BBC Radio 4  - From Our Own Correspondent

I occassionally contribute to From Our Own Correpondent (or ‘ FOOC' as it’s fondly known by its contributors) on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service

I'm almost certainly better at writing the scripts than reading them out, but to me FOOC is the perfect format: 750 words, which translates to five-minutes of radio. 

I am a real fan of this show and tune in on Saturdays or download the podcast when I travel. Podcasts are available here:

My own FOOC’s have covered vodou priests in Haiti, shamans in Kazakhstan, archivists in Ukraine, Bangladeshi tribal kings, brides in Samarkand and master weavers in both Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. I also interviewed the man who designed the Kyrgyz flag. 

Here are links to a few FOOCs I’ve recorded recently:

Kazan - back to the 1980 Summer Olympics
- Tashkent’s golden bread
Odessa - the Brodsky synagogue
Uzbekistan - why no-one marries in May
Kyrgyzstan - nation-building and flags:
Uzbekistan - master weavers of Marghilan:
Bangladesh - not all mass-market clothes:
Bangladesh - A new Buddhist Raja::
Kazakhstan - Meeting a shaman in Almaty: