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Night Waves

Happy Cities, Gandhi, Chapman Brothers

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Rana Mitter hears new research on how to build a happy city. Historian Ramachandra Guha on how Gandhi's time in South Africa influenced his thinking. Chapman Brothers art reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Ricky Burdett
Interviewed Guest:
Charles Montgomery
Interviewed Guest:
Ramachandra Guha
Reporter:
Jacky Klein

Free Thinking

Breaking Free - How the Reformation Changed British Daily Life

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alec Ryrie, Tom Charlton, Elizabeth Goodwin and Tara Hamling join Rana Mitter to discuss research into the way the Reformation changed lives in homes, parishes and monasteries. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Alec Ryrie
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Charlton
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Goodwin
Interviewed Guest:
Tara Hamling

Free Thinking

Festival 2017

Episode 6: Doing Time/Confinement

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

In front of an audience at Sage Gateshead, Anne McElvoy presents a discussion about the experience of isolation. With guests Terry Waite, Dr Cleo van Velsen and Erwin James. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Terry Waite
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Cleo Van Velsen
Interviewed Guest:
Erwin James

Free Thinking

Festival 2017

Episode 11: New Generation Thinkers 2017

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

In front of an audience at Sage Gateshead, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough introduces the ten academics selected as the 2017 cohort of New Generation Thinkers. Show more

Free Thinking

Antarctica: Testing Ground for the Human Species

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Meredith Hooper, Ben Saunders, Hugh Broughton and Jonathan Bamber discuss the Antarctica of our imaginations and the reality of the landscape with Rana Mitter. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Meredith Hooper
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Saunders
Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Broughton
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Bamber

Free Thinking

Borders: On the ground, on the map, in the mind

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Encounters with borders on Europe's far edges with writers Garrett Carr, Kapka Kassabova, ex-soldier Frank Ledwidge and artist Nikolas Ventourakis. They talk to Anne McElvoy. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Garrett Carr
Interviewed Guest:
Kapka Kassabova
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Ledwidge
Interviewed Guest:
Nikolas Ventourakis
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

Holes in the Ground

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter discusses underground worlds past and present. With Prof Paul Younger from Glasgow University, Geoscientist magazine editor Ted Nield and writer Rosalind Williams. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Younger
Interviewed Guest:
Ted Nield
Interviewed Guest:
Rosalind Williams

Free Thinking

Sound Frontiers: Success debated by Peter Frankopan, Edith Hall, Kwame Kwei-Armah

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Edith Hall and Peter Frankopan explore the idea of success in drama, literature and history and how that translates to the contemporary world. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Frankopan
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

Northern Lights: Joanne Harris on the Norse God Loki

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Author Joanne Harris and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough discuss the god Loki and the power of Norse mythology. Recorded at the Free Thinking Festival for the Northern Lights season. Show more

Free Thinking

Burns the Radical; Exploration

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

From Ecuador to the Scottish borders: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough talks to Maren Meinhardt and Graham Robb about exploring the Scottish borders and the Ecuador seen by Humboldt. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Maren Meinhardt
Interviewed Guest:
Graham Robb

Free Thinking

Soviet Histories. Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Svetlana Alexievich speaks on oral history told by Russian women in World War Two, and Stephen Kotkin on Stalin. Rana Mitter sees a musical depicting Soviet hipsters and hippies. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Svetlana Alexievich
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Kotkin
Interviewed Guest:
Juliane Furst

Free Thinking

Bernard MacLaverty. Immigration. Christian destruction of Classical World

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

The Northern Irish author of Cal, Bernard MacLaverty, talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel Midwinter Break. Plus Clair Wills on her research into post-war immigration to Britain. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Bernard MacLaverty
Interviewed Guest:
Clair Wills
Interviewed Guest:
Will Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Nixey

Free Thinking

Canada 150: Sydney Newman and British TV, Vahni Capildeo, Shubbak Festival 2017

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet on Sydney Newman, the Canadian who transformed 60s TV. Plus poet Vahni Capildeo on her award-winning collection and contemporary Arab art at the Shubbak Festival. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Alvin Rakoff
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Danes
Interviewed Guest:
Graeme Burk
Interviewed Guest:
Vahni Capildeo
Interviewed Guest:
Larissa Sansour
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan May

Free Thinking

Landmark: Marnie

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet discusses memory and Marnie with guests, including Andrew Graham - son of Marnie author Winston. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Graham
Interviewed Guest:
Gwyneth Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Murray Pomerance

Free Thinking

Process: Mexico in Words, Carmen Disruption, Christopher Doyle

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet hears from two chroniclers of Mexico City, Simon Stephens talks about his new play Carmen Disruption and cinematographer Christopher Doyle discusses collages. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Doyle
Interviewed Guest:
Francisco Goldman
Interviewed Guest:
Valeria Luiselli
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Stephens

Free Thinking

Landmark: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet discusses Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray with Will Self, Fiona Shaw and Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Will Self
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Shaw
Interviewed Guest:
Merlin Holland
Presenter:
Matthew Sweet

Free Thinking

Still Loving Victoriana Jokes and All

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With Sarah Perry and Carol Birch on setting their novels in the 19th century, plus Victorian amusements and the 19th century in modern culture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Perry
Interviewed Guest:
Carol Birch
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Llewellyn
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell

Free Thinking

Plants and The Black Panthers

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet is joined by Andrea Wulf and Richard Mabey to talk Plants and Humboldt. Plus Stanley Nelson on his new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Wulf
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Mabey
Interviewed Guest:
Mohammed Mubarak
Interviewed Guest:
Stanley Nelson

Free Thinking

Man Booker Winner, Weather and Twilight, The Kibbo Kift

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet presents. With Alex Clark on 2015's Man Booker Prize, Peter Davidson and Alex Harris on their histories of weather and twilight, and Michael Rosen on the Kibbo Kift. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Davidson
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Rosen

Free Thinking

The 2018 Wolfson History Prize Debate

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter with the six shortlisted historians: Robert Bickers, Lindsey Fitzharris, Tim Grady, Miranda Kaufmann, Peter Marshall and Jan Ruger recorded at the British Academy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Bickers
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsey Fitzharris
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Grady
Interviewed Guest:
Miranda Kaufmann
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Marshall
Interviewed Guest:
Jan Ruger