The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing 50-year mission.
"Best book I've ever heard on making pop culture"
A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.
"Great way to listen to Austen's works!"
Experience one of television’s greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone. This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and performances by some of today’s biggest celebrities.
"ELVES CAN'T LIE"
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.
"A series that changed my life"
A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....
"Absolutely Perfect Casting"
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Difficult to listen to in the car!"
Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"Many years of enjoyment"
A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.
"An adaption of one of my all time favorite books"
Finding comedy in everything and everything in comedy. Ron Bennington has been a stand-up comedian and comedy club owner and promoter. He's also been part of two legendary radio shows, the Ron and Ron Radio Network and the Ron and Fez show. All of that experience comes together for Bennington. Three hours of talk entertainment with nationally known comedians.
Join Opie (Gregg Hughes) alongside comedian Jim Norton as they talk about today’s current events, take phone calls, and interview celebrities. For Adults Only: Explicit language. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
"Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.
"Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.
"If you liked radio drama this series "The Twilight zone this is it. FIVE stares"
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers". Each night, as host of his PBS program, Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.
For years Miranda viewed dog owners with some suspicion. She was bored by the way they talked only about their pooches, alarmed by their light coating of dog hair and troubled by their apparent comfort around excrement. But that all changed when, nine years ago, Miranda met Peggy, a gorgeous shih tzu-bichon frise cross (Miranda calls the breed a shitty frise). She was exceptionally cute (the dog) and very smart (again, the dog), and they bonded from their very first meeting.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
"Beyond the film..."
Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem. Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.
"A great introduction to The Divine Comedy"
Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.
"Sparknotes is genius."
Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.
Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.
"The Grandfather of Law and Order"
The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.
Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.
"Be Careful What You Wish For"
J. Kenji López-Alt's techniques, Mary Karr on memory, Sammy Hagar on cooking, James Nienhuis on art.
Today on Bennington, the gang comes in hot, picking up from where they left off in the morning talking about lyrics from songs that make them mad. SNL alum Tim Meadows comes by. The crew then tries to come up with new words for common things that happen to them before Juliette Lewis comes by. The show wrapped up with a replay of the Louie Anderson UnMasked in honor of his Emmy win this past week.
Tonight on the program, guest host Lesley Stahl interviews Deborah Tannen, professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation.”
We continue with an update on the 2016 Presidential race with Anthony Salvanto, CBS News elections director.
The guys are of today, so here's one from the archives....We start the show talking about The Martian, Ricky Gervais won't apologize for a Caitlyn Jenner joke, Sherrod Small joins the show, and we talk about last night's State of the Union.
We talk about tonight's big Powerball, a group thought they won Powerball last weekend, Wisconsin is banning phrases at high school basketball games, the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles, and we discuss Stolen Valor.
Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology - from smart phones to airplanes - is automated. And some of the world's biggest companies are racing to come up with a "master algorithm" - a formula that will let machines learn anything. This could lead to self-driving cars and even a cure for cancer. But do we want to give machines so much control?
Ron is off today, so here's one from the archives....Today on Bennington, the guys discuss biopic movies and how accurate they really are, Pepper and Ron went to the set of Ghostbusters, they ask the age old question of whether a cat kicks or punches with their paws, and comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling stops by the studio and tells some wild stories.
Evan Osnos discusses his recent article on a potential Trump presidency with guest host Jake Tapper.
With Opie out, Jim is joined by Mark Normand in studio. We talk about Anthony Weiner's new sexting scandal, the Charlotte shooting, and baby vaginas, Jim gets into an argument with a cabbie, and we talk about celebrities who almost died on 9/11. Joey Diaz joins the show, we talk about his family and Cuba, he talks about having a warrant in Seattle, and we discuss sleeping and apnea.
The Bennington squad talks about Anthony Weiners latest scandal, the Brangelina split up, how "Weekend Dads" are different from "Everyday Dads", Tim Tebow's Mets debut, and Vito gives his description of how he thinks heaven works. Music legend Nile Rodgers comes by to talk about his music festival. Comedian Bobby Slayton comes by to hang out.
We start the show with Sherrod Small in studio. We talk about Oasis, Cliff Williams is leaving AC/DC, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are breaking up, Ian Halperin calls in, and a man in Charlotte is shot and killed by police. Dan Soder joins the show, we talk about Donald Trump not paying a winner at a golf tournament, we talk about the NFL, a woman farts through her vagina, Dr. Steve calls in, and we watch cyst videos.
Tonight on the program, an hour with Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2.
There's a powerful new voting bloc in America. They're white, working class, and they live in places that have been left behind. We'll talk with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, and country music star Brandy Clark joins us in the studio to play some music and talk about her hometown.
We start the show with Sherrod Small in studio. We talk about excursion weddings, Guillermo Del Toro's house, the Chelsea bombing suspect, and Chris Christie. We discuss Jeb Bush, a Pokémon Go player gets mugged, Donald Trump Jr. compares Skittles to refugees, Jamey Jasta remixes a Chip song, and a teacher is in trouble for saying inappropriate things to students. We talk about freckled boobs and look at bad vaginas.
Today on Bennington, the crew talks about James Woods movies because of his current war on Colin Kaepernick, how big Monday Night Football used to be, and cruise ships. The show is packed full of guests. Jeffrey Tambor comes by for a little to talk about season three of Transparent on Amazon and friend of the show Robert Kelly hangs out and tells some great stories about his son.
Tonight on the program, an update on Saturday's bombing in New York City with guest host Jeff Glor of CBS News and Marc Santora of The New York Times.
We conclude with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
We start the show discussing the Emmy Awards, Opie's sister comes over to visit and brings dessert, Obama eats at a restaurant near Jim, more about the Emmys, Kevin Brennan joins the show, and we try to figure out why Kevin was bumped last week. We talk about apartments in NYC, Jim dries his feet, we meet the new intern, more about feet, we watch Corey Feldman's appearance on Today, Donald Trump and guns, and we discuss NFL players dropping the ball before getting into the end zone.
Nicholas Courtney, the man behind Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, remembers his time on Doctor Who, from The Web of Fear to Battlefield - and beyond! He's seen off Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti. He's witnessed Giant Robots running amok, met himself in the future and saved the world from the life-devouring Destroyer. He is, of course, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, alias actor Nicholas Courtney.
'Brother', by Nigel Fairs. Auron scientist Gustav Nyrron is back aboard the Liberator, on his way home. But Avon does not trust him, and soon a drugged Nyrron wakes to find himself in Avon’s clutches on a devastated world. In this desert, their pasts are waiting for them...and a devastating truth that will shake their very beliefs to the core. 'Poison', by Iain McLaughlin. Federation Freighter Antares is a ship with many secrets. Why is it making regular runs to a heavily guarded frontier world?
Tonight on the program, updates on the presidential race with Bob Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post, and later with Nick Confessore of The New York Times.
We continue with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
We conclude with a look at the film "Snowden" with director Oliver Stone and the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto,
Today on Bennington, the gang discusses the bombings in NYC and New Jersey over the weekend, Vito's video compilation of Jimmy Fallon, Aaron Rodgers, Denzel Washington, and the 2016 Emmy awards. Disco Dan and Liam from booking stop by to hang out.
Family Guy and Philosophy brings together low-brow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and high-brow philosophical reflection to deliver an outrageously hilarious and clever exploration of one of TVs most unrelenting families. (Okay, its not that high-brow.)
Richard Wiseman chats with historian Professor Steven Watts about the life and work of Dale Carnegie, including the impact that How to Win Friends and Influence People has had on the modern-day self-help movement.
Today's most acclaimed film directors reveal intimate behind-the-scenes details of their most influential work and their unique approaches to their art. In the companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series, this book offers interviews with 13 top filmmakers. Contains each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for all films discussed.
Remember turning on the television and seeing shots of rockets fired at night in the first Gulf War, the first massacre victims in Kosovo, the US bomb that killed women and children in a bunker in Baghdad, and Mullah Omar declaring holy war for the Taliban? The men and women at the Frontline news agency believed the public should see the true horrors of war and courageously went where other news organisations feared to tread. Risking everything to show the truth, they travelled the world’s most dangerous places in a quest to live life to the full, a quest some paid for with their lives. This is their story.
In a visual culture such as ours, movies represent a compelling and surprisingly effective vehicle for ethical reflection. Through the stories that unfold on the big screen - everything from The Wizard of Oz to the Bourne trilogy - viewers can gain profound insights into the moral dimension of their own lives. By a close analysis of a variety of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries
"Narrator: sexy and calming. Book: insightful and fascinating."
"If you can get by the narrator..."
Richard Wiseman presents a special episode exploring the work of world-famous psychologist Stanley Milgram, including interviews with Thomas Blass on his electric shock studies and Kevin Corti on work turning humans into robots.
Richard Wiseman chats with Dr Stuart Ritchie, author of Intelligence: All That Matters, about whether the world is getting smarter and if brain training is good for you.
Richard Wiseman chats with social psychologist Robert Levine about his work measuring the pace of life around the world and how the speed of life affects your health, wealth and happiness.
Richard Wiseman chats with neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott about the psychology of laughter, her work as a stand-up comedian and how to spot a fake laugh.
Richard Wiseman chats with psychologist Professor Karen Pine about the psychology of spending, a new approach to dieting and the importance of behavioural flexibility.
Richard Wiseman chats with parapsychologist Dr Caroline Watt about the history of extrasensory perception experiments, how to test for psychic abilities and the weight of the human soul.
Richard Wiseman chats with memory expert Kimberly Wade about her work exploring false memory, forensic psychology and how you can be made to remember something that never happened.
Richard Wiseman chats with social psychologist Adam Paza about how the colour red can increase your chances of finding your perfect partner, doing well at sport and boosting your brain power.
Richard Wiseman chats with health psychologist Katie Tapper about dieting and healthy eating, focusing on mindfulness, goal setting and social support.
Richard Wiseman chats with personality expert Sam Gosling about whether your personality is due to your genes or your upbringing and what your living space says about the real you.
Richard Wiseman chats with psychologist Brad Bushman about his research examining how a mirror can help you lose weight, the effects of playing violent video games and the best ways of avoiding anger.
Richard Wiseman chats with social psychologist Sally Farley about her work with the psychology of attraction, focusing on the roles played by mimicry, voice pitch, humour and gossiping.
Richard Wiseman chats with organisational psychologist Ron Friedman about how to get the most out of your job, the ups and downs of hot desking and whether organisations should encourage their employees to fall asleep.
Richard Wiseman chats with sleep scientist Penny Lewis about what happens in your brain every night of your life, how to learn while you are sound asleep and the latest cutting-edge research into sleep engineering.