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UK Chinese Takeaways in The Cleaver Quarterly

Earlier this year I was incredibly excited to learn of a new magazine, The Cleaver Quarterly, to be dedicated entirely to Chinese food. Having devoured the beautiful first edition, I approached the editors Lily, Jonathan and Iain, with an idea that has been rolling around in a head for many years – an exploration of that great British institution, the Chinese takeaway. To my delight, Team Cleaver said yes! My finished article and photographs appear in the second issue, which has just been published.

You can read my article here, and buy the whole magazine plus past and future editions here.

Many, many thanks to my wonderful interviewees, Junkit Lau of JK’s in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and Nayla Truong of Dan’s Island, Clapton, east London.

Radiolab tape-sync

Tape-syncs are always fun, but they’re especially fun when a) they’re for one of the best radio shows on the planet, b) they’re in Cambridge, and c) they’re an interview with the cousin of this man. You can hear my recording of the incredibly interesting and eloquent Professor Simon Baron-Cohen in this wonderful edition of WNYC’s Radiolab from 20’19″.

Sacred Rivers – The Yangtze

About a year ago I was thrilled to be invited to work as China Consultant at the development stage of ‘Scared Rivers’, a major 3-part BBC2 series presented by Simon Reeve. The series was eventually commissioned, and all three episodes have recently been broadcast. The Yangtze episode, with which I was most involved, can be watched here, and the whole series here.

‘China in Vogue’ MP3 download

My BBC presenting debut, ‘China in Vogue’, which profiles the rise of high-end fashion in China, is now available to download (for free!) as an MP3 here.

Guardian preview of ‘China in Vogue’

Ahead of the broadcast of my presenting debut for BBC World Service, there was this lovely preview in the Guardian this Saturday.

The programme profiles the rise of high-end fashion in China and is my second China-focused documentary of this year!

‘China in Vogue’ will be broadcast 5 times during the course of Tuesday 11th March, and is also available to listen to here.

More recent tape syncs

The past few months have seen me recording a flurry of tape syncs for American radio.

The most recent was in the Cambridgeshire town of Ely (home of the magnificent Ely Cathedral, pictured above) where I recorded an interview with Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University for Marketplace.  You can hear the piece here.

Before that, I recorded an interview with City University professor of psychology Martin Conway for the show Philosophy Talk. It’s not available for free but you can download the episode on iTunes.

And way back in September I recorded a late-night interview with Matthew Engelke of the London School of Economics for the religion magazine show Interfaith Voices. You can hear that piece here.

Batting for the Middle Kingdom on BBC Radio 4

It was with great pleasure that I sat down on Wednesday morning to listen to the broadcast of my first full-length documentary for BBC Radio 4, ‘Batting for the Middle Kingdom’. This was a programme very close to my heart – it took over a year to make, and included a trip back to my beloved China – and I’m hugely proud of the finished result. You can listen to the programme online here until Wednesday 27th November.

Cricket in China on BBC Radio 4

In advance of my upcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary on cricket in China, the programme’s presenter Fred Dove wrote a piece for BBC Radio 4′s From Our Own Correspondent. You can hear that here (Fred’s bit starts at about 23’30″), or read the print version here. The full documentary will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 11am.

Poetry of Gold and Angels – BBC Radio 4

I researched and coordinated a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary about poetry in San Francisco, produced by the wonderful Laura Parfitt of White Pebble Media. It is a gorgeous programme, unfortunately no longer available to listen to online, but here’s the programme page anyway. Part two of the series, on the poetry of Los Angeles, can be heard here.

Little Bookniks Podcast

I produced a 5-minute podcast documenting the ‘Little Bookniks’ children’s literary event at the Jewish Museum in March. You can hear that, and many other recordings from the day, here.