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Free Thinking

Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer, Mr Burns

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With Anne McElvoy. Includes a review of Anne Washburn's play Mr Burns plus Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer on literary experimentation and winning a prize for a first novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Eimear McBride
Interviewed Guest:
Nathan Filer
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

Tom McCarthy, Asne Seierstad, Fairness

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy asks what we mean by the idea of fairness. Plus novelist Tom McCarthy on his new work Satin Island and Asne Seierstad on her book about the Breivik massacre in Norway. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Tom McCarthy
Interviewed Guest:
Asne Seierstad

Free Thinking

Patricia Duncker, Adrienne Mayor on the Amazons, Harriet Walter and Guy Paul

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With Patricia Duncker on her new work of fiction about George Eliot, Adrienne Mayor discussing Amazonian women, and Harriet Walter and Guy Paul on collaborating as a couple. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Patricia Duncker
Interviewed Guest:
Adrienne Mayor
Interviewed Guest:
Melvin Konner
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Schade
Interviewed Guest:
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest:
Guy Paul

Free Thinking

Violence in Culture

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd considers violence in culture with crime writer Frances Fyfield, historian Professor Richard Bessel, forensic psychiatrist Mayura Deshpande and writer Peter Stanford. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Fyfield
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Bessel
Interviewed Guest:
Mayura Deshpande
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Stanford

Free Thinking

Julian Barnes, Bapsi Sidhwa, light-inspired poetry

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes on his love of art, Pakistani author Bapsi Sidhwa on her novel The Crow Eaters, and light-inspired poetry. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Barnes
Interviewed Guest:
Bapsi Sidhwa

Free Thinking

Anne Enright, The Economics of Psychological Therapy, Christopher Hampton

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne Enright, Ireland's first laureate for fiction, discusses her new novel The Green Road with Anne McElvoy. Plus Christopher Hampton on translating the plays of Florian Zeller. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Enright
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Layard
Interviewed Guest:
David Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Hampton

Free Thinking

Acting Arthur Miller, Free Speech on Campus

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Zoe Wanamaker, David Suchet and Antony Sher talk about interpreting Arthur Miller's works with Philip Dodd. Plus a discussion about free speech and debate on university campuses. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Zoe Wanamaker
Interviewed Guest:
David Suchet
Interviewed Guest:
Antony Sher
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Tariq Wilkinson
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony Julius
Presenter:
Philip Dodd

Free Thinking

Fighting Art, Othello at the RSC, Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With Anne McElvoy. Includes a review of the new RSC production of Othello, poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger and a discussion about a new Tate Britain history painting exhibition. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lindsay Johns
Interviewed Guest:
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Interviewed Guest:
Danielle Thom
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Stanley
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

Mike Bartlett, Hans Fallada, Michel Houellebecq

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With King Charles III writer Mike Bartlett, Michel Houellebecq's novel Soumission, Hans Fallada's prison diary, and artists Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Bartlett
Interviewed Guest:
Andy Martin
Interviewed Guest:
Cleo Van Velsen
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Crowe
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rawlinson

Free Thinking

Winston Churchill and Englishness

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

David Reynolds, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Simon Heffer and David Edgar join Philip Dodd to discuss Winston Churchill through the lens of Englishness. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
David Reynolds
Interviewed Guest:
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
David Edgar

Free Thinking

Tim Minchin, Shami Chakrabarti, David Cronenberg

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With David Cronenberg on his new film and first novel, Shami Chakrabarti on working as a human rights campaigner and Tim Minchin on his graphic novel. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
David Cronenberg
Interviewed Guest:
Shami Chakrabarti
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Minchin
Interviewed Guest:
Giles Fraser
Interviewed Guest:
Cleo Van Velsen

Free Thinking

Laura Cumming on Velazquez, John Bratby, The Pan Hag Project

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy presents. With Laura Cumming talking about her research into a Velazquez portrait, plus an exhibition of John Bratby and a project inspired by the dish pan haggerty. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Cumming
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Moshenska
Interviewed Guest:
Liz Gilmore
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Hartnoll
Interviewed Guest:
Gayle Chong Kwan

Front Row

Museum of the Year 2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

John Wilson has news of the winner of the Museum of the Year prize, as he presents the programme live from the ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Show more

Front Row

Anne-Marie Duff, Women's Prize for Fiction, RA Summer Exhibition, Sarah Hall

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Anne-Marie Duff on O'Neill's play Strange Interlude, the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and Sarah Hall on Blade Runner. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Anne-Marie Duff
Interviewed Guest:
Eva Jiricna
Interviewed Guest:
Norman Ackroyd
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Hall

Front Row

Ai Weiwei, Everest, Leona Lewis

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, singer Leona Lewis and a review of the biographical thriller Everest starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Ai Weiwei
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Leona Lewis

Front Row

James Dean biopic, Mr Foote's Other Leg, Frances Leviston, Disclosure

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of the James Dean biopic Life, Ian Kelly on turning his Samuel Foote biography into a play and Disclosure discussing their new album. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Guy Lawrence
Interviewed Guest:
Howard Lawrence
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Leviston

Front Row

Terry Gilliam

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Terry Gilliam discusses his journey from working class Minnesota to becoming an animator, member of Monty Python and one of the most inventive film directors of modern times. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Terry Gilliam

Front Row

Abi Morgan, Rita Dove, British Art Show 8, Zygmunt Miloszewski

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Screenwriter Abi Morgan on new crime drama River, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former US poet laureate Rita Dove, British Art Show 8 reviewed, and Polish author Zygmunt Miloszewski. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Abi Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Rita Dove
Interviewed Guest:
Zygmunt Miloszewski

Front Row

Simon Schama, Big Data art, Night of the Demon

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Historian and presenter Simon Schama on The Story of the Jews; the artists who find inspiration in big data; the most famous monster in British cinema history. With Kirsty Lang. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama
Interviewed Guest:
Stanza undefined
Interviewed Guest:
R Luke Dubois
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Redler

Front Row

25/10/2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including an interview with writer Elizabeth Gilbert, James Corden as Paul Potts in One Chance, and Robert Webb and Tamzin Outhwaite in Raving. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Gilbert
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Thornton