Fiona Sturges

Fiona Sturges is an arts columnist, interviewer, reviewer and associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University

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Radio 4's Plants: from Roots to Riches: This bone-dry botany show isn't going to grow on me

I am not, it has to be said, a plant person. Aside from the palm in my bathroom, which thrives in the face of outrageous neglect, I kill everything green that crosses my threshold.

Radio 4's The Grace of Jeff Buckley: Poignant memories of rock idol who spawned monsters

If you gave me a quid for every wet-behind-the-ears, acoustic guitar-wielding nitwit claiming Jeff Buckley as their musical hero, I could have built my own recording empire by now.

Radio 1's Stories slot ups its game with politically and socially charged documentaries

Back in the middle ages, Radio 1 documentaries used to be disaster zones, full of thirtysomething men talking down to teenagers while said teenagers sat heaving with embarrassment. You hoped that sometime before the end, Chris Morris would finally reveal himself and the presenters would leave silently to collect their P45s.

Chrissie Hynde and John McEnroe serve up a treat on Iggy Pop's 6Music slot

There are times on the radio when a solo voice just doesn't cut it. Listening to presenters in the early-morning slots, you get a sense of distressed souls babbling into the void while doing their utmost to muzzle their feelings of isolation. "Help! Is there anyone out there?" they seem to cry out as, locked in their soundproofed prisons, they read out the 158th text from a truck driver from Rhyl.

Nate DiMeo's The Memory Palace podcasts: Mournful yet mesmerising four-minute wonders

If, as a dedicated radio listener, you haven't heard The Memory Palace podcast (thememorypalace.us), the three-to-four-minute snippets of history beamed from Los Angeles, then your life isn't what it could be. I would even go so far as to say you are letting yourself down.

Benedict Cumberbatch is facing stiff competition from Tom Hardy for the role of Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch's poshness with pathos strikes the right note on Radio 4's Today

The actor's Today cameo was a brilliant touch, writes Fiona Sturges

James Lavelle interview: The man from UNKLE

He shaped 90s dance music - and now James Lavelle’s calling the shots again as curator of this year’s Meltdown

The Week in Radio: Wonder woman Carol Kaye made a big hit in a man's world

When a documentary is introduced by its presenter as "one of the least known names in musical history", you might wonder if there is a good reason for this. Some people just don't have it so why pretend that they do? But it turns out the session musician and member of the fabled Wrecking Crew Carol Kaye not only had it, she had it to burn.

'Pippi Longstocking meets Barbarella': The Slits' Viv Albertine

The Week in Radio: Art historian Janina Ramirez proved that a painting can come to life on air even if you can't see it

Some subjects inevitably fall flat on radio. Nature can be a struggle – if the critter in question can't croak or coo engagingly into a microphone then, really, who cares? Cooking is far worse. It should be one of the Ten Commandments for broadcasters everywhere: Thou Shalt Not Fry, Bake or Chargrill On Air. Seriously, Woman's Hour, I love what you do, but unless you are prepared to courier one of those "perfect tapas" dishes directly to my doorstep then I don't want to know.

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