Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman

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Past articles by Anna:

The UK’s rubbish-dump mafia

Radio 4’s Buried tells the story of “the astonishing crime you likely haven’t heard of”. → Read More

The last bell foundry in Britain

This peek inside the John Taylor bell foundry is a ringing endorsement for BBC radio storytelling. → Read More

Emily Ratajkowski’s new podcast is a painful listen

High Low with EmRata is both grandiose and trivial, self-absorbed and unrevealing. → Read More

Abolish true crime

The marketing for Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series proves it: the genre is morally indefensible. → Read More

28ish Days Later review: the inside story on periods

28ish Days Later, Radio 4’s day-by-day journey through the menstrual cycle, is lively and wildly informative. → Read More

What the history of the vacuum cleaner tells us about our attitudes to work

Nice Try! Interior looks at a number of contemporary gadgets, asking how their development and popularity through time can help us understand society. → Read More

Why is Taylor Swift re-recording her old albums?

The singer’s decision to release new recordings of her old albums reflects a bitter struggle over music rights. → Read More

Paula Hawkins’s very British murders

The author of The Girl on The Train writes voyeuristic thrillers that situate crime among the comforts of English middle-class life. → Read More

To dissect a good joke, do you have to kill it?

What is it that makes a truly transcendent piece of art? The impossibility of ever finding an answer to this question is the twin horror and lure of all criticism. Only the creator knows, I suppose. Except hearing writers, painters and musicians analyse their own work can have a strangely deadening effect – how stultifying to find that a writer doesn’t share your understanding of their work.… → Read More

BBC Radio 4’s My Teenage Diary is as delightful – and embarrassing – as ever

For most of us, the thought of revisiting our teenage diaries is too embarrassing to contemplate, never mind reading them aloud to a captive audience. But Rufus Hound never runs out of willing volunteers: My Teenage Diary is now in its tenth series on Radio 4, and has been going for more than a decade. This series opens, delightfully, with Jane Horrocks, who, with her squeaky voice, 5ft 2in… → Read More

The Kindness Experiment is a portrait of a close-knit community

I’ve always been a bit suspicious of the idea of “random acts of kindness”. There’s a tweeness and toothlessness to it: I immediately picture a man standing on a street corner holding a sign saying “free hugs”, or someone filming themselves giving unsolicited compliments to strangers. Is anything lasting or meaningful really achieved with such “kindness”? Aren’t they fleeting, → Read More

BBC Radio 4 series Guide Books questions how literature can help us understand the human experience

How might books help us to navigate everyday life? This is the question posed by Damian Barr’s Guide Books (15 June, 11.30am), which looks to authors and the literary world to try to understand different aspects of human experience – starting with our relationships with our bodies. Barr’s guests are the novelist Sarah Perry, the author of The Essex Serpent who has written → Read More

Armando Iannucci's Why Time Flies is a delightful radio documentary

Does it move more slowly when we experience pain? Do we really see things “in slow motion” during a sudden accident? → Read More

The Apology Line is a curious, compelling listen

Confessional voicemails recorded by strangers in Eighties New York are at the centre of this strange story. → Read More

BBC Radio 4’s Conspiracies is a deep, broad consideration of conspiratorial thinking

Phil Tinline digs through history, journalism, fiction and film to try to understand why the idea of being “in on” secret information is so compelling. → Read More

Between Ourselves With Marian Keyes: breezy, mischievous radio

This four-episode series mixes winking chats between Keyes and Tara Flynn, with readings from Keyes’s non-fiction work. → Read More

The limits of “consent culture”

Katherine Angel’s Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again argues popular feminism’s focus on consent is dangerously inadequate. → Read More

Matthew Syed’s Sideways takes a second look at Stockholm Syndrome

I’m wary of media promising to have “nuanced” conversations, or aiming to “unpack” our assumptions about a particular topic – especially on informal, conversational podcasts, which often come to conclusions that are deeply obvious, yet remain full of self-congratulating asides (“And that’s why it’s so important we’re talking about this…”). The journalist Matthew Syed’s new BBC Radio 4 series… → Read More

BBC Radio 4’s One to One turns to creativity and failure

In this sensitive three-episode series, journalist Rosie Millard speaks to creatives who are yet to have "made it". → Read More

The best of Christmas radio

As someone with a superhuman appetite for Christmas cheer, the first day of December marks the date when I switch over to Classic FM – when the station starts blasting wall-to-wall carols and doesn’t stop until January. Over on BBC Radio 4, the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge (24 December, 3pm) takes on new significance in a year where traditional local… → Read More