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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.

Learn Spanish with The Independent - Beginner

Cactus’ Language Minis is a Spanish podcast series, developed to offer easy learning on the go. It consists of seven levels, each with 10 downloadable podcast lessons and PDF workbooks, which take you from beginner through to advanced level. The Language Minis series is designed to help you increase your understanding of the Spanish language and equip you with language skills for use in everyday situations.

The Week In Radio: From female fascists to Jane Austen's iPod

Like the great white shark in Jaws that bobs up from nowhere, so P D James rose from apparently calm waters to devour an unwitting Mark Thompson. Did the Director General even see what was coming as the baroness sliced lethally through his arguments on the subject of BBC salaries and the need for the head of paperclips to earn £300,000? Either way, James's boat-rocking interview was a signal that this is going to be an important year for the corporation. An election is coming, and there is an Opposition with definite ideas about the BBC's future. So where better to start the debate than with programmes that truly justify the licence fee?

First the iPod, then the iPhone. So is Apple about to launch iSlate?

So where next for Apple, the company that has for 11 years turned everything it touches into gold? After revolutionising the music and mobile phone industries, it has returned to its roots with a piece of kit that it hopes will redefine computing.

Short stories aim to woo the iPod generation

Website aims to rekindle interest in classic works by giants of European literature

Bollywood podcast: Amitabh Bachchan

It's been great setting out on this new adventure with The Independent to bring you some of the biggest Bollywood stars for the last couple of months. As 2009 (and the decade!) draws to a close, I've lined up a couple of real treats.

Bollywood podcast: Saif Ali Khan

In my last podcast, you heard my interview with Kareena Kapoor. Picking up where we left off and having now seen the movie Kurbaan, which is one of the most powerful, thought-provoking, slickest and intense pieces of cinema I've seen this year, this week, you can hear my interview with Saif Ali Khan - the movie's protagonist, Kareena's real life partner and general Bollywood idol.

Moments in Medicine podcast: The 500-year old medicine chest

In this edition of Moments in Medicine, reporter Dylan Winter joins Rear Admiral John Lippiet and Andy Elkerton from the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth to investigate a 500 year old medicine chest.

ENO podcast: Duke Bluebeard's Castle and The Rite of Spring

Edward Seckerson talks to Duke Bluebeard's Castle director Daniel Kramer, The Rite of Spring director/choregrapher Michael Keegan-Dolan, and conductor Edward Gardner

Bollywood podcast: Akshay Kumar & Ajay Devgan

Hello again - don't worry, I haven't disappeared off the face of the Earth or anything, everyone's allowed to take a couple of days off to celebrate the misery of getting a year older aren't they?

Apple cashes in as millions buy iPhones

Apple said its net income rose 47 per cent in the most recent quarter as more people bought Mac computers and gave in to the iPhone craze.

Moments in Medicine podcast: Forensics - the real life CSI

In the second in our series of podcasts from Oxford Brookes University, Lizz Pearson investigates the origins of modern forensic medicine.

Amazon tie-up considered in library service revamp

DVD-style home deliveries and tie-ups with internet firms such as Amazon could be the answer to ensure the future of libraries for the iPod generation, Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said today.

Bollywood podcast: Govinda, Do Knot Disturb

It's a Bollywood double whammy this week - not surprising since Diwali's on the way; there's always an abundance of releases around this time.

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