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The “Studentification” of Edinburgh: understanding gentrification

On 30 January, as Edinburgh councillors announced the rejection of a proposal to build student accommodation in Leith, applause erupted from the public benches.  The success of the grassroots campaign Save Leith Walk has since been widely celebrated as a victory in the fight against the gentrification of Edinburgh’s waterfront. Proposed by Drum Property Group, […]

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Moving Pictures Review

When you go to a museum, how much time do you spend looking at a single work of art? Most museum-goers try to get their money’s worth and see as much as they can, quickly skimming over a painting before moving on to the next one. If this sounds like you, BBC Radio 4’s series […]

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New York Works

New Yorkers who lament the loss of their ragtag city are in luck. The Radio Diaries series succeeds in salvaging a piece of old-world New York through their self-described “audio portraits of a vanishing city.”  Each seven-minute episode of New York Works features a day in the life of a New Yorker working in a […]

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Netflix Pick: Abstract: The Art of Design

If Chef’s Table left your mouth watering and your hands yearning to construct an elaborate meal, Netflix’s new series Abstract: the Art of Design will be right up your alley. But, rather than provoking you to sharpen your culinary expertise, this series will inspire you to exercise your creativity. Each episode displays the masterful skill […]

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The Student talks to Jess Brittain, writer of TV series Clique

Murder by baseball bat, kidnapping for ransom, and fights with Russian gangsters. If this was writer Jess Brittain’s first serving on Skins, who knows what she has in store for us in her new series, Clique. The BBC Three show, premiering on Sunday, March 5, follows students Holly and Georgia through their tumultuous first year […]

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Radiolab spin-off podcast: could it be More Perfect?

The hosts of the documentary style podcast Radiolab have been widely praised for their ability to turn complex, dry topics into clear and captivating narratives. Now, in the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect the team is focusing on a particularly challenging subject: the United States Supreme Court. The decisions of the nine members of the Supreme […]

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The New World on BBC Radio 4

The election of Donald Trump and Brexit led some to declare 2016 as ‘the worst year ever’, whilst others were pleased with the global shift. Regardless, 2016 was inarguably a year of enormous change, leaving some confused as to how we got here, and many unsure of the future. The New World explores our changing […]

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The Stroma Sessions on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3’s The Stroma Sessions is an experimental radio programme which attempts to create an audible experience of a psychological drama. The series is made up of the recently ‘found-footage’ recorded by a musical ensemble, the Blackletter Quartet, who all mysteriously disappeared five years previously. The programme edits these recordings together, tracing the four […]