01An Abc Of The Night20050101

One third of a unique radio event linking Radio 4, Radio 3 and World Service which captures, in three distinctive programmes, a snapshot of the world in sound.

Inspired by the simplicity of children's ABC books, 26 tiny stories about the night are organised in alphabetical order from Australia to Zagreb.

A kaleidoscopic mixture of fiction and real-life stories skipping from the flying foxes of Brisbane to night-time bakers in Teheran via the Dickensian streets of modern day London and skinny-dipping in the phosphorescent sea off Norway.

Contributors include Pavlica Bajsic, Dennis O'Driscoll, Nick Fisher, Israel Horovitz, Iiris Ingman, Joyce Moholoagae, Ibrat Jumaboyev, and Lawrence English.

02Earth Mapping20050102

A nightmare journey from Kabul, a migration of birds in Greenland and a man lying on his back in a car park looking at the sky, while in Ireland Kevin tries to get lost in a wood in order to remember a day in his childhood when he first learned about mapping and why sometimes it is important to lose your way.

A meditation on mapping with contributions from international artists, writers, environmentalists, composers and members of the public including:

Lin Coghlan, Lyn Gardner, John Hull, Paul Heritage, Kazuko Hohki, Vivienne Jake, Silke Mansholt, Graeme Miller, David Qujaukitsoq, Shirazuddin Siddiqi, Karen Wimhurst and Paddy Woodworth.

Thinking Earth is one of a trilogy of complementary programmes broadcast on Radio 4 (8.00pm January 1st) , BBC World Service (11.00pm January 1st) and Radio 3.

Cleary....Jim Norton

Kevin....Lloyd Hutchinson

Younger Kevin....Daniel Price

Music by Billy Cowie

Produced by Pam Marshall.