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.

Independent Live!: Oxford podcast

Our Oxford debate saw veteran Independent commentators Steve Richards, Johann Hari, Simon Carr, Hamish McRae and Yasmin Alibhai Brown engage in some vigorous pre-election debate.

Free podcast: Maria Friedman

Three-time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman talks to Edward Seckerson about her first solo album for 12 years – The Great British Songbook.

Independent Live!: Brighton podcast

Following an evening of debate in Brighton, featuring Steve Richards from the Independent, Trevor Beattie, Advertising executive at BMB, Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party leader and PPC for Brighton Pavilion) Charlotte Vere (Conservative parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion), and Bernadette Millam (Lib Dem from Brighton), download the podcast of the night's entertainment below.

Warning: iPods can damage your hearing

Listening to MP3 players at high volume increases the risk of deafness in later life, expert warns

Free ENO podcast: Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw talks to Edward Seckerson about the not inconsiderable demands of juggling Restoration comedy with German expressionism.

Tryline podcast featuring Brian McClennan and Lee Smith

The latest edition of The Independent's Rugby League show

Watchdog criticises PM over immigration figures

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was criticised by the national statistics watchdog today for mis-using immigration statistics.

Opera podcast: Opera Holland Park's new season

The auditorium has risen once more, the box office is open and busy, and the peacocks are warming up – Opera Holland Park is gearing up for the new season.

Tryline podcast featuring Mick Morgan

The latest edition of The Independent's Rugby League show

Bollywood Podcast: Arshad Wasi

Probably best known as 'Circuit' in the phenomenally successful Munnabhai films (the second of which features in my ' Ten Best Bollywood Movies' article), Arshad Wasi has done a good job of becoming a fan's favourite since his debut in the mid 90s.

Tryline podcast featuring Steve McNamara

The first episode of The Independent's new Rugby League show

Bollywood Podcast: Shah Rukh Khan on My Name Is Khan

Never has a Bollywood movie had so much anticipation in the Western and overseas markets. A number of factors contribute to the excitement surrounding the release of My Name Is Khan.

Terry Pratchett: Why stop trusting a doctor who has the power to kill you?

If we are are to live in a world where a socially acceptable "early death" can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration. Let us consider me as a test case. As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before Alzheimer's disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.

Bollywood podcast: Riteish Deshmukh

Doesn't he make you squirm? Baby faced, cutey pie and guy-all-the-girls-love, Riteish Deshmukh, is subject of my interview in this week's Bollywood podcast.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003