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In front of an audience at Sage Gateshead, Julia Neuberger - one of the first female rabbis in Britain - argues that society needs urgently to end the prejudice, dismissiveness and neglect with which many old people are treated today. The event is hosted by Rana Mitter. Producer Fiona McLean
Richard Moss hosts a Free Thinking festival debate on whether the 21st century is a hostile environment for men, recorded last month at Sage Gateshead with a panel comprising writer and journalist
Beatrix Campbell , Assistant Bishop of Newcastle Paul Richardson, Roger Olley of Fathers Plus, and Rabbi Julia Neuberger. Producer Tim Prosser
Mike Brearley , former England cricket captain and President of the British Psychoanalytical
Society, delivers a talk on Narcissism and Leadership at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival 2009 in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead. Producer James Cook
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An exploration of the history of the North East's great rivers, tracing the hidden currents that lie beneath the surface. Producer Natalie Steed
Philip Dodd talks to accalimed novelist Zadie Smith about her writing.
Lisa Jardine lectures on why the science of reproduction will create some of the most challenging ethical dilemmas. Producer Kirsty Pope
Recorded last month at the Sage Gateshead, Philip Dodd welcomes BBC Newcastle's Total
Sport host Simon Pryde , former Test cricketer Ed Smith , art critic Bill Feaver , historian Edith Hall and sports writer Martin Kelner for a debate on whether sport or the arts is the greater human achievement. Producer James Cook
Foreign Secretary David Miliband is interviewed by Philip Dodd in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead during this year's Free Thinking festival. He talks about his life in politics and his vision for democracy, both at home and abroad. Producer Anthony Denselow
Moshe Morad introduces a final instalment of recordings made late last year at the 2008 Jerusalem International Oud Festival, featuring songs from the Ottoman Empire, Saudia Arabia and Egypt performed by Arab-Israeli singer Dalal Abu Amneh. Plus music by Jewish kawali group the Yonah Ensemble. Producer James Parkin
5/5. BBC Newcastle and Radio 3 audiences are choosing the historical Free Thinker of the North East. Their candidate will be the subject of this specially commissioned essay. Producer Natalie Steed
4/5. Leading poet Sean O'Brien charts the profound contribution to Newcastle's cultural life of the Literary and Philosophical Society, founded in 1793, which grew into one of the most important intellectual institutions of its age. A place of talking, thinking, reading and listening, its history and membership have long been at the heart of Tyneside culture. Recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead.
A public debate given as part of last weekend's
Free Thinking festival of ideas: Is the West Losing Its Nerve? The West has been the world's dominant economic and cultural force for nearly 500 years. But with the rise of India and China as economic and cultural powers, and American and European industries struggling in the recession, are we witnessing its decline? Presenter Rana Mitter brings together a varied panel to argue this key question. His guests are philosopher AC Grayling, entrepreneur Paul Callaghan , professor of politics Baroness Haleh Afshar , and sculptor Alexander Stoddart. Recorded in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead. Producer Kirsty Pope
3/5. The Victorian inventor and industrialist
William Armstrong is Britain's forgotten hero who epitomised the dynamism of his age, argues his new biographer, Henrietta Heald.
William Orbit is famous internationally for his innovative collaborations with Madonna and Blur, as well as his bestselling modern dance adaptation of Barber's Adagio for Strings. But Orbit has a surprisingly wide range of interests. He joins this year's Radio 3 Free Thinking festival of ideas with a new concept, William Orbit 's Guide to Listening. In front of an audience at The Sage Gateshead, he reflects on his understanding of the world of sound, and shows how we might hear things in a new way. Presented by Matthew Sweet. Producer Timothy Prosser
2/5. Kitty Fitzgerald explores the achievements of archaeologist, linguist and mountaineer
Gertrude Bell , who was instrumental in creating the controversial map of modern Iraq in 1921.
The Woman's Right to Be Evil. Dr Gwen Adshead , psychotherapist at Broadmoor hospital, talks about why people must come to terms with women's involvement in some of the most serious crimes. Recorded in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead as part of Free Thinking 2009 and hosted by Philip Dodd. Producer Lisa Davis
1/5. Writer and film-maker Graeme Rigby looks back at Newcastle city boss T Dan Smith , whose architectural vision for a Brasilia of the North captured the headlines in the 1960s.
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As part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas, Ken Livingstone went to the North East of England to meet an audience at the Sage Gateshead and find out if the North/South divide still matters.
Presented by Anne McElvoy. Producer Timothy Prosser
Matthew Sweet hosts conversation and debate about Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas, which took place this weekend at the Sage Gateshead. Matthew is joined by a round-table of guests to reflect on the interviews, lectures and audience comment that they have heard - in particular on the festival's key theme, the 21st-century family. They assess if the complex and thought-provoking questions thrown up by the powerful speakers have elicited any answers. Producer Martin Smith
2/2. Continuing his journey through the American South, Banning Eyre embarks on a road trip across the state of North Carolina to hear the music and stories of the older generation of traditional performers, who can trace a direct line back to before the age of the radio and the gramophone. Among those he encounters are
90-year-old fiddler Jo Thomson , ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams , and 89-year-old Benton Flippen and his Smokey Valley Boys. Producer Peter Meanwell