Fiona Sturges

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

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On the Wire, BBC Radio Lancashire, review: It is radio at its simplest and most effective

It’s the kind of music that, should you have ingested something illegal and unexpectedly strong, could cause you to lose your mind permanently

Scottish independence: Amid the hysteria, the most measured debate came from the wise, young voices on Radio 1's Newsbeat

The lively late-night chat gave 16 to 24-year-old voters in Glasgow a chance to air their views, with both the Yes and No camps having their say

Radio 4's The Lost Genius of Judee Sill, review: The tale of an unsung folk genius is a revelation

If the songwriter Judee Sill were alive today she'd be quite the sensation. Her ferocious wit, stormy love life, drug addiction and multiple brushes with the law would guarantee endless splashes in gossip mags and concerned columns about the fecklessness of youth.

Heart and Soul: To Die with Dignity?, review: Deeply personal stories in astonishing debate

We are, as a nation, uncomfortable with death. We're particularly squeamish when it comes to discussing the practicalities of a person's end, which is sad because it is one of the most revealing conversations you can have with your loved ones.

Radio 4's Everything We Know Is Wrong was an eye-opening look into misappliance of science

Good news, everyone. You can stop drafting your funeral playlists. Step away from the Robbie Williams CD. It turns out that that steak won't do you any harm after all. Nor will the butter on your toast, nor the red wine that you absent-mindedly glug down while chortling away in front of Gogglebox. Why? Because the scientists got it wrong and you're not facing imminent death after all. So relax. Have another glass of wine.

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.

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