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Night Waves

Artist William Tillyer, Doctor Who, The Gettysburg Address

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Dominic Sandbrook and Ray Monk join Matthew Sweet to discuss Dr Who. A Free Thinking career interview with artist William Tillyer. Adam Smith reflects on the Gettysburg address. Show more

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

Putting Competition to the Test

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy hosts a debate about success, asking what is both good and bad about competition. With Margaret Heffernan, Matthew Syed, Cath Bishop and Christopher Frayling. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Margaret Heffernan
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Syed
Interviewed Guest:
Cath Bishop
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Frayling
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

The Family Is Dead! Long Live The Family!

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy chairs a debate exploring the way medical advances appear to be changing the nature of family life. With Anne Fine, Tobias Jones and Sarah Cunningham-Burley. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Fine
Interviewed Guest:
Tobias Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Cunningham-Burley
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Shakespeare
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

The Arab Spring, Sahar Assaf, Owen Hatherley, Social Media and Language

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy discusses what happened to the Arab Spring five years on, talking to Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany. Plus actress Sahar Assaf and writer Owen Hatherley. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Alaa Al Aswany
Interviewed Guest:
Karl Sharro
Interviewed Guest:
Sahar Assaf
Interviewed Guest:
Owen Hatherley
Interviewed Guest:
Tony Thorne
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Jane Parkinson
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Botticelli Reimagined, A New Biography of Hitler

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

As a best-selling German biography of Hitler is published in English, Anne McElvoy explores the way German historians view Hitler now. Plus Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Volker Ullrich
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Fletcher
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Night Waves

Feminism in 2013

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy discusses feminism in 2013 with Julie Bindel, Caroline Criado-Perez, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Sibylle Rupprecht and Zoe Stavri. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Julie Bindel
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed Guest:
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Interviewed Guest:
Sibylle Rupprecht
Interviewed Guest:
Zoe Stavri
Producer:
Laura Thomas
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, the work of playwright Dario Fo, Caravaggio's art and historian Catherine Merridale on her book about Lenin. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony Wall
Interviewed Guest:
David Greig
Interviewed Guest:
Anders Lustgarten
Interviewed Guest:
Letizia Treves
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Moshenska
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Merridale
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Neglected Women: Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Cavendish, Charlotte Robinson

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

On International Women's Day, Anne McElvoy and guests including author Tracy Chevalier discuss women neglected in standard histories and what it means to uncover their stories. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tracy Chevalier
Interviewed Guest:
Ailsa Grant Ferguson
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Wilkins
Interviewed Guest:
Miranda Garrett
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Race in America: Selma, Joyce Carol Oates, Timberlake Wertenbaker

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy considers American history and racial divisions as depicted in the new novel from Joyce Carol Oates, the latest play from Timberlake Wertenbaker and the film Selma. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce Carol Oates
Interviewed Guest:
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Cohen
Interviewed Guest:
Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Carroll
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Greece, Daniel Evans on Sarah Kane, Indian Summers

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With a discussion about the future of Greece, director Daniel Evans on the career of playwright Sarah Kane and review of the TV drama Indian Summers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Roderic Lyne
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Dejevsky
Interviewed Guest:
Vassilis Fouskas
Interviewed Guest:
Spyros Economides
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Evans
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Britain's Economy: Will Hutton, Luke Johnson, Wendy Carlin, Richard Davies

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Economist Will Hutton joins Anne McElvoy for a programme focusing on economics and wealth in Britain. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Will Hutton
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Wendy Carlin
Interviewed Guest:
Luke Johnson
Producer:
Luke Mulhall
Editor:
Robyn Read

Free Thinking

Autism, The Financial Crisis, The Fallen Woman

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With Steve Silberman on rethinking autism, Gillian Tett on the the financial crisis and Lynda Nead on Fallen Women at the Foundling Museum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Lynda Nead
Interviewed Guest:
James Bartholomew
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Silberman
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Tett
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Silberman
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Smith
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Night Waves

Eric Schlosser, Richard II, Basil Bunting, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy reviews David Tennant in Richard II, discusses nuclear security with Eric Schlosser, the rhythms of Old English and the poetry of Basil Bunting. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Eric Schlosser
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Producer:
Luke Mulhall
Interviewed Guest:
Eleanor Barraclough

Free Thinking

Trade, Davos, Ocean travel and Mermaids.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Imogen Hermes Gowar and Sarah Peverley discuss mermaids from medieval times to those brought to Britain by C18th century sailors + Davos discussions and ocean liner style at V&A. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Peverley
Interviewed Guest:
Imogen Hermes Gowar
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Northern Lights: Crime Fiction and Cold Settings

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Margaret Atwood, Arnaldur Indriadason and MJ McGrath discuss crime fiction and cold. Plus a discussion reflecting on 100 years since Freud's seminal paper The Unconscious. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Margaret Atwood
Interviewed Guest:
Arnaldur Indriason
Interviewed Guest:
Melanie McGrath
Interviewed Guest:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Vernon
Interviewed Guest:
Suzanne O'Sullivan
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Paxton
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Bernard-Henri Lévy, Edith Hall and Simon Critchley

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Arts and cultural debate. From football, to Brexit, to the good life: Shahidha Bari talks to three philosophers about how their work applies outside university. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Bernard-Henri Levy
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Critchley
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

What do you call a stranger? - The Caine Prize - NHS ideals.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Nandini Das and John Gallagher look at words for strangers in Tudor and Stuart England and ideas about civility. Plus Shahidha Bari talks to the winner of the 2018 Caine Prize. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Nandini Das
Interviewed Guest:
John Gallagher
Interviewed Guest:
Christie Watson
Interviewed Guest:
Roberta Bivins
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Queer Icons: Plato's Symposium. Part of Gay Britannia

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari discusses the LGBTQ movement in the history of philosophy as part of the BBC's Queer Icons series. Plus the winner of the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. Show more

Free Thinking

Utopianism in Politics

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy chairs a debate on realism and utopianism in politics and history, asking whether politics is about building a better world or simply about the art of the possible. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Champion
Interviewed Guest:
John Guy
Interviewed Guest:
Kwasi Kwarteng
Interviewed Guest:
Gisela Stuart
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Night Waves

Mind Maps, Freud, Psychotherapy, Partition

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd discusses writing about Partition, the history of psychology, Freud and his daughter Anna, and psychotherapy and religion. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Howard Brenton
Interviewed Guest:
Moniza Alvi
Interviewed Guest:
Keith Laws
Interviewed Guest:
Clare Allan
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest:
Giles Fraser
Producer:
Luke Mulhall