bbc radio 4 – book of the week

Rory’s short travel story, ‘The Wrestler’ – part of the recently-published Oxfam travel anthology ‘Ox Travels’ – is to feature in this week’s ‘Book of the Week’ slot on BBC Radio 4. Rory’s story will be read this Friday, June 3rd at 9.45am on BBC Radio 4. ‘Ox Travels’ is a paperback published to support the charity’s work, bringing […]


mike parr breakfast show

Before news of the tragic shootings in West Cumbria emerged I did a brief radio interview with the Mike Parr Breakfast Show on Radio Cumbria. Audio clip taken from the programme on 2nd June 2010. Listen!


newbies in parliament

Available on BBC iPlayer is a Radio 4 programme on the experience of five of us ‘newbies’ in Parliament – based on an audio diary which we recorded in the first two weeks after the election.


first days in parliament

The BBC World Service spent the past few weeks following my journey to Parliament. Starting with the campaign trail, I explain my journey towards the mystifying corridors of Westminster, finishing with the historic process of selecting the Speaker. You can listen to the programme and view accompanying photographs on the BBC World Service website.


audio reflections

After the first week in Westminster it was wonderful to be back in Cumbria. Press play to hear about my first weekend spent in the constituency since being elected.     Listen!       

Writing The Marches

radio 4’s “any questions?”

On Friday I took part in BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions?” programme. All kinds of topics came up including issues directly affecting Penrith and the Border. You can listen to the episode on BBC iPlayer at the following address: (opens in a new window)


Radio interview | Afghanistan Policy Bound to Fail

Rory’s appearance on National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’. In this interview, Rory lays out his critique of American’s counter-insurgency policy in Afghanistan to host Guy Raz. To listen, click on the link below: National public radio


Expert: Afghanistan Policy Bound to Fail

First Published as a conversation on National Public Radio Transcript GUY RAZ, host: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I’m Guy Raz. This hour, we’ll check in with the biggest pop star in Italy and get an update on the mass protest movement in Iran. But first, to Afghanistan, where in these first […]

desert island discs

Rory’s appearance on Desert Island Discs

Rory was invited to go on Desert Island Discs in January 2008, where he was interviewed by Kirsty Young. Click on the link below to listen to the programme, where you can find out about the eight music tracks, the book and the luxury item that Rory chose to accompany him on this imaginary island. 



Interview first published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty by Heather Maher on 18 August 2006. In the winter of 2002, a 29-year-old Scotsman set out from Herat, in western Afghanistan, to walk 800 kilometers to Kabul. Rory Stewart — an Oxford-educated former British Foreign Service officer — was told to expect to meet death along […]