at the heart of this edition of Short Cuts. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adve...Show More
Nature Documentaries

29:28 | Jun 18th

Singing with whales, a cloud of bats and the ballad of a rare bird - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about the natural world. Whale Duet A version of this story first appeared on the podcast Sound Matters Interview by...Show More
Nocturne

28:43 | Jun 11th

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about what happens after darkness falls. From Mark Thomas's childhood nocturnal journeys to a late-night story told in the glow of a turf fire. The Little Nuneen Featuring Gerald O'Brie...Show More
Mirror Image

30:03 | Jun 4th

Josie Long gazes into a mirror as she presents short documentaries and sonic adventures on reflections and doubles. A woman wrestles with an unsettling shadow, the double act Split Britches explore life as partners and performers and a work of sound...Show More
Desire Lines

28:35 | May 28th

Looking for love online, the desire lines we walk to a lover's house and the untethering of a breast-feeding baby from it's mother - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about being drawn towards the ones we love. Desire L...Show More
What Lies Beneath

29:41 | May 20th

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about what lies beneath the surface of things - from a subterranean journey to a dive inside a painting. Seams (Extract) Originally made for the Timber Festival Produced by Geoff Bird ...Show More
Early Spring

30:38 | Mar 26th

As the days lengthen and a new season approaches, Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the Rilke poem Early Spring. The People Who Feel Featuring Henry Córdova Produced by Ariana Martinez Falling Like Blossom ...Show More
Between the Lines

30:09 | Mar 19th

Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about translation, interpretation and ideas that resonate in the gap between words - from the connection between one man and his translator, through Benjamin Clementine's interpretation of ...Show More
Oulipo

29:53 | Mar 12th

Josie Long presents a series of short documentaries and audio adventures inspired by the work of the Oulipo, a loose collective of writers and mathematicians who use playful constraints in their work to spark new ideas. The Oulipo's name - Ouvroir ...Show More
The Descent

28:48 | Mar 5th

Falling space debris sparks an adventure across continents - and underpants dangling from a tree push a woman into a downward spiral. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about The Descent. The King and I Produced by Nata...Show More
The Forgetting

29:02 | Feb 26th

Josie Long presents fragmentary short documentaries about lost memories. Searching for a half-remembered past, shape-shifting, elusive personal histories, forgetting yourself and a story of societal forgetting. Mother of Memory Produced by Nanna Hau...Show More
The Gloaming

29:14 | Dec 18th, 2018

Josie Long presents new short documentaries on searching for hope in the gathering darkness. John McCarthy and Brian Keenan look back on a single act of human kindness that glows amid much darker memories, a late night conversation explores the hope...Show More
Seasons

29:32 | Dec 11th, 2018

Josie Long presents new short documentaries and audio adventures tied to the changing of the seasons. Laura Barton offers an ode to the sticky heat of summer, we hear the beat of hummingbird wings in autumn and a love story tied to cold British wint...Show More
Me and You

30:37 | Nov 27th, 2018

A father and son stare out to sea and talk about a lost love, a woman writes a letter to her young daughter unpicking the complex intersections between motherhood, art, selfhood and capitalism, and a widow finds an unusual spirit guide for her grievi...Show More
Meals

29:28 | Nov 20th, 2018

Josie Long presents short documentaries about food - from congee on a mountaintop to the nightmarish consequences of a family dinner. The writer Jessica J Lee tries to recreate a vivid sensory experience and Australian audio-maker Mike Williams shar...Show More
The Other Side

29:26 | Jun 26th, 2018

Josie Long hears stories of crossing over to the other side - from radio waves permeating political barriers to the migratory routes of eels. Radio 100 Featuring Leslie Rosin, Cornelia Saxe and Gregor Schuster Produced by Leo Hornak The Other Side ...Show More
The Watchers

28:55 | Jun 12th, 2018

Josie Long hears stories of observation - from glimpsing who you might become to an artist who secretly surveilled her father. Rosalind Jana explores the crackle of possibility and hope in a love story observed across a crowded room, Johanna Heldebr...Show More
Civil Disobedients

28:42 | Jun 5th, 2018

A porcine presidential campaign, the feeling of freedom in a communal action and a Danish poet who helps you re-imagine the world - Josie Long hears stories of small radical acts. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas talks about the feeling of liberty ...Show More
Beginnings

29:01 | May 29th, 2018

Josie Long presents short documentaries about creating something out of nothing, fresh starts and the beginning of the end. From a band that existed before they'd ever met each other to the new beginnings which bring sweet, if painful, endings in a ...Show More
Afterwords

29:35 | May 22nd, 2018

A dream-like journey, a man trying to prove he hasn't died and a reflection on a eulogy. Josie Long presents documentaries where words linger long after they're uttered. Featuring the voices of the oral historian Studs Terkel, recorded a couple of ...Show More
Cinema

32:07 | Mar 27th, 2018

Josie Long hears stories drawn from the silver screen. Luke Skywalker helps Joe Dunthorne reckon with his own mortality, the writer Ross Sutherland explores the hidden history of the audience and Amanda Foster offers an insight into the life of a stu...Show More
The Answer

29:15 | Mar 20th, 2018

Josie Long presents short documentaries and stories about the quest for resolution. Years spent in search of a solution to Elgar's Enigma, an adult seeks an answer to a childhood letter and a mother records her young son's responses. The Being Sound...Show More
Unearthly

29:02 | Mar 6th, 2018

Josie Long presents short documentaries and stories about unearthly happenings - from the myths surrounding Lake Stechlin, which is said to boil whenever a major catastrophic event happens anywhere in the world, to an uneasy evening at a conference f...Show More
Colours

28:47 | Feb 27th, 2018

Blue skies, a rainbow of strangers and lipstick shades weave through today's short documentaries about colour. Josie Long explores how it affects the way we experience the world. Blue Featuring Laura Barton Lipstick Featuring Davia Nelson Produced ...Show More
Landscapes

30:04 | Feb 20th, 2018

From an island which resists invasion to a beloved city in which you can't be free - Josie Long presents a series of short documentaries where the landscape becomes a character. Ribbon Gums Produced by Sophie Townsend Resistance Featuring Lars Chri...Show More
Never Let Me Go

29:34 | Feb 13th, 2018

Love lost and found, a lingering goodbye and the after image of a loved one - Josie Long presents stories of holding on. From the echoes of a partner that linger after their death to an extraordinary tale of love regained after fifty years apart. H...Show More
Christmas

32:04 | Dec 19th, 2017

A two-decade long commitment to writing a new Christmas standard, an Icelandic documentary fairytale and the comedian Mark Thomas feature in Josie Long's festive documentary special. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Featuring Seymour Sarn...Show More
Libraries

28:43 | Dec 12th, 2017

Josie Long explores the way our collections and accidental archives define us. Diving into a head full of palindromes, love letters, artistic accidents and family recipes. Featuring the writer Nikesh Shukla, the illustrator Ralph Steadman, love lett...Show More
Long Distance

28:46 | Dec 5th, 2017

Falling from a great height and last words across a telephone line - Josie Long hears stories of relationships stretched across space. From the crossover between skydiving, Soren Kierkegaard and falling in love, to the final words uttered into the e...Show More
The Insider

27:36 | Nov 28th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories from within hidden worlds - a doctor living in quarantine, the founder of a time travellers convention and a radio DJ offering a lifeline to prisoners. On The Inside Featuring Bruce Aitken Produced by Eliza Lomas The Time T...Show More
Incantations

29:27 | Nov 21st, 2017

Josie Long hears stories spell craft, poetry and art coming to life. What can a poet learn from a consultant sorcerer? Ross Sutherland explores the poetic possibilities of spell craft. A fragment of Sappho's poetic longing is unpicked alongside a re...Show More
Out of Thin Air

28:11 | Nov 14th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories which come out of nowhere. A story of creation, time and disappearance; a writer takes a precarious drive down an icy road imagining the dive into nothing at the edge of her vision, and the unexpected kindness of a stranger p...Show More
Role Models

28:24 | Sep 26th, 2017

What can we learn from the humanity of others? From seeing ourselves reflected in someone else? Josie Long presents stories of role models. "You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There's this idea that monsters don't have reflections i...Show More
Lost in Translation

30:50 | Sep 19th, 2017

Secret languages, loving acts of translation and musical instruments with an unrecognised power - Josie Long presents new documentaries about translation. From the man who introduced a poet to Iran through a tender act of love for his father, to a d...Show More
In Motion

29:02 | Sep 12th, 2017

Escape artists, losing control of your body and losing yourself in water - Josie Long takes a twilight stroll across Hampstead Heath while she presents stories of movement. Pond Featuring Jessica J Lee Movement Featuring Ian Waterman Produced by Ra...Show More
Machines

28:29 | Sep 5th, 2017

A disembodied voice, digital ghosts and the contraptions we build that alter our humanity - Josie Long presents new short documentaries about machines. We hear from the voice of Siri in the UK about losing control of what you say. Also - the story o...Show More
Tough Love

28:16 | Aug 29th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of heartbreak. Difficult love, women encoded in music and rebuilding yourself after you've been broken. Laura Barton offers a tender exploration of complex, enduring love, Natalie Kestecher rebuilds herself after a sudden sh...Show More
Duet

30:14 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of duets, the perfect conversational dance and gatecrashing honeymoons. She also talks to the other half of her long-running comedy partnership - Robin Ince. The poet John Osborne delves into late night radio phone in conver...Show More
Afterimage

28:27 | Aug 15th, 2017

A memory caught in a childhood drawing and a repeat encounter which offers hope at a point of despair - Josie Long explores the afterimage left by moments that touch us. We hear from Sion Jair who climbs mountains as a way to cope with disappearing ...Show More
Witness

28:03 | Jun 20th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of bearing witness - from glimpsing the moment a parent changes to escaping a violent storm. Witness Featuring Lois Gibson Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Tornado Featuring David Walker, Lindsay Martindale and Tobey Walker Pr...Show More
Pause

29:49 | Jun 13th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of our desire to pause - from dismantling a house which seems stopped in time to the difficulties of watching your child grow up. The House by the Creek Produced by Sophie Townsend Pony Produced by Ibby Caputo Private Blac...Show More
Radio with Pictures

28:18 | Jun 6th, 2017

Defiantly staring down neo-Nazis, unwanted family portraits and a photographer searching for his subject years later - Josie Long presents new short documentaries inspired by images. (Photo credit: Nathan Edwards/News Corp Australia) Woman in the P...Show More
Magical Realism

27:41 | May 30th, 2017

Josie Long presents documentaries where reality takes on a magical aspect - tales of snake-filled American towns, a visit to a shaman and of crashing back down to earth. The Curve of the Earth Produced by Stephanie Rowden http://www.stephanierowden....Show More
The Test

30:06 | May 23rd, 2017

Personality tests, tests of character and knowing how to cheat. Josie Long presents stories of people testing their mettle. The writers Ross Sutherland and Joe Dunthorne examine the Sutherland-Dunthorne luck index to see why one's success seems to m...Show More
Postcards

28:40 | May 16th, 2017

Josie Long presents stories of messages sent across borders. Unsent postcards, a last message and the journey for home. An old handwritten note, in pursuit of a woman who ran away, leads to a town submerged in water; the writer Laura Barton discover...Show More
So It Goes

29:03 | Mar 28th, 2017

"We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is." Josie Long presents short documentaries and radio adventures in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut, shortly before the tenth anniversary of his death - from peculiar travel suggestion...Show More
Counterpoint

29:58 | Mar 21st, 2017

How do we talk to people we disagree with? How do we learn to listen? Josie Long presents short documentaries and stories about communicating across the divide. From the holocaust survivor who's dedicated her life to talking to those who hurt her t...Show More
The Leap

30:19 | Mar 14th, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of courage, fresh hope and pinball wizardry - from two lawyers who pursue a sudden courageous career change in middle age to the pursuit of new love after loss. The items in the programme are: Go For It! Featuring Rev. Zenj...Show More
Out of Time

29:39 | Mar 7th, 2017

Josie Long presents documentaries about time and timing. From losing your grasp on the passing hours to a childhood fear of Sundays - how our experience of time gets under our skin. The features in this programme are: Tick Tick Tick Produced by Ste...Show More
The Pretenders

29:55 | Feb 28th, 2017

Josie Long presents stories of those who have pretended to be someone they're not. From an undercover cop to stars of the art world caught in an elaborate fiction. The features in this programme are: The Connor Brothers Featuring James Golding, Mik...Show More
Hope Dies Last

31:05 | Feb 21st, 2017

Josie Long hears stories of hope found amidst the darkness - tales of love letters, hope on the water and the man who has steered 28,000 people safely to shore across treacherous waters from the end of a phone line. "I must admit I'm deeply impresse...Show More
The End of the Story

28:24 | Dec 5th, 2016

Josie Long presents short documentaries on things drawing to a close - from stories captured, bottled and buried over time, to reflections at the end of a life well-lived. The Kajakman Produced by Rikke Houd Too Many Miles Originally produced for t...Show More
The Dreamers

28:08 | Nov 28th, 2016

Josie Long hears stories of dreamers - from the search for utopia to striving to transform into the writer Barbara Cartland. Becoming Barbara Produced by Natalie Kestecher Utopia Featuring Michaela Vieser Produced by Tim Hinman and Michaela Vieser ...Show More
Vox

27:57 | Nov 21st, 2016

Finding your voice, life or death conversations and seeking anonymity - Josie Long explores the power of the human voice. From losing yourself in a crowd of others to the medium who finds herself conversing with a murderer. Cards on the Table Produc...Show More
Borderlands

28:12 | Nov 14th, 2016

Josie Long explores uncertain territory - from a micronation to the porous borders between dreams and reality. We hear from Prince Michael of Sealand, the head of state in an unrecognised micronation that sits in the North Sea, and the doctor who's ...Show More
Losing Yourself

31:37 | Nov 7th, 2016

Josie Long hears stories of what can be found as we lose ourselves - from disappearing into anonymous environments to confronting existential threats. Found Featuring Penny Rimbaud Lost Featuring Laura Barton Produced by Ibby Caputo Series Produc...Show More
The Witching Hour

28:06 | Oct 31st, 2016

An invitation to wander out into the darkness, an actor who discovers she's been killed off in real life and a late night wander into the Icelandic night. Josie Long hears tales of the witching hour as she ventures out for a midnight walk in the wood...Show More
Wild Youth

28:40 | Oct 24th, 2016

Falling in love, losing yourself and vicious sibling rivalries - Josie Long presents tales of wild youth. We hear the writer Joe Dunthorne and his sister Leah try to unpick old family scars and a story of attempted teen rebellion from Mae Martin. Ri...Show More
The Deep End

30:01 | Oct 17th, 2016

Josie Long hears short documentaries and true stories from people who have fallen in the deep end. From the man who sets out to scam the con artists trying to exploit him, to the hypnotist who finds himself face to face with Uday Hussein, we hear tr...Show More
Field Guides

29:25 | Jul 26th, 2016

The lessons about love and life that we can learn from a fig, a walk in the woods and a connection to a lost love found in the water. Josie Long ventures outdoors, hearing stories of how human hearts become tangled in the forests, lakes and skylines ...Show More
Rivals

29:42 | Jul 19th, 2016

Fights for territory, standing your ground and petty feuds - Josie Long hears stories of rivalry. From a bitter battle conducted in a laundrette to an ongoing argument between academics on either side of the world. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall ...Show More
Illuminations

29:33 | Jul 12th, 2016

A mysterious character offering to illuminate a course of action, an activist thrust into a glaring spotlight and the dull glow of car tail lights- Josie Long looks for illuminations in the darkness. Featuring the actress and activist Sacheen Little...Show More
Vanishing Point

28:21 | Jul 5th, 2016

From the man who'll help you disappear to coping with a sudden, shocking loss - Josie Long looks at vanishing points. We hear stories of private investigators, the search for solitude in the dust bowl and a woman's life changing in one devastating s...Show More
The Stranger

29:50 | Jun 28th, 2016

An innocent encounter tips from flirtation to danger, the professional stranger you never want to see on your door step and a partner whose revelation turns him in an instant into a stranger. Josie Long delves into stories of brushes with the unknown...Show More
Body Language

27:36 | Jun 21st, 2016

Reading Russian literature - without a book - in solitary confinement, speaking with someone else's voice and the need to be embraced. Josie Long delves into wordless communication. From the melody of your speech to the brush of skin on skin, Josie ...Show More
Wild Water

28:56 | Nov 17th, 2015

From finding your way in a cold, dark sea swim to coping with the isolation at the bottom of the ocean, Josie Long hears stories of wild water. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the pr...Show More
Inheritance

28:13 | Nov 10th, 2015

From the sounds of the womb to fading memories - Josie Long hears stories of what we inherit from past generations. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items feature in the programme are: George Bernard ...Show More
Afterlife

28:39 | Nov 3rd, 2015

How imprisonment revealed an unlikely talent, a musical story of what follows after a dust storm has passed and the unexpected complications of standing still to watch the seasons change. Josie Long hears stories of what follows after the main event....Show More
Copycat

28:55 | Oct 27th, 2015

Howling like a wolf, stolen identities and poetry composed from borrowed words. Josie Long presents stories of imitation and plagiarism. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme...Show More
The Clock

29:30 | Oct 20th, 2015

Josie Long navigates the changing texture of a day - with stories from the rush hour commute through the night until first light. From an afternoon with Dr Clock the horologist through to a serendipitous voice reaching a woman in the darkness of the...Show More
The Other

28:33 | Oct 13th, 2015

From the other woman to the other Michael Jackson, Josie Long hears stories from 'others'. John Osborne explores how your identity can become inextricably linked with someone you've never met, two academics discover how a piece of theatre can push y...Show More
Investigation

28:12 | May 12th, 2015

Josie Long presents stories of investigations - both amateur and professional. The comedian Alex Edelman describes his search for a missing cult legend, a German historian talks about the trouble of tracking down Hitler's head and a group of young m...Show More
Songlines

28:02 | May 5th, 2015

Josie Long hears stories of music and memory. From the song that proves your parents right - rock and roll really will lead you down a dangerous path of drugs and destruction - to the symphony that haunted one man's dreams for decades. Series Produc...Show More
The Conversation

28:01 | Apr 29th, 2015

Josie Long presents stories of intimate conversations. A thirty year long conversation comes to an end, an undercover agent reveals how to flatter someone into prison and we discover the secrets of the 'dual form'. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall ...Show More
Adaptation

27:53 | Apr 21st, 2015

Josie Long hears stories of adaptation. A former ghost writer describes adapting someone else's life for the page, a woman who left Damascus considers how her city has changed in the last few years and we hear two stories of adapting to extraordinar...Show More
Heartsong

27:56 | Apr 14th, 2015

From the first touch to the last kiss, Josie Long hears stories of love, loss and finding yourself. An audio diary shines a light on how we rebuild ourselves after the end of a relationship, a final kiss in a love affair holds us in a moment crackl...Show More
Here Be Dragons

27:59 | Apr 7th, 2015

A baby monitor which opens up a terrifying world, an explorer who ventures into the unknown and a woman who longs to disappear into space - Josie Long hears about dreams, desires and darkness in unmarked territories. On old maps, the uncharted areas...Show More
The Double

29:54 | Nov 11th, 2014

Josie Long hears stories of seeing double. Tales of doppelgangers, identity theft and a woman who offered a living counterpart to dead composers. Featuring a new 'documentary song' from Gaggle. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree prod...Show More
Nothing

27:44 | Nov 4th, 2014

Josie Long presents a programme about nothing. A decades long murder mystery about the death of a man who never existed, the story of losing someone you never knew, and a first time treasure hunter finds something against the odds but ends up with n...Show More
After Dark

28:33 | Oct 28th, 2014

Love found after a blackout, telephone counselling for bereaved rock star managers and erotica for the elderly. Josie Long presents tales of blackouts, late nights and bedtime stories. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for...Show More
Behind the Curtain

30:42 | Oct 21st, 2014

Secret telephone discos for cold calling salesmen, moral dilemmas which emerge behind the scenes on a reality television show and Joe Dunthorne attempts to gain access to the OULIPO. Josie Long peers behind the curtain to reveal stories from behind ...Show More
Connections

28:02 | Oct 14th, 2014

A message in a bottle, cast into the ocean, reaches a woman who needs it, a lifeboat adrift and isolated in icy waters and a crackling, radio connection offers a lifeline between friends. Josie Long hears tales of making contact. Series Producer: El...Show More
Rabbit Holes

28:33 | Oct 7th, 2014

Josie Long dives down a rabbit hole in this sequence of short documentaries, true stories and radio adventures. We hear tales of a spam email that alters the course of two people's lives and a mysterious monument made out of shoes at a deserted inte...Show More
Explorers

27:52 | May 6th, 2014

Josie Long goes on an adventure as she presents a sequence of mini documentaries about exploration. With tales of riding cellos down the mountain side and romantic exploration on the U Bahn. Great Bear Rainforest Produced by Elizabeth Arnold Die F...Show More
Mystery

28:00 | Apr 29th, 2014

Josie Long investigates small mysteries in this sequence of mini documentaries. Hearing tales of ghost ships, hidden underground kingdoms and the disappointment of discovering the banality of your family's secrets. The items featured in the program...Show More
Anonymity

27:45 | Apr 22nd, 2014

Josie Long presents a sequence of mini documentaries exploring what happens when nobody knows your name. From our transgressions online through to an unusual love affair between two strangers who had never set eyes on each other, Josie hears how ano...Show More
Between

29:01 | Apr 15th, 2014

Josie Long presents a series of mini-documentaries exploring the idea of being in limbo. From the story of a journalist impersonating a journalist in an Afghan village based in Canada to the music of answer machine messages, Josie examines what happ...Show More
Trespass

28:57 | Apr 8th, 2014

Josie Long ventures where she shouldn't with this sequence of brief encounters, true stories and radio adventures about acts of trespass. Stories of stolen waxworks, formal letters severing friendships, and travels into unknown territory. Urban Exp...Show More
Waking Life

29:11 | Apr 1st, 2014

Josie Long presents a sequence of brief encounters, true stories and short documentaries in which the boundaries between 'real' life and dreaming blur. From the addictive, perception-altering qualities of romantic love through to a surreal story abo...Show More
The Fear

28:30 | Oct 29th, 2013

Josie Long gets scared as she presents a sequence of frightening mini documentaries. From the sound of fear to the feel of terror, we hear the story of a sleepwalking menace stalking through an American summer camp late at night and tales of how the...Show More
The Trip

29:25 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Josie Long goes on a series of unusual journeys as she presents a sequence of mini documentaries about adventurous trips. From searching for teenage misadventure through to finding yourself, we travel from the British seaside to the freezing landsca...Show More
Growing Pains

28:15 | Oct 15th, 2013

Josie Long explores the painful process of growing up in a sequence of mini documentaries.From first steps to last love, we hear tales of controversial haircuts, the search for independence and the need to let go of the past.The items featured in the...Show More
Resistance

27:45 | Oct 8th, 2013

Josie Long presents a sequence of mini documentaries about small acts of resistance - from bursting into song to crashing a car into a wall. We hear from a woman whose encounter with an underground resistance movement led to tapped phones and aggress...Show More
Hush

27:50 | Oct 1st, 2013

Josie Long presents a series of short documentaries about keeping quiet, being lost for words and complete silence. From the crushing silence after a musician's mistake to the tense hush that surrounds two teenage boys as they hide inches from their...Show More
Fictions

27:44 | Sep 24th, 2013

Josie Long presents a sequence of unbelievable mini documentaries looking at bending the truth, fantasists and outright liars. Josie hears how the writer Ross Sutherland invented a mysterious secret society by accident and looks for secrets scratche...Show More
Escape

27:58 | Jul 2nd, 2013

Josie Long presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries and makes her escape as we hear stories of running away, flight and car chases. From breaking away to disappearing into escapism - we hear the tale of a narrow escape ...Show More
Lost and Found

27:36 | Jun 25th, 2013

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries with stories of loss and discovery. From being lost in the music to lost love - Josie delves into tales of forgotten cassette tapes, voices rediscovered and teenage rebellion. Hide and Seek Fea...Show More
Lines of Communication

27:17 | Jun 18th, 2013

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries about communication - messages that could break your heart, rescue you from a fight or save you from a long stay in jail. The writer Glenn Patterson explains why sometimes we should ignore the w...Show More
Split

27:44 | Jun 11th, 2013

Josie Long presents a series of delightful and adventurous short documentaries, brief encounters, true stories and found sound. We examine rips in the fabric of the universe as Josie Long delves into stories of splits, divisions and tears. From brok...Show More
Taking Flight

27:25 | Jun 4th, 2013

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries in which people hurl themselves into the air with the hope of taking flight. We glide through the air, fall into the sea and explore grand leaps of the imagination, which cross the border betwee...Show More
Someone to Watch Over Me

27:55 | May 28th, 2013

In the first programme of this series of Short Cuts, Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries which peel back the curtain, peer into the darkness and look out at those who are watching us. By turns delightful and unsettling, today's au...Show More