Desert Island Discs Turns 70

Desert Island Discs is a long, long running BBC radio show in which prominent Brits (and, occasionally, foreigners) pick the eight pieces of music they’d bring to the mythic geographical feature, as well as which books and luxury items they’d bring. The show started in 1942, and it celebrated its 70th anniversary this Sunday, as the Huffington Post notes. In its lifespan, the show has interviewed nearly 3000 guests, including just about every British person who’s come to importance in those years. Not too many cultural institutions last that long, and cultural institutions that have music criticism embedded in their DNA never last that long. Salute. Check out this excellent New Yorker piece for more about the show’s history.