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Free Thinking

The Man Booker Prize. Mike Bartlett. Is Small Beautiful?

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Alex Clark talks to Philip Dodd from the Man Booker Prize ceremony at London's Guildhall. Plus Mike Bartlett on moving from TV's Dr Foster to a play depicting a future UK. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Bartlett
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
George Kerevan
Interviewed Guest:
David Goodhart
Interviewed Guest:
Marian Arribas-Tome

Free Thinking

Richard Hakluyt, Man Booker Prize, Chickens in the Anthropocene, Shirley Jackson

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet explores the legacy of traveller Richard Hakluyt as well as the significance of chickens in the anthropocene era. Plus the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner announced. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Nandini Das
Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Woman's Hour

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, Sali Hughes, Autism, Power List

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Writing a show that demystifies cancer; Culture for Power List; Somali mother whose son has autism; beauty writers Sali Hughes and Sam Chapman on why eyeliner is a beauty staple. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Bryony Kimmings
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Dimant
Interviewed Guest:
Sali Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Chapman
Interviewed Guest:
Nura Aabe
Interviewed Guest:
Jude Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Raeside

Woman's Hour

Kanya King, Claire Foy, Angel Olsen

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kanya King on 21 years of the Mobo Awards. Claire Foy on her role in the Crown playing the young Queen Elizabeth ll. The power of lipstick. Angel Olsen on her new album My Woman. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Kanya King
Interviewed Guest:
Josie Bevan
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Raeside
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Jude Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Anton Emmanuel
Interviewed Guest:
Angel Olsen
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Foy

Open Book

Age gap relationships; Dorthe Nors

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alex Clark talks to Karl Geary and Gwendoline Riley, who have both written about a love affair across the generations in their new books, and to Danish writer Dorte Nors. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Karl Geary
Interviewed Guest:
Gwendoline Riley
Interviewed Guest:
Dorthe Nors
Interviewed Guest:
Nadiya Hussain
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Sjon

Woman's Hour

Jo Swinson, Gingerbread, Equal pay, Menopause

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

How can women achieve equal power? 100 years of Gingerbread, gender equality in the workplace and why do so few women in novels experience the menopause? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Jo Swinson
Interviewed Guest:
Sacha Corcoran
Interviewed Guest:
Ayse Inal
Interviewed Guest:
Rosie Ferguson
Interviewed Guest:
Maria Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Smethers
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Producer:
Rebecca Myatt

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour: Pearl Mackie, Kids and gambling, and the Menopause in literature

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Pearl Mackie on being a Doctor Who sidekick and her new role in Pinter's The Birthday Party, protecting young children from gambling, and the menopause in literature. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Pearl Mackie
Interviewed Guest:
Barbara Dickson
Interviewed Guest:
Polly Neate
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Heather Wardle
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Rosie Ferguson
Interviewed Guest:
Sacha Corcoran
Interviewed Guest:
Ayse Inal
Interviewed Guest:
Emmy Abrahamson
Interviewed Guest:
Zoe Folbigg

Saturday Review

Frankenstein in Manchester, Palme d'Or winner The Square, The Immortalists, Tacita Dean, Annihilation

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Frankenstein at The Manchester Royal Exchange, Palme d'Or winner The Square, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, two Tacita Dean exhibitions and Annihilation on Netflix. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Gilbey
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Heart of a Dog, Don DeLillo, Blue/Orange, Going Forward, Seeing Round Corners

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Laurie Anderson film Heart of a Dog, Don DeLillo's novel Zero K, Blue/Orange revival at Young Vic, Jo Brand in Going Forward, Seeing Round Corners at Turner Contemporary Margate. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crompton
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Hanks
Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet explores the joys of food, with philosopher Barry Smith, restaurant critic-cum-trainee chef Lisa Markwell, book critic Alex Clark and food historian Elsa Richardson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Barry Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Markwell
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Elsa Richardson
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Saturday Review

Dunkirk, Much Ado at London's Globe, Sarah Winman, Rose Finn-Kelcey at Modern Art Oxford, Against The Law

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk, Much Ado at London's Globe Theatre, Sarah Winman's novel Tin Man, Rose Finn-Kelcey at Modern Art Oxford, Against The Law on BBC TV. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Morley
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Woman's Hour

Amy Schumer, Eating disorders at university, Beryl Bainbridge

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The award-winning comedian Amy Schumer. Supporting young people with eating disorders as they start university. The real Beryl Bainbridge. Bionic athlete Claire Lomas. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Producer:
Jane Thurlow
Interviewed Guest:
Amy Schumer
Interviewed Guest:
Abigail Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Piper
Interviewed Guest:
Danielle Glennon
Interviewed Guest:
Brendan King
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Lomas

Woman's Hour

Nicola Adams, Amy Schumer, Eating disorders and university

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The boxer Nicola Adams on her Rio Olympic experience. The comedian Amy Schumer on how her life and its shortcomings inspire her comedy. Plus eating disorders and university. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Adams
Interviewed Guest:
Amy Schumer
Interviewed Guest:
Brendan King
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Jocelyn Robson
Interviewed Guest:
Cath Staincliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Betts
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Woods
Interviewed Guest:
Vicky Featherstone

Saturday Review

Free State of Jones, Abstract Expressionism, Transit, Crisis in Six Scenes, Villette

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Allen's first TV series Crisis in Six Scenes, Rachel Cusk's novel Transit, Abstract Expressionism and Villette. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Katie Puckrik
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Francis Spufford
Producer:
Hilary Dunn

Woman's Hour

Joan Smith's Misogynies

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With Jenni Murray. In 1989, Joan Smith's book Misogynies caused controversey by arguing there was sexism everywhere, from our courts to our cinemas. 25 years on, what has changed? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Joan Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Daubney
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Hardaker
Interviewed Guest:
Ally Fogg

Open Book

Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alex Clark talks to Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla about fictionalising today's alienated young men, profiles African writer Amos Tutuola and takes a look at literary Sarajevo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Campbell
Interviewed Guest:
Nikesh Shukla
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Lesic

Free Thinking

Live at Southbank Centre: EM Forster

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

From London's Southbank Centre, South African novelist Damon Galgut joins presenter Rana Mitter with guests Tariq Ali and Alex Clark to explore the work of EM Forster. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Damon Galgut
Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Tariq Ali
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Open Book

Steve Toltz on Quicksand

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Presenter Alex Clark talks to Australian novelist Steve Toltz about his new book Quicksand, the story of a friendship between a policeman, who is also a writer, and a criminal. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Toltz
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny Erpenbeck
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Day
Interviewed Guest:
Tessa McWatt

Open Book

Francesca Kay on The Long Room

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alex Clark talks to Francesca Kay about her novel The Long Room, and Francesca Haig and Ann Morgan discuss twins in literature. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Kay
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Haig
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Morgan