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Free Thinking

2014 Festival

Knowing Your Enemy: Andrey Kurkov, Gabrielle Rifkind, John Kampfner

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy chairs a discussion exploring protest, foreign policy, intervention and peace-making. She is joined by Andrey Kurkov, Gabrielle Rifkind and John Kampfner. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Andrey Kurkov
Interviewed Guest:
Gabrielle Rifkind
Interviewed Guest:
John Kampfner
Producer:
Harry Parker

Free Thinking

Olafur Eliasson, Andrey Kurkov, Mary Dejevsky and Zinovy Zinik on Soviet Culture

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd talks to artist Olafur Eliasson and Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov and discusses Soviet culture with Mary Dejevsky and Zinovy Zinik. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Olafur Eliasson
Interviewed Guest:
Andrey Kurkov
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Dejevsky
Interviewed Guest:
Zinovy Zinik
Interviewed Guest:
Craig Templeton Smith

Free Thinking

Russia and the Arts: Julian Barnes, Roxana Silbert and Suhayla El-Bushra

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy and novelist Julian Barnes discuss images of Russian cultural figures on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Plus the satire of Gogol and Erdman on the UK stage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Barnes
Interviewed Guest:
Roxana Silbert
Interviewed Guest:
Suhayla El-Bushra
Interviewed Guest:
Soumaya Keynes
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Treneman
Producer:
Eliane Glaser

Free Thinking

Light: Anne Wroe, Dan Flavin at the Ikon, Blackpool Illuminations, The Sun

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Ann Wroe joins Anne McElvoy for an exploration of light in art from Blackpool to the South Downs. Plus Dan Flavin's art at Ikon in Birmingham and extreme solar weather. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Wroe
Interviewed Guest:
Lucie Green

Free Thinking

Economics: Liam Byrne, John Redwood, Luke Johnson, Juliet Michaelson and Matt Wolf

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy talks to Juliet Michaelson, Liam Byrne, John Redwood and Luke Johnson and considers the arguments in new books from Yanis Varoufakis and Thomas Piketty. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Michaelson
Interviewed Guest:
Liam Byrne
Interviewed Guest:
John Redwood
Interviewed Guest:
Luke Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Producer:
Eliane Glaser

Free Thinking

Syrian buildings, Judging Book Prizes, Georgian Literature

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni talks to Anne McElvoy about her country's built environment its impact on the behaviour of its citizens. Plus the politics of judging book prizes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Marwa Al-Sabouni
Interviewed Guest:
Geoffrey Hosking
Interviewed Guest:
Fleur Montanaro
Interviewed Guest:
Lasha Bugadze
Interviewed Guest:
Aka Morchiladze

Free Thinking

Sicily, The London Library, John Hardyng's Chronicle

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy considers Sicily as the island's multifaceted history is celebrated at the British Museum. Plus Tom Stoppard talking about 175 years of the London Library. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
John Julius Norwich
Interviewed Guest:
Helena Attlee
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Sergi
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Peverley
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard

Free Thinking

Writers Writing about Love

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by novelists AL Kennedy, Tahmima Anam and Alain de Botton to talk about depicting relationships across cities and continents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Tahmima Anam
Interviewed Guest:
Alain de Botton

Free Thinking

Germany: Neil MacGregor, Volker Kutscher, Threepenny Opera

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy explores German culture with actress Haydn Gwynne, writer Simon Stephens, former British Museum director Neil MacGregor and crime writer Volker Kutscher. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Volker Kutscher
Interviewed Guest:
Neil MacGregor
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Stephens
Interviewed Guest:
Philippe Sands
Interviewed Guest:
Haydn Gwynne
Interviewed Guest:
AT Williams
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Ruth Watts

Free Thinking

Beauty: Dame Fiona Reynolds, The Bowes Museum, David Willetts on the State

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy explores bringing back the word beauty in arguments about the countryside with Dame Fiona Reynolds and considers an exhibition of English beauties at the Bowes Museum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Reynolds
Interviewed Guest:
David Willetts
Interviewed Guest:
Charles Brand
Interviewed Guest:
Marc Stears
Interviewed Guest:
David Barnes
Producer:
Eliane Glaser

Free Thinking

Nottingham Contemporary Art Debate

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by curators and artists and an audience at Nottingham Contemporary to discuss the life of an artist today as Tate Modern opens its new wing. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Price
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Channer
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Gallagher

Free Thinking

Walter Benjamin, the Soviet Superwoman, Munch

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy evaluates the short fiction of German writer Walter Benjamin. Plus a discussion about the propaganda creation of a post-revolutionary Soviet 'superwoman' in 1917. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Leah Broad
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Free Thinking

Post-referendum reflections, New Generation Thinker Chris Kissane on citizenship

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by New Generation Thinker Chris Kissane to discusses our ideas of citizenship. Plus Matthew Wall on betting patterns and the 2016 EU referendum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Kissane
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Wall
Producer:
Ruth Watts

Free Thinking

Scotland, Wales and the Ukraine, Lidudumalingani

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With Victoria Donovan exploring the links between Wales and Ukraine, and Emma Schofield on Welsh fiction since devolution. Plus writer Lidudumalingani. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Victoria Donovan
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Schofield
Interviewed Guest:
Lidudumalingani Mqombothi
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Massie
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Wyn Jones
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Ruth Watts

Free Thinking

Brazilian Culture, Saying the Unsayable, Addiction, Raqib Shaw

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy looks ahead to the Rio Olympics, exploring Brazilian culture with Luiz Eduardo Soares and Edward King. Plus discussions about saying the unsayable and addiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Luiz Soares
Interviewed Guest:
Edward King
Interviewed Guest:
Somalia Seaton
Interviewed Guest:
Nadia Latif
Interviewed Guest:
Marc Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Raqib Shaw
Producer:
Ruth Watts

Free Thinking

Aphra Behn, 1066 and the South Coast, Mark Thompson

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy discusses Aphra Behn's play The Rover. Plus New York Times CEO Mark Thompson on political language and Iain Sinclair talking about the Norman Conquest. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Elaine Hobby
Interviewed Guest:
Loveday Ingram
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Sinclair
Interviewed Guest:
David Bates
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Thompson