Arts and Entertainment

There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.

Tryline podcast returns to The Independent for the new season

The brand new Engage Super League campaign is almost here and this season’s first round of matches will kick-off in a spectacular new way.

Out with Asbos – and in with iPod seizures

Troublemakers could have their passports confiscated under an overhaul of the powers available to courts and police to tackle persistent anti-social behaviour.

Offenders 'could have goods seized'

Offenders could be stripped of prized possessions such as iPods under proposals to give police better powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, the Home Office said today.

Music & Me: Kisses

Sun-splashed LA-based electro duo (and couple) Kisses sound a little like Hot Chip if they’d jumped in the Tardis to jam with late Eighties New Order alongside Talking Heads’ guitar. Listen out for them on a cool dancefloor near you.

BP and makers of iPod in line for 'shame' awards

Swiss environmentalists hope this week's prizes will force 'rogue' companies to mend their ways

Podcasts: Why the future sounds funny

Podcasts are bringing stand-up comedy to new audiences. As the BBC gets in on the act, Frank Skinner and Richard Herring give Ian Burrell the lowdown on downloads

Music & Me: Dave i.d.

Genre-mashing post punk meets ambient artist Dave i.d. takes time out from recording his debut album to talk to Music Magazine.

The 10 best iPod docks

Forget the headphones – share your (no doubt) excellent taste in music with the world using the latest generation of speaker systems.

The Bargain Hunter: Argos' mother of all toy sales

With just two weeks left until Christmas, retailers are going head to head to provide cut-price quality goods to the growing ranks of festive shoppers. Top of the shops this week is Argos which has just launched its "Biggest ever half-price toy sale". The name is a little misleading and actually means there are more toys than ever before rather than larger savings but there are still dozens of great offers available. Bestseller so far is Disney's Toy Story 3 Ultimate Buzz Lightyear, down from £150 to £74.99.

Apple reaches end of long and winding road

The Beatles have finally got a ticket to ride the digital music bandwagon, after many years when the remaining band members have resisted making their back catalogue available for download.

Independent music podcast: John Wilson

John Wilson and the orchestra which bears his name created a absolute sensation at the 2009 Proms with their celebration of 75 years of MGM musicals.

Bollywood Podcast: John Abraham

John Abraham - officially one of the loveliest, most down to earth stars in Bollywood.

Bollywood Podcast: Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is pretty much the first Bollywood star I fell in love with, the first person I wanted to 'be' when I was younger. Over the last two decades, Aamir has developed into one of the finest, idiosyncratic, genius and most adored actors in the industry. He has starred in some of the most successful Bollywood films of all time, including last year's truly exceptional, 3 Idiots. It was great meeting Aamir for the first time as we talked about his past, present and future.

Apple unveil social network Ping and new iPod range

"The Apple Store is down!" wailed voices on the web at 5.15pm yesterday. "When is it back? What's going to be on there when it does?"

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project