‘’Enjoy BBC audio on the move - a wide range of programmes and highlights are available as podcasts for you to download for free.’’ (and be careful, some of them are available for download only one month after the original broadcast) E.g.:
Dramas for English language learners. Every Friday you can improve your English by listening to a drama specially created for English language learners.
Listen to retellings of classic stories and bespoke dramas on specific topics.
Each episode will be between six and 10 minutes long. Most dramas will be told over a number of episodes.
Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the
BBC. Your weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in
English is published every Friday. Each programme is six minutes long
and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your
knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is abridged in 9 episodes and
read by Alan Smith. The adaptation of the story is rich in music and
sound effects and is accompanied by Teacher’s Notes - making it ideal
for children studying a classic text.
British history in numbers, the big trends and changes in our lives, brought to
life with interviews and new audio techniques, and compared with the
present day. Andrew Dilnot presents 10 programmes that cover population,
incomes, health, consumption, homes, work, education, old age and
A fresh take on the History of Ideas as big subjects like beauty,
freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers.
Philosophers, theologians, lawyers, Neuroscientists, historians and
mathematicians join Melvyn Bragg to present a history in many voices.
Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world, from economics to
social affairs to global politics to political Islam. With
thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the world
of policy and ideas both interesting and surprising.
All in the Mind examines how we think and behave. It’s presented by
psychologist Claudia Hammond. She investigates the latest techniques
being used by mental health practitioners, speaks to people with
psychological issues and uncovers all the most recent research from the
world of the mind.
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book, Mariella
Frostrup talks to leading authors about their work. A Good Read features
Harriett Gilbert discussing a range of favourite titles with guests.
Discover cooking techniques and tips to help you perfect your cooking know-how.
Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food
writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes.
Provenance and pleasure, history and health - Radio 4’s weekly look at food.
Making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and
factory. We place food in its historical and cultural context; call to
account policy makers and industry decision makers; and celebrate the
sheer pleasure of good food.
Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about modern living. Each
programme takes part of our digital world and looks at how it’s
influencing who we are, what we value and where we’re headed. Whether it
be our relationships or our environments; both real and virtual, Aleks
reveals what these developments tell us about ourselves and the world
Examining ideas about the way we teach and learn. Sarah Montague interviews some
of the most influential people in education, to find out the origin of
their ideas, the things they would change and the experience that has
Black and White Movements Photography by Gjon Mili
Gjon Mili was an Albanese photographer, living in New York, who was born in 1904 and died in 1984, of a pneumonia. Known for his black and white long exposure pictures, he has worked a long time on artists portraits for magazine Life. On that time, the long exposure didn’t exist on the tools of cameras ; to get this effect, he used stroboscopic lights to illustrate the action and movements sequences.
Please submit photos, videos, illustrations, visual posts that show your real life, every day experience of the world as a disabled person. Whatever that may be! It can be anything from mundane every day things, your fashion, your selfies, your food habits, the things you enjoy doing, to the adventures you go on, basically anything anyone would ever share about themselves. It doesn’t have to be a 100% positive experience, though, as that is not real life. Any emotion, any experience. I’m interested in presenting what it is like for disabled people to live their lives.
Photos, videos etc. should probably include you, a part of you, or your actual Point of View to be a true depiction of you and your experience. They should also be clear, the subject matter should be recognizable, and relatively interesting to look at (if not downright hilarious commentary on the mundaneness of living life as a human being). If we want this project to make a difference it should be something that all kinds of people want to look at. Let’s burst out of our echo-chamber and refuse to be ignored!
Whatever else, you should be presenting yourself and your experience how YOU want to be presented. This is about both education and empowerment. I’m not here to dictate how you depict your life and what “Disability Is Normal” means for you.
No photos or videos of disabled people that are not you, please, unless it is a group shot that includes you and you are also disabled.
If you know a disabled person who wants their experience to be shared as part of this project please have them submit. If they are not physically able to submit, then please message me with a copy of their explicit consent - this would be either in physical signed form (a photo of a signed note), a video of them consenting, or a voice recording. A simple YES answer to a ‘do you want this to be shared on Disability is Normal’ - a physical nod, or thumbs up etc. is good enough for me if the person is non-verbal.
I want to try and be inclusive as is absolutely possible, but this is a place for us to be represented exactly how we want to be. These are our voices!
This is a project for all disabilities, all genders, all ethnicities, all skills, all lifestyles, all perspectives, all social classes and all disabled experiences. We are numerous, we are everywhere and we WILL be acknowledged <3
With animated movies not being cultural documentaries I always thought it perfectly reasonable that the setting had to be simplified in some way as not to distract from the story. Also there is just so much animation can do. They tend to choose aspects of representation that are familiar/recognizable to the audience and need no further explanation even if people are not familiar with the culture (be it Scotland or China or idk). Where to draw the line between simplification and ignorance?
Insensitivity. Blatantly not doing research, relying on trite stereotype. Laziness. Not trying. Not putting forth the minimum effort required to provide respectful, positive representation.
No one is asking for people to move mountains. I don’t need the hieroglyphics of every tomb in Egypt to be 100% accurate to real life… but they damn sure better be based on actual hieroglyphics. How about this, more importantly: how about actual BROWN AND BLACK PEOPLE inhabiting Egypt. Not olive-skinned. Not fair. Black and brown.
There are ways to create easily recognizable yet reproducible facsimiles of real life people, places, and things.
Can you tell me who the above character is supposed to be? How can you tell? Could you also make a guess at her racial background?
The task is no harder than the person undertaking it makes it. If Disney can produce all these films of default, vaguely European Princesses (which, nothing says PoC can’t live in those worlds but bigots), making visual shorthand of art movements and real life locations, why can’t they put a little effort forward towards doing similar things with PoC in settings which are at least respectful homages to their original cultures?
Superflat is a visually-arresting post-modern art movement pioneered in 2001 by Takashi Murakami characterized by vibrant, kaleidoscopic, and anime-inspired imagery.
Superflat’s cultural impact has been far-reaching: not only did it heavily influence the quirky visual style of Adventure Time and cult anime such as Kaiba, but it has also been employed in striking non-traditional advertising for fashion designer Louise Vuitton. In the West, superflat are perhaps best known for being the visual aesthetic behind Kanye West’s first three albums, most notably 2007’s Graduation.
Superflat is widely regarded as the defining artistic movement of 21st century Japan.