The Radio 3 Documentary

The Radio 3 Documentary

United Kingdom

Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.

Episodes

Sunday Feature: King Kong – the Township Jazz Musical  

Saxophonist Soweto Kinch uncovers the extraordinary story of ‘King Kong', the township jazz musical, which began with tragedy in 1956 and ended in triumph in 1959.

Sunday feature: The Experimenters  

Kwame Kwei-Armah explores the artistic and educational experiments at Black Mountain College where American artists like John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg collaborated and taught.

Sunday Feature: Boulez and His Rumble in the Jungle  

The controversial French composer Boulez made three life-changing trips to South America.

Sunday Feature: Savage Pilgrims  

Sara Mohr Pietsch heads to New Mexico to discover why so many prominent artists, writers and composers have moved to the state over the last 100 years.

Music on the Brink of Destruction  

In the Nazi camps and ghettos a vast range of music was created

Apocalypse How  

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough on how different cultures have viewed the end of the world

Sunday Feature:Kandinsky - A Story of Revolution  

Christian Weikop, examines Kandinsky's Russian roots.

Breaking Free: Freud versus Music  

Listen in pop-out player Did Freud really dislike music as much as he professed? Stephen Johnson explores Sigmund Freud's enigmatic relationship with music. He talks to the American cultural analyst Michelle Duncan, pscyho-analysts and writers Darian Leader and Julie Jaffee Nagel, the music critic David Nice, whose first job it was to take tours around the Freud Museum in Hampstead, and the Barcelona-based neurologist Josep Marco Pallares who is studying amusia and music-specific anhedonia, which he proposes might have been the root cause of Freud's problem with music. Plus extracts from Freud's writings read by the actor Nicholas Murchie. Producer, Elizabeth Arno Part of Radio 3's "Breaking Free - the minds that changed music", exploring the music of the Second Viennese School.

Breaking Free: Freud versus Music  

Did Freud really dislike music as much as he professed? Stephen Johnson explores Sigmund Freud's enigmatic relationship with music. He talks to the American cultural analyst Michelle Duncan, pscyho-analysts and writers Darian Leader and Julie Jaffee Nagel, the music critic David Nice, whose first job it was to take tours around the Freud Museum in Hampstead, and the Barcelona-based neurologist Josep Marco Pallares who is studying amusia and music-specific anhedonia, which he proposes might have been the root cause of Freud's problem with music. Plus extracts from Freud's writings read by the actor Nicholas Murchie. Producer, Elizabeth Arno Part of Radio 3's "Breaking Free - the minds that changed music", exploring the music of the Second Viennese School.

David Attenborough - World Music Collector  

David Attenborough recalls collecting music from around the world, and listens once again

Sunday Feature: Whatever Happened to the Avant-Garde?  

Is the avant-garde dead? Paul Morley conducts an autopsy, but detects signs of life ...

Langston Hughes at the Third  

How an unlikely friendship led to the epic 1964 radio series The Negro in America

SUNDAY FEATURE: NEW GENERATION THINKERS  

Sandeep Parmar retraces the steps of "Paris", a lost Modernist masterpiece by poet Hope Mirlees, and Daniel Lee explores the fate of North Africa's Jewish communities during WW2.

New Generation Thinkers  

1. Euphemism and Eroticism in Scottish Gaelic Songs. 2.Reappraising Nollekens.

The secrets of the Music Reading Panel  

What was the BBC's panel for new scores for broadcast?Charlotte Higgins finds out.

Sunday Feature: Philip French and the Critical Ear  

Laurence Scott on the radio producer and esteemed film critic Philip French

The Envy of the World: Rudely Truncated  

Part two of Humphrey Carpenter's history of the Third Programme. First broadcast 1996

The Envy of the World: No Fixed Points  

Humphrey Carpenter's history of the Third Programme. First broadcast in 1996.

Sunday Feature: Not Suitable for Children  

Dr Sophie Coulombeau explores the history of children's literature and censorship.

Dawn on the Somme  

Kate Kennedy explores the Somme through the lives of musicians who took part

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