The Listening Project

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20210905Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.
20210912Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.
A Life's Work20210530Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: Retired police officer Adge and volunteer patrol founder Rob, discuss the line between enhancing community safety and vigilantism; student nurse Lucy and experienced critical care nurse Liz compare their experiences of their chosen career during the pandemic; Early retiree Andrew, and 84 year old sweet shop owner Tom consider the formula for work life balance; and mothers Kia and Lauren reflect on the stereotypes attached to them as a result of having children in their teens.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

From keeping the streets safe, to caring for the sick, and raising the next generation.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

A Meeting Of Minds20210829In this week's programme, Fi Glover presents four lively conversations between strangers: Adrian, a chef and lover of food, and Jules, who has long-struggled to master the basics in the kitchen; British Indian Michelin-starred chef Alfred, and Mark who runs a successful family-owned fish and chip business; septuagenarians Maura and Keith who have both been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but lost none of their zest for adventure; and two women who share the same name - Karen - and their thoughts on their name being used in a derogatory way to symbolise difficult white women with prejudiced attitudes.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The

conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

Fi Glover presents conversations on food, the name Karen and having Parkinson's Disease.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

A Place To Belong20210523Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: student social worker Zara and retired social care manager Anne compare their experiences in foster care and reflect on the importance of belonging; co-admins of the Joy of Socks Facebook group Flora and Matt discuss what the group has meant to members during the past year; sea lover Laura and Royal Navy Commander Dave consider the attraction of life above and below water; and mother and son Julie and Ryan reflect on what they're looking forward to as lockdown eases.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

From the family we're born into or create, to places and communities that bring comfort.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Anything Is Possible20210801Guest presenter Kofi Smiles with strangers, friends and relatives in conversation.

This week strangers Geraldine and Katie exchange stories of living with the knowledge that they could pass Huntington’s Disease on to their children; Craig and Willie share their passion for madcap ways of raising money for charity; autograph hunters and Indiana Jones fans Chris and Tony talk about how they met trying to get Harrison Ford’s signature when he was in town; and animal lovers Josie and Alison talk about cats versus dogs and how pets can lift your spirits in the darkest of times.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

Cats versus dogs, autograph hunters, Huntington\u2019s Disease and madcap ways of fundraising.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Awards And Challenges20210808Guest presenter Kofi Smiles with strangers, friends and relatives in conversation.

This week strangers Roger and Gill reflect back on being awarded MBEs and why one of them chose to accept and the other decline; Maisie and Tommi, both in their early 20s, share stories of challenges of living with Tourette Syndrome; and mountain rescuer Ian and adventuring enthusiast Tayo talk about their passion for the great outdoors.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

MBE awards, Tourette syndrome and adventuring outdoors.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Best Buddies: Darren And Jeremy20120511Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.
Family Ties20210704Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: Maggie, who cares for her husband Tom, and Anthony, who cares for his step daughter Megan, compare the pressures and the funny moments that come with their roles; mother and daughter Tracey and Montana uncover unspoken truths about heritage and identity, and Tracey speaks to Fi after the chat to reflect on what she learned; and retired army major Johnny talks to aspiring corporal Lucy about how the army has adapted to societal change.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

From the pressures of caring for a loved one to an unexpected truth for a mum and daughter

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Knowing Ourselves20210620Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: Sue and Caroline discuss the impact of an ADHD diagnosis later in life; Anne and Rick compare the pros and cons of staying put vs travelling the world; artists John and Florence discuss the importance of staying true to oneself in an industry that can appear to value conformity; and Carol and Jane consider how the grieving process is altered when a proper funeral isn't possible.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

From a revelatory diagnosis to taking pride in one's heritage.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Life Changing20210815Fi Glover presents strangers, friends and relatives in conversation.

This week, friends and organ transplant recipients Hannah and Sophie on beating the odds and then some; 11 year old Jude and 70 year old Colum on taking steps to campaign against climate change; and Jake and Amina on the perks of working remotely at home, as well as from sunnier climes.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Cathy Moorehead

Fi Glover presents conversations on beating hearts, climate change & remote working.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Looking And Listening20210711Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: listeners Christine and Kathy discover difficult shared memories of attending an Open Air School in the 1960's; Amelie, who works in a strip club, and Debbie who is a choreographer and lecturer, confront the different ways that their professions are perceived; and Ben and Stephanie, who both have schizophrenia, discuss the ways the illness has shaped their lives.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

Memories of an unhappy school experience, living with schizophrenia, ballet and stripping.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Marriage Across The Sectarian Divide: Mabel And Jd20120511Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.
Mothers And Marriages: Flavia And Afshan20120504Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: 19 year old Afshan has left her traditional Muslim home in Manchester for university in London. But her mother, Flavia, isn't happy that she's also left behind all plans for an arranged marriage. The final visit to the Listening Project is at 11.55pm this evening.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a sort of snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer Marya Burgess.

Shared Histories20210627Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: childhood friends Iain and David share their experiences of losing their wives to cancer, six months apart; former footballers Leah and Dana discuss how the experience for female players has changed in the last 50 years; and solo mum Liv speaks to Carl, whose daughter has two mums and two dads.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

David and Iain's conversation was produced with help from Maggie’s Centre. Both Ana and Catriona used Maggie’s when then they were ill, and the service has provided counselling for David and Iain following their wives' deaths.

Producer: Ellie Bury

Two friends share the pain of being widowed, plus 50 years of women's football in England.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Siblings In Christ: Mary And Peter20120504Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's last visit to the Listening Project, the story of a brother and sister united in their religious vocations: Mary became a Carmelite nun, Peter a priest. They talk about what they've missed and what they've gained across the iron grill that separates Mary's secluded religious community from the outside world.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a sort of snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer Marya Burgess.

Sunday Edition20120506Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet 19 year old Afshan, who has left her traditional Muslim home in Manchester for university in London, and her mother, Flavia, who is unhappy that her daughter also seems to have left behind all plans for an arranged marriage. And from Radio Merseyside, a conversation through bars - not prison bars but those of an enclosed convent. Here brother and sister Peter and Mary, priest and nun, discuss their lives and religious vocations. And the producer who recorded this extraordinary Listening Project encounter gives his personal account of the meeting.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a sort of snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer Marya Burgess.

Sunday Edition20120513Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.
Surviving And Thriving20210613Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: Duncan and Kai discuss the experience of 'coming out' as survivors of childhood sexual abuse; slacklining fan Glenn and virtual reality gamer Eoin debate whether the popularity of VR will drive people away from socialising through sport; and arts professionals Halima and Adie swap notes on the expectations around motherhood faced by women.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Ellie Bury

A conversation about surviving childhood abuse and using the experience to help others.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Taking Cover20210822Fi Glover presents three conversations between strangers, friends and relatives.

This week strangers Gill and Karen talk through the pros and cons of wearing make-up; Graham and Alan share their experiences of living with dyslexia; and Marisa and Ben reflect on what it was like to be a university student during the pandemic.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

Fi Glover presents conversations on make-up, dyslexia and student life in pandemic times.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

The Listening Project20210606Fi Glover presents strangers, friends and relatives in conversation.

This week: Strangers Helen and Chris confront each others ideas about how holiday lets and second homes impact communities in parts of Wales; Elvis tribute acts Sal and Tony swap notes on what it takes to be the King; and Claire from Edinburgh, who’s mum is an alcoholic discusses the challenges of day to day life with Sarah, who’s a mother and a recovering alcoholic herself.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Kerry Devine

Second homes, holiday lets and the growing impact on Welsh communities, Elvis tribute act.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Travelling Through Generations: Millie And Douglas20120511Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.
What Life Throws At You20210725Fi Glover presents strangers, friends and relatives in conversation.

This week strangers Kieran and Brigid discuss the effects of Brexit, the Northern Ireland protocol and lockdown on their food businesses; Heather and Aaron find common ground talking about mental health and exercise; and police officer Graeme and former criminal Kevin reflect on how they first met when Kevin tried to hold up a shop with a fake gun.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The

conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

Food outlets in Northern Ireland, mental health and exercise, overcoming a criminal past.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Who Are We?20210718Fi Glover presents friends, relatives and strangers in conversation.

This week: Laurie from Stroud, which recently came top in a ‘best place to live’ list, chats to town crier Les whose hometown of Halifax featured in a Top 10 of ‘worst places to live’; Lee, a unionist from Belfast and Andrew from Glasgow who supports independence for Scotland, discuss the challenges of devolution and what being British means to them; and Shabir and Niki share the struggles they’ve faced in applying for British citizenship.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Rav Sanghera

Conversations on the theme of national identity and being voted \u2018best place to live\u2019.

Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.

Who Wears The Trousers? Tony Or Katherine?20120504Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Tony and Katherine debate whether or not it's time to retire from their healthfood business in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Katherine usually gets her way... but will she this time? More from the Listening Project at 4.55pm this afternoon.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a sort of snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library which they will use to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer Marya Burgess.