Fiona Sturges

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

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Glorious retrospective painted Chris Morris as a surreal satirist with an eye for comedy gold

Raw Meat Radio on Radio 4 Extra showed the Brass Eye star wasn't just pushing at boundaries, he was pole-vaulting over the top of them and gleefully legging it over the horizon

Life-or-death medical matters are given the human touch in Radio 4's Reith Lectures

The first of this year's lectures was delivered by surgeon, writer and political analyst, Atul Gawande

How John Grant emerged from the booze and cocaine to find happiness (in Iceland...)

Addiction, illness and heartbreak; John Grant has been through it all. But could things finally be looking up for the singer-songwriter?

Dominic Lawson makes all the right moves in his intriguing radio series Across the Board

The journalist interviewed unusual or prominent figures over a game of chess

BBC World Service's new series The Conversation is just what women want

This is no cosy Woman's Hour-type programme, says Fiona Sturges

If interviewees such as Richard Ayoade, with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, don’t want to engage with the process, maybe they should stay at home

Russell Brand and Richard Ayoade need to realise that in interviews, meta doesn’t mean better

It’s a tired format, but recent attempts to subvert the promotional appearance have generated more heat than light

Germany: Memories of a Nation, review: 600 years of history dispensed in 15-minute chunks

Radio 4's series gets the brain cells fizzing without pushing you over the edge

Freezing egg cells is not a case of bunging them in an ice box

A woman's option to freeze her eggs should never be a job perk

Silicon Valley's latest wheeze is not just creepy, it's telling us that motherhood is incompatible with a career
John Peel, former Radio 1 DJ and pioneering champion of alternative music, in 1972

Fiona Sturges: 'The teary tributes to John Peel make me feel queasy - you'd think the BBC would have learned its lesson by now'

The late broadcaster was this week the subject of an adoring Radio 1 documentary called How John Peel Changed My Life, which featured Annie Nightingale, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens and Michael Palin

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

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