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‘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.

Inspired by Audio

I produced the second edition of the Inspired by Audio Podcast,  a collection of creative radio from around the world, curated by the radio collective In The Dark, with support from D&AD and RAB. My episode, ‘Inside My Head’, features stories from WNYC’s Pejk Malinovski, The Truth’s Jonathan Mitchell and RTE’s Ronan Kelly. You can hear it, right at the bottom of the page and on the right, here.

Recent Tape-Syncs

Over the past 6 months I’ve recorded four tape-syncs/simul-recs/double-enders/whatever-you-call-ems for two radio programmes in the US.

For America’s Test Kitchen, I recorded an interview with Mrs Patmore (aka the delightful Lesley Nichol) from Downtown Abbey. The interview with Lesley starts at about 26’30″ and you can hear it here. Also for America’s Test Kitchen, I travelled to Cambridge to record an interview with food writer and Sunday Telegraph columnist Bee Wilson. The interview with Bee begins at about 20’05″ and you can hear it here.

And for WUNC’s The Story, I recorded an interview with David Cundall, the British farmer digging for WWII planes in Burma. You can hear that story here. Also for The Story, I recorded an interview with the writer and campaigner Victoria Brittain, about her book ‘Shadow Lives’. You can hear that interview here.

Chinatown Food Tour in new guide to multicultural London

My Chinatown Food Tour is featured in a new e-book, ‘Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Multicultural London’, by American writer and journalist Kiratiana Freelon. Kiratiana found me via Google and a few months ago we sat down to an epic Skype conversation, some of which you can read in this blog post; my deepest thanks to Kiratiana for including me in her book.

If you’d like a food tour of London’s Chinatown, please email me at jessielevene AT gmail DOT com.