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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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin