I always thought the notion of desert island discs, records you would take with you if forced to a desert island, was a parlor game turned internet meme. Not so the internet told me, it’s actually a 70 year old radio show airing on BBC Radio 4. The format is this: a person of note – a musician, writer, actor, director, politician, someone well known in their field – is interviewed by the host, during which they select eight records, one book, and one luxury, to take with them to the hypothetical island. (They are also given the works of Shakespeare and the Bible).
Anyway, the point is the archive for Desert Island Discs is available on line and it’s a treasure trove. Shows are available to stream or download as an mp3 file. Many of the older shows are unavailable, because they were broadcast live and not recorded, or the recordings were lost or damaged, but there is plenty to occupy your time, from Olivia Manning to Morrissey to Andy McNab. Great stuff there, highly recommended.