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20120413

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation. Jamaican-born Monica talks to her son Rikki about being gay, coming out and about having a gay son. And you can hear an omnibus edition of all today's conversations, plus an extra encounter, on Sunday at 2.45pm.

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

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Producer Simon Elmes.

Jamaican-born Monica talks to her son Rikki about being gay and about having a gay son.

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Betty And Elaine: Family Life With Ten Children20120601

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today, mother and daughter Betty and Elaine from Hull, reflect on homelife and making do when you have ten children. Daughter Elaine is a cleaner; Betty is a retired cook who brought up her ten children with love and fortitude. Theirs was a tough working class life, where Betty would often go without to feed the children. All these years on, with Betty now in her 90s, the love still shines through.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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: Mohini Patel.

Bill And Richard: Filipino Dreaming20121026

Richard and Bill are divided on whether to move to the Philippines after retirement.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Bond Of Brothers: Ciaron And Brendan20120427

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: from Radio Ulster comes the story of Brendan and Ciaron, brothers whose fraternal bond was tested when Brendan fell ill. The final visit to the Listening Project is at 11.55pm this evening.

Producer Simon Elmes.

When Brendan fell sick with kidney disease, brother Ciaron came to his rescue.

Bub And Tun20120518

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today brothers Gerald and Roland, who have spent a lifetime working their farmland near Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast together. They've been a good team, even if there's still a fiver owing, and a question of wills to sort out...

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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.

Catherine And Liz: When Dad And Mum Were Priest And Nun20120601

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Catherine and Liz, friends who met at an exhibition of religious art, their interest - and friendship - inspired by both growing up in strongly religious families. Liz's father had spent time in a seminary before he married; Catherine's father and mother were a Catholic priest and nun when they met. The friends discuss the impact this had on Catherine's upbringing and her current relationship with the Catholic church.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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: Mohini Patel.

Civil Partners: Nick And Philip20120615

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today, from Radio Scotland, civil partners Nick and Philip reflect on how attitudes to gay men have changed. The prejudice of the past meant that they both came out as gay late in life - Nick even underwent aversion therapy as a 'cure' for homosexuality. But now they can publicly declare their love for each other and live their lives honestly and happily.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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.

Claudia And Isabella - Sisterly Hierarchy20121130

Fi Glover hears a conversation between sisters Claudia and Izzy. Claudia is 11 and Izzy 10; they're close, but Claudia will always be the older sister.

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 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 and used 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.

Claudia And Izzy - Sisterly Heirarchy20121130

Fi Glover hears a conversation between sisters Claudia and Izzy. Claudia is 11 and Izzy 10; they're close, but Claudia will always be the older sister.

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 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 and used 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.

Coming Clean: Lily And Francis20120525

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's last visit Francis and Lily from Glasgow remember the years of Francis' addiction to heroin and its terrible consequences. Throughout everything - even prison - his mum, Lily, remained constant and supplied the strength to pull him through. Recorded by Radio Scotland, this is Francis' opportunity to say thankyou.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

Compulsion: Barbara And Becky20120420

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation. Barbara talks to her best friend Becky about her obsessive condition of hair-pulling and how it's deeply affected her life. There's a final visit to the Listening Project tonight at 1155pm.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Barbara talks to her best friend Becky about her obsessive condition.

David: Saying Goodbye To Mark20121123

Fi Glover presents an unusual conversation in that we only hear one side of it: David says goodbye to Mark, his partner of 20 years, whom he lost to brain cancer last year, on Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Diane And Michael: Man's Best Friend20121228

Fi Glover presents a conversation between a father and daughter Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen. Michael is devoted to his Border Collie and Diane wonders whether perhaps he prefers his dog to his daughter.

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 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 and used 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.

Farewell To The Herd: Michael And Don20120525

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Berkshire farmers Mike and Don, friends since they first met at Young Farmers, share their thoughts on giving up their dairy herds. Mike has already sent his cows to market. Now Don must decide whether or not to follow suit.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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.

Growing Old: Joan And Jim20120420

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation. Tonight Joan and Jim from Northern Ireland discuss growing old together, and the end of life. And you can hear an omnibus edition of all today's conversations, plus an extra encounter, on Sunday at 2.45pm.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Joan and Jim discuss growing old together, and the end of life.

Gwen And Yumi - Chapter And Verse20121130

Fi Glover presents a conversation between grandmother and granddaughter, Gwen and Yumi. Despite a 63 year age gap they love to talk... mainly about books.

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 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 and used 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.

Isabel And Annie: Young Ambition20121109

Fi Glover presents a conversation uploaded by listeners Isabel and Annie, grandmother and granddaughter, who share a ring and the amazing story of Isabel's early achievements in Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Jo And George - Washing Your Dirty Linen In Public20121221

Fi Glover presents a conversation from Cumbria about the etiquette of the washing basket and the daily irritations of living with someone you love in Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

John And Colin: Atomic Test Witness20121228

Fi Glover presents a conversation between a father and son about the father's National Service experience on Christmas Island, as a witness to atomic testing, proving it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Karen And Mark: Our Faith Will Keep Us Strong20121012

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen. Karen and Mark from Northern Ireland find that their mutual love and their faith are helping them get through Karen's treatment for breast cancer.

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 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 and used 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.

Karl And Camila: Gang Culture20121228

Fi Glover presents a conversation between the founder of Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh, and Karl, who now helps others move away from violence and gang culture as he did, in Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Kate And Alison: Cyber-bullying20121116

Fi Glover presents a conversation from Cumbria between teenage victim Kate and her mother Alison about the sinister and destructive experience of being cyber-bullied.

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 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 and used 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.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

Life's End: Jean And Rebecca20120406

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In Radio 4's new series, mounted in conjunction with the British Library, Fi Glover introduces the first of a series of encounters capturing the nation in conversation. Mother Jean talks intimately with her daughter Rebecca about the difficulties of ageing and failing health and how best to make your peace with the world.

There is an omnibus edition of the Listening Project on Sunday at 2.45pm.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's new series capturing the nation in conversation.

Lost Hull Trawlermen: Michael And Jill20120518

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: Michael was just 14 when he lost his brother in 1968; Jill lost her husband the same year. Both were victims of the triple trawler disaster in Hull. Dealing with these losses at sea, with no body to provide 'closure', has brought them close. They share their memories of the Hessle Road community and the coping strategies they've learned. 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 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.

Love: Beryl And Graham20120406

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In Radio 4's new series, mounted in conjunction with the British Library, Fi Glover introduces another set of encounters capturing the nation in conversation. Graham visits his grandmother Beryl from Hull to talk about closeness, relationships and her late-flowering love for her second husband who won her heart when he picked her up in his Reliant Robin.

The next conversation is before the PM programme.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's new series capturing the nation in conversation.

Margaret And Barry: Remembering Jimmy20120608

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: tonight, Margaret and Barry remember their murdered son Jimmy. The death of Jimmy Mizen in his mother's arms after being wounded in a fight at a baker's shop in east London made national headlines. Tonight, Jimmy's mother and father meet in conversation about the loss of their beloved son.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Margaret And Marie-therese - Brought Up By Nuns20121130

Fi Glover presents a conversation between Margaret and Marie-Therese, friends since they met in a Belfast children's home run by Catholic nuns.

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 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 and used 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.

Maria And Sarah: Safe At Last20121116

Fi Glover hears 11 year old Maria and her mother Sarah (not their real names) remembering their years of surviving domestic abuse. Now part of Voices of Experience in Stoke on Trent, which helps victims of domestic violence, they have been helped by Children in Need funding to do some of the ordinary things every child has a right to experience and to create some happy memories of childhood.

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 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 and used 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.

Marriage Across The Sectarian Divide: Mabel And Jd20120511
Merseybeat: Cy And Lucy20120406

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In Radio 4's new series, mounted in conjunction with the British Library, Fi Glover introduces another set of encounters capturing the nation in conversation. Cy is a music legend from Liverpool who's known almost all the great names over the years; he's in conversation with his granddaughter Lucy about the glory days.

The next conversation is before the midnight news.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's new series capturing the nation in conversation.

Missing: Norman And Chris20120427

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's last visit to the Listening Project, the story of a family tragedy from Radio Stoke. Norman talks to his son Chris about his brother Stevie, who went on holiday to Crete seven years ago, but never returned...

Producer Simon Elmes.

Norman and Chris discuss the holiday tragedy that befell the family.

Molly And Emma: Just Get Married, Mum!20121116

Fi Glover hears 9 year old Molly talking to her mum at her after-school club at Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshawe, which Children in Need helps to fund. Molly's life would be perfect if only her parents would get married!

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 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 and used 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.

Mothers And Marriages: Flavia And Afshan20120504

Fi 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.

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Flavia can think of no better way for her daughter Afshan to live than to get married.

Nadine And Frank - Autism20121221

Fi Glover presents a conversation about Tommy, an 8 year old with autism, between his parents. They contend with his challenging behaviour daily, but also celebrate his uniqueness, in Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Noel And Roy: Too Late To Say 'thanks Mum'20121026

Roy and Noel wish they could have their mother back to thank her for buying 'Yakety Yak'.

Olympic Memories: Mark And Sophie20120615

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today, former Olympic hurdler Mark remembers what it was like to take part in the 1980 Games in Moscow, and again, four years later, in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. His conversation with daughter, Sophie, was recorded by Radio Stoke.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Fi Glover presents stories from Oxford, Liverpool, London and Stoke-on-Trent.

Fi Glover presents an Omnibus edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Mike talks to his adoptive son about how he rescued him as a baby from South Vietnam; Jayne talks to her mother Sally in Liverpool about their life together and the father she never knew; from London, Jamaican-born Monica discusses with her gay son Rikki how coming out as gay was difficult for her too; and in Stoke on Trent Marc discusses with his foster dad Colin about how he's managed to turn his life round after a very difficult beginning.

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 Simon Elmes

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Fi Glover presents encounters from Northern Ireland, Stoke-on-Trent and Reading.

Fi Glover presents an omnibus edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Ciaron and Brendan, Irish brothers whose fraternal bond was tested to the limit when Brendan fell ill; from Radio Berkshire, the story of Jim and John who touchingly remember the biscuity pleasures of working at the Huntley and Palmers factory in Reading which closed in the 1970s, while from Stoke on Trent, the agonising tale of Stevie, the brother to Chris and son to Norman, who vanished while on holiday in Crete. And there's a chance too to hear just how the magic of these Listening Project encounters actually works from one of the team gathering the interviews across Britain.

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 Simon Elmes

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Fi Glover presents an omnibus edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Sarah Jane and Philip, a brother and sister from Wales who talk frankly and, as only siblings can, with affection too, about the pressures and problems that Philip's period behind bars caused the family; from London Margaret and Barry, whose son Jimmy was murdered in a knife fight remember their beloved boy; and a chance to meet David Isay, the award-winning American documentary-maker who came up with the idea of these intimate conversations in the first place. He called it StoryCorps, and ten years on, it's become a US sensation; an initiative so successful that the BBC has, with David's blessing, brought it to Britain as...The Listening Project.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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: Mohini Patel

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Encounters from Wales and London and words from David Isay, who started it all.

Omnibus Edition20120401

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Fi Glover introduces the omnibus edition of Radio 4's new series, mounted in conjunction with the British Library, that captures the nation in conversation.

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.

Fi Glover with the omnibus edition of a new series capturing the nation in conversation.

Omnibus Edition20120408

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Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.

Omnibus Edition20120415

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Matthew talks to his adoptive son about how he rescued him as a baby from South Vietnam. More from the Listening Project at 4.55pm this afternoon.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Matthew talks to his adoptive son about how he rescued him as a baby from South Vietnam.

Phil And Nicky - The Price Of Campaigning20121221

Fi Glover presents a conversation about the price paid by one online disability rights campaigner who is cyber-bullied for her work. While she copes, it's harder for her husband.

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 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 and used 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.

Ranjit And Sara: It Started In A Coffee Shop20121109

Fi Glover presents this conversation about how spaghetti bolognese for breakfast in an Oxford coffee shop caused an English girl and an Indian Brahmin to meet and fall in love in Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Sarah Jane And Philip: Family Tensions20120608

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: this time Sarah Jane and her brother Philip discuss the turmoil and distress that were caused to their family - in particular to their mother, stricken with cancer - and to herself when Philip ended up behind bars.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Shared Paternity: Ray And Joan20120518

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's last visit Joan and Ray reflect on their widely differing relationships with their late father. Although in his final years their Dad lived just round the corner from Ray, he never met him. But getting to know his half-sister, Joan, has brought the father he never knew into his life for the first time.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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.

Shelley And Lee: Surviving Loss20121012

Fi Glover with a harrowing conversation from Cumbria. Lee and Shelley buried their child on what would have been his second birthday. Proving that it's surprising - and sometimes life-affirming - what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Siblings In Christ: Mary And Peter20120504

Fi 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.

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Brother and sister, priest and nun, Mary and Peter discuss their religious vocations.

Sunday Edition20120506

Fi 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.

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Fi Glover presents encounters from Manchester, London and Liverpool.

Sunday Edition20120513

Presented by Fi Glover. Capturing the nation in conversation.

Sunday Edition20120520

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Ray and his half-sister Joan; their conversation about the father they shared but Ray never knew was recorded by Radio Merseyside. And from Radio Lincolnshire, a conversation between two brothers who have farmed the same piece of land south of Skegness for more than 60 years. While Radio Humberside brings us Jill and Michael, brought together by the loss of a husband and a brother in the 1968 triple trawler disaster in Hull. And we meet David Reeves, the producer who recorded two of the conversations.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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 Edition20120527

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Jasmit and Jaswant from Lincolnshire, who prove, after 34 years of happy marriage, that arranged marriage can work. From Scotland a painful conversation between mother and son, Lily and Francis, about Francis' addiction to heroin and its terrible consequences. But it ends with a message of hope. And from Berkshire the dilemma facing dairy farmers; Michael and Don on whether or not to sell their herds. Also, a chance to hear an excerpt from the first User Generated Content to be uploaded to The Listening Project: Sophie wanted to ask her brother Oscar about his experience of living with autism.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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 Edition20120603

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today's programme covers the vital support offered by friendship, and also family life in all its rich variety.

Betty, a retired cook from Hull, chats with her daughter, Elaine - a cleaner - about bringing up ten children with lots of love, but not much money. Catherine tells her friend, Liz, about the impact the fact that her parents met when they were a priest and nun had on her childhood, and on her current relationship with the Catholic church. And friends Anne and Steve talk about how each has supported the other through the serious dramas of life: bereavement and the suicidal despair caused by childhood abuse.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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: Mohini Patel.

Sunday Edition20120610

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Sarah Jane and Philip, a brother and sister from Wales who talk frankly and, as only siblings can, with affection too, about the pressures and problems that Philip's period behind bars caused the family; from London Margaret and Barry, whose son Jimmy was murdered in a knife fight remember their beloved boy; and a chance to meet David Isay, the award-winning American documentary-maker who came up with the idea of these intimate conversations in the first place. He called it StoryCorps, and ten years on, it's become a US sensation; an initiative so successful that the BBC has, with David's blessing, brought it to Britain as...The Listening Project.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Sunday Edition20120617

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme we meet former Olympic athlete Mark, who remembers his experiences in Moscow and Los Angeles for his daughter Sophie, and civil partners, Nick and Philip from Scotland, who reflect on how attitudes to homosexuality have changed. Jonny Robinson explains how the British Library is saving such conversations for posterity.

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Sunday Edition20120624

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet...

The Listening Project is a new initiative for Radio 4 that aims to offer a 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

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Sunday Edition20121007

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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

Marya Burgess.

Sunday Edition20121014

Fi Glover, with the Sunday Edition, shows there's strength in numbers when it comes to meeting life's challenges. Four couples from Ulster, Cumbria, Leeds and Wales talk about their family crises and how they've helped each other through them, proving it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

Sunday Edition20121021

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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 Edition20121028

Fi Glover presents the Sunday edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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 Edition20121104
Sunday Edition20121111

Fi Glover presents a Sunday Edition dedicated to Listener Uploads, with conversations between family members about love, marriage, death, travelling to Nepal and eating spaghetti bolognese for breakfast in an Oxford coffee shop. The Radio 4 series proves once more that it's surprising what you hear when you listen

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 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 and used 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 Edition20121118
Sunday Edition20121125
Sunday Edition20121202

As Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal, Fi Glover hears about the challenges of homelessness on the streets of London from Gemma and her case worker at The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, as well as conversations from Kent and Shropshire about politics and activism - or lack of it.

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 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 and used 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 Edition20121216
Sunday Edition20121223
Sunday Edition20121230

Fi Glover features conversations requested by listeners in the Sunday Edition of Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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 Edition: Lyn And Mary20121209

Fi Glover dedicates this Sunday Edition to an extraordinary conversation: civil partners Lyn and Mary re-consider their relationship after Lyn served six weeks in Styal prison for drink-driving. Mary, a retired civil servant and Lyn, a trained counsellor, have been together nine years, but Lyn's time in prison has had a huge impact on their relationship and they are now uncertain of their future. With astonishing honesty they lay bare their feelings and reveal problems with which many will identify.

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 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 and used 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 Omnibus20120422

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Fi Glover presents the Sunday Omnibus edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today Barbara talks to her best friend Becky about her compulsive disorder and how it's affected her life; Humberside transsexual Michelle discusses living as a woman with her friend Cilla; Bob talks to his son-in-law James about his life of crime and Jim and Joan from Northern Ireland share an intimate moment of conversation about growing old together and the end of life.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Fi Glover presents conversations from Belfast, Oxfordshire and Humberside.

Sunday Omnibus20120429

Fi Glover presents the Sunday omnibus edition of Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: in today's programme, we meet Ciaron and Brendan, Irish brothers whose fraternal bond was tested to the limit when Brendan fell ill; from Radio Berkshire, the story of Jim and John who touchingly remember the biscuity pleasures of working at the Huntley and Palmers factory in Reading which closed in the 1970s, while from Stoke on Trent, the agonising tale of Stevie, the brother to Chris and son to Norman, who vanished while on holiday in Crete. And there's a chance too to hear just how the magic of these Listening Project encounters actually works from one of the team gathering the interviews across Britain.

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

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Producer Simon Elmes.

Taking The Biscuit: Jim And John20120427

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Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series capturing the nation in conversation: today memories of working at Huntley and Palmer's biscuit factory in Reading from Jim and John. More from the Listening Project at 4.55pm this afternoon.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Jim and John share their memories of working at the big biscuit factory in Reading.

The Listening Project Symphony2012121420121229

BBC Radio 4's Listening Project captures intimate, heartfelt encounters between friends and loved ones - the nation in conversation.

In this unique celebration, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra presents a new work by composer Gary Carpenter accompanied by highlights from the series compiled by producer Cathy FitzGerald. Fi Glover hosts the event live from MediaCityUK in Salford, where the BBC Philharmonic will perform in front of a specially invited audience of Listening Project participants.

Presenter: Fi Glover

Composer: Gary Carpenter

Conductor: Terry Davies

Producer: Ekene Akalawu/Cathy Fitzgerald

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Fi Glover presents Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Thea And Brigitte: Forgiving The Past20121109

Fi Glover presents this conversation between two friends born in Germany; the Jewish father of one was killed at Treblinka, the other is the daughter of a German soldier. An astonishing lesson in forgiveness that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.

Travelling Through Generations: Millie And Douglas20120511
Tush And Toller: The Names People Play20121026

Tush and Toller on the extraordinary names the fishing community has given its members.

Who Wears The Trousers? Tony Or Katherine?20120504

Fi 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.

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Tony and Katherine from the Lincolnshire Wolds debate whether or not it's time to retire.

Zoe And Kate: Who's Mum Now?20121123

Fi Glover hears from mother and daughter, Kay and Zoe from Manchester, about what it's like when the tables are turned as mum gets older and becomes the one who needs looking after, on Radio 4's series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 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 and used 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.